Archive for 1 November 2009

Junior Cert may be axed to save €30m

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… According to a government source, the cabinet is also looking at cuts in the third-level grants system which could amount to cuts of anything up to 10% in student support grants. ‘Everything is on the table’, the source said. Cuts in the area of third-level research funding are also being considered …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, Sunday Tribune, 1 November]

Do universities need Mandelson’s ‘consumer revolution’?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 November 2009 by Steve

UK“In twenty years time, I am afraid we will look back and wonder what happened to the ‘education’ in higher education. We will have no doubt that the blame for turning them into training establishments at the behest of business (which is almost certainly where they will end up if things go on the way they are) lay with the Labour government of the early 2000s …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 1 November]

Galway Conference challenged to include pro-life speaker

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 1 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The director of the Life Institute, Dr Seán Ó Domhnaill, has challenged the Irish Centre for Human Rights in NUI Galway to include a pro-life speaker in its line up for a conference to be held next Thursday dealing with abortion. Although the conference is entitled ‘Global and Local Perspectives on Abortion’, it excludes the majority local pro-life perspective, and only features pro-abortion speakers …” (more)

[Thought and Action, 30 October]

Widening access: the confused agenda

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 1 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“In Ireland as in other countries, one of the policy objectives for higher education has in the past decade or so been to ensure that a greater proportion of the population has access to universities and colleges. It is government policy to increase participation rates in higher education to above 70 per cent, and also to ensure that students from a disadvantaged background are given access. If policy objectives were a guarantor of outcomes we would be on our way to a system that is both inclusive and fair …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 1 November]

Academics, not universities, own their inventions

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 1 November 2009 by Steve

USA“A Federal Circuit Court judge has ruled that US universities cannot automatically claim ownership of a researcher’s federally funded invention. The judgement could protect academic inventors and students across America from being forced by universities to sign away the rights to their life’s work …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 1 November]

Retired state workers face pension cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Retired public sector workers may have their pensions cut in the budget as part of Brian Lenihan’s plans to reduce state spending by €4 billion. The government would save €90m a year by cutting the 100,000 public sector pensions by 5%. Government sources confirmed last week that public service pensions will mirror any cut to pay. The public sector pension bill is €1.8 billion a year …” (more)

[Stephen O’Brien, Times, 1 November]

Cloning scientist guilty of embezzlement

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 1 November 2009 by Steve

South Korea“Disgraced South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk was found guilty last Monday of embezzling from his stem cell research fund and illegally buying human embryos. The Seoul court also ruled that Hwang, 56, who became a national hero after he claimed to be the first to successfully clone human stem cells, had partially fabricated the results of his research …” (more)

[Ju-min Park, University World News, 1 November]