Archive for November, 2009

Third-level places may be capped due to funding crisis

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“A cap on the number of students entering third level may be necessary as colleges struggle with a deepening funding crisis, according to the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 30 November]

Pensions timebomb ticks on as bill predicted to top €2bn

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“The cost of 400,000 public sector pensions is projected to balloon to over €2bn per annum in the next decade or the equivalent of €38m a week, according to a new report compiled for the Government …” (more)

[Ailish O’Hora, Independent, 30 November]

Silliness in Irish universities?

Posted in Life with tags , , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“My goodness, a symposium organised by the Royal Irish Academy recently on the standing of academics in the public sphere seems to have turned into a right old whinge-fest. A report on the event and the contributions made was carried in the Irish Times, and as far as I can tell every one of them used the occasion to moan about how little they were listened to by the general public, the politicians and the great and the good. And I wouldn’t mind, except that virtually all of those mentioned are hardly ever out of the media …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 November]

An Appreciation

Posted in Life with tags , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“Alan Anderson Tait, honorary fellow and former associate professor of economics at Trinity College, Dublin, died of cancer on October 19th at the age of 75 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 November]

Intel chief emphasises the importance of education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“The European head of Intel has warned that the government must continue investing in education in order for Ireland to remain a competitive location for multinational investment. Christian Morales, general manager of Intel’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the company would continue to invest in Ireland as long as it could find staff with the right engineering qualifications …” (more)

[Dick O’Brien, Sunday Business Post, 29 November]

Public sector deal could centre on unpaid leave

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“Compulsory unpaid leave could disrupt service delivery in health, social services and welfare offices, while the government has doubts it would deliver sufficient savings in the December 9 Budget, according to sources close to the public sector pay talks …” (more)

[Niamh Connolly, Sunday Business Post, 29 November]

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]