Archive for 9 June 2009

NUI Galway gets papers of North’s ‘peacemaker’

Posted in research with tags on 9 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The university in Galway has been given the private papers of Brendan Duddy, former secret intermediary between the British government and the Provisional IRA leadership during a 20-year period in the North. NUI Galway (NUIG) president Dr Jim Browne said the university was ‘honoured to become custodians of Brendan Duddy’s valuable and unique collection’. The papers chart Mr Duddy’s involvement, from 1973 to 1993, in efforts to negotiate an end to the conflict …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 9 June]

Learning for life?

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 9 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A recent report in Times Higher Education indicated in its headline that ‘lifelong learning [is] on the verge of extinction across the UK.’ The gist of the article was that relevant programmes across many British universities were being cut, largely for lack of funding. But what is curious about the article is that the subject-matter is called lifelong learning in the headline, but in the body of the article a number of other expressions are used, apparently inter-changeably. The very first sentence says that ‘adult education is on the verge of extinction’, and in the next sentence mention is made of the closure of ‘continuing education departments.’ This promiscuity with terminology may indicate that there are several expressions for the same thing, or that there is a lot of sloppy thinking going on …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 June]

Higher fees will deter students from low-income backgrounds

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 June 2009 by Steve

UK“… You report that Harris, director of the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), in anticipation of a review on the cap on university tuition fees, ‘said that despite the introduction of £3,000 top-up fees in 2006 … applications from students from working-class homes had increased’. He asserts that raising the fee cap to at least £5,000 will not hurt social inclusion. In fact, the most recent figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that the numbers entering higher education from the lowest income backgrounds decreased by 0.4% between 2007 and 2008 – despite about £400m being ploughed into widening access to higher education …” (more)

[Louise McMenemy, Guardian, 9 June]