Archive for 27 October 2009

Innovation Dublin: science and technology’s feisty entrepreneurs showcase ‘innovation’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The first year of Innovation Dublin has undoubtedly launched scientific research in UCD to a heightened level of professionalism and originality. The festival has already been pencilled into next year’s calendar, having established itself as a mainstay affair. The profile of research in UCD was raised tremendously last week, creating new links and networks between researchers, representatives from industry, and the general public …” (more)

[Caitríona Farrell, University Observer, 27 October]

Meeting with Holylands and Stranmillis students takes place in PFC

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

UK“A meeting took place in the PFC this evening for students living in streets in the Holylands and Stranmillis which have generated the most complaints. Community Relations officer Gordon Douglas lead the meeting, with VP Community Laura Hawthorne and SU President Shane Brogan both in attendance. With approximately 60 students filling the lecture theatre, Mr Douglas spoke of the media’s power in tainting the reputation of QUB students and indeed the University as a whole. ‘Negative reports give ALL students bad name’, he said …” (more)

[Catherine Wylie, The Gown, 27 October]

Students vow to fight rise in college registration fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is vowing to fight against any moves to increase college registration fees. Dozens of students protested outside the Dáil this afternoon, amid fears that the charge may be increased to more than €2,000 in the upcoming budget …” (more)

[Independent, 27 October]

School principals urged to prioritise graduates

Posted in Life with tags , , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has written to school principals asking them to prioritise hiring graduates over retirees. The move follows the revelation that around 2,000 retired teachers, many of whom were receiving pensions from the State, continued to work as substitutes last year …” (more)

[Independent, 27 October]

TCD mental health service use doubles

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The number of students seeking help for mental health difficulties at an occupational therapy service for students more than doubled last year. The Unilink service at Trinity College Dublin was set up in 2003 to help students to cope with college tasks and integrate into college life. A five year report released today reveals that the service helped 107 students in 2008/2009 compared with 50 students in the previous year …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 27 October]

Global ambitions drive UK institutions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

UK“A ‘new era’ of internationalism for UK universities has been predicted in a report by the law firm Eversheds. Research by the firm has identified ‘a surge in UK higher education institutions exploring overseas partnerships, with India and China topping the table of global targets’. The UK Universities’ International Ambitions Report found that more than two thirds (71 per cent) of institutions are pursuing more international collaborations. India is the most popular potential partner, being courted by 35 per cent of institutions, followed by China (29 per cent) and Africa (12 per cent) …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 27 October]

Students’ Union stage Wicklow sit-in protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union staged a sit-in protest at the offices of Wicklow County Council in Wicklow town last Friday, 23rd October, to voice their anger at the delay in processing and paying student maintenance grants. Despite being over halfway through term, many UCD students have yet to receive the first instalment of their grants. It has been estimated that between 30 and 50 students attended the demonstration. UCDSU representatives travelled to Wicklow on a specially commissioned bus, and gathered outside the council building …” (more)

[Bridget Fitzsimons, University Observer, 27 October]

Students to protest against third-level registration fee

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Students are planning a demonstration outside the Dáil today to protest against third-level registration fees. The annual charge was increased from €900 to €1,500 in last October’s budget. There is speculation that another hike is being planned this December following the Green Party’s success in getting the Government to drop the planned re-introduction of tuition fees …” (more)

[Independent, 27 October]

Teaching graduates losing class battle

Posted in Life with tags on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“‘Go forth and make a difference’, a graduating class of new teachers was urged last Friday. Fine sentiments indeed from Dr Padraig Cremin, the President of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, at a conferring ceremony. But the reality is that many of them will not be able to make a difference in Irish classrooms, which are among the most overcrowded in Europe, for a simple reason – they cannot get work …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 27 October]

Public service pay and conditions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Madam, – Rather than cut levels of public service pay, the Government should look at putting large sections of the public service on a four-day week, as has happened in industry. That would immediately reduce much of the public service pay bill by 20 per cent, but would give workers an additional leisure day to compensate for the reduced pay packet. This would lead to far less resentment than if the same level of work was expected for less pay …” (more)

[Rachel Cave, Irish Times, 27 October]


Posted in Life with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“I was recently invited to attend an inaugural lecture by an academic who is an old friend of mine, and who had just been appointed to a professorship in his university (not DCU). His lecture was a tour de force on aspects of law and society, and the whole thing was most enjoyable and stimulating. But what struck me almost as much was that he appeared (as did the senior university officer who chaired the event) in a gown. And so I was transported between intellectual admiration and a feeling I was sitting by the set of Goodbye Mr Chips …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 October]

Support The Student Occupation in Vienna

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The occupation at the University of Vienna continues today. Messages of support can be left at the solidarity page on Facebook, and are much appreciated. The students are demanding free education, and banners with slogans like ‘EDUCATION IS NOT FOR SALE’ are hanging from the University. The students have the support of many lecturers, and remain strong in their convictions. Messages of solidarity from international students are appreciated, if you have a minute to spare drop them a line …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 26 October]

Only English Spoken

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 October 2009 by Steve

USA“When the young François-Marie Arouet was a student at the Jesuit collège Louis-le-Grand in 18th-century Paris, he spent many of his classroom hours studying Latin, along with a little ancient Greek. Had he ventured over to the nearby Collège Royal, today the Collège de France, he could have also taken lessons in Hebrew, Arabic, or Syriac. During a subsequent two-year stay in England, Arouet made it a priority to learn English; he would later pick up Italian. Upon his return, he published the Letters Concerning the English Nation (subsequently renamed the Lettres philosophiques), a founding text of the French Enlightenment, which established its author’s reputation as the philosophe called Voltaire. As any foreign language instructor knows well, the study of languages alone does not a genius make …” (more)

[Dan Edelstein, Inside Higher Ed, 26 October]