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Double crisis

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 9th, 2010

Check out the edu-factory collective’s new web journal on the “double crisis” of the university and the global economy.  The “zero issue” responds to the following questions:

What are the connections between the global economic downturn and the ongoing transformations of the university? In mainstream analysis, the current economic situation is referred to [...]

What brought you to uni? Love?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 4th, 2010

Inside Higher Ed’s Eliza Wolf asks: What drew you initially to the ivory tower? What, if anything, is keeping you there? For those of you who refuse to leave academe voluntarily, what would be the last straw?
Here’s what she has heard:
“I wanted to achieve the highest level of education possible and was [...]

Economics vs knowledge

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 27th, 2010

Check out this thought-provoking New Matilda opinion piece: Why Unis Shouldn’t Play the Economics Card.
It’s a response to the Universities Australia call for increased funding of higher ed in light of the report Economic Modelling of Improved Funding and Reform Arrangements for Universities. The short version of the report is: giving [...]

Mike Wesch: Almost…

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 13th, 2010

Here’s a great TEDx video from Mike Wesch (the man behind A Vision of Students Today).  He’s a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he [...]

What makes a great teacher?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 7th, 2010

Watch online -  SBS Insight asked ‘What makes a great teacher?’ in Top of the Class.
Here’s a taster from the transcript:
JENNY BROCKIE:  Tonight, we are talking about what makes a great teacher … This year eight class at Macquarie Fields High is about to test two teachers. One has never faced a class [...]

Quid pro quo

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 22nd, 2010

Here’s an excerpt from a speech by Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research for the recent ATN conference, outlining government priorities for universities in 2010 (TEQSA, ERA, and Compacts):
Every university in the country should be asking itself how the results of ERA will make it look internationally.  If the answer is “not [...]

Water cooler conversation: my education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 10th, 2010

Listen to the podcast from Radio National’s recent Water Cooler Conversation program:
The launch of the federal government’s MySchool website has sparked passionate debates about academic achievement, public versus private schools and funding priorities.
And, no doubt, there’ll be even more spirited discussion when the next part of the MySchool site is launched later this year with [...]

“Why academia is no longer a smart choice”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 25th, 2009

Why Academia is No Longer a Smart Choice – this article in New Matilda by Melissa Gregg is a thought-provoking read that has stimulated a lot of discussion.  Here’s an extract:
The past 10 years has seen an escalation of requirements for entry-level jobs so great that starting positions aren’t even advertised … A book, multiple [...]

World beaters

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on November 6th, 2009

Ever wondered what academics at top-ranking universities have to say about their institutions?
Never mind, now you can find out in the Times Higher Ed report From the Bottom Up: everyday experiences of excellence.  Here’s a sample of academics’ responses to the question “What makes your university a world-beater?”:

Research is embedded in an unusually supportive … [...]

Lust (and other sins) in universities

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on October 1st, 2009

From The Guardian’s Mortarboard blog:
In an article for the Times Higher Education magazine on lust, part of a feature on the seven deadly sins of universities, [Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University] wrote: “Normal girls – more interested in abs than in labs, more interested in pecs than specs, more interested in triceps than tripos [...]