Archive for 8 August 2010

New nurses forced to look abroad as they finish studies

Posted in Life with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“Some 1,600 nurses will complete the final year of their degree programmes in the coming weeks with little or no prospect of finding work in this country. Last year, 900 Irish-trained nurses applied to register to work abroad …” (more)

[Craig Hughes, Independent, 8 August]

Arts and Humanities; Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“… The humanities are in many ways, a study of how mankind and society have evolved. To use Michael Oakeshott’s metaphor, they are the conversation between the generations of mankind. They are subjects where there is often no right or wrong or definitive answer, with enormous scope for thinking, exercising the brain, learning how to evaluate information, how to express oneself, how to argue a point while respecting another’s point of view, empathy, tolerance, emotional intelligence …” (more)

[Dazzled & Frazzled, 8 August]

Universities overcharging, claims union

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“A third of French universities are charging students illegal fees, France’s biggest students’ union has claimed. Unef, the Union nationale des étudiants de France, found 26 out of 83 universities were fixing fees higher than those laid down by law, and two more were on the borderline of legality …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 8 August]

New election – Universities out in the cold

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“… Left out in the cold so far are universities. Neither side has yet mentioned the words ‘higher education’, but it is not hard to predict what will happen should the conservative parties replace the governing Labor administration …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 8 August]

Researchers given early access to supercomputer

Posted in research with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“Competition is fierce among researchers for some precious time on the fastest supercomputer in Europe available for public research, the European Union’s JUGENE. Last week 10 European research teams were granted more than 320 million core working hours on the computer collectively as part of an early access call for proposals …” (more)

[Emma Jackson, University World News, 8 August]

Top A-level students ‘could miss out on university’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“Students with good A-levels face being rejected from university this summer amid mounting competition for degree courses, the Government has admitted …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Sunday Telegraph, 8 August]

Getting Into Med School Without Hard Sciences

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“For generations of pre-med students, three things have been as certain as death and taxes: organic chemistry, physics and the Medical College Admission Test, known by its dread-inducing acronym, the MCAT …” (more)

[Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, 29 July]

Addressing the high levels of psychological distress in law students

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 8 August 2010 by Steve

Abstract: … First, we consider the problem of psychological distress in law students. Second, we explore a range of theoretical and practical strategies to assist the implementation of good assessment and feedback practice in the first year of legal education …” (more)

[Rachael Field and Sally Kift, FYHE, July issue]

Mass Video Courses May Free Up Professors for More Personalized Teaching

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“New York University plans to join the growing movement to publish academic material online as free, open courseware. But in addition to giving away content – something other colleges have done – NYU plans a more ambitious experiment. The university wants to explore ways to reprogram the roles of professors in large undergraduate classes, using technology to free them up for more personal instruction …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 August]

Bill Gates: Forget university, the web is the future for education

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“Bill Gates attended the Technonomy conference earlier this week, and had quite a bold statement to make about the future of education. He believes the web is where people will be learning in five years from now, not colleges and university …” (more)

[Geek.com, 7 August]

Professors: Hot at Their Own Risk

Posted in Life with tags on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“… In fact, Mr. Brinkerhoff, who heads the school’s illustration department, pretended that he hadn’t even seen the online ranking when a fellow professor brought it to his attention. ‘I was too embarrassed to admit I knew’, he says. ‘Something like this does begin to compromise your credibility’ …” (more)

[Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 August]