Archive for 19 February 2010

Tales of Jiggery-Pokery

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Phil Baty argues in yesterday’s Times Higher Education that, despite the ‘jiggery-pokery’ employed by some universities to get a better position in university rankings, ‘there is no need to sacrifice mission to position’. He refers to several cases of university administrators manipulating data to rise in the rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 19 February]

Call for colleges to borrow from banks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Bank finance is underutilised by Irish third-level institutions as a funding source, the head of education banking at Barclays has said. Chris Hearn was speaking ahead of meetings in Dublin yesterday with representatives from Trinity College Dublin, UCD and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) about the possible provision of bank debt facilities to third-level institutions in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 February]

Students hold funeral for higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Dressed in black, they carried a coffin around campus. They were not saying good-bye to a deceased friend. They were paying respects to college access for all students. ‘We are gathered here today to mourn the death of something that is incredibly close to us all – our higher education’, said Hailee Koehler, director of legislative affairs for the University of Colorado’s student government …” (more)

[Nelson Garcia, 9news.com, 18 February]

Questions, questions …

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Limerick-Galway university alliance announced today – the Irish university system us clustering. Where is Cork going to be?” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 19 February]

Your reward for losing £50m? A 40 per cent pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The financier responsible for Oxford University’s investment portfolio claimed more than £37,000 in expenses last year and saw her overall pay packet rise by 38 per cent, even though the value of the endowments she managed fell by nearly £50m …” (more)

[Tom Rowley, Independent, 19 February]

Top colleges ditch rivalry to help students get ‘smart’ jobs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The two western universities are joining forces in a new regional alliance focussed on delivering a better deal for their students, regional communities and the economy. NUI Galway (NUIG) and the University of Limerick (UL) yesterday unveiled details of how they plan to work closely together in what was touted as an unprecedented collaboration in Irish higher education, due to the sheer scale of the venture …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 February]

How many references do you write in a week?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“This is a little moan about writing references. But let me make one thing clear right at the beginning: evaluating students, ex-students and colleagues is an important part of my job; I’m not complaining about being asked to do it (so no need to feel remotely guilty about asking me) – I’m complaining about the cumbersome, inefficient and sometimes downright obstructive infrastructure …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 19 February]