Archive for 11 February 2010

Increased third level applications will put strain on NUI Galway’s resources – Healy Eames

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“In the Department of Education’s Statements on CAO Applications and College Places to the Seanad on February 10th 2010 last, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames drew attention to the challenges and problems facing the education system and educators in Ireland at present, including the funding of third level education, the threat of a cap in third level places, and the moratorium on recruitment of teachers …” (more)

[Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, 11 February]

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Retired workers must get Labour Court rights, says IFUT

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the government’s decision to consider access for retired workers to employment rights bodies. Responding to a proposal by Labour Senator Brendan Ryan, Minister for Labour Affairs, Dara Calleary, said that he was ‘sympathetic’ to retired people having ‘a facility whereby grievances arising from their former employment relationship might be examined on their merits’ …” (more)

[IFUT, 11 February]

Mandelson says academics are ‘set in aspic’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, today defended the government’s controversial £950m university cuts package and accused academics of being ‘set in aspic’. Mandelson said that public spending cuts had to happen and it was an illusion to believe universities were being singled out for the harshest punishment …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 11 February]

Europe’s New Research Chief: Yes, I Can

Posted in research with tags , , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“She had been on the job for barely a few hours, but during a 1-hour chat with a dozen reporters yesterday the woman who will hold Europe’s top science policy job for the next 5 years oozed self-confidence and a can-do attitude. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the Irish politician who was confirmed as the E.U’s new Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science on Tuesday, promised to tackle all of the intractable problems in E.U. science policy – but she avoided going into details …” (more)

[Martin Enserink, Science Insider, 11 February]

NUI Galway operating at capacity on some courses; increase in places urgently required – Healy Eames

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“In the Department of Education’s Statement to the Seanad on CAO Applications and College Places, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames sought a commitment from the Minister of State at the Department of Education, Deputy Sean Haughey, to increase third level places in areas of high demand where students are looking for study opportunities …” (more)

[Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, 11 February]

New investigation into ‘Climategate’ university

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“Claims made by the University of East Anglia that man-made emissions are causing global warming are to be reassessed by a team of independent scientists. The university today announced a new inquiry into reports published by its Climatic Research Unit after acknowledging that public confidence in climate science had been undermined by the leaking of e-mails …” (more)

[Ben Webster, Times, 11 February]

Minister Éamon Ó Cuív Launches Trinity College Dublin’s Irish Language Scheme

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Rural, Community and Gaeltacht affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, officially launched Trinity College Dublin’s first Irish Language Scheme under the Official Languages Act on February 10th last. This scheme sets out a range of areas in which Trinity College is committed to improving bilingual services to staff, students and the wider public …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 11 February]