Archive for 24 October 2009

University chief: I’m fed up over expansion delay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

UK“The vice chancellor of the University of Ulster has launched an astonishing attack on Employment Minister Sir Reg Empey, accusing him of ‘playing games’ with the future of the university. Professor Richard Barnett was briefing Derry City councillors on the £250 million expansion of the university’s Magee college when he said he was ‘fed up’ with the ministerial delay in removing the limit on student places at the campus …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Belfast Telegraph, 24 October]

Crucial subjects disappearing from syllabuses

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One in every 12 secondary schools has lost a science subject this year, a new survey has found. Other subjects that are also crucial for the development of the ‘knowledge economy’ have also disappeared from some schools, according to the results of four separate surveys carried out in schools. These include applied maths, economics, accountancy, agricultural science, French and German …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 23 October]

Uni adds Twitter to the curriculum

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Australia“Social networking upstart Twitter has made the jump to academia’s hallowed halls, with ‘tweets’ made compulsory writing for would-be journalists at Griffith University. ‘Some students’ tweets are not as in depth as you might like. But I don’t know if getting them to write an essay is any more beneficial’, said Jacqui Ewart, senior lecturer at the university …” (more)

[Sydney Morning Herald, 16 October]

Massive university plan for Derry

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The lobby group behind, University for Derry (U4D) will today unveil an impressive proposal document which will see Derry established as a university city in its own right – attracting between 10-13000 students annually and bolstering the city’s troubled economy. Under the proposals the Derry campus would be come a self sufficient entity, under the umbrella of a wider University of Northern Ireland and would combine the resources of both the University of Ulster and Queen’s University, Belfast …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 23 October]

Third of maths teachers lack degree in subject

Posted in teaching with tags on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“More than one-third of maths teachers in secondary schools are not graduates in the subject, according to new figures supplied by Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe. The figures will raise fresh concerns about the so-called “crisis in maths” which have been voiced by industry and employer groups. In response to a Dáil question, the Minister said only 3,858 of the 5,900 maths teachers at second level (65 per cent ) had maths as a major subject in their degree …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 24 October]

Students protest over late grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“More than 40 third-level students occupied the offices of Wicklow County Council yesterday in protest at the late payment of grants. The students, who are members of the Union of Students in Ireland, ‘stormed’ the council chambers at about 1pm but were removed by gardaí to a lobby area, union deputy president Dan O’Neill said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 October]

University could change face of Derry – and soon

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

UK“The lobby group behind an ambitious new proposal to drastically increase university facilities in the city have said they ‘fully believe’ their goal is achievable by 2020. University for Derry (U4D) will today unveil an impressive proposal document which sees Derry established as a university city in its own right, attracting between 10-13,000 students annually and bolstering the city’s troubled economy …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 23 October]

Embargo on hiring staff forces college to close gym

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 24 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A gym and swimming pool at one of the country’s biggest educational institutions have been closed because of the public service jobs’ embargo. The Dublin Institute of Technology said last night that it had the money to pay for the staff, but because of the moratorium on filling vacant posts, it was unable to appoint staff to a number of vacancies …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 October]