Archive for 29 November 2009

TCD library

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“TCD library just been occupied by 70 students over hours cutbacks for next 24 hrs. Facebook group has updates: http://bit.ly/6yHfnf” (tweet)

[Michael Dowling, Twitter, 28 November]

TCD students occupy library in protest over cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“A group of around 80 Trinity students are occupying the university’s library this evening in protest over cuts to the library’s book-buying budget …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 November]

Home study?

Posted in Life with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“The Irish Independent reported on Saturday that a majority of students are choosing a university or college in their vicinity. University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin all have well over 60 per cent of their students coming from their own city or county or those immediately adjacent; they are, perhaps oddly, Ireland’s most regional universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 November]

Intervarsities

Posted in Life with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“GO UCD! Intervarsities finals!!!! UCD! UCD! :)” (tweet)

[Julie Galloway, Twitter, 28 November]

Governors urged to quit after £36 million student scam

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“The body which funds English universities has taken the unprecedented step of calling for the mass resignation of governors at a university accused of misusing public money. It follows two damning reports which revealed that London Metropolitan University falsely claimed funding for thousands of students …” (more)

[Lucy Hodges and Richard Garner, University World News, 29 November]

Rectors defend their Bologna stance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“A meeting of German university heads in Leipzig attracted further angry student protests. Around 4,000 students joined a demonstration in the East German city to emphasise their frustration over the Bologna reforms. The Rectors’ Conference, representing university heads, claimed the protests were unjustified …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 29 November]

Universities call for fee delay

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“Top university academics have called on the Swedish government to delay plans to introduce fees for foreign students. The pro-rectors said making students pay fees would affect their internationalisation work and erode international masters degrees taught in English …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 29 November]

Season of protests for University of California

Posted in Life with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“Amid a season of protests across the University of California, the system’s president and the leader of its premiere campus have increasingly found themselves portrayed as the villains …” (more)

[Jack Stripling, University World News, 29 November]

Funding cuts threaten Oxford University tutorial system

Posted in teaching with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“Cash to higher education will be reduced by £180 million next year in a bid to save money. The budget cuts include the withdrawal of nearly £10 million allocated to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford has warned that its distinctive tutorial system, the one-to-one teaching regarded as vital to the ancient institution’s world class ranking, will have to be scrapped if the cuts are made …” (more)

[Julie Henry, Sunday Telegraph, 29 November]

Universities can lead the digital charge

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 29 November 2009 by Steve

“As the digital economy bill grinds through the Lords this week, it’s provoking fascinating debates about the very nature of that economy, the balance between privacy and piracy, digital protectionism versus laissez-faire and whether universal broadband is a social right, like the post office …” (more)

[David Docherty, Guardian, 28 November]