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]

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]

Mandelson ends long student holidays with more two-year degrees

Posted in teaching with tags on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“Lord Mandelson called time on the long summer holiday for university students today as he set out plans to expand the number of two-year degree courses. The Universities Secretary said that shorter, more intensive courses would lower student support costs and force institutions to use their resources more economically …” (more)

[Joanna Sugden, Times, 11 February]

PIGS, PIIGS, the Euro and Funding of Irish Universities

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

“Today’s emergency meeting in Brussels to consider the threat to the Euro posed by the burgeoning debt of the PIGS countries – Portugual, Italy, Greece and Spain – may have some relevance to the current crisis in funding of Irish Universities, and the associated scepticism by some Irish commentators about the value of research investment in Ireland. Ireland shares with the PIGS one key feature – a history of chronic under-investment in its universities and research and development …” (more)

[Ian Robertson, IrishScience, 11 February]

Budget changes ‘will hit mature student applications’

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

“The recent rise in mature student applications through the CAO may be a false dawn, according to the National Adult Learning Organisation AONTAS. AONTAS Director Berni Brady said that many adults who applied through the CAO may not be in the position financially to pursue a third level education. Measures introduced in Budget 2010 will take effect from September, and mean that those qualifying for the Back to Education Allowance scheme will no longer be eligible for the student maintenance grant …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 February]

French National Order of Merit for UCD professor

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

“In recognition of her service and achievements in the field of European Affairs, UCD Professor Brigid Laffan has been received as an Officer of the French National Order of Merit. The French Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Yvon Roe d’Albert presented Professor Laffan with the Insignia of Officer at a ceremony in the French Embassy in Dublin …” (more)

[UCD News, 11 February]

Battle of the books: how do the libraries of UCD and Trinity compare?

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

“Prospective students are told that Trinity College has the largest research library in Ireland. It has unparalleled resources of 4.5 million printed volumes, almost 300,000 electronic sources and an extensive collection of literary, historical and political manuscripts being accessible to its students; CAO applicants could be in no doubt that the library is a force of knowledge to be contended with. But what do these facts actually mean to the current students? …” (more)

[Orla Donnelly, Trinity News, 11 February]

NUI Galway Theatre Festival

Posted in Life with tags on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“Theatre fever is grabbing NUI Galway as students and alumni theatre companies get ready to tread the boards for the university’s first dedicated theatre festival. From Monday March 1 to Friday 5, the new theatre space in Áras na Mac Léinn and the Bank of Ireland Theatre will play host to the Jerome Hynes one-act play series, a radio play series, a new Dramsoc production of the Oscar Wilde classic Starchild, and plays from guest theatre companies Mephisto, Waterdonkey, and Poormouth …” (more)

[Charlie McBride, Galway Advertiser, 11 February]

Student service charge going towards animal testing centre

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

“Trinity College is spending a portion of the student service charge on an animal testing centre called the Bio-resource Unit (BRU) according to the President of Trinity Students’ Union, Cónán Ó Broin …” (more)

[Robert Donohoe, University Times, 10 February]

First Secretary defends cuts to sector

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

“Lord Mandelson has insisted that universities are ‘not being singled out’ or ‘bearing the brunt’ of public spending cuts, but rather are being given earlier notice than other sectors of the inevitable downturn in state investment to give them the chance to ‘plan ahead’ …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 11 February]

Cork students pulling in the cash

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

“Students at University College Cork (UCC) are hoping to break fundraising targets for their annual Raise and Give week, happening all this week. Last year €24,000 was raised by enterprising students and this year the stakes were increased to €30,000. President of the UCC Students’ Union (SU) Eoin Hayes believes that this target could well be surpassed …” (more)

[Peter Tobin, Cork Independent, 11 February]

Capitation Committee settles on Senior Dean’s power

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

“The Senior Dean has the power to seize copies of publications which present an ‘immediate and obvious’ risk to persons or property according the Terms of Reference approved by the Capitation Committee on February 2. The Terms of Reference are the first written promulgation of the Senior Dean’s power in this area …” (more)

[Simone Hall, University Times, 10 February]

Financial Times ranks UCD Smurfit School MBA among world’s best

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

“The UCD Smurfit School of Business has held its position in the top 100 global ranks of full-time MBA programmes by the Financial Times. It is the only full-time MBA programme delivered by a university in Ireland listed among the global top 100 …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 11 February]

Scientists seek assurances over planned UK code

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

“Leading scientists have told the government its attempts to safeguard the independence of scientific advice might do more harm than good. Scientists including the president of the Royal Society told the government ‘firmer principles’ should be written into a proposed ministerial code …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 February]

Leeds University staff to strike over jobs and funding

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

“Workers at the University of Leeds are to stage three one-day strikes in protest at job losses and funding cuts. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are campaigning against compulsory redundancies and planned savings of £35m by the institution …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 February]