Archive for 21 October 2009

Open Access for the Humanities?

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“This is International Open Access week (19-23 October 2009) with many events taking place to raise awareness of this mode of scholarly communication. However, to date, Open Access has achieved most success in the science and technology fields where the dissemination of written knowledge has traditionally taken place via journal articles and conference proceedings …” (more)

[Gwen Ryan, Read Around Research, 21 October]

Complementarities in Innovation Strategy and the Link to Science

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“This CREI report by Bruno Cassiman is an accessible overview of this link between scientific research and innovation.” (link)

[Philip Lane, The Irish Economy, 21 October]

The write stuff?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Lecturers will put up a spirited defence of creative writing degrees at the Inside Out Festival, the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange-curated event that showcases the cultural contributions of the capital’s universities. The week-long festival provides a series of cultural events for the public throughout London on university campuses and at leading venues such as the National Portrait Gallery …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 21 October]

USI Warns of Meltdown in Student Maintenance Grant System

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has received a litany of complaints from students and parents regarding the processing of the student maintenance grant application. USI have been made aware that some VECs and County Councils will not finish processing grant applications, received before the deadline, until January 2010 at the earliest. As a result, thousands of students around Ireland have been forced to defer their college registration until they receive official confirmation that they are eligible for the maintenance grant …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 21 October]

Publishing and Open Access

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“CELT hosted an informative seminar this week on Open Access publishing, facilitated by the research support staff from the library. The seminar focused on the development of ARAN, NUI Galway’s open access repository. More universities are developing these types of repositories in order to facilitate access to the publications of academic staff, and it seems as though many publishers and funding bodies are in favour of them …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 21 October]

Fiddling with education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A former Aston Villa footballer and an acclaimed traditional musician were just two of a host of well-known personalities to receive honorary doctorates at NUIG this week. Eamonn ‘Chick’ Deasy, who also played for Galway United, received an honorary Masters degree in recognition of his achievements on the pitch in the 1980s. Internationally acclaimed traditional musician Frankie Gavin and RTE Northern Editor Tommie Gorman also received honorary degrees …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 21 October]

Postgraduate researchers to benefit from funding scheme

Posted in research with tags on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Young postgraduate researchers will benefit from a new funding programme designed in particular to boost scientists in the very early stages of their careers. Almost €8 million has been provided under the Science Foundation Ireland programme launched yesterday in Dublin by Minister of State for Science Conor Lenihan …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 October]

Awash with universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Maybe it’s time to nail one increasingly common assertion: that by international standards Ireland has too many universities. Of course it is not altogether easy to say what one might mean by ‘too many’, but maybe one way of tackling this is to compare the number of universities with that in other countries …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 October]

Taoiseach signals further public sector pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Brian Cowen told the Dáil today that public service pay and pensions remained on the Government’s agenda when considering expenditure reductions. He was responding to Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who asked if the Taoiseach intended informing the social partners that it was the Government’s intention to cut public sector pay. Mr Cowen said that every area of public expenditure on all fronts had to be considered …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 20 October]

Scandal erupts at French university over alleged Chinese bribes

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

France“The president of the University of Toulon and two top aides were suspended Monday over charges of irregularities in the admission and graduation of Chinese students allegedly ready to pay bribes for the prestige of a French diploma. The suspension, decided by Higher Education Minister Valerie Pecresse, was an unusual public stain on France’s cherished tradition of opening its largely free education system to students from around the world …” (more)

[Edward Cody, Washington Post, 20 October]

President praises validity of work by undergraduates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and UCD together accounted for more than half the winners in the inaugural Undergraduate Awards of Ireland, presented yesterday by President Mary McAleese. Some 41 students from seven third-level colleges collected the awards, set up to recognise the best undergraduate project work throughout the island. The winners included 13 students from Trinity, 11 from UCD, six from NUI Galway and five from UCC. The University of Limerick claimed three awards and NUI Maynooth two, while one student from Queen’s University Belfast was honoured …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 21 October]

Is Tenure Conservative?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

USA“Is the institution of tenure supportable? No, but not for the reasons you may think. Routine complaints about iron-clad job security and lack of accountability miss the point. But so do pleas for academic freedom from outside (and largely notional) political forces. The real danger of tenure is that it threatens academic freedom instead of protecting it …” (more)

[Mark Kingwell, Inside Higher Ed, 20 October]

Language courses are being ‘dumbed down’, report finds

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Universities are today accused of ‘dumbing down’ language degrees in a desperate bid to attract new students, according to a report that reveals the beleaguered state of the discipline in English higher education. Student numbers have dropped by 5% in the last five years, while a third of departments have closed in the last seven, the report finds. The government is accused of neglecting languages by diverting funding to science, technology and engineering subjects and universities are accused of ‘betraying’ the discipline by replacing language courses with ‘cultural studies’ …” (more)

[Polly Curtis, Guardian, 20 October]

Mandelson backs consumer students

Posted in teaching with tags on 21 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Lord Mandelson says he expects students to adopt a more consumer-led approach to their university education. Speaking at a CBI higher education summit in London, Lord Mandelson said students should be encouraged to be more ‘picky, choosy and demanding’ …” (more)

[Katherine Sellgren, BBC News, 20 October]

Seeking tenure? How junior scholars should navigate troubled departmental waters

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Canada“Universities most often respond to junior faculty members’ concerns about tenure and the tenure process with workshops offering tips and strategies for how to conduct their work lives optimally pre-tenure and how to prepare the best case for winning tenure. While these workshops are helpful, they assume a basic meritocratic structure, uniformity of objectivity, and fairness across departments, an assumption that is more myth than reality …” (more)

[Judith Taylor, Academic Matters, 19 October]