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]

Website launched to allow comparison of Institute of Technology courses

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“A new website, BlueBrick.ie, was launched today to allow users to compare hundreds of courses from all the institutes of technology (ITs) easily online. All 14 ITs offer courses directly related to starting and running a business as well as other specific courses that can help to top up particular skills if you’re a start-up …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 16 February]

Leaked Government report dismisses QUB’s calls for increasing student fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“A confidential government report has recommended that university tuition fees should not rise, and that access to student grants should be extended. The review delivers a crippling blow to QUB’s support towards increasing students’ fees …” (more)

[Lorcan Mullen, The Gown, 15 February]

Top Dublin college to get new film school as project goes to tender – Minister O’Keeffe

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

“Work is expected to begin this summer on a new national film school in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin after the Minster for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today sent the project out to tender. The new 1,315sq/m film school will accommodate 385 students, with courses in film, television and radio brought together in one building. It is expected to take a year to complete the project …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 16 February]

Ethical cybercrime tracking?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“RT @rossamcmahon: UCD cybercrime team tracking Irish filesharers? http://bit.ly/ddr8HB // I’d like to see the research ethics statement.” (tweet)

[TJ McIntyre, Twitter, 16 February]

Dell workers may opt to refuse EU payouts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Many of the 3,000 Dell workers are ready to turn down money from the EU because they have been told they will lose their social welfare entitlements. Each of the redundant workers are entitled to spend up to €9,000 on retraining, further education or setting up their own business. But very few signed up for courses and retraining at a two-day workshop in Limerick at the weekend because they were told they would lose their social welfare, Labour MEP Alan Kelly said …” (more)

[HT: Bernie Goldbach]
[Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

‘Heroic’ Professor Describes Actions That May Have Saved Lives

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

“Over the weekend, David B Williams, president of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, talked about the ‘heroic actions’ of a person who saved lives during the shootings that left three professors dead and three other people wounded. Mr. Williams didn’t offer a name because, he said, the person did not wish to be identified…” (more)

[Thomas Bartlett and Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

UCD team suspects 65,000 of weekly illegal downloading

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Almost 65,000 broadband users in Ireland are suspected of being involved in illegal downloading on a weekly basis. In the first comprehensive survey of the extent of illegal downloading in Ireland, the UCD Centre for Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) was able to identify the IP address of 64,152 users who are suspected of breach of copyright last week alone …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 16 February]

The Task Ahead at Huntsville: Rebuilding a Shattered Department

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

“Even as they struggled to digest the news that a shooting had devastated the biological-sciences faculty at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, professors stepped up this weekend to offer support in a way that only they could: they volunteered to teach classes so students could complete the courses they need to graduate on time …” (more)

[Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 February]

Galway and Limerick universities form an alliance

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

“On Thursday of this week NUI Galway and the University of Limerick will, according to the invitation to the event, launch ‘a major strategic alliance’. The news of this proposed new partnership was made public yesterday by RTE in a report on its website and in an item on the television news. University presidents from other institutions had been alerted to this development a little while ago, but so far we do not know the exact nature of the alliance …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 February]

Images of drunk students aim to promote awareness

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

“Images of drunk students sprawled on the ground will be pasted to the floors of college toilets this week as part of a hard-hitting campaign on the dangers of alcohol. The images are designed to warn third level students enjoying RAG Week events of how their night could end if they abuse alcohol …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

UCD centre leads the way in fight against cybercrime

Posted in research with tags on 16 February 2010 by Steve

“Irish law enforcers and researchers are leading the way in fighting  around the world. The University College Dublin Centre for Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) is the only facility in Europe to educate specialist officers to unravel complex online abuses. The heads of cybercrime at Interpol and Europol are among those who hold a masters qualification from the facility …” (more)

[Sarah Stack, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

Public service unions step up action in pay row

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

“Telephones in all the Government departments went unanswered yesterday afternoon as public service unions ratcheted up their industrial action in protest at the pay cuts introduced in the last budget …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 16 February]

Universities agree alliance

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

“An alliance between the University of Limerick and NUI Galway will be launched by the Taoiseach in Dublin on Thursday. The alliance will lead to major co-operation between the two institutions …” (more)

[Independent, 16 February]