Archive for 15 January 2010

UCD Professor is first from Ireland or UK to be elected to German Academy of Science and Engineering

Posted in Life with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of innovation in technology and engineering, Professor Gerry Byrne has been elected as an International Fellow of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (Deutsche Akademie fuer Technikwissenschaften, acatech). This is the first time an expert from Ireland or the United Kingdom has been elected to the Academy …” (more)

[UCD News, 15 January]

The most important thing we know least about

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“… Let me start with a modest proposition: The university is the most important institution in contemporary society and the one about which we know the least. The organizations and institutions of contemporary higher education are undergoing far-reaching transitions that stand to remake key features of our social world, but we have largely ignored those changes …” (more)

[Jason Owen-Smith, orgtheory.net, 13 January]

Speech on education as a global growth industry

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“This morning, here in London at its most cold, let me give you this most warm welcome to London and the United Kingdom. Ministers and professionals, both experts in education, from Andorra to Zanzibar, from north to south, from Norway to South America, from east to west, Russia to America, let me give you the warmest welcome not only from myself but from our two outstanding ministers, Peter Mandelson and Ed Balls …” (more)

[HT: Keith Hampson]
[Gordon Brown, Number10.gov.uk, 14 January]

Trinity College gets first set of GAA goalposts

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“History has been made at Dublin’s Trinity College with the instillation of a set of GAA goalposts at College Park allowing Gaelic games to be played on the city centre campus for the first time in its 418-year history. GAA members in the college have relied on the generosity of the Clanna Gael Fontenoy and Parnells GAA clubs in recent years for training facilities …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 January]

We ‘just don’t like them’ is adequate reason to dismiss advisers, claims shadow science minister

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“Government ministers should be able to sack academic advisers even if the reason is simply that they ‘just don’t like them’, Adam Afriyie, Conservative Shadow Science Minister, has argued. The comments, sensitive given the recent saga over the sacking of independent scientific adviser David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson, were made at a science election debate dubbed ‘geek the vote’ and hosted by the Campaign for Science and Engineering on 13 January …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 15 January]

State needs ‘radical’ boost at third-level to compete

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has called for a ‘radical’ increase in third-level places, the immediate implementation of a property tax and more action to support the growth of exports. In its annual assessment of the economy, the NCC, which advises the Government on economic competitiveness, said a greater focus on education and exports was urgently required …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 15 January]

Crisis for National Archives?

Posted in research with tags on 15 January 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Paul Gorry (Letters, January 11th) is correct to advertise the sorry history of our documentary heritage and the irony of the current proposal to merge the National Archives of Ireland into the National Library. The loss of one national archive in 1922 was a misfortune. To lose a second looks, to coin a phrase, like carelessness …” (more)

[Peter Crooks, Irish Times, 15 January]