Archive for November, 2008

Migrants ‘put off third-level education’

Posted in teaching with tags on 30 November 2008 by Steve

“Migrants are being prevented from fully accessing third-level education because of lack of information, high fees and their previous qualifications not being recognised by Irish colleges. These are the main barriers highlighted in research carried out among 160 migrants from 21 countries and college officials, and employers …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Examiner, 29 November]

Lifeblood of research is funds, TCD event shows

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

“The camera never lies, and it showed clearly that Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe was under pressure. This view was confirmed by a digital blood pressure device located nearby. The cause of his strain was not persistent questioning by journalists, however. Rather, the Minister had unwisely strayed too close to health-monitoring equipment installed at the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. He was at the Gallery yesterday morning to launch Transformations: how Research is Changing Ireland, an event and publication marking the 10th anniversary of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)-managed research funding scheme, the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 28 November]

Today’s Fire in NUI Maynooth

Posted in Life with tags on 29 November 2008 by Steve

“One of the things I like about NUI Maynooth is that it’s the kind of place where very little excitement ever happens. You get the odd evacuation because some muppet with a JCB has hit a gas main but nothing ever blows up. Life as a member of staff or a student in NUIM is generally a pleasant, peaceful, and uneventful affair. Today however was a little more dramatic ….” (more)

[Bart Busschots, 28 November]

Money still talks for pupils hoping to study at Trinity

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 November 2008 by Steve

“Grind and fee-paying schools continue to dominate the league of feeder schools to the third level sector, the latest figures reveal. They confirm that money still talks when it comes to going to university, re-igniting the debate about how wealthier parents can buy advantage by selecting schools with more resources. The latest figures from the Leaving Certificate class of 2008 show just where Trinity College is getting its latest batch of undergraduates …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 27 November]

DCU plans cutting edge indoor facility

Posted in Life with tags on 28 November 2008 by Steve

“A 10,000-seater, fully enclosed GAA stadium, equipped with cutting-edge technology, is just part of a bold new €15m development DCU authorities are looking to construct in St Clare’s on Dublin’s northside. It is envisaged the centre — which is subject to planning approval –will include a running track, transparent roof and technology that would place the centre as a world leader in the area of sports performance analysis …” (more)

[Donnchadh Boyle, Independent, 27 November]

Professor reinstated via appeal court

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 November 2008 by Steve

“A university that suspended a professor on the basis of ‘extremely weak’ allegations of racism has been forced to reinstate him by the Court of Appeal. Robert Watson, professor of financial management at Durham Business School, was suspended in December 2007 following accusations that he had harassed staff and made racist comments. Professor Watson said he had simply been trying to raise concerns about Tony Antoniou, former dean of Durham Business School, whose PhD was found to contain plagiarism and who was sacked from his post earlier this year. Following what are claimed to have been complaints about Professor Watson’s behaviour, Durham took the decision to investigate the validity of Professor Watson’s own PhD, contacting libraries and consulting public databases …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 27 November]

Watchdog wants BNP to be denied right to teach

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 November 2008 by Steve

“Members of the British National Party (BNP) working in universities should not be allowed direct contact with students, the higher education equality watchdog has said. Several higher education staff were among BNP members whose details were recently leaked on the internet. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), said this week that while ‘primacy of freedom of speech is fundamental’, universities had legal obligations to promote good race relations on campus. ‘It is hard to see how institutions can reconcile their duty to promote good race relations with staff being members of the BNP. Institutions may therefore consider that it is inappropriate for BNP members to have teaching and/or pastoral care responsibilities, or other direct contact with students,’ she said …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 27 November]