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UK, Londres : Milliers d'étudiants dans la rue contre les frais universitaires

UK, Londres : Milliers d'étudiants dans la rue contre les frais universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Des milliers d'étudiants britanniques ont défilé mercredi à Londres sous étroite surveillance policière. Ils protestaient contre la hausse des frais d'inscription et le chômage des jeunes. (...) - lematin.ch, 21/11/2012

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US science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget

US science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon, Jeff Tollefson, Alexandra Witze & Erin Ross, 16 March 2017

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Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government

Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 top science posts requiring Senate confirmation. (...) - Washington Post, by Chriss Mooney, March 13 2017

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[Japan] Debate heats up over free higher education plan

Discussions are heating up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how the government should procure funds to make universities and junior colleges tuition-free after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness in his January policy speech to make it happen, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun. (...) - University World News, by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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The quest to reveal science’s hidden female faces

The quest to reveal science’s hidden female faces | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Campaign on Wikipedia seeks to track down photos of female scientists and those from minority ethnic groups. (...) - Nature, By Dalmeet Singh Chawla, 8 March 2017

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[Brazil] Affirmative action students equal or outperform peers

Brazilian university students who are awarded quotas for race and low income or receive specific scholarships or loans have similar or better academic results than their classmates, according to a recent study, thus disproving the argument in Brazil that quota receivers displace better-qualified students and become worse professionals. (...) - University World News, by María Elena Hurtado, 10 March 2017 Issue No:450
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More female researchers globally, but challenges remain

More female researchers globally, but challenges remain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite progress, female researchers remain a minority and publish fewer papers, according to a new report (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, Mar. 9 2017

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At 10, Europe’s ‘excellence’ fund faces calls for change

At 10, Europe’s ‘excellence’ fund faces calls for change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The European Research Council has earned a reputation for quality—and for being risk averse.


In 2007, Canadian-born archaeologist Nicole Boivin struck gold. The European Commission had just created a brand new agency, the European Research Council (ERC), that promised generous grants for young researchers around the continent based on a single criterion: the quality of their work. Boivin, then 37 and a postdoc at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, was among the first winners with a proposal that merged humanities and natural sciences to better understand early trade connections and biological exchange across the Indian Ocean. “At that point, for a young researcher like myself to get €1.2 million was astounding,” she says. And it came with a “pretty extraordinary” freedom: to spend the money as Boivin saw fit. (...) - Science, by Kai Kupferschmidt, March 9 2017

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Surprising New Study: Brazil Now A Global Leader In Gender Equality In Science

Surprising New Study: Brazil Now A Global Leader In Gender Equality In Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In a surprising new study, Brazil ranks higher than the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union when it comes to the proportion of women publishing scientific articles. In fact, the country has nearly reached gender equality on this measure. (...) - Forbes, by Shannon Sims, March 8, 2017

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[Taiwan] New guidance on university tie-ups with mainland China

New guidelines are to be drafted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education for university agreements with institutions in mainland China after a controversy erupted recently over universities signing agreements not to teach 'sensitive' subjects that criticise Beijing policies as a condition of taking in mainland exchange students. (...) - University World News, by Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma, 07 March 2017 Issue No:450
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Are universities finally waking up to the value of copyright?

Are universities finally waking up to the value of copyright? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Whereas a large majority of universities have been proactive about claiming ownership of intellectual property such as patents or teaching materials, only a small percentage have been similarly assertive about copyright. However, amidst continued debate over the affordability of and access to scholarly communication, what practical attempts have been made to retain copyright within the academy rather than assign it to publishers? Elizabeth Gadd has examined copyright policies at 81 UK universities and found that, while a majority still relinquish copyright in scholarly works, an encouraging 20% of university policies sought to share rights with academic staff through licensing. Moreover, the development of a UK equivalent to ‘Harvard-style’ open access policies should help further coordinate efforts to retain copyright within the academy. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Elizabeth Gadd, 2017/03/06

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Some academics worry that new tools enable plagiarism to bypass detection

Some academics worry that new tools enable plagiarism to bypass detection | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Programs that promote themselves as helping students paraphrase may be helping them plagiarize, researcher warns. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by John Elmes, 2017/03/03

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Quand les universités américaines creusent les inégalités

Quand les universités américaines creusent les inégalités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En 2014, la dette étudiante a dépassé les mille milliards de dollars aux Etats-Unis. Elle n’a cessé d’augmenter depuis. Alors que les frais de scolarité des universités américaines atteignent des s… (...) - franceinfo, 03/03/2017

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Senior Republican lawmaker has some advice for U.S. science marchers

