Thursday, 25 June 2015

Myths about women in higher education

In the Guardian this week Sue Shepherd claims that it is not the lack of ambition which is keeping women from the top jobs in universities but the universities themselves who are keeping a lid on female promotion. Her doctoral research in this area appears to bust some of the myths surrounding the appointment of women pro-vice chancellors. Read more below.

Women in higher education

Inspiring the next generation of engineers

Dr Hugh Hunt, this year's recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Award, speaks in the Guardian about how engineering in general is hiding in plain sight and how it is time to celebrate the diversity and importance of engineering and inspire a new generation of engineers. He asks that government and funding bodies not only recognise the importance of public engagement but that universities find a way to support it. Read more by clicking on the link below. This week also marks the UK's National Women in Engineering Day so if you want to test your knowledge about women in engineering click the second link below to attempt the quiz. Good luck!

Inspiring a new generation of engineers..


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Yes, you shall go to the conference!

Read Nicholas Rowe's amusing Cinderella story for early career academics published in the Guardian Higher Education Network today. Rowe tells the story of an adjunct professor who is hoping to be taken seriously as an academic and the hurdles she faces along the way. Click below to access the article.

A Cinderella Story..

Friday, 12 June 2015

Take heed doctoral students!

The Guardian today reports on the world's oldest doctoral student whose original thesis for her PhD was denied under the Nazis in 1938 because her mother was Jewish. After passing an oral exam nearly eight decades later, Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport was awarded her doctorate at the age of 102. Read more by clicking on the link below.  

World's oldest doctoral student

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Uncovering hidden research data

The Guardian Higher Education Network asks today what would happen if academics could join the dots between the huge number of research articles that have been published digitally? Academics argue there are links waiting to be discovered that could help us tackle the most pressing questions facing society, in areas ranging from healthcare to the humanities. Publishers are resisting a change to copyright law that would allow academics to digitally mine published research. This issue sits within a wider debate about open access, and how to deliver the principle of making taxpayer-funded research results more available to the rest of society. Libraries argue that they are best placed to provide this service but they have been met with fierce resistance from commercial publishers. Join the debate by clicking on the link below.

Uncovering hidden research data

Monday, 8 June 2015

Dissatisfied students want more contact time with lecturers

The Guardian today reports on a survey of more than 15,000 full-time UK undergraduates which found that on average students spent more time studying independently than they did with teaching staff, leaving some feeling unsatisfied with their experience of university.Students who get limited contact time with university staff are less likely to enjoy the student experience – and those who don’t work hard enough don’t have a good time either. When asked which experience and skills staff should have, students listed teaching qualifications and industry experience as priorities. The survey is also reviewed in more detail in the Times Higher Education. Read more by clicking on the links below.

Guardian: Dissatisfied students....

THE: Student survey

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A catalogue of irritants at the British Library

An amusing and light-hearted look from the Guardian at some of the minor irritants facing library patrons in the British Library's reading rooms - from much too polite library signage, to unwashed academics and chattering students on social media. The author's suggestions on how to deal with some of the issues are currently being considered for Bolton Street library!

Catalogue of irritants

Higher Education: Academics versus administrators

Is there a way for the two tribes in universities to rub along? A harmonious university, with good working relations between academic and administrative staff is more likely to be an effective university. So says Simeon Underwood in the Times Higher Education today. On the other side is Laurie Taylor arguing that administrators need to present themselves as support staff and not try to occupy the stage themselves. Read more by clicking on the link below.

If you have problems accessing the article you can either sign up for a free 5 article access with the magazine directly, or go into the DIT library website and log into the NEXIS UK database for access.

Academics versus administrators