Archive for January, 2010

The Way We Learn

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“In the four rigorously reasonable essays in The Marketplace of Ideas, Louis Menand takes up four questions about American higher education: ‘Why is it so hard to institute a general education curriculum? Why did the humanities disciplines undergo a crisis of legitimation? Why has ‘interdisciplinarity’ become a magic word? And why do professors all tend to have the same politics?’ …” (more)

[Michael Bérubé, New York Times, 29 January]

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Educating the Minister

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“I see the Minister for Education thinks academics don’t work. We need to get him into a college so he can be properly informed.” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 31 January]

Melvyn Bragg gives archive of life’s work to Leeds University

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“He is already a byword for unremitting graft, with 21 novels, 13 historical studies and a couple of children’s books to his name, as well as separate careers in academia, broadcasting and politics. But now the world has been given half a tonne of further material by Lord Melvyn Bragg to explore, including an unpublished novel and 60 boxes of ideas, draft scripts and short stories which even the writer, said, he had half-forgotten …” (more)

[Martin Wainwright, Guardian, 31 January]

UL house must host official events

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“The president of the University of Limerick will avoid a 10 per cent pay cut by using his controversial new home on the college campus for university events. There was criticism of the university last week for spending €1.1 million on building a luxury five-bedroom home for its president, Professor Don Barry. But the house could have become a bigger headache for the president – and hit him in the pocket …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 31 January]

Public sector strikers will be suspended – Lenihan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“The government will suspend public sector workers who refuse to carry out their duties as part of the campaign of industrial action against the recent pay cuts, according to an agreed strategy drawn up for the cabinet. The Sunday Tribune has learned that finance minister Brian Lenihan circulated a special memo to cabinet ministers last week on this issue. The memo outlined a ‘coordinated approach’ for government departments to deal with the public sector union’s campaign …” (more)

[Shane Coleman and Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 31 January]

Encouraging Clues on Tomorrow’s Budget for Research Fans

Posted in research with tags , on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“The New York Times offers vague hints about good news for supporters of scientific research in the budget that will be released at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Given the lack of detail, the news reads like a sanctioned leak from the White House, as opposed to a story the paper wrote after obtaining budget documents …” (more)

[Eli Kintisch, Science Insider, 31 January]

Who is in the driving seat?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 January 2010 by Steve

“A very accessible, simple overview by Mike Boxall in the most recent edition of the Times Higher on what the drivers and options might be for the future development of universities and how future provision might be delivered: the Government will not support Higher Education as an end in itself, but expects funding to be tied to delivery of public policy objectives …” (more)

[Intersecting sets, 31 January]