Archive for 22 December 2010

A Nature for the Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“I am writing a piece at the moment on whether it is possible, or indeed even wise to start a journal in the humanities that has a similar market profile as Nature‚ the critical and popular science journal …” (more)

[Christopher Pressler, Exquisite Life, 22 December]

Wales set for university mergers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Just another quick post to pass on the news just out that the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has announced that the number of universities in Wales must reduce by a half over the next two years …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 December]

Students in Kent university sit-in make Christmas vow

Posted in Life with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Students occupying a University of Kent building to protest at education cuts and the rise in tuition fees say they are prepared to continue their sit-in over Christmas …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 December]

Democracy and Credible Commitment in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“In 2003, Denmark enacted what is the easily the least democratic university legislation in the world (the North Korean one may be less democratic) …” (more)

[Nicolai Foss, Organizations and Markets, 22 December]

Save university arts from the bean counters

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Scientists must reach across the divide and speak up for campus colleagues in arts and humanities departments …” (more)

[Gregory Petsko, Nature, 22 December]

Italian students demonstrate against education reforms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students are demonstrating in Italy ahead of a Senate vote on controversial education reforms. Rome police have sealed off the area around parliament after last week’s violent protests …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 December]

The disposable academic

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“On the evening before All Saints’ Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position one wanted to argue …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[Economist, 16 December]