Archive for 16 February 2010

Half maths teachers ‘not qualified’

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Almost half of post-primary maths teachers are not qualified in that field, new research has shown. These ‘out-of-field’ maths teachers are mainly qualified to teach science and business rather than maths. They tend to be assigned to teach ordinary level maths for non-exam years as well as foundation level and resource teaching, the study found …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 16 February]

Stanford to review nature and purpose of undergraduate education

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“I have recently been making the point on this blog that we need a proper review of the pedagogy of higher education, rather than its structures. It is interesting to see therefore that Stanford University in California has put together a task force to do just that. The group is made up entirely of internal academics, but given the standing of Stanford’s faculty this is a very high powered task force …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 February]

UCD favourite for EU centre of excellence in fight against cybercrime

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern TD has pledged Government support for UCD in its bid to become an Excellence Hub for Cybercrime Investigation and Training as part of the EU Strategy on Cybercrime. The UCD Centre for Cybercrime Investigation is the only facility in Europe that educates specialist officers (from around the world) in IT forensics to tackle online crime …” (more)

[UCD News, 16 February]

Classy Canning puts WIT to the sword

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

LIMERICK IT 0-18 WATERFORD IT 1-11 You just cannot keep Joe Canning out of the headlines these days, for all of the right reasons of course, as, once again, the Portumna prodigy produced a five star performance to steer Limerick I.T. into the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals with four points to spare over a battling Waterford I. T. side in Limerick on Wednesday last …” (more)

[Phil Fanning, Waterford News and Star, 16 February]

Fitzgibbon Cup

Posted in Life with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Ulster Bank Fitzgibbon Cup Round 3 Results DIT 1-14 UCD 0-14 UL 3-18 UUJ 3-7 NUIG 2-12 CIT 1-12 WIT 0-18 UCC 1-10 LIT 2-19 GMIT 1-11” (tweet)

[Munster GAA, Twitter, 16 February]

Galway snatch draw at the death

Posted in Life with tags , , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“UCD welcomed NUI Galway to Belfield last Wednesday afternoon for the second fixture of this year’s Fitzgibbon Cup group stage. The game was played in ideal conditions and both sides took full advantage, to produce a highly entertaining encounter in which UCD fought back from four points down to move ahead in the final minutes, before Finian Coone levelled with the last puck of the game …” (more)

[Micheal Halton, University Observer, 16 February]

Dramatic rise in number of Irish university spin-outs

Posted in research with tags , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“The number of spin-out companies set up from Irish third-level colleges increased dramatically last year, new figures have shown. According to figures from the Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in Irish third-level institutes, 35 new spin-out companies were created across the 10 main third-level institutes in 2009, up from an average of just 10 per annum in previous years …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 16 February]