Archive for 27 November 2009

Class twittering

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“For those who have wondered – as I have – whether the ‘micro-blog’ site Twitter could be used successfully in teaching, here’s a story that suggests that it could be. According to a report in the US Chronicle of Higher Education, Purdue University in Indiana has set up a program that allows student to ask questions in class by using Twitter on their computers or phones; they can even make their questions anonymous …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 November]

Research appointment extremely important for the future

Posted in research with tags , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“The announcement that Máire Geoghegan Quinn has been made Commissioner for Research and Innovation in the European Commission sends a very positive signal about Ireland’s commitment and engagement with Science Technology Innovation …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 27 November]

UCD hunts developers to build apartments for students – complete with all mod cons

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“UCD is appealing to developers to build apartments for student accommodation. University College Dublin has put out to tender for accommodation which is due to be ready by August 2010. It is thought this is the first time the university has put out feelers for new accommodation …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Herald, 27 November]

Trinity Students’ Union to withdraw from Forum for University Students’ Unions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“Trinity Students’ Union will secede from the Forum for University Students’ Unions (FUSU). The motion was passed at a meeting of the Students’ Union’s Council on November 17 by a unanimous vote. Under the terms of the motion the President of the Students’ Union is mandated to ‘take the necessary steps to withdraw from the FUSU’ …” (more)

[Simone Hall, University Times, 25 November]

College authorities seek power over student publications

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“A working group setup to redraft a section of the draft Terms of Reference for the Capitation Committee is to recommend that the Capitation Committee not have the power to confiscate copies of publications …” (more)

[Carl Doherty, University Times, 25 November]

Public sector strike renders College effectively shut down

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“Trinity College staff picketed the College on November 24 in the national day of protest for the public service sector. The College was severely disrupted by the one day work stoppage. All lectures and labs were cancelled on the day due to an ‘unacceptably high’ risk to health and safety. The College said that it carried out an assessment of risk to health and safety and the professional advice was that lectures and labs should be cancelled …” (more)

[Carl Doherty, University Times, 25 November]

Students at TCD campaign over cut in books budget

Posted in research with tags , , on 27 November 2009 by Steve

“Students at Trinity College Dublin have begun a campaign against what they claim is a €650,000 cut in the purchasing budget of the college library – and cuts in opening hours. Yesterday, a TCD spokeswoman acknowledged that cuts had been made in the library budget. But she said the cut was significantly less than €650,000 …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 27 November]