Archive for 6 June 2010

PhD graduates face jobs shortage

Posted in Life with tags , , on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“A government policy drawn up four years ago to double the output of PhD students in Ireland is midway through its term. But now there are questions about whether the plan is on the right track and if it still has the merit it once had …” (more)

[Nicola Cooke, Sunday Business Post, 6 June]

Bat attack victim ‘whispering’

Posted in Life with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“The family of a young woman savagely attacked in America said she is now trying to whisper words, having come out of a coma after more than five weeks …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 6 June]

Blogging the Humanities: brief recap

Posted in Life with tags , on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Who says cyberspace is lonely? On behalf of Pue’s I want to thank all the bloggers and would-be bloggers who joined us for a day of discussion on the present and future of blogging in the humanities. It was great to put faces to blogs, to meet new people and generally talk about something a bit different …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 6 June]

The Quiet Preference for Men in Admissions

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“It’s a well-known fact that there’s a severe gender imbalance in undergraduate college populations: about 57% of undergrads these days are female and only 43% male, the culmination of a trend over the past few decades in which significantly fewer young men than young women either graduate from high school or enroll in college …” (more)

[Charlotte Allen, Minding the Campus, 6 June]

Among the Crachach

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“… Much of it focusses on the results of a recent study by accountants PriceWaterhouseCooper that revealed, among other things, that 52% of the funding provided by the Welsh Assembly Government for higher education goes on adminstration and support services, with only 48% to teaching and research …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 June]

Reflective writing on teaching about science

Posted in teaching with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“A couple of days ago I took part in a discussion around reflective writing. It was organised by the University’s Student Learning Support team, with the intention of helping students working towards their PhDs to think – in a reflective way – about what they are writing …” (more)

[Talking Teaching, 6 June]

Higher education or education for hire?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Teaching critical thinking is the university’s democratic mission, and today’s universities are failing to deliver, argues the University of Ottawa’s Joel Westheimer in an article in the latest edition of the Canadian journal Academic Matters. Universities need to reverse the trend that has them focusing on workforce preparation and the commercialisation of knowledge and resurrect higher education’s public purpose …” (more)

[University World News, 6 June]

Academic warning over uni places shortage

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of applicants are facing unemployment this summer because of a shortage of university places, says the vice chancellor of Swansea Metropolitan University …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 June]

Universities raise entry requirements

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Some of New Zealand’s eight universities are raising their entry requirements to try to control student numbers. The universities have found themselves in a difficult position since the recession struck because it prompted more people to seek a university education. But the government has made no change to its strict limits on enrolments …” (more)

[John Gerritsen, University World News, 6 June]

3-Year Degrees? Not So Fast

Posted in teaching with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“As hot higher education ideas go, the three-year bachelor’s degree continues to get a lot of attention and praise. Most recently, an op-ed in The New York Times made the case for three years of undergraduate study. As more colleges have announced new three-year options, students haven’t flooded the programs, but the idea is increasingly cited as one that could be part of the solution to a range of problems …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 3 June]

College places facing the axe as budget cuts bite

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Students hoping to go to university are to face higher points and fewer places because of pending ‘unsustainable’ budget cuts, several college presidents have warned this weekend …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 6 June]

Getting to be a university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Just over twenty years ago the National Institute for Higher Education (Dublin) became Dublin City University. Legally the change came about as a result of the Dublin City University Act 1989, but this piece of legislation was itself the culmination of a detailed and lengthy process of analysis and review …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 June]

France’s Latest Revolution

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“… Higher education in France is in the throes of its most profound restructuring in generations. The country’s 83 universities are being granted autonomy, severing the direct authority of the central government over how they run their affairs …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 June]

Vince Cable moves to cut number of university places

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“The government is considering cutting the number of students going to university as part of a radical shake-up of further and higher education ordered by the new business secretary Vince Cable. With university spending one of the casualties of spending cuts, Cable has made clear that he plans to launch a national debate over the next few weeks …” (more)

[Larry Elliott and Anushka Asthana, Observer, 6 June]