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]