Archive for 13 November 2009

Large-scale search for missing UCC student

Posted in Life with tags on 13 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A large-scale search is underway in Cork today for a 19-year-old UCC student. Brían Ó Tuama, from Ballyvourney, has not been seen since 1.40am yesterday morning, when he met a friend outside MacDonald’s fast food outlet on Daunt Square in the city centre …” (more)

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€100m cut could close major research centres

Posted in research with tags , , , , on 13 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A cut of €100 million in the research budget is being considered by the Government. If implemented, the move would put hundreds of millions of euro in foreign direct investment in jeopardy. Cutbacks at that level would also likely force the closure of at least three major university-based research centres, putting hundreds of research jobs at risk …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 13 November]

Snuffing out academic eccentricity

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 13 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Today a friend of mine from another university (which I won’t name) told me about an investigation that has just been launched there to determine whether a particular lecturer’s eccentricity is incompatible with quality requirements. The lecturer concerned does not, I gather, find it emotionally right to face his students, and so he lectures with his back to them …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 November]

Micro cooler to earn UL millions in royalties

Posted in research with tags , on 13 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is set to receive millions of euro in royalties after signing commercial agreements for new technology its researchers developed for cooling computer devices. The new micro coolers, which were developed at the Stokes Institute, will use less power, cost less to make, and offer improved performance …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

Part-time course fees ‘block lifelong learning’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 13 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The charging of fees to workers and unemployed people for part-time college courses is a barrier to lifelong learning, the president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has claimed. Dr Brendan Murphy said it is unfair that many students on whom the country’s economic recovery depends have to fund their own third-level education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 November]