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Postdoc leader sought

Executive director of US postdoctoral association steps down.

 

Cathee Johnson Phillips, executive director of the US National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in Washington DC, will step down on 30 April. The NPA's board of directors has launched a nationwide search and hopes to hire a new leader before she leaves. (...) - Naturejobs, Nature 492, 459 (2012), 19 December 2012

 

 

 

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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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Universities warn against cuts to EU research funding

The European University Association, or EUA, has warned the Council of the European Union against making “considerable cuts” to proposed funding for research and innovation, including to the major framework programme Horizon 2020.

In a press statement last Thursday, the EUA said it understood that the Council of Minister’s position – to be formally adopted in September – recommended reductions in research and innovation payments.(...)  - University World News, 30 August 2014 issues 332

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UK: Government fees stance ‘incompatible with EU law’

A former judge of the European Court of Justice has said the Scottish government’s plan to continue its existing tuition fee policy after independence would be “incompatible” with European Union law and “could not survive challenge” in the courts, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.

Sir David Edward, who served in the court from 1992 to 2004, also said that the white paper blueprint for independence was “shot through with confusion, inconsistency and irrelevance” in its argument for maintaining the current arrangements. (...) - University World News, in Times Higher Education, 29 August 2014 Issue No:332

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Vers une réforme du système d'enseignement supérieur en Irlande : les conclusions liminaires de la HEA pour la stratégie 2014-2016

Vers une réforme du système d'enseignement supérieur en Irlande : les conclusions liminaires de la HEA pour la stratégie 2014-2016 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En 2011, le Minister for Education and Skills irlandais a publié sa stratégie globale à l'horizon 2030 (National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030) pour ce qui représente la plus importante réforme de l'enseignement supérieur dans l'histoire de l'Etat. (...) - BE Irlande 52, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/08/29

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Japan's budget proposals bode well for science

Japan's budget proposals bode well for science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Administration's emphasis on innovation pays off for researchers.

 

TOKYO—Japan's ministry of education gave the country's researchers something to cheer about today, announcing it was asking for a healthy 18% increase, to $11.1 billion, for science and technology spending in its proposed budget for the next fiscal year. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science, 28 August 2014

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Labour warns UK will lose global science lead without more investment

Labour warns UK will lose global science lead without more investment | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Shadow universities minister says Britain’s science base at risk if government doesn’t increase research spending. 

Britain’s science base will be in “real jeopardy” if the government does not commit to spending more in the years to come, warns Liam Byrne, Labour’s shadow universities minister.

In an interview with the Guardian, Byrne says “we should not be under any illusion that our position in global science will slip” if the government does not prioritise investment. (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian,, 28/08/2014

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[Sénégal] Université : Plaidoyer pour une privatisation généralisée !

[Sénégal] Université : Plaidoyer pour une privatisation généralisée ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Au lendemain de cette douloureuse tragédie qui a frappé toute la famille universitaire du Sénégal, une réflexion sérieuse sur les solutions qui peuvent sortir ce secteur stratégique des eaux troubles s’impose à notre agenda intellectuel. (...) - leral.net, 28/08/2014

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Liam Byrne: ‘we need to put higher education at centre stage of policy’

Liam Byrne: ‘we need to put higher education at centre stage of policy’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

From new technical universities to a postgraduate loan, Claire Shaw talks to shadow universities minister about Labour’s plan for the sector.

Liam Byrne, shadow universities minister, has today outlined some options for reform of UK higher education. In the pamphlet, entitled Robbins Rebooted a reference to the Robbins report on university expansion in 1963, Byrne calls for drastic changes to be made to the sector.

He says we either watch the university system slowly go bust and lose its place as a global science leader, or choose a different path. “Unless we get smarter as a country, we will get poorer,” he adds. “But with big reform of our university system, not big spending, we can build a richer, fairer country.” (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 28 August 2014

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Rector Kola to Finnish Government: University funding cannot be cut further |

Rector Kola to Finnish Government: University funding cannot be cut further | | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jukka Kola, rector of the University of Helsinki, demands that the Finnish Government refrain from further cuts to university funding.

