Archive for 3 February 2010

Irish is Dead?

Posted in Life with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Finally reality and honesty are replacing delusion and denial in the debate about the Irish language. The most noticeable and welcome change is that the theories of linguistics, particularly those relating to endangered languages, or indeed the death of languages, are being used to give the debate a more scientific and realistic grounding …” (more)

[Irish Election, 3 February]

Mary I head defends University of Limerick president’s new home

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“The head of Mary Immaculate College believes the University of Limerick has been unfairly criticised in some media reports on the construction of a multi-million residence for its president. Peadar Cremin, president of Mary Immaculate College and a member of UL’s Governing Authority, said UL had been phenomenally successful in its fundraising, and the generosity of their donor, Chuck Feeney, should be celebrated …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan and Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

Protest @ NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“just heard that nuig su may have clamped the university presidents car in protest over parking issues!” (tweet)

[Peter Mannion, Twitter, 3 February]

Trouble in the Blog O’Sphere

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“It all began innocently enough: just before Christmas, Sunday Times journalist John Burns wrote a piece lamenting the shortcomings of blogging in Ireland. Leading bloggers naturally begged to differ. A month later, the spat was picked up by Trevor Butterworth writing on Forbes.com, who noted that ‘it’s hard to think of a free country more suited to blogging than Ireland’. By the same token, it’s at least as hard to think of a country more given to litigation …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 February]

‘Now is the time to invest in science, not to make cuts’

Posted in research with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hears warnings of danger to the future of research – and the risk of fewer scientists – if planned cuts go ahead. A reduction in public spending on science would deter companies from investing in research and development and hind …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 3 February]

Waterford students protest for exam results

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Over 3,000 Waterford students demonstrated on the campuses of Waterford Institute of Technology today to demand the release of their overdue exam results. Both full and part-time students at WIT are still waiting on their exam results from semester one exams, held last December, because of a dispute between WIT lecturing staff and college management …” (more)

[Independent, 3 February]

Software R&D ‘matchmaking’ network created

Posted in research with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“In an effort to stimulate the Irish software industry by bringing together software firms and third-level research institutes, the Irish Software Association (ISA) has launched the Irish Software Innovation Network (ISIN). The network, which received Enterprise Ireland funding of €200,000, will be a free service to both the business and academic world looking to collaborate and share expertise …” (more)

[Business and Leadership, 3 February]

Leeds lecturers vote to strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Lecturers at the University of Leeds have voted today in favour of strike action in the face of 54 job losses and the threat of 700 more. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at the university voted overwhelmingly in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike. The turnout was 66% – the highest figure UCU has ever had in a ballot …” (more)

[Guardian, 3 February]

New methods of teaching Irish to be subject of NUI Galway conference

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“An education conference which will be held at NUI Galway later this month will look at an emerging method of teaching languages which is gaining popularity across Europe. With 40 per cent of marks being allocated to the oral Irish examination in the Leaving Certificate from 2012 the event will be of specific interest to teachers of Irish at second-level …” (more)

[Mary O’Connor, Galway Advertiser, 2 February]

A great day for ROTC

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Finally, there is movement on repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’. It’s high time–and when it’s done, it will reverberate very interestingly indeed in higher ed, where a great many private colleges and universities don’t allow ROTC on campus because of DADT. The thing is, those campuses for the most part have not allowed ROTC on campus since the Vietnam era …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 3 February]

Students protest over WIT dispute

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Over 1,000 students have been protesting at Waterford IT over a row between lecturers and college authorities, which has left an estimated 10,000 students without their exam results. The dispute concerns payments to be made to Institute lecturers for correcting exams at the end of each semester …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 February]

More on Academic life

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday I was at a meeting where some of the results of an independent study of our research outcomes was presented. I was told I couldn’t see all the results, but nobody told me I couldn’t talk about the results that I did see. The study was carried out by a Dutch company who specialise in this kind of thing. It is to help NUIM focus on those areas where research output is the highest …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 3 February]

Waterford Students to Demand Exam Results

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“WIT students are to gather on their college campus at noon today (January 3) to demand their overdue exam results. Over 10,000 full-time and part-time students at Waterford Institute of Technology are still waiting on their exam results from semester one exams, held last December, because of a dispute between WIT lecturing staff and college management …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 3 February]

President defends fee spending

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Financial contributions from third-level students is unavoidable if facilities are to be kept at the present standard. That’s according to NUI Galway President Prof James Browne, who was responding to criticism from students’ unions regarding the spending of funding raised through registration fees …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 3 February]

WHO Centre launched at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Ms Aine Brady was on hand last week to launch the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at NUI Galway. The work of the WHO is supported by a global network of collaborating centres, with the centre at NUI Galway one of only three in Ireland, and one of only 26 centres around the world dedicated to health promotion …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 3 February]

NUIG goes green

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway is going green this week, with the return of the annual Green Week to the Corribside campus. The aim Green Week is to help create awareness to reduce the impact on the environment. The week, which is running until Sunday 7 February, features many environmental themed events such as Ecolympics, Leave you Car at Home Day, Wear Green Day, and many more …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 3 February]

Gilmore calls on Government to provide more college places

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Additional demand for college places can be met through the existing education budget and better co-operation between the academic institutions, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil. Brian Cowen said the colleges were working to do that through the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 3 February]

Students urge WIT to end exam results row ahead of rallies

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Students will stage two rallies at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) today urging management and lecturers to resolve a row which has meant Christmas exam results have not yet been issued …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 February]

Killing embryos in stem-cell research

Posted in research with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – In response to Dr Dolores Dooley’s dismissal of adult and induced pluripotent stem-cell (IPSC) research as good and ethical alternatives to human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research (January 28th), a search of the world’s largest registry for clinical trials (www.clinicaltrials.gov) shows more than 1,900 current adult stem cell versus three hESC transplantation trials respectively …” (more)

[Tommie McCarthy, Irish Times, 3 February]

Phil Jones, scientist in climate data row, promises to be more open

Posted in research with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“The scientist at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails has admitted that he and his colleagues need to be more open with their data. Professor Phil Jones, of the University of East Anglia, has been accused of blocking requests for data under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Ben Webster, Times, 3 February]