Archive for 9 February 2010

Universities paid almost €900 000 to IBEC in four years

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“The seven Irish universities paid IBEC €874,083 between 2005 and 2008. These contributions are in addition to the costs of substantial, well-staffed Human Resources Departments. In addition, it should be noted that the State, through the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court, provides a free service for the resolution of disputes between employers and employees …” (more)

[IFUT, 9 February]

New Web Site Lists Free Online Textbooks

Posted in teaching with tags , on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“A new Web site, Open Educational Resources Center for California, brings together information on free and open textbooks and course materials in one location. Though the Web site was designed for California’s community-college faculty members, it could be a useful resource for anyone trying to find learning materials in the public domain …” (more)

[Mary Helen Miller, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 February]

Students at the University of Sussex occupy roof of Bramber House in protest of the cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“150 students at Sussex occupied the roof and conference room of Bramber House yesterday, Monday 8 February, in protest to ‘Stop the Cuts’ at the university. Around 70 stayed to continue their sit-in through the whole night in order to make their voices heard amid the funding controversy. Sussex Police were stationed in around the building for safety measures …” (more, pictures)

[Juliet Conway, Bloggerjc’s Blog, 9 February]

Access to Higher Education: A Few Thoughts

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“… Although the extant system is obviously malfunctioning, university fees do not need to increase to plug the gap in funding. The most practical compromise would be a graduate tax linked to earnings. The poorest of students would not be deterred from attending university, knowing that any post-graduate success linked to their increased employability would be recognised and the investment made in them appropriately recompensed. Fair enough …” (more)

[No Grub Street, 9 February]

On university strategy or: A tale of two plans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 February 2010 by Steve

Strategy is one of those words that gets bandied around a lot and means so many different things to so many different people that I sometimes wonder whether it should be gracefully retired like an old pair of shoes past their prime. Sadly its unlikely to happen and every organization & its constituent units seems obliged to come up with a strategic plan periodically. After all, how could any serious organization not have a plan? …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 9 February]

Geoghegan-Quinn has unique opportunity for Ireland

Posted in research with tags , on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“Speaking on the confirming of the new commission by the European Parliament Alan Kelly MEP said: ‘Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has a terrific opportunity to direct European policy with her portfolio and Ireland should benefit from this. As a small open flexible economy, we need to be plugged into European policy on science, research and innovation ….'” (more)

[Alan Kelly MEP, Labour Party, 9 February]

Winning start for WIT in Fitzgibbon’s ‘group of death’

Posted in Life with tags on 9 February 2010 by Steve

WATERFORD IT 2-16 GALWAY/MAYO IT 1-05: Fielding nine of the side that went down by a single point to eventual champions UCC in last year’s semi-final, a more polished Waterford I.T. side turned on the power in the second-half of this Fitzgibbon Cup tie at wind and rain swept James McGinn Park on Thursday last to dash the hopes of a battling, but outclassed, Galway/Mayo IT side …” (more)

[Phil Fanning, Waterford News and Star, 9 February]