Archive for October, 2009

Universities threatened by market-based funding, warn international experts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Universities are being subjected to the same market-based, profit-driven policies that caused the crisis in the financial markets and face an increasing risk of a crisis in academic standards and credibility, David Robinson, Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), stated at the IFUT seminar in Dublin. Mr Robinson warned that the drift in western countries towards commercialised universities and dubious quality providers must be resisted if universities are to preserve their function as reservoirs of research and innovation ….” (more)

[IFUT blog, 31 October]

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Crisis of Cars

Posted in Life with tags , on 31 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Every university has its problems and Queen’s is no different – low attendance, too much alcohol to name but a few. However, it could be said that one of the major problems for Queen’s University students, especially those who drive, is the never ending struggle with traffic, parking, and public transport. One must deal with the traffic jams, one way streets which are easily blocked and being constantly late to class. Many would say that it is a student’s responsibility to leave home in plenty of time but how can one predict that an ambulance will be parked on University Street for half an hour? …” (more)

[Melissa Devlin, The Gown, 31 October]

Thomson Reuters chosen to support world university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 October 2009 by Steve

USA“Thomson Reuters, the authority on research citation data for more than half a century, announced today that it will be the sole provider of data used to calculate the annual World University Rankings produced by the Times Higher Education. ‘In addition to unmatched data quality, Thomson Reuters provides a proven history of bibliometric expertise and analysis’, said Jonathan Adams, director of research evaluation at Thomson Reuters …” (more)

[Thomson Reuters, 30 October]

State ‘needs Catholic university’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The setting up of a Catholic university in Ireland has been called for by a prominent educational leader. Dr Peadar Cremin, President of Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick, said it was time to take stock of the standing of denominational education at third level. ‘The State now has seven secular, state-funded universities, as well as 14 institutes of technology. At a time of severe cutbacks in state funding, the dominance of the State … has to be a matter of concern’ …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 October]

Prestigious International Ranking for Department of Economics at UL

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The CHE – Centre for Higher Education Development, in Germany, has recognised the Department of Economics, Kemmy Business School (KBS) at the University of Limerick (UL) as having achieved ‘Excellence Group’ status in Economics. UL is one of only three Irish Universities to receive excellence group status this year and is placed alongside NUI Dublin (Economics) and Queen’s University, Belfast (Political Science) in this category …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 30 October]

Solidarity Appeal – Protesters threatened with cautions for anti-fees occupation

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 31 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“FEE (Free Education for Everyone) activists in Ireland involved in an occupation of Paul Gogarty TD’s offices (Green Party Education Spokesperson) in December 2008 have now been threatened almost a year later with ‘adult cautions’ by the Gardai. This is an appeal for solidarity emails and phone calls to remove that threat. The occupation was a peaceful protest (pictures and story here) against the threat to re-introduce full third level fees …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 31 October]

Professor of chemistry who supported Carnsore project

Posted in Life with tags on 31 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Seán Ó Cinnéide, who has died aged 86, was a former professor of inorganic chemistry at University College Galway. He previously worked at Harwell, Britain’s first atomic energy research establishment. He first made his name when as an undergraduate he discovered a chemical reaction now known in scientific circles as the ‘Kennedy/Dillon reaction’. Many years later, in 1978, he delivered the annual Oireachtas na Gaeilge lecture …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 October]