Archive for 4 June 2009

Universities’ Declaration of Independence? – again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 4 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A little while ago I mused that Irish universities seeking the freedom to set their own fees might decide to declare independence from government not just on fees but on all matters. But I thought then that it would never happen. However, the old adage ‘never say never’ occurred to me this morning …” (more)

[Cearta, 4 June]

To attract more science students we must look at rewards

Posted in teaching with tags on 4 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… We compare very well to the rest of Europe in terms of science, mathematics and computing graduates, heading the league table for percentage share of tertiary graduates in these disciplines. However, worryingly, Ireland is at the bottom of the European league table of tertiary graduates in engineering, manufacturing and construction. And generally, although we continue to graduate significant numbers in SET, skills shortages continue because recent demand for engineers and scientists has been unprecedented. To me the really worrying thing is the lack of enthusiasm for careers in science …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 4 June]

Can we increase access to higher education?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“In a previous post in this blog, I looked at the targets that have been set for participation in higher education and looked at whether these were desirable or achievable. In particular, I considered the government’s target in Ireland to raise participation from just under 60 per cent to 72 per cent. From where I am right now, I would have to say that, quite regardless of any analysis of the benefits and disadvantages of such an increase, there is no realistic chance of achieving it as we cut budgets for higher education and attempt to live with scarce resources. However, it may be worth noting that higher education institutions still offer a fairly inflexible portfolio of programmes, and this has a bearing on the question I am raising here …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

Giving higher education reform the third degree

Posted in research with tags , on 4 June 2009 by Steve

EU“A year after its creation as a forum for universities awarding PhDs, the Council for Doctoral Education is getting to grips with some of the changes brought in by the inclusion of doctoral students in the reform of Europe’s higher education commonly described as the Bologna process. But when the council’s members meet in Lausanne this week (4-5 June), they will be talking evolution rather than revolution …” (more)

[Ian Mundell, European Voice, 4 June]

Industry Collaboration and Academic Research

Posted in research with tags , on 4 June 2009 by Steve

UK“Researchers benefit from a reasonable level of collaboration with industry, not only bringing economic benefit to their institutions, but also increased publication levels. That’s according to findings presented by City University London economists at the Royal Economic Society conference in May. Cornelia Meissner outlined how she and her colleagues analysed the publications, research funds and patents of researchers in the engineering departments of Imperial College London and City University London between 1985 and 2006 …” (more)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 3 June]