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A higher education avalanche is coming, says new report

Higher education requires “deep, radical and urgent transformation”, says a just-published report from the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research. A new phase of competitive intensity is emerging, technology is changing and the traditional university is under pressure from, among others, private providers and MOOCs. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 16 March 2013, Issue No:263

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[Espagne] Les universités innovent : cinq nouveaux diplômes annoncés

[Espagne] Les universités innovent : cinq nouveaux diplômes annoncés | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dès cette rentrée, dans quelques-uns des meilleurs établissements du pays, il sera possible de se former à la bio-informatique comme de se spécialiser en conception et création digitales ou en études sur la mondialisation. (...) - Courrier International, El Pais, 31/08/2016

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[UK] Lecturers are striking against low-paid, casual work, which hurts students too

[UK] Lecturers are striking against low-paid, casual work, which hurts students too | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The contemporary university is a highly unbalanced and unfair place, with casualised workers bearing the brunt of the labour but the least amount of pay or security (...) - Collectif PAPERA, 09/06/2016


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New hope for EU researchers?

New hope for EU researchers? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Pursuing a research career is tough in any nation, maybe especially so for junior scientists who are facing a difficult path and have far fewer traditional metrics to ease their way: grants and funding, publications, collaborations.(...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Karen Kaplan, 23 August 2016
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Should writing for the public count toward tenure?

Should writing for the public count toward tenure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The American Sociological Association is starting a conversation to include “public communication” -- work often largely ignored -- in the assessment of a scholar’s contributions. Why does it matter? (...) - The Conversation, by Amy Schalet, 19/08/2016

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[Russia] Ministry denies plan to fire 10,000 scientists in cuts

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has officially denied reports in some Russian media outlets that the national government plans to fire about 10,000 scientists over the next three years, due to lack of funds in the Russian federal budget. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 19 August 2016 Issue No:424
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UK’s pledge on EU science funding ‘not enough’

British universities and scientists say a United Kingdom government statement promising to underwrite funding for approved European Union science projects “applied for before the UK leaves the EU” will only partially address concerns that they are being excluded from EU consortia following the British referendum to leave the EU on 23 June.  (...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 15 August 2016 Issue No:424
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[Europe] Ministers respond to early stage research demands

Would any of our current systems have funded a young Albert Einstein or a Marie Sklodowska-Curie? The question was posed to the informal meeting of the Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness (Research) under the incoming Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, last month by excellent young researchers.(...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 12 August 2016 Issue No:423
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The Politics of Data: The rising prominence of a data-centric approach to scientific research.

The Politics of Data: The rising prominence of a data-centric approach to scientific research. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sabina Leonelli and Louise Bezuidenhout argue the study of data itself is an excellent entry point to reflect on the activities and claims associated to the idea of scientific knowledge. How scientists perceive their research environments, what they recognize as strengths and limitations, and what in these environments pose material or social challenges to data engagement all influence how data travels. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Science', by Sabina Leonelli & Louise Bezuidenhout, 2015/10/05


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Russian scientists bracing for massive job losses

Russian scientists bracing for massive job losses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Downsizing presented as price to pay for higher salaries.


Share Russian Academy of Sciences building The ax is falling at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Nataliya Sadovskaya/Wikimedia Russian scientists bracing for massive job losses By Vladimir PokrovskyAug. 2, 2016 , 2:45 PM MOSCOW—Russia’s scientific community is reeling from news that the government plans to fire about 10,000 researchers over the next 3 years. Most layoffs would be from Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes, according to the online news site Gazeta.ru. (...) - Science, by Vladimir Pokrovsky, August 2, 2016

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[New Zealand] Government plans to attract world-class researchers

New Zealand’s government has launched a NZ$70 million (US$49 million) plan to attract top researchers to the nation’s universities over the next four years.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said the 'Entrepreneurial Universities' scheme would persuade leading academics to bring their research teams to New Zealand. (...) - University World News, by John Gerritsen, 27 July 2016 Issue No:423
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British students could be excluded from Erasmus scheme after Brexit

British students could be excluded from Erasmus scheme after Brexit | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students in the UK could be shut out of a European exchange programme that benefits 15,000 every year because the UK voted to leave the EU. The Erasmus programme allows students at British universities to study abroad in Europe for a year. (...) - Independent, by Harriet Agerholm, 24 July 2016

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Turkey purges universities after failed coup

Turkey purges universities after failed coup | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Political turmoil spreads to education sector. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott, 19 July 2016

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First Greek science agency is rare source of joy for beleaguered researchers

First Greek science agency is rare source of joy for beleaguered researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

European Investment Bank provides surprise loan to halt startling brain drain.


