Archive for 5 January 2011

The Hunt Report: Key Recommendations

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“Key recommendations from the Hunt Report (or National Strategy for Higher Education) have been announced today in the Irish Independent. The Hunt Report has been discussed by Kevin and myself before on this blog …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 5 January]

Blind Law-School Grad Wins Right to Use Assistive Technology on Bar Exam

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“A blind law-school graduate won a legal victory today in her fight to take two legal exams with help from assistive software. It’s the latest in a series of court battles over issues of technology accessibility …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 January]

My first teaching term

Posted in teaching with tags on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“This year, 2010-2011, I am embarking on my first year lecturing. I have sat in many teaching interviews over the last few years reciting my virtues as a scholar to the interview panel and promising that I would be a wonderful teacher and gifted communicator …” (more)

[Lisa Marie Griffith, Pue’s Occurrences, 5 January]

Student protests: key dates for 2011

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“Students are poised to resume their high-profile fight against rising tuition fees and education cuts in the new year. Here are some of the key dates on which student action is planned …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 5 January]

Is the ‘decline effect’ really so mysterious? (revisited)

Posted in research with tags on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“Back in December, I took issue with a highly irritating article by someone who normally should know better, Jonah Lehrer, entitled The Truth Wears Off: Is There Something Wrong With the Scientific Method?, so much so that I wrote one of my typical long-winded deconstructions of the article …” (more)

[Respectful Insolence, 5 January]

Save universities from the bean counters

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“More evidence of concern in the United States about the dramatic cuts to the Higher Education budget in the UK: in Nature, Gregory Petsko of Brandeis has called on fellow scientists to defend their colleagues in arts and humanities departments and singled out the cuts in George Osbourne’s budget as a dramatic symptom of the crisis …” (more)

[Humanities and Social Sciences Matter, 5 January]

Is research a waste of taxpayers’ money?

Posted in research with tags , on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“The answer to the question is ‘no’, by the way, but there is no shortage of people who will claim otherwise. There appears to be a particular tendency for Irish economists (or at least some of them) to play down the economic impact of research …” (more)

[Ferdinand on Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 January]