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UK: Universities allowed to increase places for brightest A-level students

UK: Universities allowed to increase places for brightest A-level students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
More than 100,000 of the brightest A-level students will see their chances of going to some of the country's most selective universities rise this summer.

Universities are being told they can recruit as many students as they want - providing they have at least an A grade and two B grade passes at A-level. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 21 March 2013

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En Turquie, deux enseignants en grève de la faim depuis 67 jours pour dénoncer les purges

En Turquie, deux enseignants en grève de la faim depuis 67 jours pour dénoncer les purges | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Victimes des purges après le coup d’Etat manqué en Turquie, l’universitaire Nuriye Gülmen et l’instituteur Semih Özakça jeûnent, dans l’indifférence des autorités turques. (...) - Le Monde, par Marie Jégo, 14/05/2017

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[UK] University chiefs demand return of post-study visas

Students, staff and principals at Scotland’s universities are calling for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa for international students, warning businesses and public services are missing out on vital talent without it, writes Stephen Naysmith for Herald Scotland.  (....) - University World News, by Herald Scotland, 05 May 2017 Issue No:458
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[Nigeria] University admission reform – Pushing private education?

Two civil society organisations have said they will jointly mount a legal challenge to recent changes to university admissions criteria that require all candidates to list at least one private university in their applications for admission.  (...) - University World News, by Tunde Fatunde, 05/05/2017
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[Canada] Salaire: une loi pour serrer la vis aux universités

[Canada] Salaire: une loi pour serrer la vis aux universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La ministre Hélène David déposera un projet de loi pour encadrer la rémunération des dirigeants des universités.

Après avoir promis un plan d’action, la ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Hélène David, a annoncé jeudi qu’elle allait plutôt déposer un projet de loi cet automne pour encadrer la rémunération des hauts dirigeants universitaires.(...) - Journal de Montréal, 04/05/2017

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No researcher is too junior to fix science

No researcher is too junior to fix science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If young scientists plan to advance their careers before setting the system right, nothing will change, warns John Tregoning. (...) - Nature, by John Tregoning, 2 May 2017

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[Australia] Universities alarmed by further cuts to government funding

The federal government has confirmed university fears of further cuts to higher education spending and sharp increases in student fees. Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham announced the cuts last Monday night after noting that university funding was at record levels and had grown “above and beyond the costs of their operations”. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 01 May 2017 Issue No:458
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How science fares in the U.S. budget deal

How science fares in the U.S. budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Congress has finally reached a deal on spending bills for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. House of Representatives and Senate leaders announced last night that they expect lawmakers to vote this week on an agreement that wraps together all 12 appropriations bills that fund federal operations. For the past 7 months, the government has been operating under a continuing resolution that froze 2017 spending at most agencies at 2016 levels and generally prevented them from starting new programs. The new deal allows agencies to operate normally within the constraints of the spending plans, assuming that President Donald Trump signs the legislation (as is expected). It also averts a shutdown of the government that would have occurred next weekend if Congress failed to act in time. (...) - Science, May 1, 2017
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[Belgique] Minerval et marchandisation des universités : faut-il suivre le modèle australien ?

[Belgique] Minerval et marchandisation des universités : faut-il suivre le modèle australien ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dans un dossier paru il y a quelques jours, la revue " Regards Economiques " de l’UCL défendait l’idée qu’une hausse des droits d’inscription pour les étudiants étrangers permettrait une hausse de la qualité de nos universités, et dès lors de leur place dans les rankings, ce qui entraînerait une plus grande attractivité et donc une augmentation du nombre d’étudiants étrangers.  (...) - L'Echo, par Michel Gevers & Peter Moylan, 01/05/2017

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[US] NIH to get a $2 billion funding boost as Congress rebuffs Trump

[US] NIH to get a $2 billion funding boost as Congress rebuffs Trump | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The NIH will get a $2 billion funding hike under a bipartisan spending agreement reached late Sunday, as Congress rebuffed Trump's call for cuts. (...) - statnews.com, by Lev FACHER, May 1 2017

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Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line

Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Snap general election triggers compromises in legislation overhauling how Britain’s science is funded.