A massive loan from the European Union’s investment bank gives Greek researchers their first ray of hope since the debt crisis hit six years ago: a government-backed plan to create a Greek research agency. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott, 15 July 2016

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[China] Universities to retain all income from research findings

A government circular has said that Chinese universities will have autonomy in transferring the intellectual property from scientific research and shall keep all the earnings, reports Xinhua. (...) - University World News, by Xinhua, 27 August 2016 Issue No:425
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[US] The high cost of funded research in colleges and universities

[US] The high cost of funded research in colleges and universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

These internal research expenditures fall into two categories, which I will call “open” and “hidden”. As these terms may suggest, the first is a set of costs that are reported nationally by the NSF and consequently appear in numerous reports put out by the institutions themselves. On the other hand, hidden costs are well known, but seldom openly discussed even thought they contribute very significantly to the institutional cost of research . (...) - Changing Higher Education, 2016/08/24

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Ministry purge may be a lifeline for embattled Russian Academy of Sciences

Ministry purge may be a lifeline for embattled Russian Academy of Sciences | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New science minister promises to review controversial reforms (...) - Science, by Vladimir Pokrovsky, 22 August 2016

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Can the Danish miracle in world-class research endure?

Can the Danish miracle in world-class research endure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Denmark is in a leading position in the world with regard to production of high-class scientific research and in particular the impact of this research, according to a report presented by the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 19 August 2016 Issue No:424
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[Brazil] Rio de Janeiro’s university shutdowns

[Brazil] Rio de Janeiro’s university shutdowns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

While Brazil counts the cost of hosting the Olympic Games, the country is shutting down its biggest universities due to a lack of funds. (...) - abc.net.au, by  Kate Tozer, 16 August 2016

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Academics: leave your ivory towers and pitch your work to the media

Academics: leave your ivory towers and pitch your work to the media | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

 Publishing in academic journals is prestigious, but sharing your ideas with a wider audience is exciting and full of unexpected rewards. (...) - The Guardian, by Kristal Brent Zook, 23 September 2015

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Big data: Collaborative science

Big data: Collaborative science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The rise of data-intensive research is increasing the need for collaborative science. (...) -  Naturejobs Blog,  by Lakshini Mendis, 2015/10/13


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To support female academics, data and accountability are needed

To support female academics, data and accountability are needed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Institutions must implement integrated approaches to address the barriers that women face in biomedicine.


Only integrated, data-driven approaches and enforced accountability can address the many challenges that female academics face. That was one of the take-home messages of a Wednesday phone briefing from the grassroots Research Partnership on Women in Biomedical Careers, which grew out of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, Aug. 5, 2016

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Meet Europe's new science advice brigade

Meet Europe's new science advice brigade | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The seven members of the Scientific Advice Mechanism's High Level Group have taken on glyphosate, vehicle emissions, and cybersecurity (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, July 28, 2016

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Europe’s premier funding agency measures its impact

Europe’s premier funding agency measures its impact | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

European Research Council embarks on an unusual evaluation that could inspire others. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbottn 26 July 2106

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No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation

No tenure for German social psychologist accused of data manipulation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ruhr University of Bochum seeks candidate with different profile for its professorship (...) - Nature, by Frank van Kolfschooten, July 21, 2016

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Science under siege: how Venezuela’s economic crisis is affecting researchers

Science under siege: how Venezuela’s economic crisis is affecting researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Chemist Claudio Bifano tells Nature about daily life in a country gripped by hunger, scarcity and violence. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Fraser, 18 July 2016

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