Archive for 14 December 2008

School scores fail uni test on picking best

Posted in teaching with tags , on 14 December 2008 by Steve

“Universities are looking for broader ways to assess prospective students amid suggestions the tertiary sector needs to drop its reliance on a single school score. University vice-chancellors are concerned that school results are too narrow and are failing to identify talented students who fail to make the grade, especially from among the disadvantaged attending under-resourced state schools. As thousands of Victorian and NSW students wait for their results today and Wednesday, respectively, Australian Secondary Principals Association president Andrew Blair wants to dump the whole idea of having schools produce a single entry score. Instead, Mr Blair said it should be left up to universities to assess students using a range of criteria, including a more rounded view of a student’s school performance …” (more)

[Andrew Trounson, Australian Higher Education, 15 December]

IFUT wins Labour Court case to secure promotion to Associate Professor

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 December 2008 by Steve

“In an important Recommendation, the Labour Court has supported IFUT’s contention that UCD was wrong not to promote one of its members to the post of Associate Professor. The member in question had twice won his appeals against his non-selection for promotion. The Appeals Committee had explicitly said that ‘it was unreasonable to conclude that you had not met the requirements for promotion to Associate Professor on grounds of Research and Scholarship’. The Appeals Committee directed that this decision should be revised. They subsequently clarified this as meaning ‘to reverse’. The University Committee on Academic Appointments Tenure and Promotion (UCAATP) refused to abide by this directive, despite the fact that the Appeals Committee decisions are, according to university rules, ‘binding’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 14 December]

Assaults on UCD Students by Security Guards

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 December 2008 by Steve

“There is growing concern among students about the strong arm tactics being used by security guards in University College Dublin. PULSE Security Management, the security firm ‘policing’ the UCD campus since September, is trained in security techniques by the International Bodyguard Association, an Irish Private Military Company that specialises in special forces type training …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 13 December]