Archive for 20 July 2010

University status for WIT a step closer?

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

“A review of third level colleges which is due to be finalised within the next two weeks and published in the autumn may bring Waterford Institute of Technology a step closer to a university for the South East …” (more)

[Marion O’Mara, Waterford News and Star, 20 July]

The TCD/ UCD Innovation Alliance Announces Appointment of Innovation Academy Course Co-Directors

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

“The Innovation Alliance partners, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, announced today the appointment of Professor Paul Coughlan (TCD) and Professor Suzi Jarvis (UCD) as Course Co-Directors in the Innovation Academy …” (more)

[Trinity Communications Office, 20 July]

What Belongs in a 21st-Century Classroom? Faculty and IT Staff Disagree

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“Faculty members and information-technology staff members alike say technology is useful for teaching and learning, but professors take a narrower view of what technology belongs in today’s classroom …” (more)

[Sophia Li, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 July]

First-class degrees may soon really be first-class

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

“We seem to be moving – crab-like, I admit – towards an unequivocal policing of academic standards in our universities, or at least those in England and Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Geoffrey Alderman, Guardian, 20 July]

Oil Debate Spills Into Academe

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

“Within three days of the BP oil spill, Joe Griffit was out in the Gulf of Mexico taking water samples to begin assessing the damage. As an assistant professor of coastal sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, Griffit says he’s been eager to assist in the restoration efforts taking shape in the region. So when lawyers representing BP came to Griffit with an offer …” (more)

[Jack Stripling, Inside Higher Ed, 20 July]

David Willetts: ‘Club Med’ university experience is over

Posted in Life with tags on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“Eighteen-year-olds will no longer automatically submit ‘Club Med’-style applications to university as soon as they leave school, David Willetts, the Universities Minister, has said …” (more)

[Rosa Prince, Daily Telegraph, 20 July]

Have examinations failed?

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

“Earlier this year I wrote a post for this blog in which I wondered whether continuous assessment as the principal form of evaluating student performance could be sustained, given budgetary constraints and the problems of plagiarism …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 July]

Concern rises over suitability of medical aptitude test

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“There is mounting concern within the medical profession about the suitability of a new aptitude test as a means of deciding who gets coveted medical school places. It follows the results of a recent study into how doctors and medical students perform in a modified form of the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPat) …” (more, and more here)

[Muiris Houston, Irish Times, 20 July]

Kindle’s tipping point – e-books outsell hardbacks

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

“Even though Amazon.com says its hardcover book sales are continuing to grow, Kindle e-books have accelerated to surpass hardback sales proving the new format is here to stay …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 20 July]

The new higher education package in the UK

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“It appears that major changes are about to be introduced to the English higher education system. The UK’s Secretary of States for Business and Skills, Vince Cable, has set out a number of policy options in a major speech …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 July]

Good and Risky: The Promise of a Liberal Education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“On the very first page of her slim new book, Not for Profit: Why Democracy needs the Humanities, philosopher Martha Nussbaum warns, ‘we are in a crisis of massive proportions and grave global significance’. She’s not talking about a calamity caused by climate change, nor is she referring to nuclear proliferation, global poverty or unchecked population growth …” (more)

[Michael Roth, Huffington Post, 19 July]