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]

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]

Hammersley fires WIT into Fitzgibbon quarters

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

WATERFORD IT 0-18 UCC 1-10 When it comes to the Fitzgibbon Cup you write off WIT at your peril. Having lost to championship favourites LIT in a hard fought game the previous week the Waterford College needed a win over UCC to secure a home venue in the quarterfinals and were regarded as outsiders to beat last year’s champions at the Mardyke on Tuesday last …” (more)

[Phil Fanning, Waterford News and Star, 23 February]

Martin to launch New Masters in Diplomacy at UCC

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

“Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin will launch a new masters in diplomacy at University College Cork on Monday next, March 1st. Minister Martin will formally launch the MBS in International Public Policy and Diplomacy, giving a public lecture on contemporary global challenges …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 23 February]

Northern Ireland fee rise rejection starts proper debate on university funding, says UCU

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“UCU today (Tuesday) welcomed the news from Northern Ireland that there won’t be an increase in university tuition fees. The union said it was pleased that the university funding debate was moving on beyond just how much fees should go up and confirmed that it would unveil its plans to fund universities through a progressive business education tax next Wednesday …” (more)

[UCU, 23 February]

Climate wars give science bad name

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

“University leaders are pressing for a public campaign to restore the intellectual and moral authority of Australian science in the wake of the climate wars. Peter Coaldrake, chairman of Universities Australia and vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, told the HES yesterday he was ‘concerned about the way the climate change debate has flowed’ …” (more)

[Luke Slattery, The Australian, 24 February]

Jedward @ UL

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

“NUIG get Calvin Harris for their RAG Week, GMIT get Tinchy Stryder. Who do we get?…fucking Jedward!! >:(” (tweet)

[Fiona G, Twitter, 23 February]

Wonderful WIT retain Ashbourne with style

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

WATERFORD IT 0-11 UCC 1-06 Waterford IT retained the Ashbourne Cup as they had two points to spare over UCC in the final at Cork IT on Sunday afternoon last …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 23 February]

Professor accused of using student’s work without consent

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

“A professor of psychology is to appear before the Health Professions Council (HPC) accused of reproducing large sections of a supervisee’s dissertation. If he is found guilty of professional misconduct, the case will have implications for how academics credit their graduate students’ work …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 23 February]

International students are a discerning bunch

Posted in Life with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“Last week, two reports on the perceptions of international students studying in Australia were released. In the present climate, there is a tendency to view every piece of data as further evidence that international education in this country is in crisis and India is doomed as a source of international students for Australia. Such analysis misses the point …” (more)

[Ian Young, The Australian, 24 February]

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

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 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, 23 February]

UCD Student’s Union Council call Referendum to repeal Coca Cola Boycott

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

“UCD Student Union Council has called for a referendum in an attempt to repeal the boycott of Coca Cola products in SU outlets, which was put in place by referendum in 2003. When this referendum was passed it made UCDSU the first students union in the world to support the call for a boycott made by SINALTRAINAL a Columbian trade union whose members have been threatened and killed as part of a brutal campaign to stifle trade union activity in their bottling plants in Columbia since the beginning of the 1990s …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 22 February]

Universities hiring managers at ‘three times the rate of academics’

Posted in Governance and administration on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“The number of managers employed at British universities has grown more than three times as fast as the number of academics, official figures disclose. Since 2003, there has been a 33 per cent rise in the number of staff in managerial positions compared to an increase of less than 10 per cent for academic professionals …” (more)

[Murray Wardrop, Daily Telegraph, 23 February]

Dropping the H-Bomb

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

“News reports suggest that Amy Bishop, the biology professor who shot six of her colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 12, may also have planted a ‘herpes bomb’ in the building where she worked. Bishop conducted research on the virus as a post-doctoral fellow. Would a herpes bomb be dangerous? …” (more)

[Brian Palmer, Slate, 22 February]

When history on Wikipedia leaves you snookered

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

“For those of you wracking your brains for a quick answer to some vital issue this Tuesday morning, here’s a friendly reminder that Wikipedia, while a useful way of pooling knowledge, getting a potted history of the latest cretin to get their big break through reality tv, or of putting yourself in the frame on some obscure issue, is a coloured research tool. My cue for saying so? Read on …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 23 February]