Archive for December, 2009

Green R&D in Ireland – an overview

Posted in research with tags on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“With so much happening in the green-energy research field in our third-level institutions, Ireland is truly staking its claim as the home for green tech. With the race on to progress Ireland’s green-energy portfolio in order to meet our 2020 energy targets and to create a cleaner, smarter economy, an increasing array of researchers in universities and institutes of technology (ITs) around the island are focusing on the renewable energy space to harness Ireland’s wave, wind, solar and bioenergy resources …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 30 December]


The rights — and wrongs — of polytechnics

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“Sir, As the former head (1985-97) of what is now Bath Spa University, my recollection of the events that followed the Education Reform Acts of the late 1980s/early 1990s is different from that of Lord Howarth’s (letter, Dec 29). There was strong opposition on the part of many of the vice-chancellors of ‘chartered’ universities to the ‘upgrading’ of the polys …” (more)

[Brian L Gomes Da Costa, Times, 31 December]

Updating the Classics? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“About a third of my way through Seth Grahame-Smith’s adaptation of Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice and Zombies – I enthusiastically posted my approval on Facebook. To my surprise, a friend and colleague replied, registering her distaste and disappointment, having just finished the book herself …” (more)

[Christina Morin, Pue’s Occurrences, 31 December]

Maynooth university lecturer gets CBE in new year’s honours list

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“A lecturer in NUI Maynooth has received a CBE in Queen Elizabeth’s new year’s honours list. Leitrim-born Seamus Taylor, who lectures in social policy in the department of applied social studies in NUIM, was honoured for his work in promoting equality in British society, notably through his work in the Commission for Racial Equality and the Crown Prosecution Service …” (more)

[Carol Coulter, Irish Times, 31 December]

Get used to life on the edge

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“A sacred cow was quietly slaughtered for Christmas. Buried last week in the very last note of Lord Mandelson’s grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England there it was: a cut to the current unit of resource of £190 per student …” (more)

[Ann Mroz, Times Higher Education, 31 December]

Compatibility with future generations

Posted in Life with tags on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“A little while ago I was asked by a group of students from a neighbouring school for advice on the following: they were putting together the contents for a time capsule that they were intending to bury in their school grounds, to be disinterred in 2100. They wanted to include in it a lot of photographs, some school magazines and some essays …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 December]

Bologna not to the taste of Austrians and Germans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 December 2009 by Steve

“Students protest against the ‘marketisation’ of higher education. A wave of student protests across Austria and Germany is voicing opposition to tuition fees and ‘English-American’-style degrees introduced under the Bologna Process, while stirring up debate about the purpose of higher education. The protests began in Austria in October …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 31 December]