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There’s no space for today’s young Einsteins | Philip Ball

There’s no space for today’s young Einsteins | Philip Ball | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The gravitational waves theorist saw physics as no one else did, but if he was around today his time would be spent chasing grants or tenures
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'This change will be the end of the Open University as we know it' - The Guardian

'This change will be the end of the Open University as we know it' - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Staff are balloting for strike action as OU plans to close seven of nine regional centres in England amid competition from free online courses such as Moocs
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Cambridge would open science parks abroad if UK left EU, says v-c | Times Higher Education

Cambridge would open science parks abroad if UK left EU, says v-c | Times Higher Education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz says a lot of UK research would be reduced to ‘irrelevance’ in the event of Brexit
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The Uberfication of the University

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Gary Hall (Coventry University) Talk about being careful what you wish for. A recent survey of UK vice-chancellors identifies a number of areas of innovation with the potential to transform UK high...
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University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands | P2P Foundation

University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Final extract from the article by Rebecca Ratcliffe at the Guardian looking at how students around the world are fighting back against the commercialisation of University education. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands What’s happening? Students are occupying Maagdenhuis, the university’s main administrative building, calling for a democrastisation of the institution. What prompted the protest? Protesters want to …
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University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation: London School of Economics #UK | P2P Foundation

University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation: London School of Economics #UK | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
LSE is the epitome of the neoliberal university. It is managed and organised around corporate interests, which promote elitism and perpetuate inequality.
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Open-source people | Tudor Reilly Health

Open-source people | Tudor Reilly Health | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New online platforms are launched every day, but not many get covered by the likes of ForbesFortuneNewsweekNature and Scientific American. Then again, not many tech plays are like Open Humans. A collaboration between three US universities, the Open Humans initiative will bring together genomics, biomedical research, democratisation of scientific knowledge and data security. With so many hot-topic touch points, it’s no wonder the platform’s recent launch had so many journalists salivating.

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Rethinking higher education: what is the New University?

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The occupation of the Senate House by staff and students at the University of Amsterdam has rekindled the flame for a free and democratic university.The heart of the student movement today beats in Amsterdam.
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The Academy’s Dirty Secret

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The United States prides itself on offering broad access to higher education, and thanks to merit-based admissions, ample financial aid, and emphasis on diverse student bodies, our country can claim some success in realizing this ideal.
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Imagine... The transnational co-operative university

“Imagine a minimalist ‘university’, on a regional or even national scale, to which autonomous units prepare and present candidates. Why go it alone rather than help to form an open, cooperative university network designed for learners and learning in our times? There is potential for students, teachers, managers and support staff to socialize massive, open online courses (Moocs), to prevent autonomy at single institutional level working for a co-operative difference rather than a competitive sameness. Imagine a university -‘universal’ was a favourite Owenite word – as a complex local and global cluster of federally-linked mutual societies of diverse sizes fit for their purpose and for meeting members’ needs. Some might be as small as seminar rooms; others as large as science parks and with no social or technical obstacles to communication between them or, for that matter, with anyone else who wishes to learn to follow the argument wherever it leads.”
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The power of free: In search of democratic academic publishing strategies

The power of free: In search of democratic academic publishing strategies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A discussion text engaging with the current regime of academic publishing in the light of debates over "Gold Open Access".
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The Hi-Tech Mess of Higher Education by David Bromwich

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Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower prods us to think about the crisis of higher education. But is there a crisis?
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Three Syrian universities among top 10 in the 2015 ACPC | Syrian Arab News Agency

Three Syrian universities among top 10 in the 2015 ACPC | Syrian Arab News Agency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Cairo, SANA- Three Syrian universities won Sunday three among top 10 places in the 2015 Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) being held in Sharm El-Sheikh,Egypt .

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The 13 most innovative schools in the world

The 13 most innovative schools in the world | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Innovation in education can look like lots of things, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, partnering with the local community.

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Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls
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This Is The Future Of College - Fast Company

This Is The Future Of College - Fast Company | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It's not the death of higher education, but college as we've known it will be forced to undergo some dramatic changes in the next decade.
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Democratically controlled, co-operative higher education

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Higher education is disintegrating under misguided neo-liberal reforms. Could co-operative universities, member-run and member-led, be the answer?
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University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation: University of Toronto #Canada | P2P Foundation

University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation: University of Toronto #Canada | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Students around the world are fighting back against the commercialisation of University education.
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The war against humanities at Britain's universities

The war against humanities at Britain's universities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Our universities are squeezing every ounce of efficiency out of lecturers and focusing on the ‘profitable’ areas of science, tech and maths. Could the humanities be wiped out?
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University of Amsterdam - Executive Board: Support the New University

University of Amsterdam - Executive Board: Support the New University | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Friday 13 February, an organization of concerned students calling itself The New University (http://newuni.nl/) occupied the Bungehuis, one of the University of Amsterdam’s buildings and one of the Humanities Faculty’s primary locations. The students are protesting the financialization of academic life, and are calling for the radical democratization of university management. According to press releases issued by the students, their decision to occupy a university building was only taken after they had become convinced that all other options for entering into discussion with the university's management had been exhausted, and many less impactful forms of protest had already been exercised (see http://humanitiesrally.com/).

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An Astonishingly Small Number of Elite Graduate Schools Produce the Academics Who Get Jobs

An Astonishingly Small Number of Elite Graduate Schools Produce the Academics Who Get Jobs | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

he United States prides itself on offering broad access to higher education, and thanks to merit-based admissions, ample financial aid, and emphasis on diverse student bodies, our country can claim some success in realizing this ideal.

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Universities: Consciousness Studies

Universities: Consciousness Studies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A number of university departments, colleges and institutes in the US and elsewhere offer high quality educational opportunities and perform research in the areas of parapsychology, spirituality, transpersonal and consciousness studies. Below is a growing list of these from around the world. If you are aware of others, especially outside the US, please contact us. Also see the Parapsychological Associations's University Education in Parapsychology.
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The Power of Free: In search of democratic academic publishing strategies

The Power of Free: In search of democratic academic publishing strategies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The future of publishing, thus, lies in the reconstruction of an autonomous academic who publishes bot “formally” – the traditional modes – and increasingly “informally” using the resources described here. Open Access would be a default mode here; the color of this Open Access is of little relevance, as long as the system improves the academic system of production in a sustainable and democratic way. We can all start doing this ourselves.
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Universities forge ahead with 3-D printing - Kansas City Star

Universities forge ahead with 3-D printing - Kansas City Star | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When students propose, design and create projects at Florida Polytechnic University, they will have a state-of-the-art, 3-D printing lab available to help them along.

It's a long way from the days of poster boards and a box of colored markers.



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