Archive for 30 May 2010

Gardaí should investigate harassment – TCD lecturer

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“A Trinity College lecturer at the centre of an eight-year harassment investigation involving a female colleague has said such claims should be handled by gardaí and not college authorities …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 30 May]

Academic mobbing in cyberspace

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“… My personal reaction on hearing of the petition was to check a few facts to see if there was another side to the story. The first point to emerge was that neither Evans nor his colleague worked in evolutionary biology or zoology. His post was in a Medical Education Unit in the School of Medicine, and his PhD was in philosophy …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 30 May]

Money down the silo

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“Universities overlook ways to make savings simply because they do not focus on institution-wide schemes. Although the chancellor has just announced £200 million in cuts across the higher education budget, on top of cuts announced by the last administration, there is concern that with a new government and an empty Treasury, more reductions lie ahead …” (more)

[Ray Fleming, Times Higher Education, 30 May]

‘The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom and the End of the American University’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“Ellen Schrecker, a history professor at New York City’s Yeshiva University, starts The Lost Soul of Higher Education with a blunt assessment: ‘In reacting to the economic insecurities of the past forty years, the nation’s colleges and universities have adopted corporate practices that degrade undergraduate instruction, marginalize faculty members, and threaten the very mission of the academy as an institution devoted to the common good’ …” (more)

[Eleanor J Bader, truthout, 28 May]

More lecturers ‘seeking support’

Posted in Life with tags on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“A teacher support charity says more lecturers in further and higher education are seeking support because of the current funding crisis. Calls to the College and University Support Network rose by a quarter to 10,162 in the year to May 2010 …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 May]

Call for countries to invest in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“The European University Association has called on the continent’s governments to commit to major investment in higher education and research, and to renew efforts to reach the Barcelona target of 3% of GDP investment in research and the 2% investment in higher education proposed by the European Commission …” (more)

[University World News, 30 May]

Shaping the higher education cloud

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 May 2010 by Steve

“As technologies such as virtualisation and cloud computing assume important places within the information technology landscape, higher education leaders will need to consider which institutional services they wish to leave to consumer choice, which ones they wish to source and administer ‘somewhere else’, and which services they should operate centrally or locally on campus …” (more)

[University World News, 30 May]