Archive for 15 June 2009

Colleges agree collaboration

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“When University College, Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin announced their €650 million innovation alliance last March, there were calls for further collaboration between universities. Now Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth and the Royal College of Surgeons are in discussions with a view to deepening their links, mainly in research, teaching and administration. The forging of links between universities is something that those outside universities – and some of those inside – have been planning for some time …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 14 June]

Let us be guided by evidence

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“On Marian Finucane’s RTE radio show this Sunday morning there was a discussion about university tuition fees and related matters, and as part of that there was an intriguing contribution by Dr Sean Barrett of Trinity College Dublin. He argued in essence that universities in Ireland are over-funded. In support of these thesis he suggested that current funding per student stands at €13,300, but that for what he called ‘chalk and talk’ subjects such as his own (Economics) the actual cost per student is €1,100. These figures were taken at face value by the other guests on the show. First, the figure of €13,300 is not a meaningful one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 June]

Ireland’s top universities examine ways to cut costs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A working group set up to establish cost-saving links between three of the country’s best-known colleges will report its findings this week. Talks have been under way between Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for about four months on developing the links. The working group, which was set up following a number of meetings between the colleges’ presidents, is mainly focusing on the areas of research, training and administration …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 14 June]

Can Teaching and Research Be Integrated in Today’s University?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

UK“… The problem with this picture – which I believe is highly desirable – is that it’s becoming harder to integrate teaching and research. The contrasting demand structures and performance standards required of teaching and research pull academics in opposing directions that most universities end up resolving by segmenting the academic labour force into those who are primarily ‘teachers’ and those who are ‘researchers’. The teachers are driven to sustain courses that maximize student demand, while tends to be increasingly vocational, while researchers follow funding priorities and specialist fashions. So then where, if anywhere, can the fabled ‘integration’ of teaching and research occur? …” (more)

[Making the university safe for intellectual life in the 21st century, 14 June]

College offering support to set up new businesses

Posted in Life on 15 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Graduates and professionals who are out of work are being given special support and practical advice on setting up their own businesses. A programme specially aimed at getting enterprising graduates with professional experience to go back on campus and ‘develop their business ideas’ is available at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). The college will give applicants free business training and mentoring as well as free office space …” (more)

[Elaine Keogh, Independent, 15 June]

CHERPA-network based in Europe wins tender to develop alternative global ranking of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on 15 June 2009 by Steve

EU“Finally the decision on who has won the European Commission’s million euro tender – to develop and test a global ranking of universities – has been announced. The successful bid – the CHERPA network (or the Consortium for Higher Education and Research Performance Assessment), is charged with developing a ranking system to overcome what is regarded by the European Commission as the limitations of the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS-Times Higher Education schemes. The final product is to be launched in 2011. CHERPA is comprised of a consortium of leading institutions in the field within Europe …” (more)

[GlobalHigherEd, 14 June]

30,000 anxious graduates are chasing work in ‘jobs famine’

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Up to 30,000 graduates face a jobs famine when they hit the labour market this month. The private sector is recruiting fewer graduates than last year and on lower starting salaries, according to a major new survey. In the public sector, recruitment has slowed dramatically in the big areas of health and education. A record number of 56,000 students will graduate from universities and colleges this year – two in every five will stay in further education to get better qualifications and avoid the failing jobs market …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 June]

Research and university funding

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

UK“Simon Jenkins repeats the fashionable view that the universities would be better off in every sense if they could increase their tuition fees. He uses the cases of America (good: lots of private funding, unregulated fees) and Europe (no fees, too much reliance on public funds) to prove his point. In fact, both cases undermine his argument …” (more)

[Roger Brown, Guardian, 15 June]

Our students need tough love

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Trailing clouds of glory, having achieved a brilliant 80pc in his Leaving Cert physics, the first-year science student is handed the results of his mid-term exam, his first test since entering university. Eleven percent! How could this be? This is how recently elevated schoolboys and schoolgirls were shocked into realising that they had entered a new world in which they would be treated like adults, in which exams were unpredictable and where spoon feeding was confined to the canteen …” (more)

[Independent, 13 June]