Archive for 23 May 2010

Arts essential to rebuilding

Posted in Life with tags , , on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“… I want to argue, however, that the arts and human sciences, far from being luxuries to be discarded at the first sign of rain, are essential to the well-being of any society. Specifically, I believe that a real commitment to arts and humanities education is essential to the survival of a viable, pluralist democracy …” (more)

[Pádraic Conway, Sunday Business Post, 23 May]

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Problem of sexual harassment in universities is ‘about to break open’

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“A Sunday Tribune survey of businesswomen and female academics in the wake of the ‘fruitbat controversy’ at UCC has revealed that sexual harassment in the workplace is now a major problem, despite the fact few women have made official complaints …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 23 May]

Our obsession with ‘PhD economists’ is big mistake

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“Although the Department of Finance gets a lot of flak for the state of the nation, I can’t for the life of me help feeling that much of this is unfair. OK, I declare a conflict of interest: I used to work for the department. But former Finance staff are usually less than complimentary about the place …” (more)

[Marc Coleman, Sunday Independent, 23 May]

Final degree exams at risk as lecturers refuse to mark papers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“Staff at one university have already agreed a complete ban on the marking of essays and exams. Tutors at other institutions across the country are considering similar moves. At the annual congress of the University and College Union (UCU) next week, a motion will call on all branches to hold ballots for action, including a work to rule on all exam marking, to oppose compulsory redundancies …” (more)

[Julie Henry, Daily Telegraph, 22 May]

Oxford launches crackdown on ‘rogue’ student digs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“Home to students for the best part of a millennium, the city of Oxford has acknowledged that there is a downside to having one of the world’s great universities in its midst. The city of dreaming spires is set to become the first place in Britain to impose sweeping new powers to tackle the problem of ‘studentification’ – the trend for certain urban areas to become dominated by students …” (more)

[Jamie Doward and Christopher Khadem, Observer, 23 May]

Good intentions lead all too often to bad consequences

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“… These days, there is rightly no tolerance of the casting couch, whether the metaphorical casting director is male, female, gay or straight. And mostly it’s accepted that you really shouldn’t make a pass unless you have good reason to think it would be welcome. Unfortunately, as we improve society we always run the risk of making some aspects of it worse, as traditional victims become harassers in turn …” (more)

[Ruth Dudley Edwards, Independent, 23 May]

The case of the disappearing teaspoons

Posted in Life with tags , on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“Morning and Afternoon Tea are the twin social hubs of Australian academia, so it’s only natural that a disturbing tearoom phenomenon would be noticed, investigated and subsequently published in the British Medical Journal: The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute …” (more)

[Kieran Healy, Crooked Timber, 23 May]