09 mars 2013

Sexism rife in universities, warns NUS report

Times Higher EducationBy Chris Parr. More than half of female students identify “prevailing sexism, ‘laddism’ and a culture of harassment” at their universities, according to a survey by the National Union of Students.
The report, That’s what she said: Women students’ experiences of lad culture in higher education, released on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day, found that nights out and sports teams were hotspots for  “lad culture”, defined as a “pack” mentality and the use of sexist, misogynist and homophobic “banter”.
Such behaviour could spill over into “sexual harassment and humiliation”, the NUS said. This included verbal harassment and “catcalling”, while groping in nightclubs was viewed by some as part of a “normal” night out. Read more...

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Gender leadership gap tackled by manifesto

Times Higher EducationBy Jack Grove. A document that aims to bridge the gender leadership gap in higher education worldwide has been officially launched at an international conference. Manifesto for Change, produced by the Action for Women in Higher Education Leadership group, calls for the number of women in senior academic positions to help determine a university’s global ranking. It also wants more data on the gender imbalance among university leaders and professorships held by women to force higher education institutions to address the issue. Read more...

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THE podcast: World Reputation Rankings

Times Higher EducationTHE podcast: World Reputation Rankings
By Chris Parr, Phil Baty.
On 4 March 2013 Times Higher Education published its annual World Reputation Rankings.
Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, talks about the methodology, the findings, and the sometimes divisive nature of university league tables.
You can find all the latest THE podcasts available on iTunes.

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Australia’s academy faces day of reckoning over student loans

Times Higher EducationWhoever wins the next election, uncapped enrolments and a big student loan book must be addressed, say observers. When the Australian government declined in January to implement recommended increases in teaching funding, or to permit the franchising of a university’s degrees, some observers perceived a growing nervousness about the cost of the country’s uncapped higher education system.
Some believe the cost of the loans system could prompt a future government - particularly one from the coalition grouping of right-of-centre parties - to reintroduce the cap on student numbers.
The removal of caps on undergraduate numbers was recommended in a 2008 Review of Australian Higher Education, chaired by former University of South Australia vice-chancellor Denise Bradley, to boost skill levels in the Australian workforce. Read more...

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Polyglots required if we want a place in the global academy

Times Higher EducationEnglish cannot be the only acceptable language of scholarship, says Toby Miller. It’s arrogant, impractical and anti-intellectual.
The signs are all there: the future domination of English as the major language of international diplomacy, business and education seems assured. Safely positioned in the top three internet languages and the top two Twitter languages, it is the preferred mode of communication for international airline pilots, corporate engineers, university physicists and medical researchers, inter alia.
In academia, English has long been the sine qua non for publishing in the sciences and medicine. The social sciences and humanities remain partial holdouts, perhaps because of the spread of the two other principal imperial languages, French and Spanish, the wealth of their sponsoring nations and the localism of their discourse. But even these areas are changing - for example, Latin American universities clearly favour work published in English over the languages of their own countries.
All this looks just fine and dandy for Anglos, doesn’t it? We can remain in our English shell, confident that anything worth translating will duly be brought before us. Read more...

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Hungry Treasury eyes universities 'awash with cash'

Times Higher EducationBy John Morgan. Further austerity measures could wreak havoc with BIS’ stretched finances. Fears are growing that England’s universities could suffer from the perception that they are “awash with cash”, as the Treasury seeks cuts of £1 billion in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ 2015-16 budget.
Vince Cable, the business secretary, is opposing the Treasury’s spending review plans for cuts of up to 8 per cent to his department, where higher education is by far the biggest area of spending.
Such a cut would be in line with projected reductions at other non- protected departments.
By contrast, in Australia the representative body for universities has launched an A$5 million (£3.4 million) campaign in election year to push for annual increases in state investment and promote public awareness of higher education. Read more...

