Archive for 13 February 2010

The Effects of Graduating During a Recession

Posted in Life with tags , on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“… Here’s an excerpt about research conducted by Professor Till von Watcher; it will make interesting reading for current graduates. The message seems to be: get a job sooner rather than later; even if that means emigrating or working in a low-paid internship. Even then, there will still be a career disadvantage in many cases …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 13 September]

Why cut university spending?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“Why is the government cutting university funding? I ask, because if you believe conventional economics, and the justification for expanding universities in the first place, the cuts might be counter-productive. This is because lower investment in human capital means that people will earn less in future – either because they were denied a university place or because they got a worse education at university. This will mean lower future tax revenues. It could be, therefore, that cutting university spending would merely reduce public borrowing this year, at the expense of higher borrowing in future years …” (more)

[Stumbling and Mumbling, 13 February]

Universities warn of education funding cuts crisis

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of job losses could push higher education into crisis, the university lecturers’ union has warned. Last week the government announced it wanted to cut higher education funding in England by £449m …” (more)

[BBC News, 13 February]

The crisis in university applications

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“This is a nightmare year to be applying for university – and that’s not just the subjective opinion of a parent battling through the UCAS system. Nor is it spin from university vice-chancellors who might be whipping up hysteria to combat budget cuts. ‘This is the worst year ever’, says Janet Graham, admissions expert at Universities UK. ‘It’s dire’, says Sue Fieldman of the Good Schools Guide …” (more)

[Cassandra Jardine, Daily Telegraph, 13 February]

Professor charged over shooting

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“A biology professor at a southern US university was charged with murder over the shooting deaths of three fellow biology professors at the campus. Authorities said Amy Bishop, an instructor and researcher at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus, opened fire during an afternoon faculty meeting …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 February]

Double-jobbing lecturer must pick one pension

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“A double-jobbing college lecturer has been blocked from claiming two pensions after concern was raised over lax governance standards in the third-level system. Engineering lecturer Fergal O’Malley managed to work at the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) while holding down another lecturing position in NUI Galway …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 13 February]

Widening the university curriculum

Posted in teaching with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“The University of Aberdeen, one of the oldest universities in the UK (it was founded in 1495), has just introduced a major reform to its undergraduate curriculum. According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, students will now need to include in their chosen programme of study one course each year that will cover topics not necessarily related to their main discipline. These include risk in society, science and the media, and sustainability …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 February]

Lecturer boxes clever to raise funds for Haiti

Posted in Life with tags , on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“A college lecturer will be suspended over Fermoy town square in Co Cork in a perspex box for the next two days as part of a daring fundraiser for Haiti. Conor O’Kane, 29, will spend 48 hours in less than ideal conditions in a bid to raise €20,000 for Haiti …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 13 February]

How Do You Handle Cheating and Plagiarism?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“In my first year teaching, I discovered that a student had copied part of an essay from something he found online. I went over the passages with the student and discussed with him why it had violated school policy on academic integrity, and what he could do to make up the assignment. Reluctantly, I called his parents to tell them what had happened. What I hadn’t expected was the father’s verbal shrug: ‘Well, the president doesn’t write his own speeches’ …” (more)

[Holly Epstein Ojalbvo, New York Times, 12 February]

Pioneer on lasers who mentored researchers

Posted in research with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“The physicist Dan Bradley, who has died aged 82, was a former professor of Optical Electronics at Trinity College Dublin, and helped to greatly enhance the reputation of the college as a centre of cutting-edge research …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 February]

The scholar’s copy

Posted in research with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“There has been much useful discussion on this list about scholars as authors, and rightly so. Today, I would like to introduce a view of what we scholars need nowadays as readers. Increasingly, my reading is onscreen. The copy of an article or book that works best for me is the one that I can download to my desktop, and mark up as I please with highlighting and commentary …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 12 February]

Cillian O’Connor, student and blogger

Posted in Life with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“MY STYLE: Describe what you’re wearing A midnight blue blazer with navy pants from Zara. The suede boots are from River Island and the striped B-Store shirt is from Circus. You’re a high-street shopper? Definitely. I’m a student, but I like to shop when I have money and I have to shop quite smartly …” (more)

[Deirdre McQuillan, Irish Times, 13 February]

We can’t afford to have less history taught at universities

Posted in teaching with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“Whoever governs this country next musty proclaim a commitment to higher education in the broadest sense. Only a fool would deny that public spending must be cut to relieve our economic mess: but only a fool, equally, would cut it as the Government is doing …” (more)

[Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph, 12 February]

Back to the (Academic) Future

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“UKCLE recently ‘premiered’ its film on the future(s) of legal education at LILAC10. The premiere was certainly popular enough to generate a good turn out at the end of a longish day, and was followed by a lively plenary discussion the next morning. I’ve also shown the film as part of the Law Teachers’ Programme on the LLM at University College, London …” (more)

[hEaD space, 12 February]

HPAT to engender a better balance?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“Before the introduction of the Health Professionals Admissions Test (HPAT), high-achieving young women were securing 60 per cent of places in undergraduate medical degrees. In 2009, women outperformed men in the Leaving Certificate, scoring more A and B grades in all but maths, applied maths, construction studies and agricultural economics, according to statistics from the State Examinations Commission …” (more)

[Niamh Mullen, Irish Medical Times, 12 February]

North Carolina State U. Gives Students Free Access to Physics Textbook Online

Posted in teaching with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“Physics students at North Carolina State University can get their introductory-level textbooks for free thanks to a new program by the college. Each year about 1,300 students at North Carolina State take Physics 211 and Physics 212. Beginning this semester, the university’s libraries and physics department have offered the courses’ textbook online for free …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 February]