Archive for 22 November 2009

Einstein, de Valera and the Institutes for Advanced Study

Posted in research with tags on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“Is there a collective noun for a roomful of professors? A great many of the most senior figures of Irish academia turned up in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday night to hear the annual statutory lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Antimatter, 22 November]


The higher education debate – where is it, and who is participating?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“I really must not take myself too seriously, so please read the next sentence with a grain of salt. But I guess I could argue, tentatively, that this blog has provided a forum of sorts for a debate on higher education, where the participants are not only the great and good (if you are reading this and believe you are great and good, my apologies, and of course you are welcome, too). But the blog is a minor contribution in the overall scheme of things, and there are also others which, in different ways, also raise questions about the future of our sector …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 November]

Colleges to stay open during strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“Third-level colleges will stay open next Tuesday but severe disruption of lectures is expected. University College Cork will close but that is because of flooding. University College Dublin said some students had assessments and/or assignment submissions scheduled for Tuesday …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 21 November]

Blogmeister’s note: So if all I’m hearing and reading is correct (a big assumption) that means that TCD, UCD, NUIM and NUIG will be open but will have pickets; UL and DCU will be open and without pickets; and UCC will just be sweeping up the mess, with no pickets, but no teaching either, for the whole of the week. Do I have it right, or can someone with local knowledge give us a better picture? And what’s  happening in the ITs?

Tuition fees by the back door?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“There has been a certain amount of media coverage of the claim by Trinity College Dublin Students Union that at least some of the student registration charge, which is intended to pay for student services, is being used by TCD to pay for other things through the general budget …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 November]

Flood damage at UCC – update

Posted in Life with tags , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“UCC staff and contractors under the direction of the Office of Buildings & Estates, have continued to work throughout the weekend to recover buildings and equipment damaged in the unprecedented flooding of recent days. The following is a brief summary of the situation as of noon on Sunday …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 22 November]

Public sector: 12% cut across the board

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has indicated that he will use the 11.9 per cent pay cut private sector workers have already taken as a benchmark for public sector pay cuts, the Sunday Independent has learned. Mr Lenihan is to outline to his ministerial colleagues his intended expenditure cuts in next month’s Budget at a special cabinet meeting today …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 22 November]

Nationwide Bologna protests

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“Thousands of students took to the streets last Tuesday to voice their anger over the way the Bologna reforms are being implemented in Germany. Opposition to tuition fees was also clearly reflected in the motto ‘Education is not for sale’. The student protest has met with at least a partial response by government officials who are now considering restructuring of new courses and better financial support …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 22 November]