Senior Republican lawmaker has some advice for U.S. science marchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Representative John Culberson, spending cardinal, warns that entitlement programs will devour science budgets (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Mar 1, 2017

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[UK] Brexit will cause flight of EU academics, say Oxford leaders

[UK] Brexit will cause flight of EU academics, say Oxford leaders | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

College heads warn that without reassurance on their rights many lecturers, researchers and support staff will depart, causing ‘enormous damage’ (...) - The Guardian, 13 March 2017

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[Canada] Universities adapt to student flight from humanities

Over the last decade, students have fled the humanities. In response, universities have cancelled individual courses, or entire specialised humanities programmes. Instead of hiring tenure-track professors to replace retiring faculty, they make do with less, or turn to sessional instructors who teach when and if there is demand, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail. (...) - University World News, by The Globe and Mail, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Norway] In search of a new form of university governance

In Norway there is a growing resistance to university reforms and the present approach to governance is being dubbed 'New Public Management'. The term is not used consistently by everybody discussing it, but it is increasingly becoming synonymous with almost everything that critics do not like in universities.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 March 2017 Issue No:450
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Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to 90% of university heads

Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to 90% of university heads | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

“Disconnect” and “misunderstanding” are two words increasingly being bandied about by political scientists and news commentators to describe the state of social affairs in the US. In the era of president Donald Trump, college campuses are one of the clearest examples of the level of division around. (...) - Quartz, Amy X Wang, March 10 2017

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A challenge to college presidents to fight for low-income students (essay)

A challenge to college presidents to fight for low-income students (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Wick Sloane challenges the college leaders at this weekend’s annual meeting of the American Council on Educatio n: fight for low-income students. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by March 10 2017

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Undergraduate researchers report only moderate knowledge of scholarly communication: they must be offered more support

Undergraduate researchers report only moderate knowledge of scholarly communication: they must be offered more support | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Undergraduate students are increasingly participating in the scholarly communication process, mostly through formal research experiences. However, Catherine Fraser Riehle and Merinda Kaye Hensley, having surveyed and interviewed university students, reveal that undergraduate researchers have only moderate levels of confidence in their knowledge of scholarly communications, especially publication and access models, author and publisher rights, determining the impact of research, and research data management. Moreover, students revealed that to receive specific guidance in these areas was rare. There is much opportunity for faculty members, graduate students, librarians, and research programme coordinators to collaborate and develop learning interventions in these areas. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Catherine Fraser Riehle and Merinda Kaye Hensley, 9 March 2017
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International students worth £25 billion to UK economy

International students studying in the United Kingdom now generate more than £25 billion (US$30 billion) for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses, according to new figures. (...) - University World News, by 08 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Canada] L’Université de Sherbrooke s’entend avec ses professeurs

[Canada] L’Université de Sherbrooke s’entend avec ses professeurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Deux ans de conflit et 11 journées de grève plus tard, les professeurs ont entériné mardi soir à 82% l’entente de principe qui leur a été présentée par l’employeur. (...) - Le Devoir, par Philippe Orfali, 08/03/2017

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Are we inadvertently supporting the defunding of public science?

Are we inadvertently supporting the defunding of public science? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There can be little doubt that the defunding of public academic institutions is a main staple of populist movements today. Whether it is Trump’s budget director directly asking if one really needs publicly funded science at all, or the planned defunding of the endowments of arts and humanities or the initiatives to completely abolish the EPA and other science agencies. Also across the pond, there are plenty of populist parties and other Trump fans who certainly also strive to mimic their idol and rid their countries of intellectuals who may see through their shenanigans, or use evidence to oppose their policies. (...) - Blog Björn Brembs, 2017/03/07

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The Emergence (and Perils) of Income-Targeted Free Tuition

The Emergence (and Perils) of Income-Targeted Free Tuition | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Targeted free tuition makes lots of sense, but it really does need to be targeted. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Alex Usher, March 5, 2017

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Trump plan for 40% cut could cause EPA science office ‘to implode,’ official warns

Trump plan for 40% cut could cause EPA science office ‘to implode,’ official warns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Numerous research programs could be abolished


In 2015, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., unveiled a controversial regulation aimed at improving protection for wetlands and small streams, officials pointed to a 400-page technical tome assembled by agency researchers as the rule’s scientific foundation and justification.  (Science) - Science, by Warren Cornwall, Mar  2017

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How to make writing in the humanities less lonely

How to make writing in the humanities less lonely | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Structured writing groups could have a transformative effect on the morale and productivity of early career scholars, says Alice Kelly (...) - Times Higher Education, 2017/3/2

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