Archive for 10 June 2010

Evans denies posting documentation to Facebook

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“Dr Dylan Evans, the lecturer at the center of the controversial ‘Fruitbatgate’ fiasco, has told the Cork Student News that he has no idea who posted confidential documentation onto the internet which revealed the details of UCC’s internal investigation process following allegations of sexual harassment by a member of the Medicine faculty at the University …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 9 June]

Closing the ‘worst’ universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“… We do not know which Mr Lambert thinks are Britain’s ‘worst run’ universities, nor do we know how many he has in his sights. But it appears that what many would have regarded as unthinkable – the prospect of university closures – is now being mentioned openly in the UK …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 June]

International research team discovers gene link to autism

Posted in research with tags on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“A global research group including Irish scientists has discovered a cluster of genes linked to the mental disorder autism. Ireland played a key role, preparing and delivering a large part of the data and later analysis that helped to find the genes. The research took place under the Global Autism Genome Project. It involves the work of 120 scientists from more than 50 institutions in 19 countries …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 10 June]

Maths teachers ‘not fully qualified’ in subject

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“Almost 2,000 maths teachers are not fully qualified to teach the subject, new figures reveal. The disclosure came as 116,000 students began the Junior and Leaving Cert exams yesterday …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 June]

Students ‘are a burden on taxpayers’, new universities minister believes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“In his clearest signal yet that students will likely be hit with higher tuition fees, David Willetts warned higher education spending had to be seriously ‘tackled’. Mr Willetts, the Universities Minister, last night warned that students should consider university fees ‘more as an obligation to pay higher income tax’ than a debt …” (more)

[Andrew Hough, Daily Telegraph, 10 June]

Something to cheer up the lawyers

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“High Court grants Dylan Evans leave to apply for judicial review of #fruitbatgate investigation – see http://bit.ly/9UHdXx for court order” (tweet)

[Dylan Evans, Twitter, 10 June]

The open source solution

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“The old public university system shows signs of fracture; in countries like Ireland, it is perhaps irreparable. The increasing emphasis on a unitary executive in universities is destroying the teacher/student relationship; a relationship as close to sacred as anything in our secular age …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure, 9 June]

David Willetts hints that university students will face higher fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“The universities minister tonight gave his clearest indication yet that students could soon be forced to pay higher tuition fees. In an interview with the Guardian, David Willetts warned that the cost of hundreds of thousands of students’ degree courses was a ‘burden on the taxpayer that had to be tackled’ ….” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 9 June]

Crisis of confidence: scholars unconvinced by REF impact pilot

Posted in research with tags , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“A pilot project to measure the economic and social ‘impact’ of research in the forthcoming research excellence framework has exposed a host of problems and raised fears that the measure could stifle controversial work or research that is critical of the government …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 10 June]

Faculty Burnout Has Both External and Internal Sources, Scholar Says

Posted in Life with tags on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“Janie Crosmer, who recently earned a Ph.D. in health management at Texas Woman’s University, wanted to know more about what causes faculty burnout. So as part of her dissertation, she studied 411 full-time professors nationwide to find out …” (more)

[Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 June]

Dropping down the rankings – will it matter?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“As we try to get realistic about Irish higher education’s prospects in the era of budget cuts and staffing reductions, one conclusion we must draw is that the recent successes of Irish universities in the global rankings are likely to be reversed shortly, perhaps dramatically …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 June]

Blind Students Sue Law Schools Over Online Applications

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“Three blind students and an advocacy group have sued four California law schools, arguing that their online application system is not accessible to blind students …” (more)

[Sophia Li, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 June]

It’s patently unfair: scholar calls for IP reform

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 10 June 2010 by Steve

“Universities are losing millions of pounds a year managing their intellectual property rights thanks to a patenting system that favours the business sector, it has been warned. A technology transfer expert has called for an overhaul to stem the financial waste caused by the system …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 10 June]