Archive for 6 January 2011

The Hunting of the Snark

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“… We have waited so long for the Hunt Report that it has taken on much of the mythical quality of the ‘inconceivable’ Snark. In February 2009, the Minister for Education and Science established a high level Strategy Group, chaired by Dr Colin Hunt, to develop a National Strategy for Higher Education in Ireland …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 January]

Retracted papers left unflagged on journal websites

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“After a scientific journal retracts a research paper, how does it alert later online visitors to the paper’s status? Options include appending a note or putting a watermark on the pdf, and/or linking to a retraction notice at the paper’s webpage. Some journals delete the pdf entirely. And sometimes, it would appear, nothing happens …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, The Great Beyond, 6 January]

Open sesame

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Forty years ago this month a radical innovation arrived in higher education. The new Open University (OU) began to admit students who did not have the qualifications to get into other institutions …” (more)

[Economist, 6 January]

Co-ordinated university attack on staff conditions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“… Under attack are academic freedom (to be restricted), flexible work (staff are to be at their desks five days a week, despite the fact that most academics work far more than 40-hour weeks, often from home or from wherever their research, involvement in policy-making and contribution to the community takes them), holidays (all entitlements are to be removed beyond statutory holidays, which staff will have to apply for with no security …) …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 6 January]

Hunt Report now available

Posted in Governance and administration on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“The current report presents a vision of an Irish higher education sector that can successfully meet the many social, economic and cultural challenges that face us over the coming decades, and meet its key roles of teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and engagement with wider society …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 January]

FG and Labour differ over asset test for college grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael and Labour have failed to agree a common position over the controversial issue of introducing asset tests to help decide who gets higher education grants …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 6 January]

Public consultation process to guide future direction for Waterford Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is encouraging all members of the public to give their views on the future strategic direction of the Institute. WIT has initiated this discussion process as part of the development of the Institute’s next strategic plan which will run from 2011 to 2014 …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 5 January]

Bogus students cost country £500m a year, think-tank warns

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Tens of thousands of foreign migrants are granted student visas each year but either never attend their course or stay on unlawfully after, according to Migrationwatch …” (more)

[Tom Whitehead, Daily Telegraph, 6 January]

How Will Students Communicate?

Posted in Life with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Thus spake Zuckerberg: ‘We don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail’. The Facebook founder said so in November, when his company unveiled its new messaging platform: a system, sans subject lines, designed on the assumption that in the future most electronic communication will be brief, informal bursts …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 6 January]

Macra na Feirme criticises means testing plan

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Macra na Feirme has criticised a report which suggests that means tests for families of students applying for higher education grants should be extended to include assets …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 January]

Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an ‘elaborate fraud’ that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday …” (more)

[CNN, 6 January]

Divide in Britain’s Faculty Union

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“A battle for control of the Britain’s faculty union, the University and College Union, is under way, as a powerful leftist group plans a leadership challenge following a split over support for student protests …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 6 January]

Contradiction between public policy and persistent underfunding laid bare

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“The Hunt report says education is the key to our future. But it raises serious questions about the sustainability of current funding arrangements …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 6 January]

Incompetent academics to face strict penalties

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Academics face stiff penalties if they fail to get a satisfactory rating under a proposed controversial performance appraisal system. Under the confidential plans, staff who get a poor rating will not be able to go for promotion, take sabbatical leave, undertake private consultancy work or receive annual salary increments …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 6 January]

Trinity students charge €5 to put something embarrassing in luggage

Posted in Life with tags , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“A group of Trinity students are raising money for charity by doing something embarrassing going through Dublin Airport security on a flight to New York and recording the security guards’ reaction as well as a host of other novel activities while on the island of Manhattan, New York …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 5 January]

Telling the university story

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“If you have some time on your hands and nothing better to do, have a look at a university – any university – archive of press releases. You can usually find these in the ‘news’ section that is generally linked from the university home page. What do you see? What purpose do these press releases have? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 January]

Third-level sector needs additional €500m

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“The higher education system requires additional funding of up to €500 million a year to keep pace with record student demand and to meet Government targets for the economy, an expert group has concluded …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 6 January]

Two men in court following Belfast protests over tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Two men appeared in court yesterday charged with public order offences in Belfast during student protests against tuition fee rises …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 January]

CAO choices

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“Decision time! Listen to DCU President Prof. Brian MacCraith speak on The Tubridy Show about making your CAO choice. http://bit.ly/hbUjm7” (podcast)

[DCU Dublin City Uni, Twitter, 5 January]

Challenges for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“A Happy New Year to everyone. I will kick off the blog for this year with a question – what do you think will be the major challenges and opportunities facing higher education in Australia this year? …” (more)

[Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Office, 5 January]