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[UK] IPCC investigates alleged student assaults during tuition-fee protest

[UK] IPCC investigates alleged student assaults during tuition-fee protest | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

10 Warwick University students lodged complaints against West Midlands police and alleged ‘dangerous’ use of CS spray (...) - The Guardian, by rob Evans, 26 January 2015

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Québec ne doit pas faire de coupes dans la recherche, clame l’INRS

Québec ne doit pas faire de coupes  dans la recherche, clame l’INRS | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Craignant la venue d’une autre vague de compressions dans les universités, le recteur de l’Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) exhorte Québec à ne pas sabrer le financement en recherche. Il s’inquiète aussi de l’éventuelle hausse des droits de scolarité des étudiants étrangers, qui ferait beaucoup de tort à des établissements comme le sien.(...) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 24/01/2015

 

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White House plan could change relationship between government and higher education

New Higher Ed Federalism

President Obama’s proposal to make community college free could rearrange the relationship between the federal government, states and colleges. (...) - @insidehighered, by Ry Rivard, January 12, 2015

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Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch

Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The merger of Macmillan and Springer holds many lessons and some interesting twists. More than anything, it indicates a future in which scale continues to confer advantages.

The recent merger news about Macmillan, owners of the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and Springer, owners of Biomed Central and other properties, hit the market with plenty of force. It’s a major consolidation, and one that ratchets the Macmillan higher education and journals growth strategy up by an order of magnitude. Now, along with Elsevier, Wiley, and Taylor & Francis, we have another multi-billion-dollar publishing behemoth on the market — the combined entity is valued at $5.8 billion. (...) - The Scholarly Kitchen, by Kent Anderson, January 20, 2015

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Fewer than 50% of lecturers have PhDs

A deputy director at the National Universities Commission, or NUC, Ashafa Ladan, disclosed recently that fewer than 50% of Nigerian university lecturers have doctoral degrees, writes Hammed Shittu for This Day.

Ladan made this disclosure in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, while delivering a lecture on the "Challenges of Private Universities' Proprietorship in Nigeria" at the founder's day ceremony of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. Ladan lamented that inadequate teaching personnel at the universities has a negative effect on accreditation performance of most universities. He added that this shortfall had also affected the smooth running of many private universities in the country. (...) - University World News, by This Day, 16 January 2015 Issue No:350

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Economists offer new arguments for U.S. research tax break

Economists offer new arguments for U.S. research tax break | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Making the tax break permanent could create 38,000 jobs annually, study finds.

 

Add another study to the sagging bookshelf of reports suggesting that the United States would benefit from permanently allowing companies to get a tax break for investing in research and development. (...) Science, by David Malakoff, 15 January 2015

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Dutch universities fight publishers over open access

Dutch universities fight publishers over open access | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dutch universities have vowed not to soften their groundbreaking demands for publishers to permit all papers published by their academics to be made open access for no extra charge. (...) - @insidehighered, by Paul Jump, January 9, 2015

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Universities have refused to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Universities have refused to reveal how they are spending tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many of the UK’s leading universities are refusing to spell out just how they are spending their students’ £9,000 a year tuition fees.

The influential think-tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute, invited a range of institutions to explain how they were spending the money - but the majority, including almost all the of the country’s most select universities, declined to reply. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 05/01/2015

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[Report] University funding system in England is not sustainable

The funding system for higher education in England is not sustainable and a better funding model must be developed, according to a critical report by the Higher Education Commission.

The Coalition government’s decision to allow fees to triple in 2012-13, and the system of student loans and grants developed alongside the hike, was supposed to lead to a more marketised system of higher education, raising standards while pushing prices down, resulting in better qualified graduates for less money. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 18 November 2014 Issue No:344

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[Germany] New funding package for universities and research

Ministers in Germany have agreed on a new funding package for higher education and research. A total of €25.3 billion (US$32 billion) is to be provided for universities and research institutions over the next six years.  - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 06 November 2014, Issue No:342

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The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Innovative ways of teaching, learning and doing research are helping universities around the globe to adapt to the modern world. (...) - Nature, 15 Octobre 2014

   

   
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Compressions budgétaires et gel des effectifs dans les universités: un désastre annoncé !

MONTRÉAL, le 15 oct. 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - La Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d'université (FQPPU) réclame la levée des compressions et du gel des effectifs pour éviter un désastre assuré. Ces mesures d'austérité accrue mettent en péril la viabilité et la qualité des programmes universitaires. Elles entraîneront inévitablement des abolitions de cours et de services aux étudiants ainsi qu'une réduction de l'encadrement pédagogique. Dans ce contexte, il faut craindre une atteinte à la réputation des établissements et une dévalorisation des diplômes. (...) - Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d'université, newswire.ca, 15/10/2014

  
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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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[US] Study finds undocumented colleges students face unique challenges

[US] Study finds undocumented colleges students face unique challenges | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Undocumented college students have a much higher level of anxiety than the population at large, likely caused by a unique set of challenges they face as a result of their legal status.

