Archive for 26 November 2009

UCC student burial tomorrow

Posted in Life with tags on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“The funeral of UCC student Brian O Tuama will commence this evening at 8pm in St Gobnait’s Church, Ballyvourney. Mr O Tuama’s body was recovered from the Kennedy Quay area of the River Lee on Monday, after a 12-day search involved family, friends and classmates who came out in force when the effort was launched …” (more)

[Peter Tobin, Cork Independent, 26 November]

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Maynooth group expresses its opposition to Ahern appointment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“A group of academics and students at NUI Maynooth has called on the university to suspend its appointment of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a visiting professor pending the outcome of the Mahon tribunal. Campaigners said up to 1,000 signatures opposing the appointment had been collected among the student body …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 26 November]

Trinity plans to increase student numbers by 15% and widen access

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) plans to increase student numbers by 15 per cent and widen access for poorer students, according to its new strategic plan. Trinity says the 2009-14 plan is designed to establish its position as one of the leading universities ‘which shape our world’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 26 November]

Spend extra €10k on each student, urges EU report

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“… the report shows that public investment in third level education in Ireland fell from well above average at 1.22% of national income in 2001 to 1.14%, and barely above the 1.12% EU average in 2006. Despite third level bosses’ claims over the past year that services to students are under threat by Government funding cuts, Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe insists he needs to reverse some of the 33% increase in third-level funding to €2bn a year since 2000 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

In defence of academic salaries

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Salaries in the public sector are under scrutiny as the budget looms. I regularly read criticisms of the ‘high salaries’ paid to university lecturers and professors, pointing out that they are significantly better-paid than academics elsewhere in Europe …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 26 November]

Why Are We Still Doing Lectures?

Posted in teaching with tags on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Before I quit my faculty position to move into education management and consulting, I regularly lectured to classes with 200-250 students. I was nervous at first, and my delivery was stiff and overly formal. With practice, though, I got good at it. My lectures became almost theatrical, and I enjoyed great reviews from students and colleagues. I learned to love it …” (more)

[Keith Hampson, Higher Education Management Group, 25 November]

What do you want from education?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Recently I was chatting to a group of intelligent, well-educated and well-meaning people, all of whom have one or more children in secondary schools in Dublin. What, I asked them, are you hoping that these schools will deliver for your children. The optimist in me was hoping for answers around pedagogy, civilised values, knowledge development, life skills, the thrill of science and the arts, that kind of thing. I didn’t get any of it. What did I get? They were hoping for the highest possible CAO points. That was it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 November]