Archive for 7 October 2009

Cork students protest over fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Thousands of students from University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology protested today in opposition to fees and further cutbacks in the educational system. CIT students’ Union president Gearóid Buckley rang Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe’s personal mobile phone from the podium in Grand Parade where the protesters assembled at lunchtime. The phone was answered by the Minister, who was informed that he was talking to 6,000 angry Cork students …” (more)

[Michelle McDonagh, Irish Times, 7 October]

South-East entrepreneurs sought for new initiative

Posted in Life with tags on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A new initiative aimed at identifying and supporting the next wave of new business in the South-East region is seeking ambitious local entrepreneur. ‘Ideagen’ is a collaboration between Enterprise Ireland, the South-East Spirit of Ireland initiative and the four third-level colleges in the South-East; NUI Maynooth – Kilkenny Campus, IT Carlow, Waterford IT and the Tipperary Institute …” (more)

[Business and Leadership, 7 October]

UCC fees protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“UCC and CIT student unions had a protest day today. They’re protesting against 3rd level fees, as well as a raft of cutbacks in the educational sector. First, the UCC students gathered …” (more, pictures)

[Brian Clayton, 7 October]

Education cutbacks copper-fasten Ireland’s poor record in languages

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Recently published statistics on language learning in secondary schools show that almost Ireland lags way behind in the teaching of foreign languages. Almost one in five Irish pupils don’t learn any foreign language. Only eight per cent of Irish pupils learn two or more languages compared to a European average of over 60 per cent. This means other European countries have over seven times as many pupils learning two or more foreign languages. These statistics are shocking but not surprising …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Party Blog, 7 October]

Leading Immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill Wins 2009 Boyle Medal

Posted in research with tags , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Professor Luke O’Neill of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology has won the 2009 RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence for his pioneering work on the molecular understanding of innate immunity and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The judging panel, made up of seven international scientific peers, unanimously chose Professor O’Neill as the winner from a shortlist of four world class scientists …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 7 October]

Government lines up money for six new university towns, but 17 areas lose out

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Delight as Somerset, Crawley, Milton Keynes, Swindon, Thurrock and the Wirral are chosen to receive funding for campuses. Milton Keynes, Swindon and Crawley are among six areas chosen by funding chiefs to receive money to improve regional higher education provision. The Government’s University Challenge scheme, unveiled last year, aims to create university towns in parts of the country where provision is lacking. Regions were invited to bid for cash from the Higher Education Funding Council for England …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 7 October]

Why (Irish) economists’ eyes are smiling

Posted in research with tags on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“There’s a curious paradox about economists in Ireland today. In the middle of the financial crisis, the public standing of economists is higher than ever before. This is odd, because in most countries the claim of economists to any special knowledge about the economy (or anything else) is subject to extensive criticism …” (more)

[James Wickham, progressive-economy@TASC, 7 October]

A European research agenda?

Posted in research with tags , , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… Regardless of how exactly Europe addresses research performance, it is clear that so far the EU significantly under-performs globally. I suspect that this is not just (and maybe not even mainly) a matter of how funds are distributed, it is also about the absence in many European countries (including the leading economies of France and Germany) of independent universities that can develop and pursue their own research strategies …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 October]

Figures show graduates are more likely to be better paid

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The case for reintroducing some form of college fees could be bolstered by latest graduate employment figures showing those with a third-level degree are more likely to be working and to be higher paid. Although the Higher Education Authority (HEA) statistics relates to those who completed third-level education in 2007 and their status in April 2008, it reports that preliminary statistics for last year’s graduates show they are less likely to be unemployed than the general population …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

Protestant student exodus ‘a myth’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 October 2009 by Steve

UK“The Employment Minister has branded as a myth claims that Protestant students were leading an exodus from Northern Ireland. Sir Reg Empey said we were losing fewer under-graduates today than 20 years ago. The total number of school leavers from Protestant and Catholic communities leaving to study in Great Britain are very similar …” (more)

[UTV News, 6 October]

FEE Maynooth Students Say No To Bertie On Campus!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Why Bertie Ahern is not welcome or wanted in NUI Maynooth, why we will oppose him, and why there is a great onus on the Students Union to do likewise. It seems almost surreal any Irish University would want to wine and dine Bertie Ahern at the minute. ‘One of the last socialists in Irish politics’ (We all remember that statement!) finds himself among the main figureheads of the Fianna Fail party, a party currently wallowing at 17% support in the Dublin area. He is, for many working people, the perfect embodiment of Fianna Fail gombeenism and greed …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 6 October]

20% of appealed exams upgraded

Posted in teaching with tags on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One in five students secured an upgrade of their original Leaving Cert grades after a recheck, according to figures published by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) last night. There was a particularly high percentage of successful appeals in several higher level subjects, including biology (where 31 per cent of students were upgraded), geography (27 per cent), history (27 per cent) and accounting (26 per cent) …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 October]

Drive to fill over 1000 higher education places for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), aimed at all school leavers with disabilities, is being launched by the seven universities, Athlone IT, DIT, National College of Ireland and the Mater Dei Institute of Education. The official launch takes place at University College Cork today (Tuesday, October 6th 2009) …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 6 October]