Criminal records checks

The new coalition government are to press pause on the rollout of the new CRB/ISA arrangements (and then scrap it altogether?)
The vetting scheme for nine million people working with children and vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is to be halted. Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce that registration, due to begin next month, is to be put on hold. There will be a review of the entire vetting and barring scheme, with a “scaling back” likely to follow.

It was just a large undertaking, with 11 million people on it eventually, “one in four of the adult population”. Mad. And are we very confident that its replacement will be any better, any less DailyMailesque? We’ll see, I suppose.

Digital HE

Scholars Compile Academic Book From Twitter and Blogs
Two academics put out an online call for material. In one week, they had a book’s worth. Hacking the Academy, an edited volume about academe in the digital age, was compiled from blog posts and Twitter messages posted during a single week. The project was organized by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, of George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, as an experiment meant to challenge the conventional university-press system.