A controversial and wide-ranging shake-up of the United Kingdom’s research and higher-education landscape has been completed, amid a huge rush by the country’s parliament to push through legislation.(...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 28 April 2017

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[US] March for science leaders pledge to build on momentum

Following the global March for Science, which was staged in 600 cities across seven continents on 22 April, the organisers have pledged to translate their volunteer network into a global outreach movement. In a joint statement, more than 30 United States science organisations have pledged to carry on fostering public support for engagement in science through their global memberships. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley28 April 2017 Issue No:457
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Bruxelles lance une procédure contre la Hongrie

La loi sur l'enseignement supérieur qui menace l'université Soros est jugée contraire au droit européen. Un petit pas de plus vers la confrontation. La Commission européenne a annoncé, mercredi, avoir envoyé une lettre formelle au gouvernement hongrois au sujet de sa loi sur les universités. (...) - Les Echos, par Catherine Chatignoux et Gabriel Gresillon, 26/04/2017
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Live updates from the global March for Science

Live updates from the global March for Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Follow the action with Science's reporters around the world


What a day! That’s a wrap, for now … Yes, we know there are still a few marches yet to come, including the final events in Hawaii and perhaps the central Pacific. But after posting more than 60 stories on this remarkable global event, the News staff of Science needs to take a breather. (...) - Science, Apr 22, 2017

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[Switzerland] Why talented women are disappearing from universities

Equal numbers of men and women do PhDs in Switzerland, but by post-doctoral level the number of women dwindles. One university is bringing women back to academia thanks to an innovative programme, writes Isobel Leybold-Johnson for SwissInfo.ch.(...) University World News, 05 May 2017 Issue No:458
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[Hungary] President accepts EU demands around higher education law

According to his party, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told leaders of his centre-right EU political group that he would comply with demands from Brussels to change measures branded an attack on academic freedom, reports Reuters. (...) - University World News, by Reuters, 05 May 2017 Issue No:458
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[Finland] Tuition fees and cuts hit internationalisation of HE

Finland is facing a sharp drop in applications by non-European Union and European Economic Area, or non-EU/EEA, students and an outflow of scientists, according to media reports. The introduction of tuition fees for international students and cuts in university funding are being blamed. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 05 May 2017 Issue No:458
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Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist

Navigating the Shifting Academic Research Landscape: Advice for the Junior Scientist | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This is a guest post from Samantha Jones, a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California San Diego.


Procuring a tenure-track faculty position in academic scientific research is becoming an elusive dream for an ever-increasing number of junior candidates. With the current percentage of successful faculty applicants hovering just above 15%, the majority of those with a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences are considering alternative career paths, regardless of their training. (...) - Future of Research, by Samantha Jones, May 3 2017

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[US] Science Advocates See Trump Backlash in Budget Boost

[US] Science Advocates See Trump Backlash in Budget Boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Shock over the size of the president's proposed cuts for the NIH apparently energized scientists and lawmakers. (...) - Chronicle of Higher Education, by Paul Basken, May 2, 2017

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Science wins reprieve in US budget deal

Science wins reprieve in US budget deal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Congress gives National Institutes of Health a big boost and avoids cuts to research agencies sought by Trump. (...) - Nature, by Sara Reardon & Erin Ross, 01 May 2017

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Advice for how research scientists can best mentor those who work in their labs (essay)

Advice for how research scientists can best mentor those who work in their labs (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Adriana Bankston provides advice for how research scientists can positively influence the personal and professional development of the trainees who work in their labs. (....) - Inside Higher Ed, by Adriana Bankston, May 1, 2017

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Les frais de scolarité s'envolent pour les étudiants américains

Les frais de scolarité s'envolent pour les étudiants américains | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aux États-Unis, les jeunes s’endettent depuis longtemps pour faire des études supérieures. Et les frais d’inscription continuent à augmenter. Résultat : des générations endettées à vie. (...) - Contrepoints, par Chloé Lourenço, 01/05/2017

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[Canada] Précarité et clientélisme

[Canada] Précarité et clientélisme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les compressions budgétaires des dernières années dans le réseau de l’enseignement supérieur, cégeps et universités, ont eu un impact important sur les conditions d’enseignement, la gouvernance et les modes de gestion des universités, malgré l’air frais amené par le dernier budget Leitão, selon la Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec, affiliée à la CSN. (...) - Le Devoir, par Caroline Rodgers, 29 avril 2017


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EU launches legal action against Hungary

The European Union has begun taking legal action against Hungary over a law that would effectively shut down Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros in 1991, writes Emily Tamkin for Foreign Policy. (...) - University World News, by Foreign Policy, 28 April 2017 Issue No:457
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Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free

Germany sees benefits in educating international students for free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University leaders see benefits to policy in a country with aging population, but some states have been trying to move away from the approach. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by David Matthews, April 27, 2017

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Quelle place pour l'Afrique dans les publications scientifiques ?

Le nombre de publications scientifiques est l'un des indicateurs de l’état de la recherche d’un laboratoire, d’une université, ou d’un pays. Et depuis une dizaine d’année, le niveau scientifique de l’Afrique augmente, en témoignent ses publications.  (...) - Afriscitech, par Anthony Audureau, 24/04/2017
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