Archive for 16 November 2009

USI Proudly Celebrates its Golden Anniversary

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland will celebrate its 50th anniversary on November 20th, 2009 by hosting a gala dinner at which Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, will be Special Guest of Honour. Attending the gala dinner will be a host of former presidents and officers spanning the 50 years of USI, many of whom have gone on to become household names …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 16 November]

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Google clears digital library hurdle

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 16 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Google and a group of publishers and authors have agreed to scale back the scope of their proposed digital books library, which could resolve a legal dispute and clear the way for millions of books to be sold online …” (more)

[Garry White, Independent, 16 November]

Hundreds join land and river search for missing student

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Searches are to continue this morning for a teenager who has been missing since last being seen in Cork city centre more than four days ago. Hundreds of volunteers joined emergency services over the weekend in the hope of finding Brían Ó Tuama, a second-year arts student at University College Cork …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 16 November]

Staffing – the critical question

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 16 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… Cuts in public expenditure are producing serious university budgets cuts in a number of countries, and as the main cost in higher education is pay, it is clear that as cuts are introduced universities will have little choice but to reduce staffing levels. In Ireland we have the added feature that the so-called ‘employment control framework’ is requiring institutions to cut staff numbers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 November]

Reform promised to simplify student grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Education minister Batt O’Keeffe is to reform the way student grants are processed because of massive delays in the system. Concerns have been raised about the length of time it is taking for students to receive the third-level grants, and the pressure it is putting on some students. The recruitment moratorium in the public sector is being blamed for the delays …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 15 November]