Archive for 11 November 2009

Meath students suffer due to grant delays

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Thousands of students in Meath are currently suffering as they struggle to pay for rent, books and transport thanks to the government’s delay in passing the Student Support Bill. Speaking in Leinster House today Hannigan said: ‘Some VECs say it will be next January before the backlog of grant payments is cleared because the Student Support Bill 2008 is being held up by the Government …'” (more)

[Dominic Hannigan, Labour Party Blog, 11 November]

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I Have A Degree … Now What?

Posted in Life with tags on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Huzzah! Finally graduated from DCU with the ol’ BA in Journalism! Was touch and go at times when assignments piled on where we fretted if we’d actually pass… and a short stint in first year when I thought I wanted to drop out… but after all that I managed to get a degree. Phew …” (more)

[Blink And You’ll Miss …, 11 November]

Technology, students and universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“There are some – related – articles in today’s Irish Independent on themes which have featured on this blog. A report published yesterday by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) shows that the number of students going to college has hit a record high (the Irish Times ran the same story under the headline that there are more students than farmers in Ireland) and that courses in science and computing are now back in favour …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 11 November]

NovaUCD to Showcase Fifteen New High-Tech Ventures at Awards Evening

Posted in research with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre, will showcase fifteen new high-tech and knowledge-intensive ventures emerging at UCD during a key event next week. The NovaUCD 2009 Campus Company Development Programme (CCDP) Awards Evening takes place on Wednesday 18 November at 5:45 pm in the William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4 …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 11 November]

Galway’s ‘Godless College’ celebrates 160 years

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) celebrated 160 years of third level education in Galway last month. On Tuesday 30 October 1849, it opened its doors as Queen’s College Galway to 68 students. However, one source states that it was 91 students and 37 professors. The college was founded by the British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel in 1845 with work on the building beginning a year later …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 11 November]

Money worries causing student drop-outs

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Students are dropping out of colleges at an alarming rate due to serious financial difficulties. That’s according to Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, who has called on the government to ‘get serious’ when it come to dealing with third level education finances. Senator Healy Eames said the plight of students is being ignored by the Government and up to 50 students a week are dropping out of western colleges, many from GMIT and NUIG, due to a delay in payment to them …” (more)

[Colin Bartley, Galway Independent, 11 November]

2 Universities, Citing Concerns of Blind, Hold Off on Kindle

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

USA“The National Federation of the Blind will announce today that Syracuse University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison are holding off on expansions of Kindle offerings for students until the reading device is more accessible to the visually impaired …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 11 November]