Archive for 26 February 2010

Sigerson Cup

Posted in Life with tags , , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“DCU beat NUI Maynooth 1-11 to 1-6 and will face UCC in the Sigerson Cup final.” (tweet)

[Action 81, Twitter, 26 February]

Inventing

Posted in research with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“I spoke recently at a meeting about Intellectual Property (IP). Some parts of a talk like that are inevitable and predictable. I stressed the importance of IP as an ‘Intangible Asset’ within a company. (I blogged on this recently and since then, all that I read points to the importance of these assets, with 70% of the value of companies in some sectors being defined by Intangible Assets) …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 26 February]

Welcome to Ireland is ‘a bunch of baloney’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The agents of the State have been accused of making the task of enticing a top US college to set up a multi-million euro campus in County Waterford ‘a miserable process’. Fine Gael TD John Deasy hit out as 26 undergraduate students prepare to travel from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to Dungarvan for three months’ study. Many are taking courses in areas such as intelligence and forensics with the aim of joining the FBI or the CIA …” (more)

[Jamie O’Keeffe, Munster Express, 26 February]

A victory for British universities

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The Court of Appeal handed down a judgment yesterday that deserves to be read, marked, learned and inwardly digested by every British university vice-chancellor. The judgment should be compulsory reading in the Lord Mandelson’s business department, which last October did its best to dismiss the conclusions of a parliamentary inquiry that found academic standards at British universities to be at risk …” (more)

[Geoffrey Alderman, Guardian, 26 February]

Private schools condemn ‘social engineering’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Labour’s mission to ‘socially engineer’ university admissions is built on flawed evidence, according to independent school leaders. Ministers are using unreliable research in an attempt to “blackmail” institutions into taking a larger number of pupils from the state sector, it was claimed …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 26 February]

‘Climategate’ university rejects accusations that it manipulated research

Posted in research with tags , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The university at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ row over global warming data today rejected accusations that it had lost or manipulated scientific research. The University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit has been under fire since hacked emails, which sceptics claimed showed scientists manipulating climate data, were leaked online last year …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 25 February]

Commissioner gets to grips with research

Posted in research with tags , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“How nuclear physics helped reveal that a Bronze Age sword was never used to kill anyone has been explained to EU research commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on her first visit to one of the EU’s flagship research laboratories …” (more)

[Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

Grant cuts dash education hopes of unemployed and mature students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Mature students and the unemployed have had their hopes dashed by budget cuts abolishing grants for people seeking a second chance at education, Senator Dominic Hannigan has stated …” (more)

[Labour Party, 25 February]

Changing higher education by stealth

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Irish higher education has until now been based on a number of assumptions, some of which are quite old and venerable, while others are of more recent origin. The key assumptions are that there should be tuition that allows the student to develop independent thinking and that monitors his or her progress through individual encounters with tutors and through small group teaching …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 26 February]

Irish universities see dramatic increase in TTO spinouts

Posted in research with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Dramatic increases in spinout activity at Ireland’s universities also seem to refute the Kauffman Foundation’s contention that TTOs are holding back university research. According to figures from TTOs at Ireland’s third-level institutes, 35 spinouts were formed in 2009 across the country’s 10 major institutes, up from an average of 10 per year in previous years …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 25 February]

‘Cap’ on courses keeps thousands out of college

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students are being denied access to Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses because of where they live. And the most deprived of all live in Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s native Co Offaly, which has only 50 PLC places compared with 1,216 in Co Cavan, which has a smaller population …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 February]

TUI calls for Education & Training Dept

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland has called for the establishment of the Department of Education & Training.The request is to remove what it called the artificial divide between what is regarded as education and what is regarded as training. The TUI were addressing an Oireachtas committee today …” (more)

[RTE News, 25 February]

New technology proves old writing habits die hard

Posted in Life with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Technology has utterly changed the way many people write. For those who have never known anything except a word processing program on a computer, this can be difficult to understand. But the change can be imagined by contrasting the difference between looking at something in flat 2D, then switching to the depth of 3D …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington , Irish Times, 26 February]

‘Universities must be free to select the best’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The City of London Boys’ School is celebrating its best-ever crop of Oxbridge offers – 29 – this term. Other HMC and GSA schools – Hampton, James Allen’s Girls’, Newcastle Royal Grammar, Lady Eleanor Holles and Magdalen College schools among them – are also quietly preening themselves over similarly extensive recognition by Oxford and Cambridge of the talented youngsters they have nurtured to A-level this year …” (more)

[Andrew Grant, Daily Telegraph, 26 February]

Did Amy Bishop Kill Because Women Are Screwed in the Workplace?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“Last week, I talked about Amy Bishop on the ‘Slate Political Gabfest’. Bishop, of course, is accused of shooting and killing three of her colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. She also has a history of violence. But there’s another aspect to the story: Before the shooting earlier this month, Bishop was denied tenure and filed a gender-discrimination suit …” (more)

[Emily Bazelon and Sam Thomas, Slate, 25 February]

Rock’n’roll goes back to college

Posted in Life with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“It’s not just Trinity College that can stage massive shindigs on their campus – NUI Maynooth is taking a leaf from the Dublin university by hosting their biggest on-campus event to date. The Gathering takes place next Wednesday, March 3rd, and will feature what organisers describe as ‘the coming together of people in an act of music, dance, performance, noise, laughter, movement and self-gratification’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 February]

Moyna’s DCU look hot favourites to lift title

Posted in Life with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The Ulster Bank Sigerson Cup moves to its end game this weekend in Maynooth and in one of those quirky developments that the competition, now in its 99th year, sometimes throws up, the hosts will be there and in contention despite such an outcome having looked physically impossible when the quarter-final pitched them against UUJ up in Jordanstown …” (more)

[Sean Moran, Irish Times, 26 February]

USI Welcomes Back NUI Maynooth

Posted in Life with tags , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland and all of its students are delighted to welcome back the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as members of the organisation. USI is the sole national representative body for nearly 300,000 students in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 25 February]

Scholar vs scholar: libel case’s ‘disturbing implications’ for free speech

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“The editor of a leading international law journal is to stand trial in a French court after he refused to pull an academic book review to which the author took exception. Joseph Weiler, editor-in-chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL), is due to face a Paris criminal tribunal in June after refusing to remove the critical review from a website associated with the journal, http://www.globallawbooks.org …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 25 February]

Wanted student held for ‘smoke in plane toilet’

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 26 February 2010 by Steve

“A UCD student who allegedly tried to smoke in an aeroplane toilet ended up being arrested after gardai discovered there was a live bench warrant out for him, a court heard. Aleksujs Kudrjavcevs, who is in his early 20s, was arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport after staff on an Air Baltic flight from Riga in Latvia reported that a young man had been smoking in the toilets …” (more)

[Eimear Cotter, Herald, 25 February]