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]

Plagiarism dilemmas in university management

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Universities face constant scrutiny about their plagiarism management strategies, policies and procedures. A resounding theme, usually media inspired, is that plagiarism is rife, unstoppable and university processes are ineffectual in its wake. This has been referred to as a ‘moral panic’ approach and suggests plagiarism will thwart all efforts to reclaim academic integrity in higher education …” (more)

[Wendy Sutherland-Smith, University World News, 14 February]

Are you ready to spin out?

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

“35 new ‘spin-out companies’ came from Irish third-level colleges in 2009. This is according to new figures from the Irish Universities Association (IUA). The companies were created directly from campus research, mostly in the information technology sector, and bioscience or food areas. The data covers 10 Irish academic institutions …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 14 February]

Call for better treatment of non-tenured academics

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“A coalition of academic associations last week issued a joint statement calling on colleges to recognise that they have ‘one faculty’ and to treat those off the tenure track as professionals, with pay, benefits, professional development and participation in governance …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, University World News, 14 February]

EUA examines university quality culture

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

“The European University Association has launched a new project to examine the internal ‘quality culture’ within universities across Europe, and how this has developed within the framework of the Bologna process. In a statement last week, the association said the quality of European higher education was at the heart of the Bologna reforms and the development of the European Higher Education Area …” (more)

[University World News, 14 February]

James McIlroy adds Universities 800m title

Posted in Life with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“James McIlroy representing University of Ulster was a surprise visitor to Nenagh today for the Irish Universities indoor track and field championships. The Woodie’s DIY Irish indoor 800m champion from the Odyssey is doing a number of courses in the college and was only too delighted to compete for UU …” (more)

[Athletics Ireland, 14 February]

Palaeography Cuts at Kings College London

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

“The Academic Community is up in arms because of the termination of the Chair of Palaeography at Kings College London. From 31st August 2001 the eminent professor and philologist, David Granz, will be out of a job and the discipline of palaeography in the UK will receive a fatal blow. Scholars across the globe already complained in writing about the seemingly irrational decision …” (more)

[Love of History Blog, 14 February]

Barack Obama, Professor in Chief

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

“Barack Obama has been called a lot of things since he hit the national stage: celebrity, elitist and even one who ‘pals around with terrorists’. But as his poll numbers come back down to earth, and an emboldened conservative movement sharpens its attacks, the label that seems to be sticking to Obama as much as any lately is that of ‘professor’ …” (more)

[Jack Stripling, University World News, 14 February]

Raising And Giving?

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

“UCC rag week :-D I don’t think I’ll ever truely be sober again :P” (tweet)

[Becca Hunter, Twitter, 14 February]

New Journals, Free Online, Let Scholars Speak Out

Posted in research with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“He seems genial, but John Willinsky is a dangerous man. As a leader in the development and spread of ‘open access’ scholarly journals, which are published online and offered free, the Stanford University education professor is not just helping to transform academic publishing. He is also equipping scholars around the world with a tool to foment revolution …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 February]

Education Was Also Leveled by Quake in Haiti

Posted in Life with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Christina Julme was scribbling notes in the back of a linguistics class at the State University of Haiti when, in an instant, everything went black. ‘You’re in class, your professor is talking, you’re writing notes and then you’re buried alive’, said Ms. Julme, 23, recounting how her semester came to a halt on the afternoon of Jan. 12 when the earthquake turned her seven-story university into a towering pile of wreckage, with her deep inside …” (more)

[Marc Lacey, New York Times, 13 February]

After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Some colleges that have built virtual classrooms in Second Life – the online environment where people walk around as avatars in a cartoonlike world- have started looking for an exit strategy. The virtual world has not lived up to the hype that peaked in 2007 …” (more)

[Jeff Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 February]

Epic achievement lays milestone for Irish scholarship

Posted in research with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

Dictionary of Irish Biography, James McGuire and James Quinn ed, Cambridge University Press, £650 until February 28; thereafter £775. The production by the Royal Irish Academy of this magnificent nine-volume dictionary of Irish biography from the earliest times to the year 2002, outlining the careers of prominent Irishmen and Irishwomen, is a milestone in Irish historical scholarship …” (more)

[Charles Lysaght, Independent, 14 February]

Shooting in Huntsville

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“Details are still emerging about Friday’s murder of three biology professors at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, a shooting in which another professor there, Amy Bishop, has been charged with one count of capital murder, reportedly after being denied tenure. Two other professors and a staff member in the biology department were wounded. Full coverage is available from The Huntsville Times, which is following developments by the minute …” (more)

[Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, 13 February]