Archive for 19 June 2009

Cutting to the bone

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“As in Ireland we prepare for a further round of cuts in university budgets this autumn – the extent of which is unknown but which are expected to be severe – it will probably comfort us little to know that we are not alone. Recent reports from Florida, for example, disclose that public universities there are being cut to such an extent that one institution can no longer afford telephones and has got rid of all fixed phone lines. That particular university has suffered cuts in public funding of $82 million and is now planning to lay off 200 employees. Indeed the situation is so bad that the university has established an ‘Office of Budget Crisis Support Services’. Ironically just as all these cuts take effect, there is a glut of student applicants …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 June]

Education institutes sign research pact

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A major agreement to boost research and innovation in the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) region has been signed in Athlone by the heads of seven higher education institutions. This is the first time the third-level sector has come together to adopt a BMW-wide approach to research and innovation. The institutes of technology in Athlone, Dundalk, Galway-Mayo, Letterkenny and Sligo, together with NUI Galway and St Angela’s College, Sligo, will combine their strengths under the auspices of Líonra, the higher education network in the region. The initiative follows the move by UCD and Trinity to merge their research programmes earlier this year …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 19 June]

‘Innovation’ minister Lenihan spins claims spin-outs from Irish university research without credible data

Posted in research with tags , on 19 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Minister of State with responsibility for Science, Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan claimed today €160 million has been generated this year from companies that grew out of Irish university-based research and claimed Ireland is on a par with the best research centres in the world. However, his claims on the number of companies created in the past five years contrasts with the target of 30 for the next five years, as recently confirmed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Political spoofery in respect of the spending of public funds is easier than answering the serious questions about the strategy to be recognised as a ‘world class knowledge economy’ by 2013 …” (more)

[Finfacts, 18 June]

German students striking for free education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 19 June 2009 by Steve

Germany“German students in Berlin and Jena drew attention of the media to their actions this week. A strike for free and common access to education, an option of child care during studies and student loans (not depending on the parents’ earnings). The revision of the Bologna process and many more statements has been raised by students in Jena, who are blocking the first floor of the main building of the Friedrich Schiller University …” (more)

[Fyeg’s Blog,18 June]

Pulse calls for state funding for industry-focused private colleges

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Students attending private industry-focused degree courses should have access to state funding, according to Tony Perrey, a director of Pulse Recording College, which has just acquired the legendary Windmill Lane studios in Dublin. From September, Pulse will offer a full-time three-year BA (Hons) degree in Music Production validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), the fourth largest university in Britain. the UK. In time, Pulse also plans to seek accreditation for its new in film, gaming and 3D animation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 19 June]

Science Publisher Suggests It Played Along With Hoax

Posted in research with tags , on 19 June 2009 by Steve

USA“Bentham Science Publishers, as it watches editors quit in protest of lax peer-review standards, is contending that it agreed to publish a specious research report by a Cornell University graduate student because it was trying to trap the perpetrator. Mahmood Alam, Bentham’s director of publications, initially told The Chronicle he wasn’t aware of the case in which Bentham’s Open Information Science Journal accepted the computer-generated charade, submitted under a false name by Philip M Davis, a doctoral student in communications at Cornell …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 June]