Archive for 2 November 2009

Irish cancer scientists find wonder cure

Posted in research with tags , on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Irish scientists have discovered a wonder drug which they say is able to kill leukemia cells. Tests show that the drug, called PBOX-15, can even kill cells from patients not benefiting from current treatments. The ground-breaking work was carried out by researchers at Trinity College in Dublin …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 2 November]

UCD spin-out short listed for European Entrepreneurship Competition Final

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“HeyStaks Technologies (, a UCD spin-out company has been selected as one of three short listed finalists for the first, Europe-wide, UNICA Entrepreneurship Competition for Students and Young Researchers. UNICA, headquartered in Brussels, is a network of 42 universities, including University College Dublin, from the capital cities of Europe with a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1.5 million students. HeyStaks, a NovaUCD client company, has developed a revolutionary social Web search platform that makes it easier for people to find and share relevant content on the Web …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 2 November]

It’s time we challenged the sacred cow of An Education

Posted in Life with tags on 2 November 2009 by Steve

UK“Wayward teens who fancy a night out at the movies are in luck. So long as they opt for An Education, they shouldn’t have to buy their own tickets. Their anxious parents should prove only too happy to stump up. The extracurricular adventures of Carey Mulligan’s cute 16-year-old ought to make good enough date fodder. Nonetheless, they turn out to be the basis for a strictly conformist sermon. The prodigal daughter sees the error of the ways. She repents. She seeks the guidance of a wise elder and embarks on the path of righteousness. It leads unswervingly from sex, drugs and rock’n’roll to Oxford’s dreaming spires and Beowulf’s sacred text …” (more)

[David Cox, Guardian, 2 November]

Law students quit DBS over degree recognition

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Almost 100 law students have quit their courses at Dublin Business School (DBS) and gone to rival colleges, because of fears about the recognition of their degree. Law graduates who want to go to the Bar must study at the King’s Inns, which recognises a number of law degrees. But there is continuing doubt about its recognition of the DBS Irish law degree, which is validated by the University of Wales and delivered by Portobello law school, now part of DBS …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 1 November]

Quality of college-goers ‘more important than quantity’

Posted in teaching with tags , on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Government should focus more on ensuring students with high academic ability get into college than packing almost three-quarters of school leavers into third-level, the president of University College Cork has claimed. The current target of 72% participation in higher education by 2020 is well on its way towards delivery, with around two-thirds of those of school leaving age currently going to college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

Government report urges 10% pay cut for top jobs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… The special review body on higher remuneration in the public sector states that senior employees in universities, the Labour Court and the Labour Relations Commission should have a pay cut of up to 8 per cent. In some cases, it recommends reducing pay by up to 15 per cent, but the average recommendation is between 8 per cent and 10 per cent …” (more)

[Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 1 November]

Academy for single issue fanatics?

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It might seem a stretch to suggest that the natural home for fanatics is the university, but it may be worth a quick analysis. Eilis O’Hanlon would not be the first to wonder whether a retreat into the finer details of complex academic disciplines has created an academic world of nerds who understand in great detail whatever it is their work is focused on, but who have no overall concept of society, community and life …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 November]