Archive for 14 February 2010

O’Brien preps €15m UCD site for possible new home

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Telecoms multimillionaire Denis O’Brien has bought a three-acre site from University College Dublin (UCD) and is assessing its suitability for a large private residence. O’Brien agreed to acquire the site from his alma mater in a €15 million deal in September 2007, the Sunday Business Post has learned …” (more)

[Richard Curran, Sunday Business Post, 14 February]

Teacher quality

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Everybody knows that schools differ massively in their quality. This is not just – or even especially – an Irish phenomenon. However finding the elusive factors that determine what make schools good has proved both scientifically challenging and politically tricky. There is now a fairly substantial body of evidence showing that reducing class size is not that important, certainly once it is below a certain level …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 14 February]

Students protest against grant cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Dutch Education Minister Ronald Plasterk has proposed substituting the monthly student grant of €266 (US$367) with a loan system. More than 1,000 students protested at the move, occupying lecture halls and university buildings in Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Utrecht and Rotterdam …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 14 February]

The Rise of Asia’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“At the beginning of the 21st century, the East is rising. The rapid economic development of Asia since the Second World War has altered the balance of power in the global economy and hence in geopolitics. The rising nations of the East all recognise the importance of an educated workforce as a means to economic growth and understand the impact of research in driving innovation and competitiveness …” (more)

[Richard C Levin, University World News, 14 February]

Leading the world in innovation

Posted in research with tags , on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“European research and innovation policy has always promoted collaboration between and within university and business sectors, but recent developments point to improved outcomes. This is indicated by the recent announcement of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities or KICs – in climate change, sustainable energy and the information society – with the espoused objective to become world leaders in their fields …” (more)

[Mark Dodgson, University World News, 14 February]

What’s the Craic

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“… When I arrived back here in January, I had to finish a giant essay. It took a few weeks, but then it was done. I finally felt like I was an actual student. This semester is way harder academically. I have three more essays to write, several presentations to give, and some field work to do in an ‘immigrant church’ in Dublin. I also need to pick a topic for my thesis that’s due in August. (If you’ve got any ideas, I’m all ears.) …” (more)

[Steel and Potatoes, 14 February]

Iranian tensions shake Durham’s ivory towers

Posted in Life with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“It’s a long way from Iran to north-east England, but anger about the crushing of opposition protests by the Islamic regime has generated a furious row at Durham University, where one academic has condemned the British government for turning ‘the slaughter of innocent teenagers in Iraq and Afghanistan into an art form’ …” (more)

[Ian Black, University World News, 14 February]