Archive for 1 February 2010

Obama’s 2011 Budget Proposes More Money for Education and Research

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“The $3.8-trillion budget President Obama proposed on Monday for the 2011 fiscal year contains increases for federal spending on education, including Pell Grants, and for research financed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The increases were proposed despite a net spending freeze on discretionary domestic spending that Mr. Obama announced in his State of the Union address last week …” (more)

[Paul Basken and Libby Nelson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 February]

Ministers are short-selling universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“The government is having a second go at curbing the growth in the number of students in universities. A year ago, universities were told to freeze their intakes. But a build-up of stories later in the spring about well-qualified students being turned away persuaded ministers that political discretion was the better part of valour. So they allowed universities to take an additional 10,000 students – unfunded, of course, except for their fees …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 1 February]

Students threaten MPs over tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“Students campaigning against an increase in tuition fees are targeting MPs who hold seats in a ‘hit list’ of university cities in England. The National Union of Students says MPs must support their campaign against higher fees – or lose the student vote …” (more)

[BBC News, 1 February]

How long is an hour?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“So on Saturday, the Minister for Education announced that he was very worried because two people had told him (possibly over coffee and some nice biscuits) that most academics only work for four hours a week. Now most of the time, with most people, that’d lead to someone looking up what the situation actually is and determining if there was a problem and so no-one would be worried about knee-jerk reactions. Thing is, we’re talking about a Minister for Education who recently decided to abolish the NUI and didn’t tell anyone until the press conference (ignoring the point that abolishing the NUI does not abolish the work they are required to do …)” (more)

[Mark Dennehy, Stochastic Geometry, 1 February]

University of Limerick president’s house ‘a waste of money’ claims MEP

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“Building a €1.1m residence for a college president in the current climate is like giving a €900,000 bonus to former FAS director Rody Molloy, Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly has said …” (more)

[Mike Dwane and Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 February]

Why there is no ‘left-wing case for tuition fees’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“I read an article in the New Statesman today that was uncharacteristically off the mark. James Macintyre, commenting on a Daily Mail story which claimed the middle classes were being put off university because of a rise in tuition fees, puts forward what he calls ‘the left-wing case for tuition fees’ …” (more)

[Richard Hall, 28 January]

Cuts will deprive thousands of university place, academics warn

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of young people will be stripped of the chance to study for a degree because of savage government cuts to higher education in England, universities warned today. University funders at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) will outline where the cuts of nearly £315m will be made today. They are expected to announce that teaching budgets will be reduced for the first time since Labour came to power …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 1 February]