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)

[BreakingNews.ie, 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]

UCD student’s novel to be made into film

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“A UCD PhD student is set to have his award-winning novel adapted into a film. Kevin Power’s Bad Day in Blackrock, which was published in 2008, won the 2009 Rooney Prize for Literature. Production company Element Studios has bought the rights to the adaptation and hope to begin filming shortly …” (more)

[Brendan May, University Observer, 2 February]

Construction starts on €5m research building

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

“The first sod was turned on a new €5m four-storey research building at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus at Carriganore by Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism last week …” (more)

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

China’s top universities will rival Oxbridge, says Yale president

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

“China’s top universities could soon rival Oxford, Cambridge and the Ivy League, the president of Yale University has warned. Professor Richard Levin, speaking to the Guardian on a trip to the UK, said Chinese institutions would rank in the world’s top 10 universities in 25 years’ time, squeezing out some of the west’s elite campuses …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 2 February]

Saving Academic Integrity or Your Career?

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

“Question (from ‘Lydia’): I teach a course (call it ‘Hittites and Kurds’) at a local community college. My department supervisor’s wife, ‘Superette’, is enrolled in it this semester. She got a D on her first test. They’re all essay tests, so there’s some subjectivity, but she obviously hadn’t studied and didn’t know the material, so I felt that was the grade she deserved …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 February]

UL capitalise on UCD mistakes to claim final win

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

“UCD’s senior hurling team’s preparations for the Fitzgibbon Cup suffered a setback at the hands of University of Limerick in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling League Final last Tuesday night. The ten-point defeat does little to reflect the overall balance of a game, which gradually slipped away from UCD in the second half …” (more)

[Martin Scanlon, University Observer, 2 February]

Scheduling conflict could mean Christmas Eve exams

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

“Christmas exams in 2010 could run on into Christmas Eve in a bid to resolve the scheduling conflicts around Orientation Week. The start of the 2010-2011 term has been provisionally deferred by one week, to accommodate scheduling conflicts which saw Orientation Week clashing with the first round CAO offers …” (more)

[Natasha Wetten, University Observer, 2 February]

Student Services Charge: Discussion

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

“Chairman: I welcome the following: Dr. Hugh Brady, president, University College Dublin; Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, president, Dublin City University; Professor John G. Hughes, president, NUI Maynooth; …” (more)

[Joint Committee on Education and Science, 28 January]

Tough Choices

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

“In the aftermath of exam results in UCD, Peter Molloy examines the perennial issue of students struggling with the difficult choice of whether or not to drop out of college, and speaks to two students about their experience withdrawing from university. Social networking can come in for its fair proportion of criticism. Sometimes, though, it can be right on the money …” (more)

[Peter Molloy, University Observer, 2 February]

Record number of CAO applications highlights dire need for removal of PLC Cap – Hayes

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

“The record number of students applying to college this year has highlighted the dire need for the Government cap on Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) course places to be lifted, Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD has said …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 2 February]

Sociologist investigates attacks on overseas students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“After 10 months of charged debate over whether attacks on overseas students are race-based, researcher Helen Forbes-Mewett wants to interview the assailants in an effort to get to the bottom of the issue. At least 28 offenders have been charged with assault and armed robbery in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane over the attacks since 2008, with claims and counter-claims ascribed to their motives …” (more)

[Guy Healy, The Australian, 3 February]

Student ‘brain drain’ worst in North West

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

“More potential students leave the North West to attend university than any other region in Northern Ireland. In 2008, the number of people who enrolled on full-time higher education courses in Great Britain was 4-5% higher than the NI average …” (more)

[BBC News, 2 February]

Leaked climate change emails scientist ‘hid’ data flaws

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

“Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre of the leaked emails controversy, is facing fresh claims that he sought to hide problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based …” (more)

[Fred Pearce, Guardian, 1 February]

Half of applicants to miss out on a place at college

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

“Only half of this year’s record number of third level applicants will get a college place next autumn, the Irish Independent has learned. There are just under two candidates for every place in our colleges and universities, new figures released last night reveal …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 2 February]