Archive for 9 November 2009

The Insecurity of Higher Ed Research

Posted in research with tags on 9 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Academics are often characterized (and caricatured) as pompous, confident that they are the smartest people in the room and eager to prove it. But arrogance and insecurity are sometimes flip sides of one coin, and the professoriate has seen a rash lately of scholars expressing dismay at their perceived marginalization – sociologists awaiting calls from the Obama administration, for instance, and political scientists reiterating calls for more grounding for their discipline in ‘the real world’ …” (more)

[Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, 9 November]

Standoff leaves college jobs unfilled

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A stand-off between universities and their funding agency over academic autonomy has left hundreds of lecturing posts unfilled despite colleges being given an exemption from the ban on public service recruitment. Only three applications have been made to fill hundreds of academic vacancies in the seven universities since new arrangements for third level colleges took effect in July, according to figures obtained by the Irish Examiner …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

Higher education, and serving the public

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… There is a major need for a wider discussion on the nature and purpose of the public service in Ireland. But separate from that, there is a need to re-design our understanding of what universities are. They are not corporate entities or private for-profit organisations; but equally they must not be seen as government agencies with the sole role of applying the latest policies under central control …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 November]

Irish universities lagging behind in global rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Irish universities still lag behind the world’s best, according to the latest international league table. No Irish third-level institution has broken into the top 200 worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 November]

€1.3bn pay cut ‘merely a first step’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The €1.3bn pay cut will just be the start of a slimming down of the public service that could see tens of thousands of jobs lost, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has indicated. Mr Cowen admitted his Government hadn’t been fast enough in securing public service reform, but said it had to be achieved now because of the dire state of the public finances …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

One size won’t fit all in information policy and provision

Posted in research with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… Academic libraries have long worked to understand the needs of their different communities, as is evidenced by the faculty librarian or subject support model in place in most libraries, increasingly complemented today by the role of research support librarian. It is interesting to see in this report, however, the recommendation that researchers should ‘reconnect’ with information professionals. The model that has worked for so long needs to be updated and made stronger …” (more)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 8 November]

Festival of Science Engineering and Technology at UL campus

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“I was out at the University Campus Today for the Festival of Science, It was a great Day out for all the family, with plenty to do and see. Live 95FM were there with the Shadows and JP was reporting in live from the show. Slide Show is below …” (more, photos)

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