Archive for 8 November 2009

DIT’s €1.5bn move may not go ahead

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 8 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Education minister Batt O’Keeffe has given his clearest indication yet that Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) troubled €1.5bn move to Grangegorman in north inner-city Dublin could be abandoned altogether. Responding to a series of questions about the project from the Sunday Tribune, a spokesman for O’Keeffe said he could not ‘make any guarantee that the project will or will not go ahead’ …” (more)

[John Downes and Conor McMorrow, Sunday Tribune, 8 November]

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Green TD blasted in row over student protests

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , on 8 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It has in the past been synonymous with demonstrations and anti-establishment marches, in the process earning itself a reputation as a party of protest. But now one of the Green Party’s TDs, Paul Gogarty, has been criticised for failing to intervene after gardaí moved to issue cautions to student protestors who occupied his Lucan constituency office almost a year ago …” (more)

[John Downes, Sunday Tribune, 8 November]

Third-level admissions hit record levels

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Student admissions have risen above 45,000 for the first time, figures due to be released this week will show. According to a source in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) the figures will show a massive increase in the number of those who have entered higher education in 2009. They will also detail a substantial rise in those who have entered third level as mature students …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 8 November]

Cambridge University sparks row over sponsorship of its Library

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 November 2009 by Steve

UK“University dons said they were concerned that a commercial tie-up would demean the prominence and reputation of the library. Professor Gill Evans, a member of the university’s Regent House governing body, said: ‘At this rate, one might set off for the University Library one morning to find it turned into a branch of Tesco with an internet café’. University bosses have decided on the move to boost fundraising and said it was a ‘completely ordinary’ measure to investigate all funding streams …” (more)

[Nick Britten, Sunday Telegraph, 8 November]

Student pub crawls face ban amid backlash over drunken disorder

Posted in Life with tags , on 8 November 2009 by Steve

UK“Participating in at least a modicum of alcohol-induced mayhem is an integral and, some might say, a formative part of the modern undergraduate experience. But the company that tried to turn the formula into business gold is this week experiencing a backlash so fierce it has caused it to be banned from student unions across the country. Carnage UK is an organisation that organises drinking events for an estimated 350,000 undergraduates in 45 towns and cities every year …” (more)

[Amelia Hill, Observer, 8 November]

Arts students ‘see academics for just nine hours a week’

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 November 2009 by Steve

UK“Students studying subjects such as languages, history and philosophy have access to less than nine hours a week ‘contact time’ with lecturers or tutors, research reveals today. The study by the National Union of Students and HSBC shows huge differences in the student experience …” (more)

[Anushka Asthana, Observer, 8 November]

HE funding and ‘value for money’

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 November 2009 by Steve

UK“I’ve started noticing a lot recently arguments that students may not be getting ‘value for money’. One particular quote – from a student – I head on BBC News went something like this: ‘It’s not fair. My friends doing engineering get much more contact time than me, and we’re paying the same.’ Now, this student was an Arts and Humanities student. She doesn’t need lots of contact time …” (more)

[Josh Blacker’s Blog, 8 November]