Archive for 17 February 2010

Leave college to the next generation

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Just like many other young people, and after much deliberation, my CAO form was signed, sealed and posted well before the February deadline. However, among the tears, trauma and tantrums of being a teen doing the Leaving Cert in Ireland, a new pressure is being forced on young students around the country – the points race …” (more)

[Bridgette Maloney Ballinteer, Evening Herald, 17 February]

Our children turned off Maths due to poor teaching – Healy Eames

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Galway ideally placed to provide link between classroom and industry practice to improve Maths and Science teaching. Speaking today in the Seanad, Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, said the issues relating to the poor uptake of maths and science subjects must be addressed if our economy is to thrive into the future …” (more)

[Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, 17 February]

Animal Activists Win Review of Proposed EU Rules

Posted in research with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Prompted by complaints from animal rights lobbyists, the European Ombudsman will investigate a 2-year-old study by the European Commission into the use of chimpanzees for research purposes. The study, released in 2008, helped shape proposed regulations that would govern animal research in the E.U. countries. To the disappointment of many animal rights activists, however, the proposal did not include a complete ban on the use of great apes in research …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel and John Travis, Science Insider, 17 February]

Internationalized Academe Is Inevitable, but Its Form Is Not, Says Arthur Levine

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“The question isn’t whether American higher education will become more internationalized, said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, but rather what a fully internationalized university will look like, and how long it will take for such changes to occur …” (more)

[Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 February]

Over heard in UCD – ‘Some girl is passed out in the toilets …’

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Drinkaware.ie Challenges Students to Rethink their Rag Week Drinking. Life size images of a young man/woman, who have passed out as a result of drinking too much, will be positioned on the floor of UCD toilet cubicles today as part of a new drinkaware.ie Rag Week Campaign …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 17 February]

What’s it worth to you?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“‘The American public has sent a message, loud and clear: enough with never-ending tuition increases! … This shows how truly concerned families are about costs. And they’re right. Over the past 25 years, average college tuition and fees have risen nearly twice as fast as health care costs.’ That’s ACTA president Anne Neal …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 17 February]

UCD retain Colours bragging rights

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“UCD retained the annual Colours title 5-3 at Grange Road yesterday, as they took the laurels in both the men’s and women’s first eleven matches to keep the title in Belfield for another year …” (more)

[Stephen Findlater, The Hook, 17 February]

Report urges university fees freeze for Northern Ireland

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“University tuition fees in Northern Ireland should not be increased, a leaked Government review has recommended. The Institute of Directors report also calls for more information to be made available about how universities are spending the money they make …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 February]

GMIT to launch rural arts magazine

Posted in Life with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) are to launch a new magazine dedicated to the arts in rural Ireland. Verge, the new publication, is a partnership project involving local arts offices from around the country, along with GMIT’s Creative Arts Department, the GMIT Shifting Ground project, and the Arts council of Ireland …” (more)

[Inside Ireland, 17 February]

Action on cross-border student mobility urged

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“The IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council and Universities Ireland have called for greater cross-border mobility for students and graduates. The two bodies met in Stormont on Tuesday and also urged the Department of Education and the North’s Department of Employment and Learning to increase job placement opportunities on both sides of the border …” (more)

[Inside Ireland, 17 February]

Zero tolerance to RAG revellers

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Galway Gardai have warned that they will be operating a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to RAG Week, which starts for GMIT students on Monday next and for NUI Galway on 8 March. A spokesperson for Mill Street Garda Station said extra gardai would be on patrol day and night and that a zero tolerance policy would be undertaken regarding Public Order Offences and Drunkenness …” (more)

[Declan Rooney, Galway Independent, 17 February]

NUIG and UL to form alliance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway (NUIG) is to team up with the University of Limerick (UL) to form what is being described a new ‘strategic alliance’ and a partnership to develop third level education in the West and Mid-West. The partnership, which is being touted as the first of its kind between two universities in Ireland, will be formally announced by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, as well as the presidents of both universities, Dr James Browne (NUIG) and Prof. Don Barry (UL), in a ceremony in Dublin tomorrow …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 17 February]

Meeting for strike workers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“A mass meeting of public servants will take place next Tuesday, 23 February to discuss the ongoing industrial action in the public sector. The event, which is the first to be organised outside Dublin since the strike began, will take place at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Renmore at 7.30pm …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 17 February]

Adapting to changing times: farewell, continuous assessment?

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“In 1978 I sat the final examinations for my undergraduate degree at a certain Dublin college. I remember the exams well; they took place in late September, as was the custom there at the time (and these were not repeats). I sat my final examination (in European law, if memory serves) on a Friday afternoon, and on the Monday following I was due to register as a PhD student in Cambridge. It was really quite a crazy system …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 February]

Overview of Rampage by University of Alabama Neuroscientist

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Amy Bishop, the neuroscientist at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, who allegedly opened fire at a faculty meeting on Friday after she was denied tenure, has prompted a flood of news about her violent past and the stresses of academic life. After she was accused of killing three colleagues and wounding three others, Bishop was charged with capital murder and attempted murder, making her eligible for the death penalty in Alabama if convicted. The story keeps getting stranger …” (more)

[Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Science Insider, 16 February]

Conlon’s first touch seals top spot for NUIG after fightback

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

NUIG 2-12 Cork IT 1-12 Goals from Seamus Hennessy and John Conlon enabled NUIG to overcome a seven-point half-time deficit and seal top place in the group. Cork IT, needing to win in Dangan to have any chance of staying in the competition, dominated the first period and led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break …” (more)

[Independent, 17 February]

Google Books: what if authors of new books want in?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“One aspect of the Google Books Settlement that concerns me is: what about authors (and publishers) of new books? For example, my book, Scholarly Communication for Librarians, was published in 2009, just months after the date covered by the Google Books Settlement. This means if Google Books goes ahead, authors who published just a few months before me will have a tremendous advantage in terms of exposure, unless they have opted out …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 16 February]

Unions to hit Oireachtas in escalation of pay cuts protest

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“The day-to-day business of the Dáil and the Seanad are to be severely impacted by an escalation of industrial action by the three main civil service unions. The protest against the pay cuts announced in the last budget will see sudden, unannounced disruption by civil service workers to the work of the various elected representatives …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

Universities ‘should offer courses for over-50s’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Universities must offer suitable courses for people aged 50 and above, a Universities UK report says. The study says the ageing population in the UK ‘offers higher education institutions a serious challenge’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 17 February]

Average performance won’t add up for smart economy

Posted in teaching with tags on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“If studying a subject makes you proficient in it, then Ireland should have one of the most mathematically literate populations in Europe, if not the world. The reasoning is simple. Even though it’s not compulsory, more students take maths in their Leaving Cert than any other subject. Last year 52,000 students (95.8pc of the total) sat the maths exam, nearly 1,000 more than the next most popular subject, English …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 February]