Archive for 2 November 2009

In Search of Third Level Electives

Posted in teaching with tags on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Approaching my tenth year inside third level Irish education, now working down the road from the sign at left, I’ve seen some administrative practises that make me wonder. Above all else, I wonder why Irish universities and institutes of technology are not required to permit students to fulfill graduate requirements with a small sampling of accredited electives earned outside of their own campus locations …” (more)

[Inside View, 1 November]

School tests abusive, says academic

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

Ireland“A North American educationalist working at NUI Galway (NUIG) has said that school tests are ‘abusive’ and children will learn just as well without them. Speaking at NUIG Prof Eugene Galanter said that children should be ‘educated, not scored’. Tests, he said, ‘terrify children and parents, resulting in sleepless nights, and their only result is to permit one parent to tell another how much better her child is doing’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 2 November]

Irish academic to lead study into seizures in newborns

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

Ireland“An Irish academic who was instrumental in developing methods for more accurate detection of seizures in newborns is to co-lead a major international project to develop new drug treatments for these babies. Dr Geraldine Boylan, a senior academic at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in University College Cork, will jointly lead the €7.5 million project which will involve a European-wide multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of bumetanide in the treatment of seizures in newborns …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

Drive for state control ‘punishes’ universities

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

UK“MPs will be accused of treating universities like ‘some latter-day Spanish Inquisition’ in their drive to raise degree standards in a lecture tomorrow night. The accusation comes from Peter Williams, the outgoing head of the Quality Assurance Agency (the higher education standards watchdog), on the day the Government launches its blueprint for the future of universities over the next 15 years …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 2 November]

A-level students face despair over shortage of university places

Posted in teaching with tags on 2 November 2009 by Steve

UK“Sixth-formers are facing the toughest competition yet for university entry because of an early increase in applications and a shortage of places for next year. Documents seen by The Times show that most of the extra places pledged by the Government for 2010 have already been spoken for. A rise of at least 15 per cent in applications, compared with the same time last year, is expected to be announced by UCAS today, increasing the shortage of places …” (more)

[Joanna Sugden, Times, 2 November]