Archive for 28 June 2009

Unions warn that UCD plans to sack staff will damage economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 28 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Ireland’s largest university has clashed with unions over plans to sack research staff. University College Dublin (UCD) last week briefed Unite, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), and SIPTU on the proposals, which have sparked outrage. Union leaders and research­ers warned any such redundancies will have ‘serious implications’ for Ireland’s third-level sector. The unions have argued that over a quarter of the research staff in the college are eligible for permanency in their field, but the college has moved to ensure there are no permanent staff contracts as the funding crisis deepens …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 28 June]

TCD to turn listed bank building into bar

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is set to expand into Temple Bar and renovate buildings on Anglesea Street and Foster Place in order to build a new bar and restaurant. The former Allied Irish Bank premises is set to be revamped from a banking hall into a trendy bar which will span two floors. The entire development will stretch across seven buildings. Also included in the extensive plans are proposals for a retail outlet on ground-floor level …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 28 June]

Mobile phones in class

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“By way of update to my recent post about laptops in class, here’s Torill Mortensen thinking with her fingers about recent research on the consequences of mobile phones going off in class: …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 28 June]

Students strike for education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 28 June 2009 by Steve

Germany“Students at secondary and higher education institutions staged campaigns throughout Germany calling for a better education policy last week. The ‘education strike’ focused on a new, six-semester bachelor degree courses and plans to shorten secondary education without any substantial reform of contents in either sector. There were calls for an immediate abolition of tuition fees and protests over poor student-teacher ratios and studying facilities. Students also objected to a policy of ‘neglecting the masses and promoting elite education’. Addressing a rally in Berlin, Stefanie Graf of the Socialist Association of Students claimed that ‘Bologna has failed. We want to decide what we study ourselves – for at least eight semesters’ …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 28 June]