Archive for 20 June 2010

Is IFUT’s no vote a warning bell for society?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Perhaps it might occur to others (obviously not Ms O’Kelly, article from SINDO below) that those who are entrusted with the formation of our young population at all levels might be genuinely fearful for the ultimate implications of the Croke Park Deal for their students …” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 20 June]

Does science really still have a problem with libel?

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Are there really still problems being caused for scientists and science writers by the English law of libel? On the face of it, that seems an odd question to be asked on this of all blogs. But it is an entirely serious question, and it is not one which is intended to be unduly provocative …” (more)

[Jack of Kent, 19 June]

Science metrics

Posted in research with tags , on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“The value of scientific output is often measured, to rank one nation against another, allocate funds between universities, or even grant or deny tenure. Scientometricians have devised a multitude of ‘metrics’ to help in these rankings. Do they work? Are they fair? Are they over-used? …” (more)

[Nature, 20 June]

Universities and colleges face day of strikes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Universities and colleges will be hit by a national day of action tomorrow in protest at funding cuts. Demonstrations are expected to be held at more than 70 institutions across the UK …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Independent, 20 June]

‘Copper-fastened’ deal all comes down to the nuts and bolts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“… The anti-democratic charge, with its potential to scupper the agreement, has been led by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). It’s hard to believe that the men and women entrusted with the educational formation of many of our citizens at second level, and all of our citizens at university level, can behave in such an unprincipled fashion …” (more)

[Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent, 20 June]

Special plea for humanities

Posted in research with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Drastic funding cuts to university and research budgets will imperil the massive contribution to the UK’s economic, social and cultural life made by the humanities and social sciences, the President of the British Academy, Professor Sir Adam Roberts, warned last week …” (more)

[Diane Spencer, University World News, 20 June]

Research-oriented will be favoured

Posted in research with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“The Times Higher Education magazine is to be commended for the transparent manner in which it is going about developing its new world ranking of universities in conjunction with Thomson Reuters. But, compared with the previous THE-QS rankings, the new THE methodology is likely to favour selective research-oriented institutions such as Caltech at the expense of comprehensive universities with large numbers of undergraduates …” (more)

[Ross Williams, University World News, 20 June]

Half of university students willing to cheat, study finds

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Half of university students are prepared to cheat in their exams by handing in essays bought off the internet, new research reveals. The study suggests rampant plagiarism at British universities, with thousands of cases going unreported because if essays are bespoke and written to undergraduates’ specifications, they are unlikely to be detected by anti-plagiarism software …” (more)

[Julie Henry, Sunday Telegraph, 20 June]

Beware multi-disciplinarity: ex-lecturer

Posted in research with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“… When I look critically at my career choices and what I could have done differently, I think the most serious mistake I made was to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to my research work. And this is strange, since everybody is advocating multi-disciplinarity for the future because that is where innovation often happens …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 20 June]

Academic poetry

Posted in Life with tags , , on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“One of the most intriguing appointments in the academic world is that of the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University – a post held in the past by celebrated poets such as WH Auden and Seamus Heaney …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 June]

University for slow food gastronomes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Students from around the world are flocking to a one-of-a-kind university devoted to the slow food movement, founded nearly a quarter century ago to promote ‘good, clean and fair’ food. Nestled in the heart of the Langhe wine-producing region, near the white truffle ‘capital’ Alba, the University of Gastronomic Sciences, or UNISG, has a student body of more than 300 …” (more)

[Mathieu Gorse, University World News, 20 June]

New higher education directorate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Is the European Commission going to give higher education a much higher profile? The creation of a new Brussels directorate devoted entirely to higher education has been welcomed by universities in the European Union, but they could be reading too much into the move …” (more)

[Alan Osborn, University World News, 20 June]

Diversity prevails despite extensive reforms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 June 2010 by Steve

“Extensive university reforms have taken place in Europe over the past decade and more. But while system performance improved significantly, diversity remained one of the most striking features of European higher education, according to a comprehensive report, Progress in Higher Education Reforms across Europe …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 20 June]