Tagged: universities

Lincoln-Canterbury merger: What’s in it for Canterbury? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 04, 2016

In all the talk about a merger being the potential salvation for Lincoln University, I’ve yet to see anybody explain why Canterbury would want to merge with them. Canterbury merged with the old Christchurch teacher’s college while I was there. That college had a a bit of a commerce faculty; I think some of the folks who had there … Read More

Shelling out to lure top global research talent - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 20, 2016

When I visited universities and research institutes in Israel last year I was struck by two things – their entrepreneurial outlook and their eagerness to bring international entrepreneurial research collaborations to fruition. A focus in these areas – enabled by state, private and foreign investment, has paid off for Israel in the form of a research sector that creates a pipeline … Read More

Universities, export education and migration - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Mar 31, 2016

I’ve made a few passing comments in recent weeks about New Zealand universities, mostly in the context of discussions and debates around immigration.  Export education is one of the key emphases of the current government’s economic strategy; they and their MBIE advisers appear to believe that somehow we boost the incomes of New Zealanders by making it relative easy for … Read More

Rethinking universities - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 10, 2016

A few years ago “disruption” in the university space was mostly about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The hype on that is over, with providers in this area rethinking their strategies.  But a lot of venture capital is still going into these types of “ed tech” companies. There are also other approaches to improving the … Read More

Busting sexism in science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 16, 2015

Science IS sexist. Fullstop. There is an abundance of evidence that it is more difficult for women working in science to get jobs, funding and published, just because they are women. So the question is, how are we going to fix the problem? Dr Nicola Gaston, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria … Read More

Publish a 'popular science' version of your thesis? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 11, 2013

I know that would be asking students to do even more work (!), but give a gander at Oxford University geologist Jeannie Scott’s ‘for the public’ edition of her Ph.D. thesis on The Santiaguito volcanic dome complex, Guatemala (PDF file - an 8.8 Mb download). [caption id="attachment_10751" align="alignleft" width="300"] Santiaguito volcano, seen from the summit of … Read More

From science PhD to careers outside academia: what might help? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 29, 2013

(Update: This article is for those who want to browse and explore the topic. Those wanting to get to the meat of it may like to head straight to the Some possible questions section.) Not just outside academia, but also outside science. If we are to believe BugGirl’s blog post, some might describe leaving academia as … Read More

Did you get a feel for what the grant-application process and lifestyle involved as a PhD student? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 22, 2012

Do you think Ph.D. students should? One thing I’ve written about in the past is what is taught to Ph.D. students. Perhaps more accurately, elements of what might be taught to them. (I would say what should be taught to them, but your opinion may differ.) Ph.D. training ought to prepare the student for future positions in research … Read More