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Postgraduate students feel overlooked

Postgraduate students feel overlooked | PhD | Scoop.it

Many postgraduate students struggle to meet their living costs and do not believe the current funding system works.

Postgraduate students feel marginalised and worried about finances, according to a report by Unite, the student accommodation provider.

Their financial situation is a key contributing factor to their feeling of being overlooked, the survey of 810 postgraduate students finds.

Only 22% feel the current funding system works. Nine out of 10 say they would prefer the sort of tuition-fee loan system that applies to undergraduates. (...) by Libby Page and Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian, 11 June 2014


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may be the topic is yet a bit far to come, here in Italy ... but "meeting living costs" sounds very actual, in crisis time, here too.

The difference? Many still thinks that things may change back ...

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Highly novel research proposals ‘being systematically rejected’

Highly novel research proposals ‘being systematically rejected’ | PhD | Scoop.it
Those judging creative scientific ideas fail to fully understand them, potentially hampering breakthroughs, research indicates
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herbst architects constructs K valley house in new zealand

herbst architects constructs K valley house in new zealand | PhD | Scoop.it
titled 'K valley house', this home in new zealand has been designed by herbst architects for a couple who are both involved in the film industry.
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if you have room enough, light wood trusses are a very nice solution!
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L’ubérisation des universités

L’ubérisation des universités | PhD | Scoop.it

La menace «Uber» n’intervient pas que dans l’industrie du taxi, elle guette également les universités. Devenues de lourdes machines bureaucratiques qui évoluent dans un cadre rigide et surréglementé, les universités font face à une concurrence. L’accès au savoir universitaire est lui aussi transformé par l’essor du numérique, où l’offre de formation passe par de nouvelles plateformes. (...) - Journal de Montréal, par Mario Asselin, 15/02/2016


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To build digital brands, universities need to relinquish control

To build digital brands, universities need to relinquish control | PhD | Scoop.it
Universities should use online platforms for conversations, not broadcasting, says Max du Bois
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Conversation and story telling not marketing and cartapatinata in higher education digital networking
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Prestige? Reputation? What else to assess Academia?

Prestige? Reputation? What else to assess Academia? | PhD | Scoop.it
Employers and parents value it more highly than any other quality. But how does a university set about building prestige?
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The THE post anticipates the results of a series of interviews to be published in a report by Leadership Foundation (http://www.lfhe.ac.uk/).
Few excerpts:

“I am very comfortable with the term [prestige]. It is articulated in a number of ways in my institution. It means you don’t have to explain yourself” [Pre-92 head]

“I am not trying even for excellence. I am trying for fairness and competence at a good price. We teach to the price, but this is not something that is easy to say in the UK. We have average students, and that is what they need”. Post-92 head

But another comment shocks me: «on one hand, efficiency and effectiveness require collaboration between institutions and beyond them. On the other, increasing competition encourages the active pursuit of prestige in ways that may discourage cooperation and entrench perceived status differences».
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Formation pour les doctorants | Université de Toulouse – Higher Education and Research in Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

Formation pour les doctorants | Université de Toulouse – Higher Education and Research in Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées | PhD | Scoop.it
L’École des Docteurs propose chaque année des formations accessibles à l'ensemble des doctorants de l'Université Fédérale Toulous
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What the heck is interesting research?

What the heck is interesting research? | PhD | Scoop.it
Research is a social process. If the output of your work does not change how a few people think… it was probably in vain.
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The Accelerated Academy Series

The Accelerated Academy Series | PhD | Scoop.it
Image credit: Milena Kremakova This series is made up of posts based on author contributions presented at Power, Acceleration and Metrics in Academic Life (2 – 4 December 2015, Prague) which was su…
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The world’s top universities for attracting industry funding

The world’s top universities for attracting industry funding | PhD | Scoop.it
Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the 20 best institutions based on private-sector investment per academic

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, March 8, 11:29 PM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. Another excellent application for a business continuing education, is the provision of information on a specific topic in drops. Each teacher must have a site to do this. For those who speak Spanish or Portuguese, an example can be seen in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Building an effective learning environment | Tony Bates

Building an effective learning environment | Tony Bates | PhD | Scoop.it

I was asked by the Chang School of Continuing Studies at Ryerson University to do a master class on this topic at their ChangSchoolTalks on February 17, based on Appendix 1 in my open, online textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age.


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World insight: The use of English in universities will not kill off Dutch

World insight: The use of English in universities will not kill off Dutch | PhD | Scoop.it
Martin Paul believes that the advantages of teaching some courses in English far outweigh the disadvantages for students in the Netherlands
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Digital Companies Need More Liberal Arts Majors

Digital Companies Need More Liberal Arts Majors | PhD | Scoop.it
Creativity, empathy, and listening are more important than ever.
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English universities increase their recruiting of European Union students

English universities increase their recruiting of European Union students | PhD | Scoop.it

English universities are making a big push -- controversial to some -- for students from European Union countries.

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Academic blogging: a risk worth taking?

Academic blogging: a risk worth taking? | PhD | Scoop.it
After her blog was republished without credit, PhD student Lucy Williams says we must confront this 'shameless exploitation'
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She says: "Blogging provides a vital method of communication and networking for PhD students and early career researchers. Blogs can raise awareness of a researcher and their work in the early stages of a career, before they have a long list of publications, or grant applications behind them. But with an environment existing in which your research can be taken and used by others – for profit – without your permission, and without accreditation, is it a risk worth taking?"
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What Chinese investment means for African higher education

What Chinese investment means for African higher education | PhD | Scoop.it
Ellie Bothwell reports on what both countries gain – and lose – from the Sino-African partnership
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Does the collapse in part-time study matter? | HEFCE blog

Does the collapse in part-time study matter? | HEFCE blog | PhD | Scoop.it
Since 2008-09, the part-time student body has fallen from a peak of 388,000 students to number only 208,000 in 2014-15. Early returns from institutions suggest the decline continued in 2015-16 and overall numbers are expected to fall by a further 5 per cent compared to 2014-15.
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Government policy is wrecking science

Government policy is wrecking science | PhD | Scoop.it

«... mismeasurement and mismanagement are impeding scientific research... The current system is a farce.
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Our future depends on education and academic creativity. We cannot afford to stand by and passively witness the end of science. We need to be proactive in publicising its enormous benefits – and the even greater benefits that would accrue from a sensible but sweeping makeover of the system».