“Funding research and education is an investment in the future. It strengthens Finland’s ability to compete internationally. Basic research maintains an environment for innovations, and must not be neglected because of economic trends,” Kola emphasises.

Sweden and Denmark have chosen different paths from Finland. They have increased direct budget funding to universities during this decade. (...) - University of Helsinki, 25/08/2014

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Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in 2012 (33 percent) or 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first introduced the report. (...) - by Timothy Zimmer, Forbesn /13/2014

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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

 

TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology.(...) - by David L. Kirp, The New York Times, August 16, 2014

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NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards

NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US agency will assess whether grant reviewers are biased against minority applicants.

Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), does not consider himself to be racially biased. Yet a test of his speed at associating certain words with faces of different races revealed a slight unconscious prejudice against minorities. If the director of the institute that oversees the NIH’s grant process harbours these inclinations, he wonders, are grant reviewers affected as well? (...) - by Sara Reardon, Nature, 19 August 2014

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Study raises questions about why women are less likely than men to earn tenure at research universities

Study raises questions about why women are less likely than men to earn tenure at research universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO -- In discussions about the gender gap among tenured professors at research universities, there is little dispute that there are far more men than women with tenure in most disciplines. But why? Many have speculated that men are outperforming women in research, which is particularly valued over teaching and service at research universities. With women (of those with children) shouldering a disproportionate share of child care, the theory goes, they may not be able to keep up with publishing and research to the same extent as their male counterparts. (...) - by Scott Jaschik, @insidehighered, August 18, 2014

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Baisse du nombre d'étudiants européens dans les universités suisses

Baisse du nombre d'étudiants européens dans les universités suisses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Conséquence du vote anti-immigration du 9 février, les universités suisses enregistrent une baisse du nombre d'étudiants européens de 10% à 40%, selon les informations du Matin Dimanche. (...) - RTS infos, 01/09/2014

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Australia: Research postgraduates to pay for the privilege

As well as generating alarm among Australia’s academics with his reform plans for higher education, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has caused consternation among research masters and doctoral students by proposing to make them pay fees for the first time.

Under the new scheme, planned to be adopted in 2016, postgraduates undertaking research degrees would be charged up to A$3,900 (US$3,600) a year. At the same time, Pyne wants to cut A$175 million from the government’s research training scheme which enables universities to enrol research students without them having to pay fees. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 29 August 2014 Issue No:332

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[Québec] S’inspirer du modèle anglo-saxon

[Québec] S’inspirer du modèle anglo-saxon | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ces jours derniers, les médias ont assuré une bonne couverture de l’inauguration du pavillon des Soeurs grises de l’Université Concordia. Cet ancien couvent de l’ordre des Soeurs de la charité de Montréal logera 600 étudiants, mettant à leur disposition une salle communautaire multifonctionnelle, des salons communs et, surtout, une fabuleuse salle de lecture de 300 places aménagée dans l’ancienne chapelle de l’Invention-de-la-Sainte-Croix, oeuvre de 1874-1878 de l’architecte Victor Bourgeau. La conversion de l’édifice a été réalisée avec finesse et sobriété par l’architecte Robert Magne. (...) - par Jean-Claude Marsan, Le Devoir, 29/08/2014

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UK: Public says foreign student numbers should not be cut

An overwhelming majority of the British public say the government should not reduce international student numbers – whether or not that limits the ability to cut the overall number of immigrants.

Even two thirds of Conservative voters are opposed to reducing student numbers, according to a new report by the think-tank British Future, and Universities UK, which represents the country’s universities. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 27 August 2014 Issue No:332

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Australia: University reforms are no laughing matter – students need our support

Australia: University reforms are no laughing matter – students need our support | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australian government displays a shockingly dismissive attitude towards students’ concerns, says our anonymous academic. (...) - The Guardian, 30 August 2014

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US: Political scientists consider how to diversify their discipline

US: Political scientists consider how to diversify their discipline | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON – Imagine there’s one political science faculty slot to fill, and two equally qualified candidates emerge from the pack. One applicant is a woman, and there are few women serving in the department. Her area of expertise, however -- Europe -- is already well-represented among current professors, and they’re hoping to “fill out the map.” The other candidate is a white male – a demographic well-represented in the department -- but his area of expertise, Africa, is something the department is hungry for.

