Archive for 3 November 2009

Prestigious International Ranking for Political Science at Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Political Science at Trinity College Dublin has been awarded a place in the Excellence Group for Political Science in this year’s CHE Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany Excellence Ranking …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 3 November]

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Public-sector union leader rejects talk of pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Civil and Public Service Union (CPSU) says its members will not accept any pay cuts in the upcoming Budget. It follows publication of a private and confidential letter from the head of the Impact union, Peter McLoone, warning that a deal with the Government to avoid pay cuts will result in public sector job losses in the next few years …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 November]

USI Supports Launch of Charter on Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the release of the Charter on Inclusive Teaching and Learning by AHEAD (the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability). Dr. Mary Liz Trant of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) launched the charter today (November 3) in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 3 November]

UL to host major Science Week event – Power

Posted in teaching with tags on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to play host to one of the key events of Science Week Ireland 2009 next Sunday, according to local TD and Minister for State, Peter Power. Science Week will open this Sunday 8th November when the Discovery Sunday Family Day will take place in UL with interactive activities for all the family. Science Week Ireland will run from 8th to 15th November and will involve events throughout the country …” (more)

[Peter Power, Fianna Fáil Blog, 3 November]

College Accountability, From the Left

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 November 2009 by Steve

USA“… The document, Putting the Customer First in College, calls on the U.S. Education Department to create an Office of Consumer Protection in Higher Education that would (1) pressure colleges to produce significantly better data on how well they serve students, (2) develop a system for making that data available for students to use in choosing a college, and (3) direct students unhappy with their colleges’ educational practices to federal, state, or accrediting officials who can help them resolve their complaints …” (more)

[Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, 3 November]

Getting a degree involves more than paying a fee

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 November 2009 by Steve

UK“… Hence the focus in the ‘framework’ on its ‘consumer satisfaction’ and ‘consumer information’ elements. What has been described as the ‘food labelling’ device is a good populist trick, and like many a populist trick it has a germ of rationality. It is right and proper that universities should have an interest in potential students understanding what they can expect and to what it might lead. But as Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, suggests, the proposed route is full of risk …” (more)

[David Watson, Guardian, 3 November]

Combining R&D investment is absurd, says college boss

Posted in research with tags , , , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One of the country’s senior academics last night warned the Government that plans to consolidate R&D investment at just one or two colleges nationwide were ‘absurd’. University College Cork President Professor Michael Murphy bluntly warned Tanaiste Mary Coughlan that excellence was to be found at every Irish university and college – and needed to be fostered through greater co-operation rather than enforced consolidation …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 3 November]