Archive for 29 October 2009

College ‘fees by the backdoor’ as registration fee guaranteed to rise – Hayes

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Students and parents are certain to be charged even more ‘fees by the backdoor’ as the college registration fee is now set to rise after college heads called for a hike today (Thursday), Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD, said. Deputy Hayes said that Batt O’Keeffe is fooling nobody by claiming that the registration fee is nothing to do with him and that the Minister is using students as ‘cash cows’ to generate cash for the under-funded third level sector …” (more)

[Fine Gael Blog, 29 October]

Higher education, and shifting the geopolitical balance of power

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… The question now is whether those rankings will still look the same in 10 years time. Well, to save time let me say that they won’t. The position of Asian universities will have improved dramatically, as the key countries there are channelling big investments into their higher education systems right now. As the US Chronicle of Higher Education has observed, investment by countries like Singapore in new world class universities demonstrates a sense of driven purpose …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 October]

USI Supports ICTU Protests

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is supporting planned strikes by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) next month. The USI is opposed to government plans to slash the public sector wage bill by €1.3 billion. This decrease in the pay bill will only lead to a further unrest among the teachers of Ireland and it will also further stifle the recovery of the economy …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 29 October]

College chiefs warn registration fees must rise

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“College chiefs have warned that a huge hike in registration charges – now €1,500 a year – is necessary to avert a funding crisis. The warning came amid fears that the quality of Irish higher education will suffer unless more money is forthcoming. The Higher Education Authority estimated that €500m would be needed to meet rising demand and ensure that the quality of what was on offer was maintained …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel and John Walshe, Independent, 29 October]

Students seek out greener pastures to avoid recession

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… The career choice for more and more young Irish graduates is to leave these bankrupt shores and escape to greener pastures. All of my fellow 2009 graduates seem to have fled Ireland, the same as myself, or else have retreated into a master’s degree for one more year’s insulation from the real world. Are we back to the brain drain of the 1980s? …” (more)

[Shane Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 29 October]

Paying fees ‘a waste of money in battle for university places’

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Middle-class parents who spend vast amounts of money on their children in fee paying schools would be as well off sending them to free-education schools, a leading researcher claimed last night. Her comments came as new figures showed that one in every three students who enrolled in University College Dublin (UCD) last month came from fee-paying or grind schools …” (more)

[John Walsh, Independent, 29 October]

Research-led teaching key to UCC’s plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“On a day when its scientists were making international headlines, University College Cork listed high-quality, research-led teaching as a core focus of its ambitions for the next three years. Its strategic plan for 2009 to 2012 was developed in consultation with students and staff over the past year, with some key goals based on improved student experience, more flexible opportunities for lifelong learning and increased postgraduate and research activities …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 October]

Mobility slows but EU wants many more to join Erasmus

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

EU“Push for 3 million students by 2012 as Commission aims to bolster programme. It involves more than 4,000 higher education institutions in 31 countries, has been running for 22 years and has just celebrated the participation of its 2 millionth student. But Erasmus, the European Commission’s flagship overseas-study programme, could be in danger of missing its targets despite student mobility now being at the heart of Europe’s education agenda …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 29 October]

Registration fees hike ‘to maintain education quality’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“College registration fees will have to rise if the quality of education for third-level students is to be maintained, the head of the country’s second largest university has claimed. Dr Michael Murphy was speaking as he launched a strategic plan for University College Cork (UCC), which sets a target of increasing non-Exchequer funding by 50%, or up to €12 million a year, by 2012 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 October]

NUIG and ‘mannerless students’ are failing Newcastle residents

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It is unacceptable for NUI, Galway not to provide a proper park and ride facility and unacceptable for students, or ‘mannerless future academics’, to park illegally in areas of Newcastle. This is the view of Labour councillor Billy Cameron. He has accused NUIG of ‘failing to provide a proper park and ride facility’ near the Corrib Village student residences and criticised students who park illegally in the Newcastle estates. Cllr Cameron has facilitated numerous meetings over the last five years between residents’ associations and NUIG to advance parking solutions in the Newcastle area …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 29 October]

Lawsuit fears affecting research, says author

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

UK“A growing fear of being sued can affect the conduct of scientific research. Scientists have already begun to face legal cases while attempting to carry out research studies, according to leading author Simon Singh. Mr Singh was speaking from the UK via a video link last night at a special event at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. Asked whether he thought legal actions might inhibit research he said, ‘Yes I do’ …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 29 October]

Whither art: vanity is killing social sciences and the humanities

Posted in research with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“‘Academic narcissism’ and a focus on self-promotion over scholarly substance are being blamed for bringing the humanities and the social sciences to the brink. At a conference on the future of the disciplines held in Brussels last week, scholars warned that they were on a self-destructive course. One of those to sound the alarm was Sasa Bozic, associate professor of sociology at the University of Zadar, Croatia, who accused his peers of displaying narcissistic traits …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 29 October]

Students want parents on fees protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Angry students yesterday asked parents to join them in their protests against third-level registration fees. Students will be staging a series of nationwide protests as they fear the annual charge may be further increased in the forthcoming Budget. The cost of the annual registration fee rose from €900 last September to €1,500 this year …” (more)

[Louise Hogan, Independent, 28 October]

UCD’s No 10 night-time bus service restored

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The number 10 bus route through University College Dublin was reinstated yesterday following extensive talks between Dublin Bus, UCD and UCD’s student union. The number 10 operates inside the campus from the bus stop beside the Quinn school of business and the school of engineering building. It ceased operating after 9pm in September 2008 due to the antisocial behaviour of students at night time …” (more)

[Orla Tinsley, Irish Times, 29 October]

New Game Plays on Women’s Experiences of Gender Bias in Academe

Posted in Life with tags on 29 October 2009 by Steve

USA“As a female professor, are you called rude and abrasive while your male colleagues who make similar statements are simply labeled assertive? Has your department head discouraged you from taking an assignment, saying that because you have children you might not be able to handle it? If things like that have happened to you, yell: ‘Bingo!’ …” (more)

[Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 October]

Number of students seeking help for mental health problems doubles

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 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. Unilink, a special service at Trinity College Dublin which supports students experiencing mental issues, released its five-year report revealing the service helped 107 students in 2008/2009 compared with 50 students in the previous year …” (more)

[Jennifer Hough, Irish Examiner, 29 October]