HEFCE, whose funding supports university museums in England, welcomes the publication of ‘Impact and engagement: University museums for the 21st century’.
The University Museums Group and University Museums in Scotland launched the joint publication, which celebrates the outstanding contribution made by such museums across the UK, at the Museums Association Conference in Liverpool on 12 November. The report praises the growing success of university museums within the UK’s higher education sector, and their unique contribution to the public profile of universities.
Case studies illustrate recent changes in how university museums participate in the academic missions of higher education institutions, as well as their remarkable record for wider public engagement and community impact.
The report shows how university museums deliver unique benefits to the higher education sector and to the culture at large, including:
- nearly 4 million public visits to university museums last year
- 3,500 public events and 200 exhibitions held last year by university museums
- students learning from museum objects on more than 700 university courses
- university museums increasingly delivering and supporting collections-based research across multiple disciplines.
University museums also demonstrate exceptional performance in attracting funding, with HEFCE’s core museums and galleries funding generating an increase in funding from outside the sector of 179 per cent to over £20 million over the last five years.
The report is available on the University Museums Group web-site.
The discussions that took place during the IAU-ACUP IDEA Workshop on Doctoral education and e-Supervision at the Universitat Oberta de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, on 31 October can be followed online here.
Since 2011, the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the IAU brought together two projects: Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa and the African-Spanish Higher Education Management Platform. One of the main outcomes of this collaboration is the development of the joint IDEA platform on innovative approaches to doctoral education. The joint initiative identified the issue of doctoral supervision as one of the key challenges African higher education institutions are facing.
Through the recent Personal Learning Environment (PLE)-PhD project financed through the IAU LEADHER programme, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Kenyatta University (KU), ACUP and IAU looked at how digital technologies, more specifically the web 2.0 tools, can provide answers to the challenge during a one day Workshop on doctoral education and e-supervision.
The workshop discussions and conclusions are available online at: http://plephd.blogs.uoc.edu/.
The growing importance of cooperation and networking in improving visibility of vocational education and training (VET) was at the core of the 11th plenary annual meeting of ReferNet, Cedefop’s European network of VET, on 5 and 6 November.
Opening the meeting, ReferNet coordinator Sylvie Bousquet said to the 70 participants from across Europe gathered in Thessaloniki that the plenary represented ‘not only a milestone but also momentum’ and that ‘striving for quality had inspired us.’ She added that the aim is to ‘strengthen the partnership with more inter-member activities throughout the year.’ More...
- ReferNet 11th plenary meeting agenda
The international event will take place on 4-5 April 2014 at the University of Alcalá (UAH) in Madrid.
The conference aims to offer PSI&T researchers, practitioners, trainers, academics, public service authorities and people who are generally interested in intercultural communication, translation and interpreting, a forum for dialogue in this changing society, as well as an opportunity to exchange opinions.
The main theme of the Conference is "(Re)visiting Ethics and Strengthening Connections". Those who are interested should send proposals on the following topics (but not exclusively):
Discussing ethical issues in both research and teaching
Studying interpreters and translators in conflict
Interpreting and translating for victims of war, sexual assault, survivors of torture and trauma, etc.
Exploring connections with other types of interpreting such as conference or court interpreting
Analysing advances in PSI&T between local, national, and international institutions.
The Conference will include plenary lectures, papers, seminars, posters and round tables. Participants delivering papers will have a maximum of 30 minutes (discussion/questions time included). The official languages will be Spanish and English.
All those who are interested in participating are kindly asked to send a 200-word abstract by 29th November 2013 using this webpage. The decision of the Scientific Committee will be sent by 10th December 2013.
For registration, click here.
Dear Hedda readers. Some weeks ago we had a very successful thematic week on conferences
where we published reviews about some of the major conferences in higher education in autumn 2013. However, 2014 is coming fast and the deadlines for abstracts for many of the conferences will be approaching soon. Read more...
If you think about your learning experiences, which teachers in higher education made the biggest positive impact on your learning? Who stood out as a truly excellent teacher in higher education? Central European University (CEU)
has announced the third annual European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The award was introduced in 2011 to highlight excellent teaching in higher education institutions in the European Higher Education Area. Read more...
By Scott Sayare. In a nation of schools typically christened with sensible acronyms or the names of dead Frenchmen, “42” seems an odd title for an institution of higher learning. But then, Xavier Niel’s new technology academy hardly aims to be conventional.
Mr. Niel, an affable, longhaired telecommunications executive with a high school diploma and several billion euros to his name, has spent the past decade gleefully disrupting France’s staid corporate establishment. With 42, he means to do the same, in a small but conspicuous way, to higher education in France. Programming classes start this month. More...
By Lindsay Kines. The University of Victoria’s new president cautioned Tuesday against measuring the value of a post-secondary education solely by economic terms.
Jamie Cassels, who was installed as the seventh president and vice-chancellor at the start of fall convocation ceremonies, said the increasing focus on jobs and money is understandable in a time of global uncertainty.
“But to focus purely on the immediate bottom line misses the value of education as part of the absolutely essential longer gain for individuals and society,” he said in remarks to graduates and their families at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. More...
PRESS RELEASE: The Observatory and Google link up for conference: The international HE revolution - Impacts on mobility, qualifications, networks.
London 11/12 December 2013
Senate House, University of London Regent’s University London
The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (obhe.ac.uk) will share its conference with Google on 11 - 12 December , who will announce a new initiative on the opening day. The UK’s minister for higher education David Willetts will address the second day of the conferen ce. Key contributors include Pearson’s Chief Education Advisor Sir Michael Barber and senior HE professionals from around the world.
The conference, presented in association with Laureate, OC&C and The UK HE International Unit is entitled ‘The internation al higher education revolution: Impacts on mobility, qualifications, networks’. It will be held at Senate House, University of London, and at Regent’s University London. The conference takes as its starting point current developments in online learning and explores how they may impact on three aspects of international higher education: student mobility, how qualifications are gained, and international partnerships and networks.
Keynote speakers are: Sir Michael Barber (Chief Education Advisor at Pearson), Rt Hon David Willetts MP (Minister for Universities & Science), and Professor Nigel Thrift (Vice - Chancellor at the University of Warwick).
Speakers include: Conrad Bird (Foreign Office & GREAT Britain Campaign), David Black (Google UK), Professor Sir Dru mmond Bone ( Balliol College, Oxford), Sam Brenton (Academic Partnerships), Carolyn Campbell (QAA), Professor Aldwyn Cooper (Regent’s University), Eva Egron - Polak (IAU), Dr Stephan Geifes (DAAD), Tim Gore OBE (University of London International Programmes), Dr Joe Hong (HKCAAVQ), Mark Jeynes (OC&C Consultants), Dr Fernando León - Garcia (CETYS University, Mexico), Professor Dato’ Hassan Said (Taylor’s University, Malaysia), and Dr Dirk van Damme (OECD).
The programme is here and registration form is here.