Archive for 15 October 2009

Hike in student registration fees a real danger warn SU and McNelis

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Third level fees might not be about to be reintroduced but that does not mean there will not be a hike in registration fees, which will make education more highly expensive than it already is. These are the concerns being expressed by both the NUI Galway Students Union and Labour councillor Niall McNelis, following the news that third level fees will not be reintroduced as part of the Programme for Government between Fianna Fáil and The Greens …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 15 October]

Drunken noise and vandalism escalates in the Holylands

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Residents in the Holylands area awoke to the noise of ‘drunk students’ last night, and discovered them in the process of vandalizing young trees outside their property. A man living in the area contacted The Gown about the incident, and recalled how his partner was disturbed by screaming and shouting in the street from two students ‘who had clearly too much to drink’ …” (more)

[Catherine Wylie and Brendan Hughes, The Gown, 15 October]

Online gambling tempts students further into debt

Posted in Life with tags , , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Students are resorting to online poker to pay off college loans, ending up deeper in debt, a gambling advisory service is warning. Young students, away from home for the first time and alone in their rooms with a laptop, are increasingly being tempted onto betting sites …” (more)

[Owen Bowcott, Guardian, 15 October]

College chiefs surprised at lack of fees decision

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“University presidents have expressed surprise at the Government decision not to introduce student fees or a graduate loans system they had endorsed as a way of tackling a funding deficit in the third-level education sector. The move decided in the Revised Programme for Government at the weekend means Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe’s favoured system of a ‘study now, pay later’ model will not be introduced in the lifetime of the current Fianna Fáil-Green Party coalition, although he believes it will have to be considered again in the future …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 October]

New €4.7m financial services research centre announced

Posted in research with tags , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A new financial services research centre that will conduct studies into financial mathematics and economics is to be established. Its work should feed into the large number of companies involved in the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC). Tánaiste Mary Coughlan announced the €4.7 million Financial Mathematics and Computational Cluster (FMC2) yesterday during National Maths Week. It is one of a number of strategic research ‘clusters’ involving academic and private sector research partners …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 15 October]

Opening of the ‘Digital Humanities – New Frontiers’ lecture, Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“I’m delighted to be with you today – the first day of the Innovation Dublin festival – to open this lecture on Digital Humanities. This lecture is also part of the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. I want to pay tribute to the work done by the Research Council in supporting the humanities and social sciences communities. Since its establishment, it has invested €67 million in humanities and social sciences research, transforming opportunities for scholarship, advancing knowledge and supporting the development of creative skilled thinkers in these areas …” (more)

[Batt O’Keeffe, Fianna Fail Blog, 14 October]

Universities finally open their doors to the poor

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

UK“A significant breakthrough has been made in reducing the class divide in university admissions, figures to be unveiled this month will show. A study of university admission patterns obtained by The Independent will reveal that the chances of a young person with a disadvantaged background gaining a university place has increased by more than a third in a decade …” (more)

[Richard Garner and James Morrison, Independent, 15 October]

The grisly truth about CSI degrees

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Britain now has a huge number of forensic science courses thanks to the popularity of TV shows such as CSI. Let’s call it the CSI Effect: thanks to the uncontrolled proliferation of cop shows focusing on forensic investigation, including Bones, Silent Witness, CSI and its Miami and New York spin-offs, the number of degree courses in forensic science being offered in the UK has rocketed, from just two in 1990 to 285 this year. Prospective students should prepare for disappointment: real life CSI is not like CSI: Miami, not even in real-life Miami, and certainly not in Durham. You won’t be a cop, so you won’t be able to arrest anyone. A lot of the cool machines they use on TV haven’t actually been invented yet …” (more)

[Tim Dowling, Guardian, 15 October]