Archive for 19 February 2010

World First for UCC as Students raise Green Flag

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork (UCC) today (February 19th 2010) became the first 3rd level educational institution in the world to be accredited with the prestigious international ‘Green Flag’ award. The award, presented by Minister John Gormley, on behalf of An Taisce, to UCC President Dr Michael Murphy, is a direct result of the Green-Campus programme, a student-led initiative undertaken by UCC students and staff over the last 3 years …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 19 February]

School district admits installing covert webcam activation software on student laptops, denies wrongdoing

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The Superintendant of the Lower Merion School District – where parents have initiated a class action suit over the covert use of students’ laptops to surveil them in school and at home – has sent a letter to parents with more information about the spying. The school admits that there was spyware installed on students laptops that allowed for remote, covert activation of their webcams, but maintains that the measure was only to be used in the event of theft of the machine …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 19 February]

Amy Bishop’s Lawyer Suggests She Is Insane

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The lawyer for Amy Bishop told the Associated Press Thursday that she probably is insane and does not remember the shootings in which she is accused of murdering three of her biology faculty colleagues last week at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The lawyer called Bishop ‘very cogent’ in their discussions, but also said that she has difficulties with reality, and he suggested that her actions last week were due in part to being denied tenure, after receiving a Harvard University education …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 19 February]

Rich students ‘should pay international-level fees to guarantee university place’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Rich students should be able to pay international-level fees to guarantee a place at university, a vice-chancellor has suggested. Prof Ruth Farwell said by paying their way, wealthy students could help plug the multi-million pound funding gap in the higher education budget …” (more)

[Caroline Gammell, Daily Telegraph, 19 February]

And answer came there none …

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“@themadderhat TCD/UCD, UL/NUIG, DCU/RCSI/NUIM (in discussion). UCC?” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 19 February]

University of Limerick and NUI Galway form alliance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“A new alliance between NUI Galway and the University of Limerick has been described as ‘a milestone’ by the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. The universities said the strategic alliance would boost enterprise, foreign direct investment and academic excellence and strengthen research and industry partnerships. The alliance will involve collaboration in areas such as the biomedical device industry, software development and green technologies …” (more)

[Alison Healy and Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 19 February]

Small is ugly?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The announcement of the strategic partnership between NUI Galway and the University of Limerick was made in the presence of the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD, and senior government ministers. The following in the report by the Irish Times caught my eye …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 February]

Tales of Jiggery-Pokery

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Phil Baty argues in yesterday’s Times Higher Education that, despite the ‘jiggery-pokery’ employed by some universities to get a better position in university rankings, ‘there is no need to sacrifice mission to position’. He refers to several cases of university administrators manipulating data to rise in the rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 19 February]

Call for colleges to borrow from banks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Bank finance is underutilised by Irish third-level institutions as a funding source, the head of education banking at Barclays has said. Chris Hearn was speaking ahead of meetings in Dublin yesterday with representatives from Trinity College Dublin, UCD and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) about the possible provision of bank debt facilities to third-level institutions in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 February]

Students hold funeral for higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Dressed in black, they carried a coffin around campus. They were not saying good-bye to a deceased friend. They were paying respects to college access for all students. ‘We are gathered here today to mourn the death of something that is incredibly close to us all – our higher education’, said Hailee Koehler, director of legislative affairs for the University of Colorado’s student government …” (more)

[Nelson Garcia, 9news.com, 18 February]

Questions, questions …

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Limerick-Galway university alliance announced today – the Irish university system us clustering. Where is Cork going to be?” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 19 February]

Your reward for losing £50m? A 40 per cent pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The financier responsible for Oxford University’s investment portfolio claimed more than £37,000 in expenses last year and saw her overall pay packet rise by 38 per cent, even though the value of the endowments she managed fell by nearly £50m …” (more)

[Tom Rowley, Independent, 19 February]

Top colleges ditch rivalry to help students get ‘smart’ jobs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“The two western universities are joining forces in a new regional alliance focussed on delivering a better deal for their students, regional communities and the economy. NUI Galway (NUIG) and the University of Limerick (UL) yesterday unveiled details of how they plan to work closely together in what was touted as an unprecedented collaboration in Irish higher education, due to the sheer scale of the venture …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 February]

How many references do you write in a week?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“This is a little moan about writing references. But let me make one thing clear right at the beginning: evaluating students, ex-students and colleagues is an important part of my job; I’m not complaining about being asked to do it (so no need to feel remotely guilty about asking me) – I’m complaining about the cumbersome, inefficient and sometimes downright obstructive infrastructure …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 19 February]

Talk of State bodies doing utmost to attract specialist industries ‘baloney’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Claims that state agencies are making major efforts to attract niche industries to Ireland are ‘just a bunch of baloney’, the Dáil has heard, as Opposition TDs condemned the lack of co-ordination between Government departments and agencies in facilitating educational opportunities with international colleges. Enterprise Ireland and the Departments of Education and Justice were particularly criticised as the Dáil passed the George Mitchell Scholarship Fund (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 19 February]

The Fatal Meeting: Death, Heroism, and a Campus Changed Forever

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“There were 13 people in the room that Friday afternoon. The meeting took place on the third floor of the Shelby Center for Science and Technology, a large, imposing building on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville. It was a classic departmental meeting, with talk of increased enrollment and who was going to teach which classes …” (more)

[Thomas Bartlett and Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 February]

Social Mobility

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

The Economist website features an interesting graph that shows the correlation of a father’s educational status on the probability that a son will obtain a university degree …” (more)

[Philip Lane, The Irish Economy, 18 February]

Ireland at the back of the education class

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“Craig Barrett, former CEO of Intel, has repeatedly pointed out that Ireland must invest a higher percentage of GDP in education and research and development. We have the lowest investment in education and R&D by comparison with the rest of Europe …” (more)

[Patrick L O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 19 February]

A review of ranking systems for universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“… Will anyone constructing any new ranking system pay attention to basic measurement theory (you know – the boring stuff like reliability, validity and all the other tedious stuff that tells you that a ranking relates in some way to the construct it purports to measure – the ‘quality’ of a university, however that is defined). Otherwise we are going to run the usual error of mistaking numbers for data …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 18 February]

UCD visiting professor is ‘Australian of the Year’

Posted in Life with tags , on 19 February 2010 by Steve

“A youth mental health expert from Victoria, in Ireland last year as a visiting professor at UCD, has been named Australian of the Year 2010. Prof Pat McGorry was presented with the award by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and National Australia Day Council Chair Adam Gilchrist at an event on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra …” (more)

[Dara Gantly, Irish Medical Times, 19 February]