Call for applicants: post-doctoral position with focus on academic work at the UNIKE project

unikeA call for an individual post-doctoral position with the UNIKE project has been announced. The position is a 17-month engagement as a post-doctoral engagement at the Department of Education of Aarhus University in Denmark (Copenhagen Campus).The successful candidate will be working with Professor Susan Wright.

The position is funded under a European Commission, Initial Training Network Marie Curie award. The broader project in which the post is located is Universities in Knowledge Economies (UNIKE), which examines the changing roles and scope of universities in emerging global knowledge economies and regions.

The post-doctoral fellow’s own contribution to the UNIKE project will be a research project concerning the changing conditions of academic work and career development. This project could consider changes across generations and difference by gender, and can approach this issue from any theoretical perspective. In terms of regional focus, the project could consider the impact on, and new opportunities for, academic work, careers, and professional practices posed by the creation of a European Higher Education and Research Area; or it could make comparisons between these changing conditions in selected countries in the European Higher Education and Research Area and the Asia-Pacific Rim. The fellow’s research project can focus on any aspect of this topic from new forms of governance and institutionalisation to new modes of knowledge production, changing employment patterns and expectations about academic mobility, networking, partnerships, research productivity and impact, and teaching and quality assurance – or how these combine in a restructuring of career paths and the academic profession.

To apply for the position, you need to produce a 5-page research proposal. Read more about the application procedure here (download pdf with the cal and information).

Application deadline: 15th of May, 17:00 CET. 




One minute silence against violence

The European University Association (EUA), with support from the European Student Union (ESU) have called higher education institutions, student unions and other organisations across Europe to stand united for one minute silence on Monday 27th of April 2015  (12:00 CET) in remembrance of the 147 students killed at Garissa on 2 April 2015.

The role of education in military conflict and the attacks on educational institutions also led to the adoption of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in 2014. Read more here.

EUAgarissa

Leslie Wilson, the secretary general of EUA commented on this: “While the events in Garissa stand out in their barbarity, we draw attention to the appalling reality that attacks continue to happen every day. Attacks on universities, their students and scholars weaken or obliterate academic freedom; have a devastating impact on research, teaching and access to education; and impair society’s long-term development. Safeguarding the freedom and safety of universities and university communities is therefore vital in ensuring the advancement of knowledge and the cultural and scientific development of humankind.

Join the ESU event here

The European Student Union has also encouraged to support Kenyan Red Cross who has provided help to the survivors and families of the victims. We would also strongly encourage you to consider this.

 




Call for papers: Working Papers in Higher Education Studies

WPHESAre you a Master and PhD student and consider publishing some of your work? Have a paper in your drawer that you would like to share? Want to do so in a journal that is open access and free as well?

Here is an opportunity we heard about, so we are reposting this call!  

Working Papers in Higher Education Studies (WPHES) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its upcoming issue. WPHES is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal of working papers, stemming from the Erasmus Mundus Programme Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE) and the Master Programme in Higher Education Studies and Development (MHESD).The series intends to stimulate debate and exchange of research ideas that are in an early stage of development.

WPHES focuses on studies in higher education, and publishes research articles that explore the topic from a broad array of academic disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives. They particularly encourage submissions of research that discuss current changes and interactions within the ‘knowledge triangle’ of research, innovation and higher education. Suggestions for special issues on particular topics as well as contributions in the form of book reviews are also welcome.

While authors from any stage of their career are welcome for submission, the series intends to incorporate and develop papers from emerging authors, providing a space for post-graduate students, early-career researchers, academics and young professionals to present their ‘works in progress’ to a broad readership and connect with established experts.

Full papers for the next issue should be submitted by 30 April 2015. Submissions should be made via the website and adhere to the style guidelines.

You can access WPHES website here.




Alumni Chronicle: Master thesis defense experience

Gordon Musiige  Hedda graduate

Gordon Musiige
Hedda graduate

In second of the posts writing about their master thesis defense experiences, Gordon Musiige writes about his experience with defending his thesis at the University of Oslo. 

I am taking this opportunity to share with you my thesis defense experience, which is still vivid in my mind and I hope that prospective candidates will pick a few lessons from it.

On December 15th 2014, I defended my masters thesis. The defense was hold with a panel that composed of two examiners and my supervisor. My supervisor would have nothing to say all through the defence save for introducing the other examiners and reading out to me the rules and regulations of the defence process. After which, I and the other examiners would begin tussling it out until the very end. However, before I describe the actual defence process, I would like to state that before one thinks of the actual thesis defense, it is vital to put in mind that your level of preparation will contribute highly to your overall delivery and confidence at that defense table.

As a higher education master student, I was not required to prepare any form of power-point presentation apart from availing myself to the panelists on time and well-prepared to answer their questions. At this point, you need to ask yourself the following questions: What do I then prepare for? How much is expected of me in the defense? What is my role in the thesis defense process?

First and foremost, endeavour to read and reread your thesis and least twice, paying close attention to all the content in your thesis, bearing in mind that the examiners have closely read your thesis. Having all your thesis content on your fingertips exudes your authenticity as an author; you do not want to be caught off-guard in a position where you can not answer obvious questions about your own work especially to do with: why you selected certain methods or references. Despite the fact that the overall writing process can be a daunting and exhausting, one should reserve some energy and time for this last fight. If you while rereading your thesis you happen to find some concept that you think you can not explain comprehensively, it is worthwhile to consult your supervisor for guidance weeks before the defense. (more…)




Alumni Chronicle: Master thesis defense experience from abroad

Mohammad Abul Kawser (Hedda alumni)

Mohammad Abul Kawser
(Hedda alumni)

As spring is coming up and a lot of Master students are soon delivering their thesis and soon having defenses coming up, we have collected some insights from students who have experienced a defense. So what is it all about? In this post, a recent graduate Mohammad Abul Kawser writes about his experience.

Remember, these are the experiences at the Hedda master programme in Higher Education at the University of Oslo. If you are studying in another higher education, be sure to check the formal requirements at your institution!

It’s very exciting to have finished the thesis and oral defense successfully, and good preparation can lead to this end. Usually, oral defense is held face to face where examiners and the student meet in a close environment. But in my case it was different as I attended the defense using electronic media form Bangladesh which is thousands of kilometers away from Oslo.

I conducted my field study in Bangladesh and wrote my thesis from here, this allowed me to avoid commuting to Oslo for the defense, with the permission of the university. Then the whole arrangement was done through Skype. This online thesis writing experience did not deprive me of expert advices in the process. My supervisor, Prof. Monika Nerland was available all the time through electronic communications and I could also work closely with my local co-supervisor Dr. Zahid A. Choudhury by being here.

After the submission of the thesis, I was allowed more than a month to prepare myself. During this time, I reevaluated the decisions that I took in my thesis. I assessed how far these decisions were appropriate? In cases where they are not appropriate, what could I have done alternatively? I discussed these issues with my supervisors. Prof. Monika provided me with some more literature so that I could connect my findings with the broader perspectives in the field. In addition, I was prepared to say something about the formulation of my research questions, analytical framework, methodological choices, ethical issues etc. (more…)