Archive for June, 2010

The Case for Universities

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

“In a June 30 address to the Royal Irish Academy at Trinity College, Dublin, where she was made an honorary member (earlier, she also met with alumni), President Drew Faust reemphasized her vision of the place of research universities ‘in a changing and globalizing world’ …” (more)

[Harvard Magazine, 30 June]

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Is Oxford the most sexist university in Britain?

Posted in Life with tags on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“Is Oxford sexist? Paula Claire hoots with laughter. ‘Is the Pope a Catholic?’ she retorts. The only woman in the running for the Oxford Professorship of Poetry withdrew from the race after the university referred to her only as ‘performer and artist’, while the other ten contenders were all described as ‘poet’ …” (more)

[Mary Ann Sieghart, Times, 30 June]

Clifton is new Professor of Poetry

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

“Dublin-born poet Harry Clifton has spoken of his surprise at being named as the new Ireland Professor of Poetry. The 57-year-old was picked by a panel of top academics and arts figures for the role, which will see him deliver readings, workshops and university lectures …” (more)

[Independent, 30 June]

Invest in Higher Education For Good Of Society – Ulster Chancellor

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

“Failure to invest in higher education is a failure to invest in all that is good in our society, the Chancellor of the University of Ulster told graduates at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast today. In his inaugural graduation speech to over 1000 graduates and their families and friends, Chancellor James Nesbitt delivered an incisive overview of the challenges facing higher education …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 30 June]

Equality under attack in USI

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

“Hi Everyone, It’s the last day of my job, as Equality Officer of USI. I’m leaving once I post this! The headline may strike you as very stark and a tad dramatic but if it got you reading this, then it did what it was supposed to do …” (more)

[Linda Kelly, USI Equality Blog, 30 June]

Strikes could ‘break’ Italy’s universities

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

“Science teaching in Italian universities could be crippled if tens of thousands of junior staff make good on threats to strike later this year. The ‘ricercatori’ (researchers) are protesting harsh university budget cuts and a looming reform bill, which threaten their futures …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature, 30 June]

What are Universities For?

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

“… today’s Western governments are also half-right. They are right that universities have a public responsibility but wrong that this responsibility amounts to little more than economic responsiveness. Actually, in his less shrunken, fuller conception of public responsibility – if only in that – Comrade Zhdanov was somewhat wiser than our own rulers …” (more)

[Nigel Biggar, Standpoint, July/August 2010]