Archive for 4 June 2010

The challenges of academic blogging

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday I attended a symposium on academic blogging in Trinity College Dublin organised by the collective who produce Pue’s Occurrences. I was there to represent Ireland After NAMA (the other blogs represented are listed below). It was a very productive meeting and it was fascinating to listen to the experiences of other academic bloggers and the kinds of issues and challenges that they face through blogging …” (more)

[Rob Kitchin, Ireland after NAMA, 4 June]

Education policy needs to get real, fast (in the national interest)

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Wednesday’s report in The Irish Times that the HEA has given effective carte blanche to university heads to take ‘whatever action is needed’ to make savings comes as no surprise. Yesterday’s editorial was a ‘get real’ message for those opposed to any change to the current system of funding …” (more)

[Tallyman, 4 June]

Irish academic wins top poetry prize

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Irish poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has won the prestigious Canada-based Griffin Poetry Prize for her collection, The Sun-fish. Ní Chuilleanáin, born in Cork city in 1942, is a fellow and professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, and a member of Aosdána …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 4 June]

This blog: the next generation

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“… One plan for me is to develop this blog a little more. While I shall continue to write what are essentially editorial-type posts on a more or less daily basis, I am also intending to add new sections including news and views from around the higher education system. To do this most effectively, I am hoping to attract a number of people who might be willing to act as contributors or correspondents …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

Academic disengagement: Qualitative historical evidence

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“… Extrapolating from these historical trends, it appears that a new student culture has emerged, which we have referred to as a culture that encourages a norm of entitled disengagement. In no previous era did high levels of disengagement coincide with extreme pressure to attain high grades, as is the case in the current era. And, although these patterns were observed in American universities, there is little reason to believe that Canadian universities differed significantly, especially given how similar these universities are today …” (more)

[Ivory Tower Blues, 4 June]

University and SES

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“This is an interesting take on the role University can play in encouraging lower SES participation by the VC (President) of one of the Melbourne based unis …” (link)

[Colm Harmon, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 4 June]


Posted in research with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“I used to think that academic work was a solitary endeavor: that professors shut themselves away with their sources, thought long and hard about them, and emerged years later with masterly tomes. In fact, it is highly collaborative. I always read the ‘Acknowledgments’ section of books because I love visualizing the network of archivists, editors, colleagues, mentors, and family members who have become invested in a project and helped it succeed …” (more)

[Karen Tani, Legal History Blog, 4 June]