Archive for 11 November 2008

College will fight on for recognition

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 November 2008 by Steve

“A High Court challenge by an internet-based third level college to gain official recognition from authorities has been struck out, writes Tim Healy. Warnborough College had sought leave to judicially review a decision by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) not to agree quality assurance procedures with the college …” (more)

[Independent, 11 November]

President of Dublin university criticises O’Keeffe

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 November 2008 by Steve

“Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe was yesterday accused by the president of a leading third-level institution of not trusting universities. Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski, of Dublin City University, said it was also clear the Minister, as well as other key politicians, felt there was a significant under-performance in the institutions. ‘Part of the problem is that the role that universities must play in a knowledge society is different from what it would have been when Ireland was much poorer,’’ said Prof von Prondzynski …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 11 November]

New Sinn Féin University Structure Pays Dividends

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 November 2008 by Steve

“Sinn Féin has recently implemented a transformation of the party’s structures in Universities across Cuige Uladh. This follows a summer long ‘think tank’ by young Sinn Féin members who had recently passed through the party’s college structures. These meetings resulted in the formation of a new University Officer Board …” (more)

[Ógra Shinn Féin Blog, 11 November]

IFUT votes to endorse national pay deal and vows to continue fight against education cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 November 2008 by Steve

“Members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers have voted to accept the terms of the National Pay Agreement. The deal, which was the subject of a postal ballot of all IFUT members, had been recommended for acceptance by the IFUT Executive …” (more)

[IFUT Blog, 11 November]

Academics attack ‘spying’ plan

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 November 2008 by Steve

“University lecturers are warning that they do not want to become ‘immigration officers’ in the enforcement of tougher rules on student visas. From next year, universities will be expected to monitor whether overseas students are really attending courses. Sally Hunt, head of the University and College Union, says staff do not want to enter the ‘spying game’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 November]