Identity check: Vice-chancellors’ education and pay revealed

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“In a time of unprecedented change for the UK’s academy, its leaders are under the spotlight as never before. Accordingly, Times Higher Education has augmented its annual survey of pay in the sector with an investigation into our v-cs’ educational backgrounds. John Morgan asks: who are these people and what do they earn? …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 24 March]

Korea, Singapore threaten Australia’s standing in Nature publication rankings

Posted in research with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Pressure from rising stars Korea and Singapore could soon squeeze Australia out of its third place in a prestigious ranking of publication rates in the Nature suite of scientific journals. The Nature Publishing Index for Asia and the Pacific released today …” (more)

[Jill Rowbotham, The Australian, 24 March]

A Copyright Expert Who Spoke Up for Academic Authors Offers Insights on the Ruling

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Pamela Samuelson played a lead role in voicing academic authors’ concerns over the Google Books settlement. That advocacy made an impact: Judge Denny Chin cited her writing in his ruling rejecting Google’s deal with authors and publishers, who were represented by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 March]

Dáil Éireann Written Answers – Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 March 2011 by Steve

Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reverse the cuts to third level grants, the impact of which will force thousands of students out of college …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann – Written Answers, 22 March]

Google Decision Spurs Research Libraries to Rethink the Path to Digital Access

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google’s vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 March]

UK Unearths £100 Million More for Research Infrastructure, Launches Agency to Eliminate Clinical Trial Red Tape

Posted in research with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“The United Kingdom’s budget for 2011-12, announced today by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, has some good news for scientists with a £100 million boost in spending on capital projects as well as promised removal of red tape surrounding biomedical research and clinical trials …” (more)

[Daniel Clery, Science Insider, 23 March]

Manchester University to charge £9,000 tuition fees”

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“As another institution announces it will charge students the maximum, there are fears that the government may be forced to cut university places …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 23 March]