Archive for 15 February 2010

NUIG & UL to form alliance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Two universities in the west are preparing to form what is being described a new ‘strategic alliance’. The alliance will see National University of Ireland Galway and the University of Limerick coming together to pool resources and develop a combined strategy for the delivery of third-level education in the west and mid-west …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 February]

Invention disclosures up 60% at UCD

Posted in research with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“New invention disclosures at University College Dublin are up by 60%, according to the latest figures released by NovaUCD. Researchers at the university reported 85 new invention disclosures in 2009, up from 53 the previous year. A total of 247 inventions have now been disclosed to NovaUCD over the past 5 years …” (more)

[UCD News, 15 February]

20 million funding for new marine research projects – NSCR/Marine Institute collaboration

Posted in research with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“The National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at Dublin City University (DCU), along with the Marine Institute is holding the first annual Beaufort workshop today in DCU. This workshop will provide an overview of research projects carried out under the Beaufort Marine Research Awards which were launched in 2007 as part of ‘Sea Change’ – A Marine Knowledge, Research & Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2007-2013 …” (more)

[DCU, 12 February]

IT Tralee Students Hold Sit-In to Protest for More Suitable Library Hours

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Students at the Institute of Technology in Tralee will hold a ‘sit-in’ at their campus library today (February 15) in an attempt to secure more suitable opening hours at the facility. Hundred of students are expected to take part in the protest, which will take place from 1pm to 6pm in IT Tralee’s south campus library …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 15 February]

Postgraduate subject tables 2010

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Full details, fees and completion rates of postgraduate and master’s degrees in the UK …” (more)

[Guardian, 15 February]

Work to start on new film school

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Work on a new national film school catering for almost 400 students is to begin this summer, it has been confirmed. The new facility at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design (IADT) will provide courses in film, television and radio under the one roof and will take one year to build. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe, who has sent the project to tender, said it will produce the next generation of renowned Irish filmmakers …” (more)

[Enniscorthy Guardian, 15 February]

Accused Alabama Shooter Was a Bright Scientist With Career Ups and Downs

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Amy Bishop, the Alabama biologist accused of shooting six of her colleagues, three of them fatally, in a faculty meeting last week, has spent her career studying mechanisms that lead to the degeneration of neural tissues. That career has been moderately successful, at least as such things are conventionally measured, by publications, research grants, and praise from peers …” (more)

[Paul Basken and David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO)

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“OECD is undertaking a Feasibility Study for the International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). The outline of the programme, published here, is as follows: ‘The OECD Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) is a ground-breaking initiative to assess learning outcomes on an international scale …’” (more)

[Registrarism, 15 February]

UK universities being broken by border control measures

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“The law of unintended consequences has arrived in full force on British campuses, as government policies designed to control immigration turn academic staff into state informers and impose draconian surveillance on UK students and academics. That is the conclusion of a report out this week from the Manifesto Club entitled Fortress Academy. It details the operation of the new points-based immigration system, and the effect it is having on UK Colleges and other academic institutions …” (more)

[John Ozimek, The Register, 12 February]

Controlling careers and promotions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“During 2009 the Irish government imposed an employment embargo on the public service in order to contain and decrease salary costs. The overall intention was to reduce numbers employed in the public sector and the associated costs by 3 per cent in 2009, and now another 3 per cent in 2010 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog,15 February]

Free third-level education gets poll backing of 77pc

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“More than three-quarters of adults support free third-level education despite the recession, a poll reveals. A Red C poll, commissioned by the Students Union at UCD, revealed that 77pc of respondents believe the State should continue to provide free third-level education …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 15 February]

Are you at risk of plagiarism?

Posted in research with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“… Grant awarding bodies like the AHRC are so risk averse, that when you apply for money they make you specify exactly what your outcomes are going to be, and exactly what your timetable of research is going to be. Not only is this a complete misrepresentation of how humanities research is carried out (you don’t know how long it is going to take you to read a book … it all depends how interesting you let it be), but it also encourages us all to dishonesty …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 14 February]

Ex-Intel chair slams inadequate Irish education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“The recently retired chairman of technology giant Intel has predicted we will end up an economic backwater if we do not radically reform how we educate our workforce. Craig Barrett, who stepped down in May 2009, said companies like Intel could thrive without ever hiring another Irish person and the Government had to justify investment …” (more)

[Conor Ryan, Irish Examiner, 15 February]

Chained to the kitchen sink …

Posted in Life with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Via Larvatus Prodeo, I became aware of KRudd’s latest gem – a PhD is an ‘excuse for not having kids’. (What is it with the political leaders in our country at the moment?) Nina Funnell, a thirty something researcher, attended a function where Kevin Rudd spoke on an ageing population …” (more)

[SkepticLawyer, 15 February]

Time for a forum for a reasoned debate on higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“As readers of this blog will know, my time as President of Dublin City University is drawing to a close. Not absolutely imminently, but in mid-July I will be handing on the baton to my successor, Professor Brian MacCraith. Before I do so, however, I am planning to organise a conference in DCU on the future of higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 February]

Fighting back

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“I don’t think I’ve seen such a sustained assault on academics by politicians before. What’s brought it on? Why aren’t we responding better?” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 14 February]

Lecturer completes perspex box feat for Haiti

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“A college lecturer came back to earth yesterday having spent 48 hours in a perspex box suspended over Fermoy in Co Cork. Conor O’Kane (29), who teaches business at NUI Galway started the challenge on Friday and completed it shortly after 2pm yesterday ….” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 February]

PhD Diary: Colm Flynn, TCD

Posted in research with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

Do you consider your PhD to be a job or a vocation?: I have distinct memories of a celestial voice imploring me to share my historical insights with the world … so, vocation then, I suppose. Also, jobs pay so its not one of those …” (more)

[Pue’s Ocurrences, 15 February]

Top foreign firms put off by our ‘dumbed down’ college courses

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“The ‘dumbing down’ of our education system is putting international companies off locating here. A top engineer is blaming the surge in student numbers for lower quality graduates. Dr James Robinson, chief executive of the Kepler Institute – devoted to higher standards in education and engineering professions – wants entry points to be set at 450 for pre-engineering courses …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 February]

Sex, students and celibacy

Posted in Life with tags , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Some 45,000 third-level students are to be given a sexual health awareness pack from the Union of Students in Ireland (Home News, February 9th). I hope it will give a clear message explaining that intimate physical contact can be postponed while young people get to know each other and allow their friendships to grow slowly. Will the students learn from this pack that the only safe sex is faithful sex within a committed loving relationship? …” (more)

[M Clenaghan, Irish Times, 15 February]