Archive for 8 February 2010

College grants ‘debacle’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“Labour Clonakilty councillor Aidan Pendlebury has called the ongoing delay in the processing of third level maintenance grants ‘unacceptable and dangerous’. Cllr Pendlebury said, ‘This delay is leaving thousands of students financially crippled and under an unnecessary cloud of uncertainty …'” (more)

[Cork Politics, 8 February]

Evidence on the effect of educational finances on participation

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The possibility of reform to the financing of third level education seems somewhat higher than usual. This summary of a recent report from the IFS analyses recent reforms in the UK is well worth looking at …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 February]

Universities see rise in applications from older people

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The number of people from Scotland over the age of 25 who have applied to university has more than doubled. There has been a 108% rise in the amount of would-be mature students in the past year …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 February]

Dr Richard Vedder, Productivity in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“Richard Vedder studies higher education financing, labor economics, immigration, government fiscal policy and income inequality. A distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, he is the author of several books, including Going Broke by Degree, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy (with Wendell Cox). Dr. Vedder earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois …” (more)

[Higher Education Management Group, 8 February]

Chinese university to teach Irish

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“A Chinese university is to receive almost 22,000 euro in Government funding to teach students Irish. Beijing’s Foreign Studies University is the first third-level college in the country to request funding for the language, as its policy is to teach all tongues of the EU …” (more)

[Independent, 8 February]

Official Opening of EPA-funded NUI Galway Water Research Facility

Posted in research with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The new NUI Galway Water Research Facility at Tuam, Co. Galway was officially opened today by Michael Finneran, Minister for Housing & Local Services and TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim. Core funding to establish the facility was provided by the EPA through its STRIVE Research Programme, and by NUI Galway …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 8 February]

Students offered luxury living

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“It’s a far cry from listening to The Smiths in a Rathmines bedsit. Students, once regarded by landlords as little better than pests, are now living in apartments with swimming pools and landscaped gardens as cash-strapped developers look to colleges to fill empty properties. The Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Cork and University College Dublin are among the third-level institutions that have block-booked student accommodation at a discount in luxury developments aimed at professional homeowners …” (more)

[Gabrielle Monaghan, Sunday Times, 7 February]

Lazy students take the cake … but why not?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“It was reported this week, in very concerned tones, that many of our Leaving Cert students have come to realise that rather than do the mind-bending sums of higher maths they can simply whip up a great cake in home economics or comment insightfully on some movie in film studies and get roughly the same points …” (more)

[Donal Lynch, Independent, 7 February]

In Hollywood, hackers are mostly ‘good guys’

Posted in research with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“… There is ambiguity about what hackers do and what their motives are. The mix-up is often blamed on the media for creating a negative view of hackers, but are the movies really to blame? Damian Gordon of the School of Computing at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland, is not so sure. He has homed in on the hacking in live-action, non-documentary movies from the last four decades and come to some interesting conclusions …” (more)

[Entertainment Daily, 8 February]

Ramshackle governance?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“One of the more outspoken UK academics specialising in higher education policy is Professor Roger Brown of Liverpool Hope University. He is an interesting participant in debates on higher education not least because of his background, having been a Vice-Chancellor of one university, having also worked in a several others, and having been chief executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, the forerunner of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). He has not been afraid to express views that run counter to current fashion …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 February]

Book of … where?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“Secret of Kells gets stupid town cllr up in arms. Doesn’t he realize the book most likely wasn’t written in Kells? http://bit.ly/buZXLm” (tweet)

[Dermot Frost, Twitter, 8 February]

Record numbers of students apply to university, UCAS figures show

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“Some 570,500 people have applied to start university this autumn, an extra 106,000 (22.9 per cent) on last year, according to statistics published by admissions service UCAS. Last year, some 480,000 people won a place. It is thought that slightly fewer places will be available this year, meaning thousands will be disappointed …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 8 February]

USI Outraged as Thousands of Students Still Wait for Maintenance Grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is outraged that, halfway through the college year, over 2,500 students across Ireland have not yet had their grant applications processed. The Department of Education has confirmed that 2,572 student maintenance grant applications have yet to be processed …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 8 February]

UCC/Tyndall Best in the World in Microelectronics

Posted in research with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The Irish approach to promoting interaction between universities and industry in the field of microchip design was recognized as the best in the world today (February 8th 2010). The Irish team, led by Professor Peter Kennedy, Vice-President for Research, UCC and Tyndall National Institute, UCC received the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award from the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, the worlds’ largest professional association …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 8 February]

USI launches safer sex campaign

Posted in Life with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“A sexual-health awareness pack is to be distributed to third-level students throughout the country as part of a new campaign being launched today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The packs, which will be received by some 45,000 students across college campuses, will contain condoms and information on contraception …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 8 February]

Universities face crisis as cuts crash in on academia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The threat of compulsory redundancies looming over lecture halls and research laboratories at Leeds University has driven professors and lecturers into impassioned union meetings this week. For the Victorian redbrick institution – one of the elite Russell Group of universities – the overwhelming vote for strike action has left its leadership trapped between resentful staff and a ­debt-burdened government …” (more)

[Owen Bowcott and Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 8 February]

Two-tier system should replace ‘ramshackle’ university governance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“Current university governance arrangements are ‘ramshackle’ and should be replaced with a two-tier system in which separate ‘courts’ represent staff and student interests. That is the view of Roger Brown, professor of higher education policy at Liverpool Hope University. In a speech to the University of Portsmouth on 9 February, Professor Brown will say that the corporate model of governance that has been promoted by the Government since the 1980s ‘will not do’ for higher education …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 8 February]

State of the art Languages Facility Opens at UL

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., today (Monday 1st February) opened a new state-of-the-art Languages Building at the University of Limerick. Speaking in advance on the opening, Minister Power said: ‘this building will provide a focal point for students, teachers and researchers, helping to promote language learning on campus and throughout the region …’” (more)

[University of Limerick News and Events, 1 February]

O’Keeffe plan to scrap NUI faces major new delays

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe’s plan to scrap the National University of Ireland faces major delays. The NUI is a federal umbrella body that consists of four major universities and a number of colleges, including the Royal College of Surgeons …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 8 February]

‘The Secret of Kells’ reopens ancient row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“The unexpected Oscar nomination for the animation film The Secret of Kells has reopened a centuries-old dispute between Trinity College Dublin and Kells. The chairman of Kells Urban District Council Cllr Brian Curran said the success of the film had given a ‘sense of renewal’ to their campaign to have a part of the book returned to the town …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 8 February]