Archive for 5 November 2009

Minister O’Keeffe reassures students awaiting decisions on grant applications

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today moved to reassure students awaiting decisions on their grant applications. Minister O’Keeffe acknowledged that some students are experiencing delays in the processing of their grant applications. But he said every effort is being made …” (more)

[Batt O’Keeffe, Fianna Fáil Blog, 5 November]

50 students a week dropping out due to delays in paying grants – Healy Eames

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has tabled an emergency item for discussion at today’s (Thursday) Joint Oireachtas Education Committee meeting to discuss the implementation of the stalled but much needed Student Support Bill …” (more)

[Fine Gael Blog, 5 November]

PhDs and Web 2.0 tools

Posted in research with tags , on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Zoë Corbyn from Times Higher Education has just written that researchers aged between 21 and 27 aren’t using Web 2.0 tools like RSS and social bookmarking in their work. In my work as a research support librarian, I have been promoting Web 2.0 tools to researchers. An increasing number of researchers are using them but it’s very far from reaching a critical mass – they’re far from being an essential part of everyone’s work. I believe this is because …” (more)

[Jack Hyland, Read Around Research, 5 November]

Student demonstrations for grants explained

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Dear Editor, I am one of those students who are at the end of their tether and this is my story. I have just received the notification from the city council office (student grants department) that I was hoping not to receive and am writing this letter to the editor, a letter I was hoping not to have to write …” (more)

[Gabriel Bourke, Galway Advertiser, 5 November]

Trinity lecturer hits out as UCD claims to be best in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Dr Gerald Morgan of Trinity’s English Department has hit out at claims that UCD are Ireland’s best university. On the welcome note of the UCD website the college has dubbed itself as Ireland’s ‘Premier University’, which appears on google when you search for UCD. Dr Morgan has asked the university to clarify why it considers itself the best university in Ireland when the Times Higher Education/QS University Rankings has placed Trinity at No.1 in Ireland, and UCD at No.2 …” (more)

[Marykate Collins, University Times, 3 November]

Strike may shut down College

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Trinity College students and staff are sure to be affected by the recently proposed public sector pay cuts. Public sector unions have agreed to a nationwide 24-hour strike on Tuesday, November 24th. The unions discussed plans for the strike following talks with the Department of Finance on how to achieve €1.3 billion in cuts in the public sector pay bill …” (more)

[Marykate Collins, University Times, 3 November]

The economic impact of universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 5 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“For those who are sceptical about the capacity of universities to make a difference to the economy, a study has just been published that, in the British context, puts this into figures. The report, The Impact of Universities on the UK Economy, is published by Universities UK and is based on research conducted by a team working in the University of Strathclyde. The key finding of the study is that universities annually contribute £59 billion to the UK economy; that would be the equivalent of £7 billion in Ireland …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 November]