Archive for December, 2008

UCC hosts world debating competition

Posted in Life with tags on 31 December 2008 by Steve

“The setting may be academic but the benefits are practical as more than 1,000 visiting delegates are giving an estimated €2 million boost to the Cork economy this new year by attending the 29th World Universities Debating Championships at University College Cork (UCC). Jointly hosted by UCC’s Law and Philosophical Societies, the event is the largest academic competition in the world, with the delegates coming from 176 educational institutions spread across some 40 countries including the US, Australia, China, Japan and Korea …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 31 December]

Distance Education Becomes a Major Part of Course Catalogues

Posted in teaching with tags , on 30 December 2008 by Steve

“A majority of colleges in the United States — 65% — offer college-level, credit-granting distance-education courses, according to a survey released today by the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Education. It is another sign that distance education is becoming a staple of college life. Although the survey did not compare the present to the past, recent data from colleges indicate a jump in online enrolment …” (more)

[Josh Fischman, Chronicle, 30 December]

Limerick university unveils new plans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 December 2008 by Steve

“The University of Limerick has published ambitious plans which include the construction of a medical school in Co Clare and a teacher education building. In a submission to Clare County Council, the university lists nine separate projects that it intends to construct between now and 2015 on the northern shore of the river Shannon …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 30 December]

Maths bonus points proposal doesn’t add up, say colleges

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 December 2008 by Steve

“Universities have dismissed proposals to re-introduce bonus points for honours Leaving Certificate maths. Awarding bonus points for maths would artificially increase the cut-off points levels for science, engineering and technology subjects, the universities have warned. The proposal would be unlikely to encourage more students to study these programmes and could actually act as a deterrent to students taking up the subject, according to the colleges …” (more)

[Fergus Black and Patricia McDonagh, Independent, 29 December]

QUB – Officially an Esteemed University at the Top

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 December 2008 by Steve

“With the recent release of the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise, QUB has been celebrating its success as a leading University in the UK. A member of the esteemed Russell Group, QUB can now boast that it has been firmly placed in the top 20 universities in the UK in terms of research …” (more)

[The Gown, 24 December]

Reclaiming academia from post-academia

Posted in research with tags on 24 December 2008 by Steve

“Post-academic science, driven as it is by commercialisation and market forces, is fundamentally at odds with core academic principles. Publicly-funded academics have an obligation to carry out science for the public good, a responsibility which is incompatible with the entrepreneurial ethos increasingly expected of university research by funding agencies …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure, 23 December]

Queen’s and TCD in €1.4m cancer research project

Posted in research with tags , on 23 December 2008 by Steve

“Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin have joined in a research initiative to develop new treatments for the most dangerous forms of cancer. The €1.4 million effort will target types of the disease with low survival rates. Details of the project were released yesterday. It is one of the first cross-Border projects of its type and will create about 12 research positions. It follows a number of findings by Queen’s, which has discovered potential biological targets against cancer cells. Trinity will make use of its computer modelling systems to design completely new drugs that can exploit these biological targets …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 23 December]