Archive for 10 October 2009

OK, definitely no tuition fees …

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The revised programme for government is now out, but oddly enough has (as far as I can tell) so far been made available only by the Green Party. Understandable perhaps, as it’s the result of their initiative. As I write this, the Greens are debating the programme, so I don’t yet know whether it will be adopted. But assuming that it is, here’s what it has to say on higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 October]

Revised prog for govt no blueprint for national recovery: plan for survival of FF and Greens

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… Some of the Green demands have been abandoned altogether, such as the demand for a single tier health system or an additional tax rate. Others have been watered down to such an extent as to be virtually meaningless. For instance while there is a commitment not to reintroduce third level fees, Fianna Fail has made it clear that they intend to force students and their families to pay for third level education – fees will now simply be reintroduced by the back door, using a different term …” (more)

[Joan Burton TD, Labour Party Blog, 10 October]

So no fees, then

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“According to media reports, the revised programme for government agreed between Fianna Fail and the Green Party includes a commitment not to reintroduce third level tuition fees. We had already known that this was one of the demands that the Greens were making in the negotiations, and now it appears that this was accepted by Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 October]

College fees set to be ‘parked’ in deal

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The reintroduction of third-level fees will be ‘parked’ for the foreseeable future under a revised Programme for Government concluded between Fianna Fáil and the Green Party. The programme will be put to a vote at a special conference of Green members at the RDS in Dublin today. Under party rules, it will require the support of two-thirds of those voting in order for the Greens to continue in government …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 10 October]

TUI to ballot on action over cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is to ballot 15,000 members in second level schools, further education colleges and Institutes of Technology on industrial action. The executive committee of the union this afternoon decided to ballot on a range of industrial action measures, up to and including strike action, to oppose Government measures that would worsen teachers’ working conditions. …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 October]

Oratory with notes (or not)

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Yesterday I attended a major event at which one of the key speakers discovered, as she reached the podium, that someone had removed her notes and that, therefore, she had no prepared address in front of her. I have to say she never missed a beat, and proceeded to deliver an excellent, well structured, witty and detailed address, for which she received an enthusiastic ovation. It was a great example of expert communication skills, by someone with the confidence to pull it off …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 October]

Hume honoured by university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Peacemaker John Hume was tonight honoured by the University of Ulster. The Nobel laureate has become honorary chair in Peace Studies after he helped bring about an IRA ceasefire in 1994 and laid the foundations for the Good Friday Agreement which established political power-sharing …” (more)

[Independent, 9 October]