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]