Archive for 5 August 2010

Doom and gloom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“3/4 of UK VCs expect university closures in the next 3 years http://bit.ly/d4rZIR Will the Hunt Report suggest univ closures in Ireland too?” (tweet)

[Eoin O’Dell, Twitter, 5 August]

Aim for happiness, not perfection

Posted in Life with tags , , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“In a speech to the Union of Students National Conference in UCD today (Thursday), Fine Gael Mental Heath Spokesperson, Dan Neville TD, encouraged delegates to concentrate on doing what makes them happy rather than trying to achieve an unattainable idea of perfection …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 5 August]

Industry/academic research links grew 25% in past year

Posted in research with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Science Foundation Ireland’s 2009 annual report, launched today, showed that research links between industry and academia in Ireland grew by 25% last year …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 5 August]

Are private universities ‘a huge threat to academic standards’?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“According to a piece in the Telegraph private universities represent ‘a huge threat to academic standards’. This follows the award of the University College title to BPP College and the line comes from UCU …” (more)

[Registrarism, 5 August]

Does gender bias affect physics teaching?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“According to a recent US study, students think males are more knowledgeable than females when it comes to teaching physics …” (more)

[Communicate Science, 5 August]

Who Pays the Hidden Cost of University Research?

Posted in research with tags , , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Higher education in America is in financial crisis. In constant dollars, the average cost of tuition and fees at public colleges has risen almost 300 percent since 1980. Our best public research universities, like my own University of California (UC), are wracked with doubt: will they be able to continue their historic role as institutions with a vital public mission …” (more)

[Charles Schwartz, Minding the Campus, 5 August]

Universities and wisdom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Not many university heads make much of an effort to influence public debate on anything very much. One exception to that general rule is Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 August]

USI urged to support govt jobs plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Enterprise, Batt O’Keeffe has urged the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) to ‘get behind decisive Government efforts to protect and create jobs’ …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 4 August]

Republican senators target ‘wasteful’ science spending in stimulus package

Posted in research with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“It was doubtless only a matter of time before enterprising critics of the Obama administration picked through the trove of projects funded by 2009’s $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – a.k.a the economic stimulus package – for egregious examples of Big Government Waste …” (more)

[The Great Beyond, 4 August]

Mandatory academic writing classes: they’ll thank you for it later

Posted in teaching with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Getting undergraduates to enjoy academic writing is a bit like getting a child to eat liver. First-year university students are usually more interested in content-based classes than skills-based instruction. But while they may see academic writing as boring, it is nonetheless a valuable and necessary skill for them to master …” (more)

[Alex Baratta, Times Higher Education, 5 August]

Securing future of university and graduates is vital, says NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Irish universities have a pivotal role to play in shaping a knowledge society and smart economy that can confidently face the challenges that lie ahead, according to NUI Galway which has recently launched its Strategic Plan 2009 to 2014 …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Galway Advertiser, 5 August]

Michael Bellesiles Takes Another Shot

Posted in research with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“He was drummed out of academe after a controversy over his book about guns in America. Now the historian aims for a second chance …” (more)

[Tom Bartlett, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 August]

Australian Education Minister Denies Overseas Market Collapse

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Speaking from Sydney’s Macquarie University, Simon Crean has dismissed the bleak forecasts in the overseas student market. The Education Minister for Australia insists that enrolments have grown recently, regardless of the adverse conditions …” (more)

[Sarah Pont, i-studentadvisor, 4 August]

Free Access to US Research Papers Could Yield $1 Billion in Benefits

Posted in research with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“A new economic analysis finds that making taxpayer-funded scientific papers freely available would yield more than $1 billion in benefits to the US economy over 30 years – five times the costs of archiving the papers …” (more)

[Jocelyn Kaiser, Science Insider, 4 August]

Parents struggling as cost of education hits €70,000

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“The cost of educating a child from primary school to college graduation is hitting the €70,000 mark, a new survey reveals …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 5 August]

Time to free research elite from the grant ‘treadmill’

Posted in research with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“UCL professors say ‘major restructuring’ will be needed to sustain UK sector. The higher education sector should be reorganised into regional networks led by research-intensive universities freed from the ‘research-grant treadmill’ …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 5 August]

Falling rents help reduce cost of going to college for second year

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Falling rents have contributed to the cost of college dropping for a second year, according to analysis at Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 August]

Too Hard Not to Cheat in the Internet Age?

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“A deeply troubling article sat atop the New York Times’ most-emailed list yesterday (no, not the one about catching horrible diseases at the gym). ‘Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age’, the headline proclaimed, pinpointing a problem, weaving a theory, and excusing youthful copycats in one fell swoop …” (more)

[Elizabeth Minkel, New Yorker, 4 August]