Archive for 24 February 2010

Tuition fees on or off the table?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“As we all know, the Irish government parties – Fianna Fail and the Green Party – reached an agreement last October in their revised programme for government to exclude the possibility of reintroducing tuition fees. But if this was an attempt to kill off the idea, it was an ineffective one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 February]

Unions ready to hike action over public sector cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“Public sector union leaders last night insisted they were willing to go into negotiations on pay cuts announced in their sector, but they were prepared to keep escalating their industrial action for months to come until a solution is agreed …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 24 February]

Ireland’s first Islamic university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“Headlines in the Irish Daily Mail newspaper (Thursday February 18th) announced the opening of an Islamic university in Ireland situated in CityWest, Dublin. What caused this to be headlines is that the School is being funded by Saudi Arabia, which has funded similar schools in England where controversy has surrounded aspects of the curriculum …” (more)

[Reform Ireland, 18 February]

Sense about Science: Simon Singh’s appeal hearing today

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“… Simon Singh’s libel case v the BCA was at the Court of Appeal today in front of three of the most senior judges in England and Wales: Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Lord Justice Sedley. They heard arguments from both barristers on the meaning of Simon’s article and on whether it was fact or comment and their judgment is expected in 6–8 weeks …” (more)

[Irishscience, 23 February]

Recession Could Push US Further Behind in Educational Goals, Compared With Other Nations

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“The recent recession could accelerate global shifts in the race to educate more people and produce top-flight research, and, as a result, the United States could lose ground. That’s the conclusion of a new paper by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley …” (more)

[Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 February]

Closing Ireland’s school readiness gap: the ‘Preparing for Life’ programme

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“Environmental conditions brought about by poverty are often detrimental to healthy child development. Childhood disadvantage can result in a number of negative outcomes later in life, including low educational attainment, poor mental health, and delinquency. Increasing evidence suggests that targeted, early intervention can reduce such socioeconomic disparities in childrens’ skills and capabilities and subsequently improve their life chances …” (more)

[Orla Doyle, University Blog, 24 February]

The business model for higher education: II. How might it be fixed?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“In the previous post, The business model for higher education: I. What doesn’t work? , I described some of the approaches used by a fictional corporation, VPI, to create ongoing financial health, and looked at higher education’s use of similar approaches …” (more)

[Changing Higher Education, 23 February]