Archive for 2 February 2010

No extra money for college places, says Taoiseach

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“The Taoiseach has today said that extra money will not be made available for college places this year, despite a surge in demand. The CAO has reported a 10% rise in initial applications this year to more than 72,000 …” (more)

[, 2 February]


Students discuss concerns over WIT industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“An emergency class representative council meeting was called yesterday (Monday) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to discuss students concerns in relation to the ongoing industrial action by the lecturers at the college. As those who sat exams at WIT over Christmas still await their results, the student population are becoming anxious …” (more)

[Deirdre Dalton, Waterford News and Star, 2 February]

Teaching 4 hours a week

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“… It is not clear why this figure came out from Bat O’Keeffe’s mouth, but it smacks of a ’softening up’ of the third level sector in an effort to reduce funding even more than before. In my department, we have a total of 15 permanent academic staff right now and 14 who have a full teaching load. We are dealing with about 750 students. It is relatively easy to do the maths and see that this is really not a good way to try to teach …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 2 February]

Analysis: Student services swindle

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“What we all knew has finally been admitted to. Last week, at a session of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science, Ireland’s seven university leaders openly declared that the student registration fee is, in essence, a form of fees by the back door …” (more)

[Bridget Fitzsimons, University Observer, 2 February]

Google Puts New Focus on Outside Research

Posted in research with tags on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“Google, like other leading technology companies, funds university research in fields where its interest and the interest of science coincide. Until now, the company has done that mainly with lots of smaller grants, typically $50,000 or so. But Google is stepping up its funding …” (more)

[Steve Lohr, New York Times, 1 February]

Bacik participates in Trinity Panel at hearing of Joint Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“Speaking as a panel guest on the evening of Tuesday 2nd February 2010 in the Exam Hall at Trinity College Dublin on the historic occasion of the sitting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution at Trinity College, Senator Ivana Bacik will discuss the findings of the Oireachtas Justice Committee’s Report on Women’s Participation in Politics …” (more)

[Labour Party, 2 February]

The Low Prevalence Of Bipolar Disorder Among University Students: The Essential Role of a Support Group

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“… The frequency of bipolar disorder in university students is actually fairly low, at least in relation to many of the other mental health issues that have students seeking help these days. So how prevalent is bipolar disorder? The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) estimates about 2½% of the US population over age 18 fits the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder (much more about these criteria in future blogs) …” (more)

[Russ Federman, Bipolar You, 1 February]