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Not prolific in research, but not lazy either: meet the ‘academic artisans’

Not prolific in research, but not lazy either: meet the ‘academic artisans’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Role of lecturers who play a key part in teaching and administration should get more recognition, according to study (...) - Times higher Education, 2015/12/22

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Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay)

Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The movement to make scholarly work more accessible has created major benefits, but mandating open access -- and Creative Commons licensing -- restricts authors’ ability to say how, where and by whom their work will be reused, writes Rick Anderson. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Rick Anderson, December 15, 2015

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[UK] Academics! You've got to fight for your right to job security

[UK] Academics! You've got to fight for your right to job security | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities want to sell themselves as booming businesses, but the rise of zero-hours contracts is a threat to the sector (...) - The Guardian, by Myka Abramson and Harry Stopes, 1 December 2015

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Why peer review needs a good going over

Why peer review needs a good going over | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The process is a vital to academia but many are unhappy with how it works. New research sets out to explore where peer review falls short of expectations (...) - The Guardian, by Elaine Devine, 28 October 2015

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What is an Academic Journal?

What is an Academic Journal? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We spend much time these days wondering when the academic journal as we know it will cease to exist. Opinions on the future of journals vary widely. There are those who say it will live forever and others who see the journal as an ugly reminder of the sins of big publishers – exploitative vehicles for dragging a profit from those who can’t afford to pay. (...) - the scholarly kitchen, by Robert Harington, october 6 2015

 

 

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Peer review, coaching en ligne, bilan des Mooc : l’innovation made in USA

Peer review, coaching en ligne, bilan des Mooc : l’innovation made in USA | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

REVUE DE PRESSE - ÉTATS-UNIS. Academia veut construire son système d’évaluation par les pairs, LearnUp lève huit millions de dollars, et les résultats d’une étude sur les élèves ayant suivi un Mooc. (...) - EducPros, par Jessica Gourdon, 01/10/2015

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How much does society lose due to job insecurity in the academic sector?

How much does society lose due to job insecurity in the academic sector? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Job insecurity in academia is bad for researchers, for their disciplines and for society which pays them. These are conclusions from recent „Career Tracking of Doctorate Holders Pilot Project Report”. (...) - Open Science, August 3, 2015

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Backreaction: The plight of the postdocs: Academia and mental health

Backreaction: The plight of the postdocs: Academia and mental health | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This is the story of a friend of a friend, a man by name Francis who took his life at age 34. Francis had been struggling with manic depression through most of his years as a postdoc in theoretical physics. (...) - BackRe(Action) Blog, June 16 2015

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I'm a mother but I can still do serious research

I'm a mother but I can still do serious research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After becoming a mum, my time-management and productivity were scrutinised like never before. Actually, being a parent has given me a new drive to succeed. (...) - The Guardian, 9 April 2015

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Big legal win for academic free speech in Europe

Big legal win for academic free speech in Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University staff must be free to criticize senior management and expose wrongdoing without fear of dismissal or disciplinary action, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. (...) - THE via @insidehighered, by Jack Grove, March 20, 2015

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[UK] Academies demand central role for research after election

[UK] Academies demand central role for research after election | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The national academies have urged whoever wins power in the May General Election to place research and innovation at the heart of plans for long-term economic growth.  (...)  - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 13 February 2015, Issue No:354

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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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Open Access and the Public Purse

Last year, we were introduced to a “Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy,” put forward by NSERC and SSHRC to harmonize their requirements with the CIHR. Under this policy, all peer-reviewed journal articles based on research funded by these councils must be made available through Open Access (OA), free and online. Researchers could either publish in a journal that is OA or has OA options, or deposit the article in an OA repository within twelve months of publication. There is much to applaud here, particularly for those of us who have long supported OA as a means of making our work more widely available to international research communities that cannot afford increasingly high journal subscription fees or Canadians who are not physically within reach of a university library. (...) - Academic Matters, by Julia M. Wright, July 28th, 2014

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My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me

My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The government has turned students into customers who have no respect for academics and refuse to work for their grades (...) - The Guardian, by Anonymus Academic, 18 December 2015

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How to pursue a successful work-home life balance after gaining tenure (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

How to pursue a successful work-home life balance after gaining tenure (essay)  | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Even after gaining tenure, Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra warn, you may well face a relentless and often invisible set of career demands that can confuse and frustrate family members. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, December 4, 2015