What does the search committee do?

“The answer is that you go to your dean and ask for two slots,” said Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government at Harvard University and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard -- acknowledging that the response in most cases will be “No.” (...) - by Colleen Flaherty, @insidehighered, August 29, 2014

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“É um crime o currículo Lattes”, diz Marilena Chauí

“É um crime o currículo Lattes”, diz Marilena Chauí | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Esquema de transição conduzido pela oligarquia resultou na escolha de um“tirano”, diz Ciro Correia ao abrir os trabalhos A universidade brasileira submeteu-se à ideologia neoliberal da sociedade de mercado, ou “sociedade administrada” (Escola de Frankfurt), que transforma direitos sociais, inclusive educação, em serviços; concebe a universidade como prestadora de serviços; e confere à autonomia universitária o sentido de gerenciamento empresarial da instituição.
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PhD Talk: 5 Ways to Use Social Media as a Professor or Graduate student

PhD Talk: 5 Ways to Use Social Media as a Professor or Graduate student | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter aren’t just platforms for over sharing personal information. Academics are also using these mediums to share informative content to students and colleagues, connect with other experts in their fields and strengthen their network and teaching techniques. Professors and graduate students can use these popular methods of communication to their advantage, and while the initial jump into the world of social media may be a bit daunting, here are five ways to make the transition much easier. (...) - by Stephanie Echeveste, PhD Talk, August 26, 2014

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UK government tightens student visa rules

From November, it will be even more difficult for Indian students to travel to the United Kingdom for education, writes Kounteya Sinha for TNN. Britain recently announced a fresh crackdown on student visas as further measures of the Immigration Act came into force.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, education institutions can enjoy Highly Trusted Sponsor status if the Home Office rejects 20% or fewer student applications as being invalid. (...) - University World News, by TNN, 22 August 2014 Issue No:331

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Reform higher education’s old system of privileges

The last time Ukrainian cities faced occupation and artillery bombing was during World War II. That was until this spring, when Russia annexed Crimea and started to supply rebels who have occupied large cities in the East of Ukraine. This has changed everyday life for millions of Ukrainian citizens, among them thousands of school-leavers who want to enter university.

This year’s admissions campaign is the most difficult one since the very beginning of Ukrainian independence in 1991. The government has lost all possibilities of conducting external independent testing, or EIT, in Crimea and in major parts of the Donbas region. (...) - University World News, by Yegor Stadny, 22 August 2014 Issue No:331

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Data check: Not so EAGER for NSF funding?

Data check: Not so EAGER for NSF funding? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Why a program that offers a near-sure bet on winning a grant has so few applicants.

 

How do consumers react after learning that an online bank account has been hacked? Do they take their business elsewhere? Do they limit their online activities to reduce their exposure to such invasions?

Those were some of the questions that intrigued Rahul Telang, a professor of information systems and management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who studies the economics of information security. With data breaches an increasingly common problem, he suspected the behavior of hacked consumers could be having a significant impact on global commerce. But Telang didn’t have enough preliminary data to win a grant to study the issue from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which last year funded only 22% of the nearly 50,000 proposals it received. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 20 August 2014

 

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Finding the root: The NIH is right to investigate whether bias makes grant awards unfair

A prominent 2011 paper in Science found that white researchers receive grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) at nearly twice the rate that African American researchers do (D. K. Ginther et al. Science 333, 1015–1019; 2011). Although some of the disparity could be explained by differences in education, institution and publication record, the sheer magnitude of the result seemed to suggest that something more insidious was at play. (...) - Nature, 19 August 2014

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