Archive for February, 2011

Scottish universities call for an end to free higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Principals warn that universities in Scotland will be left with a £200m funding gap after tuition fees are raised in England …” (more)

[Severin Carrell, Guardian, 28 February]

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Firm defends writing essays for students

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“A company offering to write essays for students insisted today the service does not tempt students to commit plagiarism. Write My Assignments has already supplied 10 Irish students with written essays for €280 to €350 each …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Herald, 28 February]

Micropublishing E-books for Higher Education

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The usual hype about new e-toys is familiar territory with e-books. Writing in 2008, before Kindle was launched (bK), Mark Nelson was writing in Educause that ‘some experts predict 2007 – 2009 will be the transition years for the higher education e-book market’. Obviously this hasn’t happened here …” (more)

[Is this going to be on the exam?, 28 February]

German scientists outraged in defence minister plagiarism affair

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Thousands of German scientists and academics have signed an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel expressing their unhappiness over the official handling of the by-now notorious case of plagiarism on the part of her minister of defence. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is accused of having duplicated large parts of his 2006 PhD thesis …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

Studying Abroad and Labour Market Mobility

Posted in Life with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

Abstract: We investigate the effect of studying abroad on international labour market mobility later in life for university graduates. We exploit the introduction and expansion of the European ERASMUS student exchange programme as an instrument for studying abroad …” (more)

[Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 February]

Irish election raises questions for stem cell research

Posted in research with tags , , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The Fianna Fail party, in power in Ireland since 1997, had supported science well enough over the last decade or so to allow the small country to dramatically raise its international profile. This year it even scraped into the top twenty science-producing countries in terms of citations per research paper. Irish scientists now have to worry about whether this progress will be maintained under Fine Gael …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

Arts and Humanities disciplines

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“New RIA Report – Key Performance Indicators to Research in Arts and Humanities disciplines http://www.ria.ie/Our-Work/Policy.aspx” (tweet)

[Royal Irish Academy, 28 February]