Archive for 12 May 2010

They’re Here! E-Mail Alerts for Google Scholar Now Available Direct from Google

Posted in research with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“Until now, Google Scholar users had to use a variety of methods to create alerts to notify them of new content in Google Scholar. Well, the wait is over and as of this weekend, Google Scholar E-Mail Alerts are now available …” (more)

[Jess Eustace, Read Around Research, 12 May]

CPSU members reject Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“The Civil Public and Services Union has become the first union to reject the Croke Park pay and reform agreement. The CPSU, which represents around 13,000 lower paid civil servants, voted against the proposals by over two to one – with a margin of 67% against, with 33% in favour …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 May]

UK science braces for impact

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“As the United Kingdom gets used to its first coalition government since 1945, it is already clear that some significant changes to the country’s scientific enterprise are in the works …” (more)

[Geoff Brumfiel, Nature, 12 May]

Lib Dems free to abstain on fees vote

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“Liberal Democrat MPs will be allowed to abstain from any vote on tuition fees under the terms of the agreement struck by the new coalition government. Student and academic groups have reacted with anger to the news, which could in effect see control of the policy handed to the Conservatives …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 12 May]

Universities fear extra cuts are in the offing

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“Universities fear the new government could announce millions of pounds in extra cuts to higher education as early as next month, which they say would play havoc with their budgets for this year. Vice-chancellors are already trying to cope with cuts of more than £1bn over the next three years …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 12 May]

Into the Blue

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“… university funding – the part that comes directly from central government – will be cut by at least 25%, probably more. This could be achieved in a number of ways. The unit of resource (the payment made per student by the government to a university) could be cut. The number of students funded could be cut. Students could be charged higher fees or have less generous loan arrangements. These options are by no means exclusive, of course. They might all happen. University V-Cs will have to make very difficult decisions …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 May]

Why clarifications on Croke Park proposals mean nothing

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“Rather bizarrely, the trade union leaders who negotiated the text of the Croke Park deal, found it necessary to go back to the LRC to clarify what exactly they had negotiated. This was after it became plain that they were finding it impossible to sell the proposals to the union membership …” (more)

[Martin O’Grady, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 11 May]

On the road to something less inclusive

Posted in Life with tags , on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“In the higher education system of this country, we are still talking the talk of inclusiveness and diversity, but in fact we are retreating from that position and walking the walk of a return to elitism. OK, maybe I am overstating the case a little, but it is time to sound an alarm …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 May]

Ministers told to identify €3bn cuts in four weeks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“Finance Minister Brian Lenihan yesterday gave his Cabinet colleagues four weeks to find €3bn worth of cutbacks. Mr Lenihan will meet ministers face-to-face over the coming weeks to discuss where it is proposed to cut up to €2bn from their departmental budgets in current spending and €1bn in capital spending …” (more)

[Sam Smyth and Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 12 May]

U of Virginia President Meets With Governor to Push for Access to Law-Enforcement Records

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“How information from state law-enforcement agencies can make college campuses safer dominated the discussion at a meeting on Tuesday between John T. Casteen III, president of the University of Virginia, and the state’s governor, Robert F. McDonnell …” (more)

[Sara Lipka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 May]