Concerns related to finances, fear of deportation and a sense of isolation weigh heavily on undocumented students, according to a study released today from the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education at the University of California at Los Angeles. (...) - @insidehighered, by Kaitlin Mulhere, January 26, 2015

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How a science master's could help budding inventors become entrepreneurs

How a science master's could help budding inventors become entrepreneurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A science or engineering postgrad could help student’s take their idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

It looks like the stuff of science fiction. As a snowboarder carves through virgin snow, a small drone buzzes overhead – an attached camera following and filming his every turn. This is Hexo+, an intelligent drone from a company founded by students doing a postgraduate in entrepreneurship at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. (...) - The Guardian, by Helena Pozniak, 16 January 2015

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It's time to reinvent what universities can be | Sonia Sodha

It's time to reinvent what universities can be | Sonia Sodha | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Sonia Sodha: Our higher learning model requires restructuring to ensure that students are equipped for work
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Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is still angry at Japan

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is still angry at Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Blue LED pioneer criticizes country's treatment of inventors, its educational aims, and its legal system.

TOKYO—Age and recognition haven't mellowed Nobel physics laureate Shuji Nakamura. He and fellow Japanese Hiroshi Amano and Isamu Akasaki shared 2014's physics award for developing a blue light-emitting diode (LED), which was at the center at a bitter patent dispute more than a decade ago at about the time Nakamura left Japan. At a press conference here on Friday—the first in his native country since he picked up his medal in Stockholm last month—Nakamura lashed out at the way Japan treats technology pioneers and criticized what he says is a failing education system. (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, 19 January 2015

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[UK] Sharp drop in part-time student enrolment since tuition fee rises

Part-time student enrolments in higher education fell by 22% in the two years since university tuition fees were allowed to triple, according to new figures released last Thursday by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, or HESA. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley16 January 2015 Issue No:350

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A one-grant limit: NIH institute puts squeeze on flush investigators

Those with generous no-strings funding will be limited to one grant.

In the latest example of budget stretching at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency’s basic science institute is imposing a strict one-grant limit on scientists who already have plentiful no-strings support. The move could free up at least $6 million, or 25 grants for other scientists. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 14 January 2015

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contre le cumul des mandats des politiques...mais aussi contre le cumul des gros  financements...simple bon sens de nos jours.

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Share of research funding going to young scientists is declining @insidehighered

Ten years ago, a report from a National Academy of Sciences committee sounded an alarm about the barriers that young biomedical scientists face in launching their research careers. If improvements aren’t made, the report warned, there could be dire consequences to the future of biomedical research in the U.S. (..) - Inside Higher Eduction, by Kaitlin Mulhere, January 7, 2015

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Etats-Unis : après les subprimes, une crise de la dette étudiante ?

Selon une récente note de la Banque de France, 40 millions d’Américains ont un prêt étudiant s'élevant en moyenne à 30 000 dollars. Début 2014, l’encours total de ces prêts atteindrait 1 100 milliards de dollars. Pour Eric Berr, maître de conférences en Economie à l'université de Bordeaux et membre des Economistes atterrés, cette situation fait craindre le pire. D'autant que s'ajoutent à cela l’accroissement du chômage et l’augmentation des droits d’inscription dans les universités américaines. (...) - Marianne, par Eric Berr, 19/11/2014

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Do academics still need monographs?

Do academics still need monographs? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Results from the survey released by OAPEN-UK have shown that 10% of researchers for whom access to monographs is important, also claim that it is difficult or very difficult to get such access. Among the researchers who stated that access to journal articles is important to them, the share of those who believe it is difficult or very difficult to get this access is twice smaller. Is 10% significant or not? In fact, it is hard to say relying on this survey alone. The research sample consists of 2 (...) -  Open Science, November 14, 2014

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ALLEMAGNE • L'enseignement supérieur, champion de la précarité

ALLEMAGNE • L'enseignement supérieur, champion de la précarité | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Berlin adopte enfin le salaire minimum à 8,50 euros. Mais il serait temps, s'insurge un universitaire, de penser à d'autres catégories, qui n'ont pas le statut de salarié, tels les enseignants chargés de cours qui travaillent pour 2 ou 3 euros de l'heure. (...) - courrier International in Süddeutsche Zeitung, by Peter Grottian, 17/10/2014

   

   
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Europe: Stakeholders discuss university funding futures

More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.

Held at the University of Bergamo in Italy, this was the second funding forum for the European University Association, or EUA, the organisation representing universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. (...) - University World News, 15 October 2014

  

  
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Academia and industry: Companies on campus

Academia and industry: Companies on campus | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Housing industry labs in academic settings benefits all parties, say Jana J. Watson-Capps and Thomas R. Cech.

 Pete Mariner works up the hall from his PhD adviser and one floor down from his postdoc adviser, but he does not work in academia. He is a senior scientist at Mosaic Biosciences, a start-up developing synthetic materials to help wounds heal faster, yet his labs are in the University of Colorado Boulder. They are part of the university's BioFrontiers Institute, an interdisciplinary effort to tackle complex biology and forge connections with companies. (..) - Jana J. Watson-Capps & Thomas R. Cech, Nature, 15 October 2014

  
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