Archive for 4 May 2010

Autonomy, accountability and neoliberal subjects

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“Ferdinand von Prondzynski has sparked a lively debate on his blog here and here which I have enjoyed following. The crux of the matter is whether academic life and its intellectual pursuits are being eroded by the managers who wish to ensure that academics can justify how they spend their time. Is it really the case, as some seem to suggest, that the ‘bean counters’ have taken over the establishment …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 4 May]

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Cruz ‘bi polar’ who didn’t take her medications on night of attack

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“The father of one of Natasha McShane’s alleged attackers, Edwin Cruz (father of Marcy Cruz) has tried to paint his daughter as a mentally ill woman whose actions were not entirely of her own volition …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 4 May]

IReL Resources 2010 – Update

Posted in research with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“In early 2010 it emerged that the budget available for the IReL initiative in 2010 and 2011 would suffer significant cuts and a number of resources were cancelled in late January 2010. In the interim and due to the collective efforts of the IUALG, IRIS office and IReL steering group, with vital support from the HEA and IUA Council , it has been possible to arrive at a solution which maximises resources available under IReL for the next two years …” (more)

[IReL, 4 May]

UCL strike action suspended

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“Strike action at University College London has been suspended after management pulled back from making the institution’s first compulsory redundancies among academics. Members of the University and College Union had been set to strike on 5 May in protest at plans for job cuts in the Faculty of Life Sciences …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 4 May]

On the QS World University Rankings Methodology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“Following the split from THE, and recent critique by that publication of its approach, QS has been setting out a robust defence of its methodology …” (more)

[Registrarism, 4 May]

Lessons of History

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“In 2006, the university of Oxford defeated proposals by its vice-chancellor, John Hood, to centralise control and weaken the university’s democratic structure. As it is the one substantial example in recent times of academics turning back the tide of managerialism, (if perhaps only temporarily) it is worth looking at how it was done, to see if there are any lessons to be learned for other institutions now …” (more)

[Iain Pears, Future Thoughts, 4 May]

Unions advise teachers to reject Croke Park pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 May 2010 by Steve

“Secondary teachers have been advised by their union to reject the Croke Park deal in order to maintain teacher self-esteem and protect working conditions. The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) has issued a lengthy bulletin to members outlining the case against the Croke Park deal on public service pay and reform …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 4 May]