Archive for 13 August 2010

UL to link up with former minister O’Malley in medical school

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Former Minister of State at the Department of Health Tim O’Malley could be set to benefit if Limerick County Council approves plans by the University of Limerick to teach medical students at his former home in Dooradoyle …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 12 August]

Parental Education, Grade Attainment and Earnings Expectations

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“While there is an extensive literature on intergenerational transmission of economic outcomes (education, health and income for example), many of the pathways through which these outcomes are transmitted are not as well understood. We address this deficit by analysing the relationship between socio-economic status and child outcomes in university …” (more)

[Liam Delaney and others, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 13 August]

New bibliometric tool

Posted in research with tags on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Scholarometer is a new tool to rank academics. It uses crowdsourcing to disentangle people with common names, and to attribute people to disciplines and subdisciplines. It has a widget to display your results on your homepage …” (more)

[Richard Tol, Irish Economy, 13 August]

Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Full table should be available at the SJTU site but it seems to be down at time of writing. Meantime, have the UK universities in top 100 courtesy of the Telegraph (where the story seems, slightly bizarrely, to argue that these results suggest UKHE doesn’t play well in China) …” (more)

[Registrarism, 13 August]

Theology is a crucial academic subject

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Bangor University has announced that its school of theology and religious studies will close in 2013, merging with the theology department at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in a cost-cutting exercise. With university budget cuts of £200m planned, the loss of the department is unlikely to be an isolated case …” (more)

[Sophia Deboick, Guardian, 13 August]

Time for radical solutions to get poorer students into top universities?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Andrew Seaton, 22, is one of a rare breed – an ambitious student from a deprived background, with four grade As at A-level, who has just completed his first year at Oxford University …” (more)

[Lucy Hodges, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

Research and jobs

Posted in research with tags , , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Conor Lenihan, Ireland’s Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, was recently reported as explaining the link between the funding of university research and job creation. I confess I am always nervous whenever a politician links research expenditure with job creation …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 August]

UL to produce ‘medical leaders’ of the future

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“The new graduate entry medical school on the Clare campus of the University of Limerick will produce ‘medical leaders’ for acute hospitals in the region. That was the confident prediction of the new Professor of Surgery at the Medical School …” (more)

[Dan Danaher, Irish Examiner, 13 August]

Science’s experiment in publishing

Posted in research with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“… So what’s it all about? Put simply, Mendeley is an open-access searchable database of academic research with a social networking twist. Every paper potentially comes with a review context – what academics read it, what else they read – and functionality to enable scientists to comment and link to other similar research …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Irish Times, 13 August]

Students ‘let down’ by the academic Luddites

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“… The results show that while 72% of respondents used course- management systems such as Blackboard, many did not use any other technology in their academic lives. Some 70% did not use plagiarism-detection software and 84% did not use blogs. In each case, a small percentage claimed not to know that such things existed …” (more)

[Sarah Cunnane, Times Higher Education, 12 August]

Cutting English higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“According to Times Higher Education, the heads of England’s universities have received a rather chilling warning from the British cabinet secretary, Gus O’Donnell: they were told ‘it would be prudent for the sector to plan for 35% cuts over 2011-15′ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 August]

Slate Takes On Tenure

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“The latest rant against tenure is in Slate.com. I have nothing against such discussions. Tenure, what it means, who gets it, and how it is gotten are important topics to debate and (re)consider from time to time. Any discussion of tenure, however, would benefit from accurate information …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 13 August]