Archive for October, 2008

Labour Court awards compensation to redeployed IFUT Members

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 31 October 2008 by Steve

“The Labour Court has recommended that the Department of Education should pay compensation of €3000 each to five IFUT members who were redeployed to various higher education institutions when the College closed in August 2007. The award follows complaints by IFUT that the Department mishandled the closure very badly. IFUT sought compensation for losses of earnings suffered by their members …” (more)

[IFUT blog, 30 October]

Universities to develop nanoscience

Posted in research with tags , on 31 October 2008 by Steve

“Ten third-level institutions are to pool their knowledge and resources in a new collaboration for the study of nanoscience, which was launched yesterday. Some €31.6 million has been allocated by the Higher Education Authority to Inspire (Integrated nanoscience platform for Ireland) in order to improve Ireland’s capability in this field. Ireland has been ranked world sixth in research of nanoscience …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 31 October]

While New Labour cuts grants and student numbers, Irish students show how to fight back!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 31 October 2008 by Steve

“On Wednesday 29 October, the Government confirmed to the Guardian that it plans to slash eligibility for student grants, and cut student numbers by up to 10,000. For the details, see the Guardian article here. Higher education minister Jim Denham denies that this has anything to do with the economic crisis, but it is a clear indication of how New Labour plans to cut back as things get tight …” (more)

[Education Not For Sale, 29 October]

Stem-cell decision criticised

Posted in research with tags , on 30 October 2008 by Steve

“SEANAD REPORT: The case made by University College Cork for authorising embryonic stem-cell research was akin to a defence by someone found in possession of child pornography, Jim Walsh (FF) said. The college governors’ decision was strongly attacked by some Government members and defended with equal vehemence …” (more)

[Jimmy Walsh, Irish Times, 30 October]

Stem-cell research

Posted in research with tags , on 30 October 2008 by Steve

“Members of University College Cork’s governing body are to be commended for their stance on the ethically fraught issue of embryonic stem-cell research. Their difficult decision on Tuesday to allow the college’s scientists to conduct research using stem cells derived from human embryos was passed by only a single vote. Divisions centred on the reality that such research is dependent on the destruction of human embryos from which these cells are harvested …” (more)

[Irish Times, October 30]

British Government Cuts Student Grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 October 2008 by Steve

“To help offset a shortfall in its higher-education budget, the British government announced today a reduction in the maximum family income at which university students would be eligible for financial-aid grants. The move, which applies to university students in England beginning their studies in 2009, is the result of a miscalculation of the number of students who would be eligible for the assistance …” (more)

[Chronicle News Blog, 29 October]

Stem-cell vote by UCC governors paves way for campus research

Posted in research with tags , on 29 October 2008 by Steve

“The governors of University College Cork yesterday paved the way for embryonic stem-cell research to be carried out at the university when they decided by one vote to endorse a code of practice on the issue, recommended by the university’s academic council. UCC became the first third-level institution in the Republic to effectively allow embryonic stem-cell research when members of the 40-strong governing body voted by 16 votes to 15 to note the council’s recommendation …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 29 October]