Monthly Archives: July 2009

What is freedom? Choosing your v-c

Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education

Proposal is key part of plan for European ‘Magna Charta’ on scholars’ rights. Academics would be given the right to appoint their own vice-chancellors under plans for a Europe-wide definition of academic freedom.


Funding system to drive research

Andrew Trounson, The Australian Higher Education Supplement

THE federal government will tie teaching and research performance funding to negotiated compacts to encourage distinctive university missions and focus research funding among the best performers, according to two new discussion papers.,25197,25849062-12332,00.html.


Science Ethics Rules Leave Room for Scandals, Critics Fear

Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education

A whistle-blower on doubtful HIV research has officials of the National Institutes of Health  considering new ethics regulations. Many individual states are also toughening rules. And several dozen universities, pressed by Congress and embarrassed by high-profile ethical lapses among their faculty members — including professors at Harvard and Emory Universities — have recently outlined new conflict-of-interest policies, mostly focused on increased disclosure of financial ties.

Impact may account for 30% of researchers’ marks in REF

Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education Supplement

The impact of academics’ work on the wider world could count for “at least 20 per cent” and “up to 30 per cent” of the assessment process under the forthcoming research excellence framework, one of its architects has revealed.


Phoenix Risen: How a history professor became the pioneer of the for-profit revolution

Thomas Bartlett, Chronicle of Higher Education

The the University of Phoenix started in 1974,  operating out of John G. Sperling’s house and has grown to have close to 400,000 students, more than 200 campuses and 26,000 faculty members, and is valued at roughly $10-billion.


CQU in student number crisis

Bernard Lane, The Australian Higher Education Supplement

CENTRAL Queensland University, once the most aggressive player in the degrees for visas market, is running out of cash and has little ability to withstand further blows to its high-risk business model, an official report warns.,25197,25782678-12332,00.html.


Purdah imposed on vote-sensitive work

Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education

Academics are facing attempts to silence them during election periods to ensure that their research does not pollute the political process.


Call for revived Colombo plan

Guy Healy , The Australian Higher Education Supplement

SCHOLARSHIPS worth scores of millions of dollars should be rolled into a Colombo plan mark II to recalibrate Australia’s relations with overseas students and address critical regional, environmental and security issues, a vice-chancellor says.,,25747834-12332,00.html.


Edict curtailing freedom to work at home ‘appals’ staff

Edict curtailing freedom to work at home ‘appals’ staff | Rebecca Attwood | Times Higher Education | 2 July 2009

Lecturers should be on campus for community and students, university says. Lecturers have reacted with dismay to a policy requiring them to spend the full 35 hours of the working week on campus unless they obtain formal permission to work off site.



Minister Kim Carr confronts dodgy science

Bernard Lane,  The Australian Higher Education

THE Rudd government is considering a specialist independent body to deal with the hardest cases of scientific fraud, according to Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr.,25197,25714687-12332,00.html.