Archive for 5 February 2010

Results row resolved

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“After more than 3,000 students staged midweek protests in Waterford, seething over the ‘senseless stand-off’ between lecturers and management at WIT, lecturers last night balloted to belatedly release Christmas exam results. After week-long talks, a deal was agreed between Institute management and lecturers’ union, the TUI, who have been at loggerheads over payments for correcting papers …” (more)

[Jamie O’Keeffe, Munster Express, 5 February]

FG highlights student grant delays

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“Over 8,000 students had not had their maintenance grant applications processed by the first week in January, according to figures released today. Fine Gael spokesman for education and science, Brian Hayes said that, up until January 8th 2010, that over 13 per cent of grant applicants, had not yet had their application processed, according to figures from the Department of Education provided to Mr Hayes in a parliamentary question …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 5 February]

Parliament investigates English climate scientists

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“When does the bad behavior of academic scientists become criminal liability? That’s what Parliament is going to find out: ‘The potential criminality of the Climategate scandal is exactly the issue that is being investigated by authorities in Britain. The British Parliament has convened hearings to investigate East Anglia University and the Climate Research Unit to uncover unethical and illegal activities …'” (more)

[Critical Mass, 5 February]

Irish Times Deputy Editor launches University of Limerick’s journalism lecture series

Posted in teaching with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The deputy editor of the Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole, this Tuesday launched the seminar series Investigating Current Issues in Irish Journalism, run by the journalism faculty at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 5 February]

Work begins on addition to West Campus at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The first sod on a new 1,056m² four-storey research building at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus at Carriganore was turned by Minister Martin Cullen last Friday …” (more)

[Jamie O’Keeffe, Munster Express, 5 February]

Switch focus

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“Student groups in Ireland should switch focus from fees to jobs. You are not being represented in current economic debate.” (tweet)

[Liam Delaney, Twitter, 5 February]

Graduate Talents Being Wasted – FG

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“Just 129 people have taken up places on a Government scheme for unemployed graduates, further evidence of how Fianna Fáil has failed to deal with the youth unemployment timebomb, according to Fine Gael’s Social & Family Affairs Spokesperson Olwyn Enright, TD …” (more)

[Irish Dev, 5 February]

Cambridge to study computer games

Posted in research with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“Computer games and comics are to be analysed alongside the time-honoured classics of children’s literature at a new Cambridge University centre. The ideas children pick up from books as well as other sources will be studied at the university’s new centre for the study of children’s literature …” (more)

[BBC News, 5 February]

Getting entry into Irish medical schools down pat

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The hullabaloo over the introduction of the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) was among the topics on which Irish Medical Times received most reaction from readers last year. Every time a story about HPAT was published a slew of letters followed …” (more)

[Niamh Mullen, Irish Medical Times, 5 February]

Gardaí name student killed in Cork crash

Posted in Life with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The UCC student who was killed in a crash in Cork last night has been named locally. 21-year-old Adam Buggy from Tralee in Co. Kerry died after being knocked down on the South Ring Road in Douglas just after midnight …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 February]

‘Dutch wrong to ban Iranian nuclear students’

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The Netherlands is wrong to refuse Iranian students places on nuclear engineering masters programmes, a Hague court has ruled. The case was brought by a group of Iranian students who had been denied access to Dutch university courses and nuclear power plants …” (more)

[Radio Netherlands, 3 February]

Obstacles to researchers’ mobility in the EU

Posted in Life with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“Although the free mobility of researchers within the EU was one of the priorities of the European Research Area (ERA) at its creation in 2000, many obstacles to mobility remain. Some of them are ingrained in the lack of flexibility national systems show towards foreign workers. In Germany, Italy and Spain, what can only be described as opaque recruitment practices for senior positions are common …” (more)

[Cristina Jiménez, Science Business, 4 February]

8,000 student grants not yet processed

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“More than 8,000 students have yet to have their applications for maintenance grants processed halfway through the college year, according to Fine Gael. The party’s Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes, says data released to him from the Department of Education shows that processing has not even begun on 8,221 applications …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 February]

Open University curbs Tesco ‘clubcard degree’ scheme

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The Open University is scaling back a scheme which allows students to pay for courses with Tesco clubcard points. Since February 2007, OU students have been able to use reward points earned from shopping to pay fees for their undergraduate degrees …” (more)

[Briar Burley, BBC News, 5 February]

University of Limerick chief’s home defended as ‘progressive’ and ‘exciting’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“‘Progressive’ and ‘exciting’ is how Labour city councillor Tom Shortt described the new president’s residence at the University of Limerick, which others have termed ‘lavish’ and ‘extravagant’ in the current economic climate. However, Cllr Shortt said just because this was a period of cutbacks, didn’t mean we should abandon visionary ideas …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan and Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 5 February]

Maturing industry contacts

Posted in research with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The walls of the Alcatel Lucent/Bell Laboratories corridors in Blanchardstown carry five or six plaques commemorating the Nobel Prizes won by Bell Laboratory scientists. The most recent one was 1998, but the quality of the work that had been performed in Bell Laboratories for a number of decades had resulted in the highest academic award being made to them. Juxtaposing academic awards with an industrial context is seen by some as an impossible combination, but Bell Laboratories has shown that this is not the case …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 5 February]

Innovating the 21st-Century University: It’s Time!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“… Yet there are troubling indicators that the picture is not so rosy. And we’re not talking just about the university endowment reductions caused by the current financial meltdown. A dismal 58% of entering freshmen actually graduate from the same college within six years. More and more students are questioning the ‘bang for the buck’ as college tuition has risen in cost more than any other good or service since 1990, leaving students with $714bn in outstanding student-loan debt in the United States alone. Students around the world are increasingly choosing alternative models of higher education …” (more)

[Don Tapscott and Anthony D Williams, EDUCAUSE Review, Jan/Feb]

Protect the pursuit of knowledge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The deep cuts planned for universities are barbaric. We need a system based on scholarly freedom, not cost-benefit analysis. If all sectors of the economy must share the burden of cuts, except schools and hospitals, state funding for universities must be slashed too. It’s seen as the only fair way of getting the country’s horrendous finances in order …” (more)

[Antony Lerman, Guardian, 5 February]

Leader of nation’s biggest campus wants to change rules that govern granting of tenure

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“The leader of the country’s largest university thinks it’s time to re-examine how professors are awarded tenure, a type of job-for-life protection virtually unknown outside academia. Ohio State University President Gordon Gee says the traditional formula that rewards publishing in scholarly journals over excellence in teaching and other contributions is outdated and too often favors the quantity of a professor’s output over quality …” (more)

[Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Los Angeles Times, 4 February]

The other Bologna process – bolognese flavoured hypocrisy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 February 2010 by Steve

“I thought it was a bit rich at the time – when on 19 July 1999 The University of Bologna hosted the conference of European ministers of higher education which eventually led to the Bologna Declaration and the Bologna Process; a process aimed at creating the European Higher Education Area based on cooperation between ministries, higher education institutions, students and staff. On 12 October 1993, Law Professor and Vice-Chancellor of Bologna University, Fabio Roversi-Monaco sacked seventy-four of his foreign lecturers …” (more)

[David Petrie, Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy, 5 February]