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Academics: you are going to fail, so learn how to do it better

Academics: you are going to fail, so learn how to do it better | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Unsuccessful endeavours are a crucial part of academia – use these five tips to make the most of them (...) - The Guardian, by Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa, 4 November 2015

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, December 8, 2015 11:15 AM

L'échec est le quotidien de toute personne qui crée, c'est bien de la rappeler, d'apprendre à savoir le vivre, le gérer ;-)

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, December 8, 2015 5:26 PM

... and at least, thanks those who give you advice about your failures and ask for it

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[UK] Careers in academia: Different options

[UK] Careers in academia: Different options | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The traditional career path in academia isn’t the only option available for scientists, say panelists at the 2015 Naturejobs Career Expo in London. (...) - Nature, by Julia Gould and guest contributor Gaia Donati, 09 October 2015
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Research is not the only path to academic success

Research is not the only path to academic success | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

xCo-founder of investment firm says that more early career academics should be encouraged to think about the entrepreneurial route. (...) - Times Higher Education, by John Elmes, October 1, 2015

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Academics are being hoodwinked into writing books nobody can buy

Academics are being hoodwinked into writing books nobody can buy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An editor called me up to ask me if I’d like to write a book. I smelled a rat, but I played along… (...) - The Guardian, 4 September 2015

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[US] Visa restrictions limit academic freedom

A few months ago, New York University Professor Andrew Ross was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, on ideological grounds. The incident put academic freedom in the Arab World under a microscope, but the coverage failed to recognise that the US has similarly unethical restrictions for non-citizen scholars.

Each year many students, faculty and independent scholars are denied entrance to the US based on economic, national, age and other forms of discrimination. These US visa policies discriminate exclusively against citizens of Latin America, Asia, Africa and nations of Muslim majority. The US visa controls are comparable to UAE’s in their effect on academic freedom. (...) - University World News, by Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, 17 July 2015 Issue No:376

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Writing services for academics on the rise

Writing services for academics on the rise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
What drives scientists to delegate time-consuming writing tasks?

Universities and private centres in different European countries have introduced writing services for academics, in the past few decades. The trend is now catching on as the work of scientists becomes incredibly complex. More and more researchers are now happy to delegate the time-consuming task of communicating their results to professional writers and editors. Academic writing centers and learning development centres that include academic writing service have developed throughout Europe. The European academic writing centres have joined in the European Writing Centres Association that was founded in 1998 and the European Association For The Teaching Of Academic Writing.(...) Euroscientist, par Janna Degener, 11/06/2015

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Does academic freedom mean researchers need not reveal their funding sources?

Does academic freedom mean researchers need not reveal their funding sources? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The University of Delaware is refusing to fulfill a congressman's request that it release information about who is funding a prominent climate change skeptic’s research. The university is the first of seven institutions facing similar requests to publicly deny them, citing concerns about academic freedom. Delaware’s refusal raises important questions about the line between protecting free inquiry and preserving research integrity, and signals a reversal of sorts from an earlier position on controversial research funding. And not everyone agrees that academic freedom covers a decision to keep funding sources secret. (...) - @insidehighered, par Colleen Flaherty, March 24, 2015

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Motherhood: Biases in US academia

US academia shows bias against motherhood.

 

Organizational biases against motherhood exist in academia, find US researchers. Kirsten Isgro at the State University of New York Plattsburgh and Mari Castañeda at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that US universities and colleges conflate sabbatical leave and maternity leave, or expect female faculty members to time their child-raising years around tenure decisions (K. Isgro and M. Castañeda Womens Stud. Int. Forum http://doi.org/z3j; 2015). They collected accounts from more than 300 women in academic positions. Isgro says that there is no single ideal path for a woman to mesh her life as a parent with her work. - Nature 518, 447, doi:10.1038/nj7539-447c,18 February 2015

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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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New rankings system from LinkedIn based on employment outcomes of a huge sample

New rankings system from LinkedIn based on employment outcomes of a huge sample | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

LinkedIn has officially joined the jam-packed college rankings party. And with 313 million users, the job networking site has a big data sample both for creating the rankings and for marketing them.

The new ranking system tracks the success of college graduates in eight broad career paths, adding weight for jobs deemed “desirable.” It lists the top 25 institutions in each career category. (...) - by Paul Fain, @insidehighered, October 2, 214

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