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Writing services for academics on the rise

Writing services for academics on the rise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
What drives scientists to delegate time-consuming writing tasks?

Universities and private centres in different European countries have introduced writing services for academics, in the past few decades. The trend is now catching on as the work of scientists becomes incredibly complex. More and more researchers are now happy to delegate the time-consuming task of communicating their results to professional writers and editors. Academic writing centers and learning development centres that include academic writing service have developed throughout Europe. The European academic writing centres have joined in the European Writing Centres Association that was founded in 1998 and the European Association For The Teaching Of Academic Writing.(...) Euroscientist, par Janna Degener, 11/06/2015

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[Madagascar] Les chercheurs lancent un appel de détresse

[Madagascar] Les chercheurs lancent un appel de détresse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs-enseignants travaillent d’arrache-pied pour développer le pays. Leurs qualités et leurs performances sont limitées faute de moyen. (...) - L'Express de Madagascar, 08/04/2015

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Does the European Researchers Charter deserve its birthday cake?

Does the European Researchers Charter deserve its birthday cake? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On the 3rd of March 2015, university heads from around Europe will gather in Brussels to celebrate the 10th birthdayof the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers . A decade after the charter’s launch, it boasts over 600 signatories. EuroScientist examines if anything has really changed for scientists since its introduction; and whether the charter has fulfilled its mission. The verdict is somewhat disappointing. This is especially true at a time where scientists need protection from precarious research positions and need better structured career paths. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, by Fiona Dunlevy, 03/03/2015

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Europe: Scientists protest cuts, study shows HE funding divide

As scientists across Europe campaign against “vicious” budget cuts, the European University Association published a report last Friday highlighting long-term funding cuts in a majority of countries – some as high as 40% – and an “evolving geographical divide” in terms of higher education investment that it warns is harming Europe’s global competitiveness. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 11 October 2014 Issue No:338

  

  
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[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance

[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists from different European countries describe in this letter that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society. (...) - Euroscience, 2014

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Scottish scientists look to a more independent future

Scottish scientists look to a more independent future | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite 'no' to independence, a promised push for decentralization could benefit research in Scotland and other UK regions.

 

In the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and other politicians made what some saw as panicked pre-vote pledges to give more autonomy to Scotland’s local government if it remained part of the United Kingdom. (...) - by Daniel Cressey, Nature, 22 September 2014

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Should older academics be forced to retire?

Should older academics be forced to retire? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The post articulates the inter-generational resentment brewing inside our universities. It expresses sentiments I have heard often from my peers in their 30’s and 40’s in the tea rooms of academia. Rarely however, does this resentment find its way into the public sphere where it can be discussed and debated. (...) - The Thesis Whisperer, September 10, 2014

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Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists

Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.

They voiced concerns that the institutions could lose billions of pounds of funding for research.

Several senior scientists have already been contacted by English universities because of the prospect of a yes vote in the referendum on 18 September, sources told The Guardian. (...) - by Ian Jihnston, The Independent, 31/08/2014

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R.I.P Portuguese Science

Portuguese government shuts down half of the research units in the country


The Portuguese funding agency for science (Fundação para a Ciência e aTecnologia – FCT) has just announced lthat it will stop  funding nearly half of the research units in the country (154 units out of 322), which means to destroy the career of about a third of the total number of researchers in the country (5187 out of 15444). (...) - by Catarina Amorim, July 3rd 2014

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U.K. researchers call for more teacher power to improve education

U.K. researchers call for more teacher power to improve education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Royal Society report says British system lets too many students avoid science.

A new report from the Royal Society on improving U.K. science and mathematics education contains a lengthy wish list: Upper-level students should take a lot more science and math; more college graduates with science degrees should go into teaching; current teachers should continually upgrade their skills and have a larger voice in the educational process; and the government should de-emphasize the high-stakes tests used to measure student achievement. But the authors of the report, released today, also realize that wishes don’t always come true. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 26 June 214

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What makes a university career a success or a failure?

What makes a university career a success or a failure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A quiet revolution has been going on in the corridors of academia: nowadays, being a success may include having a life outside, says Jonathan Wolff.

A retiring US university president in the 1960s was asked how he had managed to remain so universally popular. He is said to have replied, "I make a point of never discussing sports with alumni, sex with students, or parking with faculty." (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guadian, 20/05/2014

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Facilitating research collaboration through computing and data infrastructure

Facilitating research collaboration through computing and data infrastructure | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pirjo-Leena Forsström, director of information infrastructure services at Finland’s IT Center for Science (CSC), will give a keynote speechat next month’s European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland. iSGTW speaks to her ahead of the event to find out more about the work that she and her colleagues have been doing at CSC… (...) - isgtw, by Andrew Purcell, April 30, 2014

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A guide for the innovator

A guide for the innovator | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers with product-worthy ideas can follow various, often under-appreciated, paths towards commercialization, says Peter Fiske. (...) - by Peter Fiske, Nature 508, 275-276, 09 April 2014

 

 

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Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test

Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US science and engineering professors preferred female job candidates by two to one.

