Archive for 23 February 2010

Escalate action to avoid further cuts – SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“Public sector workers will have to escalate their industrial action if they are to avoid further pay cuts, according to the president of Ireland’s largest union SIPTU. Speaking at a mass meeting of public servants in Galway, Jack O’Connor said a fair solution was still possible through negotiation, but the sands of time were running out …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 February]

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Men tricking women into making tea

Posted in Life with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“A report shows that women make more than three times as many cups of tea as men in the workplace. Two-thirds of men told a study they invented bogus reasons for not making hot drinks, while one in four sneaked off to make one just for themselves …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 23 February]

Even the best bloggers get the blues

Posted in Life with tags , on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“I’ve noticed that some of my favorite higher ed bloggers haven’t been what you would call prolific lately. This is not so uncommon, especially around this time of year. There’s something about the winter that tends to make even the best bloggers spend some time in hibernation …” (more)

[Higher Ed Marketing, 23 February]

Businesses and universities to take over more failing schools

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“The government sets out plans to rival the Tories’ Swedish model for England’s schools today with proposals to expand its academy scheme to allow ­universities and businesses to run some of the ­country’s worst-performing primaries …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 23 February]

US Science Told to Stay on Its Toes

Posted in research with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“A new essay by the oversight body of the National Science Foundation explains what federal research officials must do if the United States hopes to remain the world’s leading scientific power. NSF should sharpen its criteria for choosing research projects to make sure they are ‘transformative’, it says, other federal research agencies should measure their portfolios against what’s going on elsewhere, and the White House should make innovation a higher priority by creating a presidential council to track the issue …” (more)

[Jeffrey Mervis, Science Insider, 23 February]

€2k trail of damage by drunk students in holiday rampage

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“A UCD student and a group of his friends caused thousands of euro worth of damage to holiday homes in a drunken rampage at a seaside resort. Alex O’Connor (20) and other students were staying in one of the holiday homes at Brittas Bay when they caused the damage after having ‘far too much to drink’ …” (more)

[Andrew Phelan, Herald, 23 February]

A plea for self-policing

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“I’ve said many times on this blog that academe’s accountability problem is reaching a tipping point – and I’ve echoed many folks within academe and without (mostly without), who have noted that if academics won’t police themselves, it’s going to get done for them, and it’s not going to be pretty …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 23 February]