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]

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]

Trinity by the numbers

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

“75 per cent of Trinity students secured more than 450 CAO points in their Leaving Cert. No job cuts are planned. Provost Dr John Hegarty says Trinity is a ‘lean’ operation which has ‘balanced its books’ in 2009 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 November]

Plagiarist escaped Birmingham penalty

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Sociologist was allowed to resume duties after tribunal judgment. A prominent academic in the University of Birmingham’s threatened sociology department was permitted to continue working with full management responsibilities after being found guilty of plagiarism …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 26 November]

Diabetes research partnership launched

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

“Two universities and two State health organisations have formed a cross-Border partnership on research into diabetes. The Atlantic-Alliance for Co-operation on Research into Diabetes grouping involves NUI Galway, the University of Ulster, the Health Service Executive West and its Northern counterpart, the Western Health and Social Care Trust …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 26 November]

Non-fee schools gain ground in college race

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

“The gap between the performance of fee-paying and non-fee-paying second-level schools is narrowing, according to the latest Irish Times Feeder School List published this morning …” (more)

[Seán Flynn and Gráinne Faller, Irish Times, 26 November]

Autonomy paradox traps the academy

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

“Universities’ efforts to strengthen their autonomy by reducing their reliance on state funding could be having the opposite effect. A new analysis argues that while universities have significantly reduced their dependence on government grants, alternative sources of income from students and businesses come with ‘strings attached’ …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 26 November]

Floods

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

“I also think colleges could also do a little to help with floods! Esp in Athlone (AIT) Galway (GMIT & NUIG) get the students out to help!” (tweet)

[Eimear McCormack, Twitter, 25 November]

Trinity turns to foreign donors

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

“Trinity College Dublin is being forced to rely on foreign donors to fund lecturing posts because of the deepening financial crisis facing the university sector. As it launched an ambitious strategic plan yesterday, TCD — recently rated 43rd best university in the world by The Times Higher Education global rankings — was bracing itself for another 10% cut in its core funding in 2010, on top of a 7.5% decrease to €88m this year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

The top feeder schools

Posted in teaching with tags on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“The top performing schools, measured by proportion of students who go into higher education, are : Coláiste Loreto, Cavan; Vocational School, Maynooth, Co Kildare; …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 November]

‘Brain drain’ fear as our top students flock to UK colleges

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

“A surge in applications from Irish school leavers for prestigious university courses in the UK next year has prompted fears of a brain drain. The Government has pledged to keep the brightest students here to kick-start the ‘smart economy’, which is promised to lift us out of economic slump …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and John Walshe, Independent, 26 November]

In research, small is just as beautiful

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

“Research produced by the bulk of the elite Russell Group of large research-intensive universities is no better than that generated by their smaller counterparts, according to a new analysis. Data from the UK research evaluation firm Evidence show that, outside an Oxford-Cambridge-London ‘golden triangle’, smaller research-intensive universities are performing slightly better than their larger research-intensive rivals …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 26 November]

Hockey: UCD control game to overcome Fingal

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

“UCD men’s hockey team took on Fingal at the National Hockey Stadium in Belfield last Saturday, looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games. Taking on a Fingal side coming off the back of two successive losses, this was a good opportunity for College to push themselves above their opponents in the table with a win …” (more)

[Killian Woods, University Observer, 24 November]

UCD football

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

“UCD have won the First Division fair play award. http://ucdsoccer.com/index ….” (tweet)

[UCD AFC, Twitter, 25 November]