Archive for 12 February 2010

The high cost of low educational performance in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“Recently Mark blogged here about a new OECD report with the above title (minus ‘in Ireland’ of course, you can download the report from the link below). The report was written by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann. Hanushek gave a talk here this week (at U. Kentucky) which I attended and covered much of the territory from a US angle. I recommend the report to anyone interested in education: its short but there is a lot of important material in it …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 12 February]

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Reform?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“Trying to reform the university is like trying to get on the Internet with a typewriter, or like riding a horse to the mall.–Louis Menand” (tweet)

[Robert Herzog, Twitter, 12 February]

New €7.5 million Clinical Research Facility for Galway – Fahey

Posted in research with tags on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahey has welcomed the announcement today a €7.5 million Clinical Research Facility is to be developed at University College Hospital Galway. The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney TD was in Galway today to make the announcement …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 12 February]

Looking harder at climate scientists

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“The University of East Anglia has announced that it will expand its investigation of its climate science unit to include a study of how the scientists handled data. Crucially, UEA will be working with an external group – the Royal Society – to locate external auditors who can maintain impartiality. That’s not what Penn State did with its preliminary look at Michael Mann–who has close ties with the UEA climate unit–nor is it what PSU plans to do with its follow-up inquiry. And PSU is taking considerable heat for it …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 12 February]

Bogus student visas being promoted by Govt inaction – Naughten

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“The fact that people are working in Ireland on bogus student visas, as seen in reports today (Friday), has been facilitated by Minister Dermot Ahern’s failure to reform the student visa system according to Fine Gael Immigration & Integration Spokesman, Denis Naughten TD …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 12 February]

Nature editor quits ‘Climategate’ review panel

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“A member of a panel set up to independently investigate the University of East Anglia ‘Climategate’ affair has resigned just hours after his appointment was announced. Phil Campbell, editor-in-chief of the journal Nature, was yesterday named as one of a five-strong team to be led by Sir Muir Russell, the former vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, that will examine accusations that scientists in UEA’s Climatic Research Unit manipulated data …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 12 February]

‘Plagiarism up 700%’ at University of Nottingham

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 February 2010 by Steve

“Slight misinterpretation of non-comparable data. According to a shocking report in Impact, which doesn’t let facts get in the way of a sensational story, plagiarism is up 700% at the University of Nottingham: ‘The University of Nottingham has insisted that cheating is not skyrocketing among its students, following the emergence of figures which show a significant rise in recorded plagiarism at the institution in the last five years …’” (more)

[Registrarism, 12 February]