Archive for 10 November 2009

Higher education sees biggest ever rise in numbers

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The start of the 2009/10 academic year has seen an 8.3% rise in numbers attending third-level institutions on last year’s figures. It is the largest ever jump and growing numbers are also returning to higher education through routes other than the CAO …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 November]

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Universities are not there to spoon-feed

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 November 2009 by Steve

UK“Both the National Union of Students and Lord Mandelson, whose ministerial brief includes higher education, are making an issue of the number of “contact hours” between faculty and students, especially in the arts and humanities. It appears that Lord Mandelson wishes universities to market themselves along the lines of commercial organisations, now that students have to pay more out of their own pockets for their education …” (more)

[AC Grayling, Guardian, 10 November]

Universities hurt by fees move, says DCU head

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The financial base of Irish universities is being undermined by decisions on fees and reductions in State funding, Dublin City University president Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski said yesterday. Speaking at a graduation ceremony, Prof von Prondzynski – a long-time critic of the Department of Education – said decision-makers did not appear to understand the role of universities in a modern country …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 10 November]

Third-level students under stress as recession kicks in

Posted in Life with tags , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Third-level students are increasingly under stress due to financial worries and concern over their future, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The union has begun distributing free mental health information packs to students at third-level colleges throughout the State as part of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week which began yesterday …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 10 November]

Generations apart but allied in academia

Posted in Life with tags on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“If you were one of the many people privileged to attend Prof Noam Chomsky’s presentations last week, either in UCD, Trinity or the RDS, you may still be savouring the experience of hearing him speak, admiring his intellectual courage, mulling over his ideas and marvelling at the intellectual magnitude of this man in the eighth decade of life …” (more)

[Marie Murray, Irish Times, 10 November]

Ireland’s future depends on continued investment in research

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Recently I attended a workshop organised by the IDA that addressed the relationship between universities and industry, looking at how this could be harnessed for the future development of the Irish economy. The event allowed senior university officers to talk informally with senior business leaders in an open forum. But more importantly, it highlighted how Ireland’s opportunities to attract new investment were critically dependent on research and innovation …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 10 November]

Trinity professor named researcher of the year

Posted in research with tags , on 10 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A Trinity College Dublin biochemist, Prof Luke O’Neill, has won the inaugural Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) researcher of the year award. Prof O’Neill also won the RDS /Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence last month. Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan announced the award last night on the opening day of the annual SFI summit …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 10 November]