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]