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]

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]

The Tesco University Library?

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

UK“‘The Tesco Library’ doesn’t exactly trip off my tongue very easily. Not that I have anything against Tesco. The ‘Cadbury Schweppes Library’ or even ‘The John Lewis Partnership Library’ wouldn’t sound any better. But I’m sure I could get used to it – if it came with a few million pounds to keep the library as great it has always been. This year has been the first time in 25 years working in Cambridge that I have had a suggestion for a library purchase rejected for the sole reason that it was too expensive. And if a Tesco (vel sim) ‘naming opportunity’ would make sure I got the books I needed, I would be happy …” (more)

[A don’s life, 11 November]

30-Minute Chat to Tenure

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Lloyd A. Jacobs announced last week that in his role as president of the University of Toledo, he plans to interview every faculty member who comes up for tenure before making a recommendation to the board on whether to approve the bid. While many faculty members are angry about the idea that an academic career can be evaluated in a short conversation, Jacobs said he finds it odd that people expect a president to urge trustees to grant tenure to someone without the president having talked to the person and formed an independent judgment …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 11 November]

University of Ulster plan to make Belfast its base is thrown into doubt

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

UK“The University of Ulster’s multi-million pound plan to centralise in Belfast was in doubt today after the Employment and Learning Minister raised serious concerns over funding for the project …” (more)

[Kathryn Torney, Belfast Telegraph, 11 November]

More students than farmers in Ireland, latest figures show

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

Ireland“Record numbers of students are enrolling in third-level colleges amid continuing uncertainty about employment prospects. The surge brings the number of full-time undergraduate students in Ireland to over 110,000, more than the total number engaged in farming and related activities …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 November]

Grant application law ‘in 18 month limbo’

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

Ireland“The law needed to place statutory time limits on student grant applications has been stuck in limbo for more than 18 months. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) repeated warnings this week that hundreds of students are being forced to drop out of college because delays in grant payments mean they can’t afford rents or college registration …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

The Capitulation of Science Foundation Ireland

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

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) was established as a key organisation in the implementation of the Irish National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013. A sum of €8.2 billion has been allocated for scientific research under the NDP and SSTI of which SFI has responsibility to invest €1.4 billion. SFI ’s remit was to invest in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises …” (more)

[Watchdog on Higher Education in Ireland, 10 November]

Student’s American accent sparked vicious assault

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“An Irish-American student who was savagely assaulted by a gang of youths claims he was set upon because of his foreign accent. Sean Bourke (21), who lives in Sallins, Co Kildare, is this week attempting to come to terms with the horrific assault he suffered after attending his grandfather’s month’s mind Mass in Nenagh, Co Tipperary …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent,11 November]

Paying for third-level education

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

Ireland“Madam, – Before Batt O’Keeffe reintroduces third-level fees, there are a few questions he might answer. 1. In what sense can people, no matter how wealthy, be made legally responsible for the continuing education of their former ‘children’? …” (more)

[Joe Coy, Irish Times, 11 November]

Colleges under pressure to meet student demand

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

Ireland“Colleges are under pressure to meet demand for rising student numbers in the face of falling budgets from the Government, the Higher Education Authority has warned. It revealed figures showing an 8% rise in numbers taking up places in State-funded, third-level institutions this autumn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

Save the Junior Cert and make savings at very expensive university level

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

Ireland“The attack by Dr Florence Craven on the Junior Certificate (Letters, November 9) defies logic. She begins by stating that it ‘serves no practical purpose’. The Junior Cert provides the first objective standard by which thousands of students have some measure of their abilities in a wide range of subjects …” (more)

[James McGrath, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

How many years for a degree?

Posted in teaching with tags on 11 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“When I last lived in Germany, in the early 1970s (yes, I am that old!), I knew a man who was a student in a southern German university. I could never work out what he was studying, because when I asked him his answers were always very vague. But I did know how long he had been studying, at that time: 12 years and counting. He was an almost permanent student with indulgent parents and a set of personal priorities which, on the whole, didn’t include studying …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 November]

Students will name and shame MPs who refuse to oppose rise in tuition fees

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

UK“Student leaders have promised to name and shame every MP who refuses to sign a pledge to oppose a rise in university tuition fees, the Guardian has learned. In a letter to the Guardian today, the student leaders of more than 85 universities and higher education institutes in the UK pledge to break the two main political parties’ ‘cosy consensus of silence’ on fees …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 11 November]

Students to pay more after review of university tuition fees

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

UK“Leading universities are hoping to win the freedom to impose big increases in what they charge students for tuition after a review of fees that began yesterday …” (more)

[Greg Hurst, Times, 10 November]