Archive for 5 May 2010

Tom Garvin’s philistines are part of a wider problem

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“It was inevitable that Tom Garvin’s piece, ‘Grey philistines taking over our universities’, in the Irish Times of Mayday would excite reaction among educators and academics. The cause of at least some of what distresses Tom is the phenomenon of managerialism …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 5 May]

Clarification of review of teachers’ contracts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“The Department of Education and Skills has issued a clarification of its proposed review of the teachers’ contract to the three teachers’ unions. It is hoped the move will encourage teachers to vote for the Croke Park pay and reform agreement …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 May]

Innovation Academy

Posted in research with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“The educational centrepiece of the Innovation Alliance generating a new breed of graduate The Innovation Academy is the educational centrepiece of the Innovation Alliance. The Academy is a collaborative joint venture in PhD education …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 5 May]

Increase PLC places and grant WIT University status

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“As leaving certificate students across Kilkenny knuckle down in the final weeks ahead of their June exams, Fine Gael Senator, John Paul Phelan, says farm families will be under more pressure than ever this year to finance the growing cost of their children attending third level …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 5 May]

General Election 2010: 1,500 candidates vow to oppose tuition fee rises

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“Almost 1,500 would-be MPs have promised to vote against any hike in tuition fees, the National Union of Students has announced. Publishing its final list of prospective parliamentary candidates who have signed their Vote for Students pledge, the NUS warned that undergraduates would no longer put up with ‘evasive answers’ from politicians on the future of university funding …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 5 May]

Universities under pressure to pay living wage

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“London universities are under pressure from students and community groups to support a campaign to pay cleaners a ‘living wage’. Six universities in the capital now pay a living wage of £7.60 per hour …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 5 May]

Students hit by lecturers’ strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“College and university lecturers mounted picket lines today as they staged a one-day strike in protest at funding cuts. Thousands of students were affected by widespread disruption due to protests by members of the University and College Union (UCU) over ‘massive’ cuts which they say would lead to job losses …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Independent, 5 May]

On sulks and silence

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“While there has been a great deal of comment about the extent and nature of forthcoming cuts in universities in the UK, the one perspective that is noticeably missing is that of the management doing the cutting. Whether it is at King’s London, Sussex, Hull, and now Middlesex, protestors protest, and managers respond – by not responding. Perfectly reasonable alarm goes unanswered, and managers seem to go out of their way to be aloof, Olympian, severe …” (more)

[Iain Pears, Future Thoughts, 5 May]

Much ado

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“Every year around this time, as the flowers bloom and the birds nest, controversy breaks out on campus. It’s graduation season, and part of the tradition is for students to become terribly irate about their school’s chosen commencement speaker …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 5 May]

Reviewed to death

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“Eighteen years ago this month I had my first encounter with a quality review. At the time I was Dean of the University of Hull Law School, and the system that became known as ‘quality assessment’ had just been introduced in the UK. This was the framework for teaching and learning reviews, and the Law School in Hull was the first unit to be assessed ever …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 May]

University and college lecturers strike over cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“Lecturers at 14 universities and further education colleges in England are staging a one-day strike over budget cuts …” (more)

[Katherine Sellgren, BBC News, 5 May]

Most Professors Use Social Media

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“More than four out of every five professors use social media. And more than half of professors use tools like video, blogs, podcasts, and wikis in their classes. Those are some of the findings of a new national survey of nearly 1,000 faculty members released today by Pearson, the publisher …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 May]

Cooking transcripts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“Loyola law students are having trouble getting jobs. The economy, it would seem, is bad. So administrators and faculty are on the case. They care about their students. They are going to make everything right. They are going to retroactively raise every grade on every transcript by one third (a “B-” become a “B”; a “B” becomes a “B+”; etc.). Because cooking the transcripts is just the sort of thing that’s called for in these tough economic times …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 4 May]

Chief Targets of Student Incivility Are Female and Young Professors

Posted in Life with tags on 5 May 2010 by Steve

“When it comes to being rude, disrespectful, or abusive to their professors, students appear most likely to take aim at women, the young, and the inexperienced, a new study has found. The study, presented here on Sunday at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, involved an online survey of 339 faculty members …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 May]