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Student visas are an open door to talent

The Guardian homeBy John Worne, Director of strategy, British Council. Polly Toynbee rightly identifies education and culture as our most valuable international assets (1 March). Our research clearly shows that these – and the English language – are vital in attracting talent, trade and tourism. She is also right that perceptions about UK immigration policy must not be allowed to pull out the welcome mat from under hard-working international students. There is a clear case for continued investment in education and culture – but those of us who are able must adapt to an age of austerity. Public service organisations like the British Council, the BBC and UK universities already look to the world to earn and partner to deliver more public benefit at less cost to the public purse. For entrepreneurial public services and private sector providers in education and culture, the global demand is immense. To know the UK is to love the UK – but it starts with seeing all the world as our stage and throwing open our own doors wide enough to let talent in.

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Doctor'Entreprise - recrutez un doctorant!

Doctor'Entreprise, boostez votre innovation: recrutez un doctorant! Jeudi 28 mars 2013
Vous êtes une entreprise et avez des projets de développement sur un nouveau marché? Vous souhaitez améliorer un domaine de compétence? Augmenter votre potentiel d'innovation? Explorez de nouvelles opportunités en confiant vos projets à des doctorants!
Vous êtes étudiant et envisagez un doctorat? Pourquoi ne pas proposer votre expertise à une TPE, PME ou grande entreprise?
La 2nde édition de Doctor'Entreprise vous permettra de vous rencontrer, mais également de découvrir les opportunités de collaboration entre entreprises et doctorants, les modalités de recrutement, les soutiens financiers possibles... et des success stories.
Un événement organisé par le MEDEF Lyon-Rhône, l'Université de Lyon et l'IAE Lyon Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3.

Doctor'Entreprise, 2nde édition
jeudi 28 mars 2013
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Manufacture des Tabacs – 6, rue Pr. Rollet, Lyon 8e
M°D station Sans Souci
Inscription sur www.universite-lyon.fr

Plus d'informations
> sur le site web du MEDEF
> l'intégralité des success stories : Renault Trucks, Icade, Orange Labs, Lafarge
> vidéo : Rendez-vous Carnot 2012 "Pourquoi se priver des docteurs?"
Doctor'Entreprise, a mhéadú do earcú nuálaíochta PhD! Déardaoin, 28 Márta, 2013
Tá tú tionscadail ghnó agus a fhorbairt ar an margadh nua? Ba mhaith leat chun feabhas a chur ar réimse saineolais? Méadú do Acmhainn nuálaíochta? Déan iniúchadh deiseanna nua i entrusting do thionscadal le PhD!
An bhfuil tú mac léinn ag smaoineamh ar PhD? Cén fáth nach bhfuil do saineolas a thairiscint do TPE, SME nó cuideachta mhór?
Beidh an 2ú eagrán de Doctor'Entreprise deis a thabhairt duit teacht le chéile, ach freisin chun deiseanna comhoibrithe idir comhlachtaí agus mac léinn dochtúireachta, nósanna imeachta earcaíochta, tacaíochta airgeadais atá ar fáil iniúchadh a dhéanamh ar ... scéalta ratha agus. Níos mó...

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Office Web Apps Or Google Docs for Online Learning?

By Joshua Kim. I'm faced with a dilemma, and I hope that you can help?
My team is working to introduce improved collaboration tools for our online learners. We have concluded that the native Wiki and file exchange features in our LMS are insufficient for the sort of rich collaboration that our student teams need. Uploading and downloading files is too cumbersome and error prone. Student team members need to be able to collaboratively create and edit documents. Ideally, students should be able to collaborate on documents from whatever screen they happen to be holding - read tablet or smart phone. So the choice seems to be to integrate Office Web Apps or Google Apps with our LMS. Read more...

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HomeBy Carolyn Foster Segal. There’s a legendary story about Anne Sexton’s learning how to write a sonnet by watching I.A. Richard’s educational-television series in the late fifties. I’ve thought about that fairly often while reading the daily stories on MOOCs. In the Sexton/Richards instance, there was a fortuitous electronic meeting of an excellent teacher who saw possibilities in the then “new” technology of television and a motivated student who was ready to write as if  -- and according to her this was indeed the case -- her life depended on it. That hyperbolic tone of the last sentence above -- a tone that readers of Sexton’s later poems and interviews are already familiar with -- is also the tone of a good many declarations about MOOCs.
Thomas Friedman’s latest column “The Professors’ Big Stage” is a case in point. His piece on “the MOOCs revolution” is riddled with contradictions, shallow thinking -- and an error in basic arithmetic. Read more...

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