Archive for 7 November 2009

O’Driscoll comes top of his class with college accolade

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The two Brians returned to their alma mater last night as grand-slam winning captain Brian O’Driscoll was awarded one of UCD’s highest honours. Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who studied law at the university, presented the Ireland rugby captain with the UCD Foundation Day Medal and hailed O’Driscoll as one of the finest ambassadors for Irish sport …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 7 November]

Cork ‘has potential’ to become world leader in the production of medicine

Posted in research with tags , on 7 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Cork has the potential to have the same reputation as a producer of medicine as Switzerland does for watches. This is according to one of the leading figures in the pharmaceutical industry who said Ireland needs to reach a stage where firms want to bring a molecule to here and Ireland says: ‘Leave the rest to us, we will develop it and supply it to the world’ …” (more)

[Niamh Hennessy, Irish Examiner, 7 November]

Men and Women Differ in How They Decide to Study Abroad, Study Finds

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Women appear to be much more likely than men to choose to study abroad because of significant gender-based differences in how students are influenced by their backgrounds, academic environments, and social interactions, according to research results …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 November]

BNP would love it here, Emma Thompson tells Exeter students

Posted in Life with tags , on 7 November 2009 by Steve

UK“The actor Emma Thompson has urged a university to work to stamp out racism after her adopted son endured ‘unpleasant’ experiences while studying there. Thompson says Rwandan-born Tindyebwa Agaba suffered because of the colour of his skin during his first year studying politics at Exeter University. Speaking at a diversity event at the university, Thompson claimed the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, would ‘love’ the area because of its relative lack of racial diversity …” (more)

[Steven Morris, Guardian, 6 November]