Wednesday, 5 November 2014

What's the biggest challenge facing Open Access?

Join the Guardian Higher Education Network for the latest developments in the ongoing discussion about Open Access (the movement to make research papers freely available online as opposed to in journals which carry hefty subscription charges).

Open Access- Impact of research blog  

Monday, 6 October 2014

Should Irish universities merge?

As University College Dublin this week fell out of the world's top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education Rankings, international experts have claimed that Irish universities need to 'consolidate faculties or merge entirely' if they want to break back into the top tier. Read more at the link below.

Universities must merge to compete

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Impact of Research Hub

If you work in higher education and would like to join a network of other higher education professionals, you may want to sign up for free to the Guardian's Higher Education Network. There are at least 12 discussion Hubs ranging from the Impact of Research to Professional Development and Learning and Teaching. Topics discussed on a daily basis include advice on how to finish that PhD, openness in university research and the impact of Scottish independence on the identity of university staff. Click on the link below to follow the discussions.

Higher Education Network at the Guardian

DIT opens doors in Grangegorman


DIT staff were preparing this week for the influx of 1,000 students as the new DIT Grangegorman campus opened its doors as part of its €38 million first phase. The faculties of social science, art, design and photography have relocated to the new campus as a corner of Dublin once hidden behind high walls is now being opened up, not only for students, but for the public too. Read the interview in the Irish Times with DIT President Brian Norton.


Irish Times - DIT Grangegorman opens

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

New Book: Academic Working Lives

A timely and interesting new book published by Bloomsbury has recently been added into stock in the LTT collection in Bolton Street Library. Contributors to Academic working lives: experience, practice and change explore the current debate surrounding the key aspects of academic professional identity and relationships in the modern academic workplace. Contributors examine lecturer's everyday working experiences in the light of the impact of policy changes and the modes of academic leadership and management in contemporary higher education. Situations and contexts are reflected from across the UK and internationally.

Further information available here:

Link to Bloomsbury: Academic Working Lives




Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Who says innovators should be young?

As life expectancy in society generally lengthens, the age profile of academic researchers in the UK has shifted upwards. With good evidence to suggest that these researchers are publishing top-class research the authors of this article suggest that academics reach their creative peak in their fifties. But is churning out several papers a year the best use of their talents? How should universities adapt to an ageing population of scholars?

Who says innovators should be young?

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Do universities offer value for money?

41% of students in English universities don’t think they do.  The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) surveyed 15,000 undergraduates in different disciplines on well-being, satisfaction rates, etc.  The students surveyed were among the first to pay £9000 per year in fees.  41% is relatively low when compared to 70% of Scottish students who feel they are getting good value for money. Most Scottish students do not pay fees...

Monday, 26 May 2014

Peer learning

Foreign language students at the Virginia Commonwealth University are using a modern version of pen-pals to improve learning.  Students are using Skype, Google Hangouts or Adobe Connect to talk to students who are learning English in other countries.  The process is known as teletandem or telecollaboration…

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Searching Electronic Theses Online through British Library

If you need some help tracking down UK doctoral theses, use the link below to access EThOS, the Electronic Theses Online Service available through the British Library. Of the 300,000 records, 80,000 of those are full text. Where a copy of a thesis has yet to be digitised, EThOS works with institutions to provide 'digitisation on demand'.

Search Electronic Theses Online

Doing Ethical research

Writing in the Guardian's Higher Education Network, Hannah Farrimond, author of 'Doing Ethical Research' offers some advice for those wishing to practise ethical research. Her book and others on ethics in research are available in the Learning Teaching and Technology (LTT) collection in DIT Library Bolton Street.

How to do ethical research

Academic Writing Summer School at NUI Maynooth


NUI Maynooth Writing Centre will host a week long summer writing school from July 28th until 1st August 2014. The school will provide an opportunity for teachers of writing from all areas of education to meet, share good practice and learn more about writing and the teaching of writing See the link below for more information about the event and an application form.

Link to Academic Writing Summer School

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

UCD amends job advert calling for 'university' graduate PhDs

The Irish Times reports how UCD have amended a job advert for a lecturer position which seemed to bar graduates from institutes of technology.  The wording has sparked fresh debate about employers discriminating against graduates of particular institutions. 

Job Advert allows only university PhD

Does academic snobbery allow certain institutions to rest on their laurels?

Today's Irish Times asks the question, does academic snobbery allow certain institutions to rest on their laurels? Follow the link below to see how Institutes of Technologies are outperforming many universities in different competencies such as areas like industry collaboration, 'interdisciplinary publications' and artistic output.

Click here for link: Are IOTs better than universities?