Archive for 17 June 2010

Create your own Google Scholar RSS feed

Posted in Governance and administration on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Google Scholar is a useful tool and now has a dedicated blog. The first post is dedicated to email alerts. It’s unimaginable, in 2010, that an alert service would not provide an RSS feed, so I can only assume that this feature will appear ‘in due course’. In the meantime, a quick Google search for create rss feed from website lead me to 7 Tools To Make An RSS Feed Of Any Website. I quickly tested them all …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[What You’re Doing Is Rather Desperate, 17 June]

Cuccinelli tells court former U-Va professor’s academic freedom not threatened

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told a judge that his request for documents related to the work of former University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann should be granted because neither academic freedom nor the First Amendment ‘immunizes’ a person from a fraud investigation …” (more)

[Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post, 16 June]

Comparing ranking systems: League Tables 101

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“A handy article on the QS website on comparing ranking systems. Whilst it doesn’t go into much detail, it does offer a nice overview …” (more)

[Registrarism, 17 June]

Plagiarism tariff: let the punishment fit the demerit points

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Academics in the UK have drawn up a national tariff covering penalties for student plagiarism, which could be adopted as a worldwide system for dealing with offenders. Studies in this area have found high levels of inconsistency in the penalties universities employ to punish students who are found guilty of copying, with wide variations between, and even within, institutions …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 17 June]

College heads hold talks on creation of ‘super IT’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Secret talks have begun between four colleges which could lead to a combined ‘super institute of technology’ for the greater Dublin area. The Irish Independent has learned that the four presidents and chairs of the governing bodies of the respective colleges met recently, and more meetings are expected …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 June]

Need to cut costs has mergermania in the air

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“There are too many colleges, too much duplication (do we really need 30 engineering schools in the country?) and not enough development around selected priorities. These are among the many key messages expected in the forthcoming national strategy on higher education …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 June]

‘Contact hours’ – the new dilemma

Posted in teaching with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“For anyone working in a higher education institution, one of the messages they will have been hearing with increasing frequency is that the general public believes that academics don’t work enough. To put it more precisely, there is a view out there that a university lecturer spends too much time doing other stuff, perhaps even important stuff, but far too little time actually teaching anyone …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 June]

The New University Press

Posted in research with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“The future of the book, and of the publishing industry, has far less to do with what you produce, and far more to do with enabling an ongoing conversation. This isn’t news to any of you, you live it. But it’s easy, in the midst of a project, to get seduced by the myth that all you do is take ideas and make them into physical objects …” (more)

[A Thaumaturgical Compendium, 16 June]

Top payout for ‘substandard’ handling of case

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“The UK student complaints body has awarded its highest-ever compensation payment, owing to a university’s ‘substandard’ handling of a case in which a PhD candidate became embroiled in a legal battle over allegations of harassment …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 17 June]

The temporal rhythm of academic life in a globalizing era

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“The globalization of higher education and research is associated with a wide variety of shifts and changes, many of which (e.g., branch campuses) are debated about in relatively intense fashion. Other aspects of this transition, though, receive little attention, including the temporal rhythm of academic life; a rhythm being simultaneously maintained, extended, reduced, and bracketed …” (more)

[Kris Olds, GlobalHigherEd, 16 June]

Student leaders vow to oppose an increase to fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Student leaders at Queen’s University have set out plans to oppose any scheme to raise admission fees. Students’ Union President, Shane Brogan stated that there is ‘no basis’ for fees to increase due to there being ‘no increase in standards’ since the introduction of variable top-up fees. Opposition will take the form of political pressure on the Stormont Executive …” (more)

[Ben Finch, The Gown, 17 June]

Why the Professor Still Can’t Teach

Posted in teaching with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“In 1977 the great mathematician and teacher Morris Kline published an indictment of academe in a book aptly called Why the Professor Can’t Teach. Kline not only blamed ‘the overemphasis on research’ as the ‘prime culprit’ for the poor quality of undergraduate education, he also blamed professors – especially tenured professors – for ignoring their ‘moral obligations to students’ …” (more)

[JM Anderson, Minding the Campus, 17 June]

Blue skies on Bloomsday for UCD honours

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“There wasn’t a straw boater or urine-scented kidney in sight but yesterday’s summer conferrings of honorary degrees at UCD bore a distinctly Joycean air. The day that was in it saw the Ulysses medal, the college’s highest honour, bestowed on Jürgen Habermas, described in his citation as ‘probably the single most influential philosopher and social theorist in the world today’ …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 17 June]

Prof charged with brother’s death

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“A biology professor charged with killing three of her colleagues at a university has been charged with the 1986 shooting death of her brother, prosecutors have announced …” (more)

[Independent, 17 June]

Protect universities, urge business chiefs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Senior executives of companies including Shell, Network Rail, Centrica and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals UK, have highlighted the ‘vital contribution’ that universities make to the economy. They said the Government ‘must ensure it supports innovation’ and that the university sector, which generates £59bn annually, ‘can spur the economy on further’ …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 16 June]