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Tim Birkhead è un etologo che si occupa di uccelli, ornitorinchi e filosofia della scienza. Con una certa dose di ironia ci paragona alle aringhe e ai banchi di Terranova esauriti in un secolo di sovrasfruttamento dell'industria della pesca. Citando il lavoro di Peter Lawrence, biologo, lancia un grido di allarme e una proposta di soluzione: darsi tutti da fare per rendere noto al pubblico quanto sia importante la ricerca.

Io, personalmente, ho sempre guardato con sospetto a coloro i quali si rifiutano di essere "misurati" e "gestiti". Sono troppi gli esempi di accademici che si esprimono contro ciò unicamente perché la prima vittima è il loro ego.
Ma leggerò con attnzione anche il testo di Lawrence, che si trova qui:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0070215315002203

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L’université japonaise: vers un contre-modèle?

En juin dernier, le ministre de l’Éducation, de la culture, du sport, de la science et de la technologie (MEXT) du Japon, Hiroshi Hase, a déclaré que les universités nationales devaient abolir leurs facultés de sciences humaines, sociales et d’enseignement pour les convertir en facultés réputées plus « utiles » pour la société. Plusieurs voix se sont élevées au sein de la société civile pour décrier cette déclaration. Devant la levée de boucliers causée par la déclaration du ministre, le MEXT est passé en gestion de crise en expliquant ad nauseam que le mot « abolir » renvoyait uniquement aux cours d’enseignement qui ne conduisaient pas à l’obtention d’une licence d’enseignant. Cependant, pour le Conseil scientifique du Japon (CSJ), la délicate question de l’avenir des universités demeure entière. (... )- Le Devoir, par Laurent Trempe, 08/01/2016

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10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you

10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you | PhD | Scoop.it
There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon
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Tara Brabazon is an expert in clasifying Supervisor Pathologies
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The role of ego in academic profile services: Comparing Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Mendeley, and ResearcherID

The role of ego in academic profile services: Comparing Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Mendeley, and ResearcherID | PhD | Scoop.it
Academic profiling services are a pervasive feature of scholarly life. Alberto Martín-Martín, Enrique Orduna-Malea and Emilio Delgado López-Cózar discuss the advantages and disadvantages of major p…...
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Top 100 universities with the best student-to-staff ratio

Top 100 universities with the best student-to-staff ratio | PhD | Scoop.it
Universities with more staff per student have a good chance of creating an engaged and interactive teaching environment. These are the top 100 universities in the world with the best ratios of students to teachers.
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Eight smart ways to use social media in universities

Eight smart ways to use social media in universities | PhD | Scoop.it
It’s easy to dismiss apps such as Snapchat and Instagram as mere distractions, but they can work wonders for learning and teaching
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Sara Caspani's comment, February 29, 4:06 AM
SOCIAL MEDIA & ANTROPOLOGY: the first outputs from Prof. Daniel Miller's Eu research are here available as open-access books http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press
Sara Caspani's comment, February 29, 4:30 AM
and for those who are really curios.. from today the on-line course https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anthropology-social-media
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Métiers & carrières - Aprés le doctorat - After the phd

Métiers & carrières - Aprés le doctorat - After the phd | PhD | Scoop.it

Si la carrière académique et l’enseignement secondaire restent des voies privilégiées par les docteur-e-s, d’autres possibilités existent : dans la fonction publique, notamment la fonction publique d’Etat ou fédérale, dans les organisations internationales, dans le secteur associatif et dans l’entreprise où ils-elles peuvent prétendre à des postes d’expertise où à responsabilités. La création d’activité et le travail indépendant sont d’autres voies empruntées par les docteur-e-s.
L’expertise acquise durant le doctorat peut s’exprimer dans la R&D (recherche et développement), l’innovation, le conseil ou la formation. L’expertise en sciences humaines et sociales peut venir en appui aux collectivités et aux entreprises pour l’identification de demandes sociétales et pour l’analyse des usages.
Les compétences méthodologiques et sociales acquises par les docteur-e-s pendant leur travail de recherche, dans leurs activités de communication et d’enseignement ou dans d’autres activités parallèles, les rendent aptes à occuper des postes à responsabilités dans des fonctions support, stratégiques ou de direction et dans les métiers juridiques, du marketing, de l’édition, du commercial, de l’informatique, de la communication, de la production.

Des compétences à valoriser
Compétences reconnues :
PolyvalenceRigueur des méthodesCapacité à prendre du recul face aux problèmes complexesGestion de projets de longue duréeTravail en équipeCapacité d'adaptation et d’innovation face aux situations nouvellesCréativitéCompétences linguistiques associées à une ouverture à l’international
 
Toutes ces competences sont des atouts que le-a docteur-e peut mettre en valeur et transférer dans un nouveau contexte professionnel.

 

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Universities and free speech: a statement at the heart of the debate over academic freedom - Hard to say

Universities and free speech: a statement at the heart of the debate over academic freedom - Hard to say | PhD | Scoop.it
A statement at the heart of the debate over academic freedom
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I like very much the following sentence: «intellectual growth requires “the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable”».

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