Archive for 25 November 2009

126 student scholarships

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“A total of 13 Dublin students were awarded an All Ireland Scholarship toward their third-level education. The scholarships, which are sponsored by JP McManus, aim to assist 126 students from the North and South of Ireland …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Herald, 25 November]

UCC flood damage

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Just posted UCC Mardyke flood damage pics on my flickr http://tiny.cc/rSyrM #corkflood” (tweet, flickr link)

[Will Deasy, Twitter, 25 November]

Aggression from SIPTU/IMPACT at UCD gates

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Were you one of those verbally abused, physically blocked from entering, herded from your bus at the entrances to UCD today, had people sitting on the bonnet of your car? Democratic right to protest? What about democratic right to cross a picket? …” (discussion thread)

[Boards.ie, 25 November]

Strike, strike baby

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“So yesterday, most of the Irish civil service, including professors at this university, went on a one-day strike in protest of their expected pay cut … What it amounted to for me was that all my classes yesterday were cancelled. On the last week of class before finals …” (more)

[Mike Warren, Vandy Right, 25 November]

Degree certificates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Mine’s blocking my mirror at the moment. Latin incomphrensibility of TCD degrees helps with the officialness methinks.” (tweet)

[Claire Hennessy, Twitter, 25 November]

Degree certificates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Got to admit DCU MA looks like it was printed out by an office laser printer. Seem to remember my TCD BA was a lot more … official looking.” (tweet)

[Anna Carey, Twitter, 25 November]

‘Virtual graduation’ for students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“A university is to hold a ‘virtual graduation ceremony’ for students on a distance learning course. Edinburgh University will broadcast the ceremony at its McEwan Hall on to the Second Life web community …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 November]

Letter from 42 academics in support of CDPs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“In the midst of all the coverage of cutbacks and the forthcoming budget, one major proposal has received very little attention. This is the intention of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to wind down and close all 182 community development projects (CDPs) across the most disadvantaged communities in the State …” (more)

[Changing Ireland, 25 November]

DCU unaffected by service strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Dublin City University was one of the few public service workplaces unaffected by yesterday’s strike. About 700 staff at the northside campus are represented by SIPTU and voted against participating in the strike or in taking industrial action in relation to the threat of pay cuts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 November]

Up to 4,000 schools shut doors and colleges cancel lectures

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“The one-day strike by more than 50,000 teachers yesterday closed almost 4,000 schools. There was also widespread disruption to the higher education sector, with lectures cancelled across the institute of technology sector and many universities …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Sasjkia Otto, Irish Times, 25 November]

Public sector unions agree payroll costs must be cut next year

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Trade union leaders have acknowledged for the first time that temporary measures which would reduce public sector earnings next year are necessary if across-the board pay cuts are to be avoided. The admission follows a day that saw 250,000 public sector workers take part in what unions described as the State’s largest-ever strike …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 25 November]

Universities: the industry dimension

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Some time ago I came across a website (I no longer recall the details) which was running what I thought was a particularly silly survey: it was asking its readers to ‘vote’ in an online poll whether universities should be more like corporations. It was silly in the sense that at that level of generality the question was completely meaningless: more like corporations in what sense? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 November]

A Report From The Picket Lines: NUI Maynooth

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“At universities across Ireland (such as NUIM, UCD and NUIG) students took time today to offer solidarity to education workers in a real,practical way- by joining them on picket lines. The failure of the NUI Maynooth Student Union to support the one day strike did not deter a group of over 60 students from joining workers on various pickets at the University over the course of the day …” (more, pictures)

[Free Education for Everyone, 25 November]

Weird science in TY

Posted in teaching with tags on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“A visit to the What If… exhibition in the Science Gallery at Trinity College has been sparking the imagination of TY students. What if you mixed a pig with a cow, clouds rained ice cream, and machines could read our emotions? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 25 November]

College teams up with Notre Dame for online theology course

Posted in teaching with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“They might be studying texts thousands of years old but it’s all part of a high-tech course available without leaving home. Future theologians can earn their college qualifications with tutorials from staff at Notre Dame university in the US – as part of an online course …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 November]

TCD

Posted in Life with tags , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“lots of people were at work in TCD today.” (tweet)

[John Whelan, Twitter, 24 November]

UCC flood damage

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“OMG! – it really wreaked havoc on UCC ! Looks like it’s going to cost a fortune to put right.” (tweet)

[David Kelly, Twitter, 24 November]

TCD strike

Posted in Life with tags , , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Passed by TCD today and saw really dense picket lines I wouldn’t have wanted to be someone trying to enter!” (tweet)

[vonprond, Twitter, 24 November]

Battle on to save priceless art

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Art preservation experts are now battling to save priceless paintings housed at UCC’s Glucksman Gallery after it was left under more than five feet of murky flood waters. Such was the scale of the flooding that the gallery staff were unable to move all art works out of the secure storage area before it flooded …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 24 November]

Students plan protest of university conference

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 November 2009 by Steve

“Several thousand students are planning to demonstrate for improvements to the education system and against tuition fees on Tuesday in Leipzig as the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) meets to discuss reforms. The protest will continue student action that has been going on for weeks at universities across the country …” (more)

[The Local, 24 November]