 

Universities in the United States employ many more male scientists than female ones. Men are paid more, and in fields such as mathematics, engineering and economics, they hold the majority of top-level jobs. (...) - Nature, by Boer Deng, 13 April 2015

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The 2015 Salary Survey Is Here

The 2015 Salary Survey Is Here | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Answer some brief questions and help us determine the most current salary data for life scientists. (...) - The Scientist, March 13, 2015

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Trust in science and scientists is not eroding in Europe

Trust in science and scientists is not eroding in Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The state of confidence and seeking reassurance of continued trust of science and scientists in society is the subtext of much consideration and concern. (...) EuroScientist Webzine, 25/02/2015

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Russia: Scientists accuse journals of ‘political’ rejections

Leading scientific journals from Europe and the United States have started to groundlessly reject papers written by Russian scientists and postgraduates, according to some well-known researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences and publishers of physics and chemistry magazines.

Scientists have said that in recent months, many Western journals have started to send back papers written by Russian scientists and graduates without conducting any review – and have speculated that this could be related to sanctions imposed against Russia. (...) -  University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 10 October 2014 Issue No:338

  
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Progress, problems with researcher mobility in Europe

There has been significant progress in alleviating obstacles to mobility for researchers in Europe – but advances have been uneven and challenges remain in some countries in the areas of recruitment, researcher skills, working conditions and career opportunities – says a Deloitte Consulting report prepared for the European Commission.

The third annual report of a three-year study includes for the first time a composite index of European Union research excellence compared with that of other major economies, which it says can be seen as a proxy for the attractiveness of Europe for researchers. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 26 September 2014, Issue No:336

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When Scientists Give Up

When Scientists Give Up | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits. (...) - by Richard Harris, NPR, September 09, 2014

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Facts on tenure track in Europe’s research universities

Universities in three out of 10 European countries do not have an academic tenure track – France, Spain and the United Kingdom – while in seven countries three basic tenure models have been implemented since the turn of the century, according to a survey by the League of European Research Universities, LERU.

The models – in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – are outlined in a paper on “Tenure and Tenure Track at LERU Universities: Models for attractive research careers in Europe” launched on Tuesday 2 September. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 03 September 2014 Issue No:333

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Poor conditions blamed for Venezuelan scientist exodus

Government-funded universities in Venezuela are witnessing a flight of scientists and professors, leaving them unable to fill posts, according to recent reports.

At Simón Bolívar University, around 240 professors have quit over the past five years – an unusually high number, says Rafael Álvarez, a representative of the university’s Association of Professors.

“I’ve been working here for 34 years and never seen something like this before,” he tells SciDev.Net. “It’s devastating.” (...) - University World News, by Andrea Small Carmona, 18 July 2014 Issue No:329

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Consolidation in the voice of researchers in Europe to defend working conditions

Consolidation in the voice of researchers in Europe to defend working conditions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research career: the voice of researchers in Europe consolidated through MOU between the two major umbrella researcher representative associations in Europe.

For the first time, active science researchers to have a unified voice representing them on an EU and international level. Indeed, the two major umbrella researcher representative associations in Europe–namely ICoRSA and Eurodoc–have just signed a  memorandum of understanding (MOU) in that sense, announced on 19th June 2014. It enables both organisations to act together to represent the interests of researchers at European level.  Previously, independent efforts of the two associations to represent the interest of researchers were limited and lacked coordination in defending the interests of the entire research community. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2014/07/consolidation-voice-researchers-europe/#sthash.Nehvl6VC.dpufFor the first time, active science researchers to have a unified voice representing them on an EU and international level. Indeed, the two major umbrella researcher representative associations in Europe–namely ICoRSA and Eurodoc–have just signed a  memorandum of understanding (MOU) in that sense, announced on 19th June 2014. It enables both organisations to act together to represent the interests of researchers at European level.  Previously, independent efforts of the two associations to represent the interest of researchers were limited and lacked coordination in defending the interests of the entire research community. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2014/07/consolidation-voice-researchers-europe/#sthash.Nehvl6VC.dpuf

For the first time, active science researchers to have a unified voice representing them on an EU and international level. Indeed, the two major umbrella researcher representative associations in Europe–namely ICoRSA and Eurodoc–have just signed a  memorandum of understanding (MOU) in that sense, announced on 19th June 2014. It enables both organisations to act together to represent the interests of researchers at European level.  Previously, independent efforts of the two associations to represent the interest of researchers were limited and lacked coordination in defending the interests of the entire research community.(...)  - EuroScientist Webzine, July 2nd, 2014

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Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists

Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Where are the women in America’s greatest scientific laboratories?

 

A few years ago, Jason Sheltzer and Joan Smith were at a dinner party, chatting with a physics graduate student. When she offhandedly mentioned that she was the first female student her adviser had graduated in 20 years, they were appalled. “We thought that that was amazing,” Sheltzer told me. “Twenty years without a single woman!” (...) - by Jane Hu, Slate, 11 June , 2014

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Research is mostly slow and non-significant

Research is mostly slow and non-significant | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It’s easy to forget this. We are constantly bombarded with new, exciting science stories every single day. There are a gazillion science bloggers covering the latest discoveries and our twitter stream is full of newly published research results. We don’t generally see much coverage of what really happens when research occurs. Most of the time, the process is rather slow, typically quite boring, and results are often non-significant. (...) - by Christopher Buddle, Scilogs "Expiscor", 30 April 2014

 

 

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Publishing: Credit where credit is due

Publishing: Credit where credit is due | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Liz Allen, Amy Brand, Jo Scott, Micah Altman and Marjorie Hlava are trialling digital taxonomies to help researchers to identify their contributions to collaborative projects. (...) - by Liz Allen, Jo Scott, Amy Brand, Marjorie Hlava, Micah Altman, Nature, 16 April 2014

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