Archive for 3 May 2010

Two days to go and still no word about higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“It’s a strange election where the party whose manifesto makes the most frequent mention of universities is the British National party. To many in the higher education sector it seems that there is a convenient pact of silence between the three major parties on some of the most important issues facing one of the UK’s greatest assets – our universities …” (more)

[Steve Smith, Guardian, 3 May]

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How to up your graduation rates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“You are a state university. You want to increase your graduation rates – because reputation and funding are tied to them. So what do you do? Your options are many. You can, for example, increase the quality of your educational offerings along with the support structure that comes with them …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 3 May]

Queen’s ordered to release tree data

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“Queen’s University has until Monday night to hand over unique data that could undermine global warming theories. The institution has refused to release all its findings on tree rings, which store information on climate patterns …” (more)

[Clare Weir, Belfast Telegraph, 1 May]

Student jailed for accepting cash to sit someone else’s English exam

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“A Chinese student who was paid £400 to take an English exam for someone else has been jailed for six months. Jiawen Feng, 24, tried to pass himself off as another student when he used their passport and ID to take an English Language exam at Warwick University …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 3 May]

Armagh student in coma after US attack opens her eyes

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“Armagh student Natasha McShane who is critically ill in a US hospital after being beaten with a baseball bat, has opened her eyes for the first time …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 May]

Tuition Fees and Physics: Science in the UK Education System

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“… So, what on Earth possesses someone to suggest charging over twice as much tuition, on average, for a science course? A subject struggling to attract the brightest students, arguably due to poor teaching of the subject in schools (see here), that charges twice as much? An average 3 or 4 year degree in such a subject would cost at a minimum of £42-56,000 in tuition alone …” (more)

[Trainee Theorist, 3 May]

Funding third-level

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“The scale of the financial challenge facing the higher education sector is set out in an internal report prepared by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It is an impressive, stark document detailing the myriad demands placed on the system and its limited capacity to respond, given existing funding arrangements …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 May]