Archive for 28 November 2009

Geoghegan-Quinn secures research and innovation post

Posted in research with tags , on 28 November 2009 by Steve

“Ireland’s incoming EU commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has secured the research and innovation portfolio targeted by the Government, a mid-level mandate described by commission chief José Manuel Barroso as central to his effort to restore growth to the European economy …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Did highly paid academics object because Bertie would do it for free?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 28 November 2009 by Steve

“Free Education for Everyone, with the inapt acronym FEE, organised up to 1,000 student signatures in protest against the appointment of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a visiting professor at NUI Maynooth (NUIM). They called on the college authorities to suspend the appointment, at least until after the publication of the Mahon tribunal report …” (more)

[Ryle Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

Flood-hit UCC pay tribute to helping hands

Posted in Life with tags , , on 28 November 2009 by Steve

“An aerial view of The Mardyke, taken at the height of the flooding last week, shows the entire grounds submerged, including the all-weather hockey pitch (centre). Munster’s hockey community has rallied around the University College Cork (UCC) club after the students’ pitch was left unplayable for ‘the foreseeable future’ following the catastrophic floods that hit Cork last week …” (more)

[Irish Hockey News, 27 November]

Compulsory unpaid leave to be focus in talks with public sector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 November 2009 by Steve

“The introduction of a compulsory unpaid leave arrangement for staff in the public service next year is emerging as a central feature of any alternative deal between unions and the Government for reducing the public sector pay bill without across-the-board pay cuts …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 November]

In league with an outdated ethos?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 November 2009 by Steve

“The annual publication of the secondary-school league tables is greeted with equal measures of cynicism, curiosity, smugness and anxiety. This week’s effort at producing percentages that purportedly measure educational quality is no different. It has been greeted critically by those who doubt that sending 100 per cent of students to a high-points university course is necessarily an indication of a school’s ability to produce well-rounded individuals …” (more)

[Kate Holmquist, Irish Times, 28 November]

College-bound students opt for choices closer to home

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 November 2009 by Steve

“The vast majority of the country’s students don’t stray too far from home when they go to university. Although the seven Irish universities all aspire to be national institutions, new figures show they are essentially regional in nature …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 November]