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]