Archive for 27 February 2010

Sigerson Cup Final

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“DCU overcame UCC to win the Sigerson Cup Final by 1-11 to 0-09. The final was played today in Leixlip.” (tweet)

[Dublin GAA, Twitter, 27 February]

Ulster Bank Sigerson Cup Semi-final Roundup

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“DCU and UCC advanced to today’s Ulster Bank Sigerson Cup final at Leixlip GAA Club, following semi-final wins over NUI Maynooth and Athlone IT respectively yesterday …” (more)

[Sports News Ireland, 27 February]

How Much Instability?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“… The THE-QS rankings were famous for their yearly fluctuations. This of course helped to make them much more popular than the reliable but boring Shanghai rankings (unless you were prepared to spend a few hours cutting and pasting the indicator scores of universities in the 300s and 400s into an Excel file and then they could be interesting) …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 27 February]

Rock Climbing

Posted in Life with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Best of luck to all participants in the Rock Climbing Intervarsities at NUIG this weekend!” (tweet)

[Snoozles Hostel, Twitter, 27 February]

Atlantic Corridor Conference 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“On Thursday, I attended and spoke at the 2010 Atlantic Corridor conference in the Tullamore Court Hotel. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the organisation has built links between Ireland, and in particular the east coasts of Canada and the USA. The main theme of the conference this year was the education of Science and Mathematics …” (more)

[A President’s Blog, 27 February]

Goodbye Education and Science?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Over recent years I have suggested from time to time that it might be right to look more closely at where ministerial responsibility for higher education might ideally lie. What has tended to prompt this suggestion is that the Department of Education and Science always and predictably focuses on primary and secondary education, and in particular prioritises these sectors when scarce resources have to be distributed …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 February]

President praises Islamic students’ role in society

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Islamic students make a ‘very positive contribution’ to Irish society and its economy, according to President McAleese. She said: ‘They are helping to advance the frontiers of science, medicine and research – it is their encouraging experience of Ireland that helps our higher education institutions compete for students and recognition in this globalised world’ …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 27 February]

Saudis deny contract for students in Citywest

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“The Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia has denied that it agreed to send hundreds of students to a new private college in Citywest, Dublin. The Mansfield Group, headed by businessman Jim Mansfield, announced last week that it had secured a contract with the ministry under which 750 Saudi students would attend its new Citywest Institute of Education …” (more)

[Grainne Faller and Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 27 February]

East Stroudsburg U. Suspends Professor for Facebook Posts

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Gloria Y. Gadsden, an associate professor of sociology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, was escorted off the campus on Wednesday because of jokes she had made on her Facebook page about wanting to kill students …” (more)

[Mary Helen Miller, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

Waste of money on scholarships

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Our government is passing legislation to fund the US-Alliance to administer scholarships for US students to come to Ireland to study. This will cost €20m and fund about 60 students over five years.That’s about €4m to send 12 students to Ireland for a year. As they say in the US, ‘do the math’ …” (more)

[Jack Kavanagh, Independent, 27 February]

Unrest as the Bologna Process reaches its 10th anniversary

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Students in several countries in Europe have protested against the national implementation of the Bologna Process. But the same students and student representatives across the continent are also trying to make the process work …” (more)

[Parar Bolonha, 27 February]

University ‘tried to mislead MPs on climate change e-mails’

Posted in research with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails has been accused of making a misleading statement to Parliament. The University of East Anglia wrote this week to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee giving the impression that it had been exonerated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). However, the university failed to disclose that the ICO had expressed serious concerns …” (more)

[Ben Webster, Times, 27 February]

Landmark strike vote at King’s College London

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Union members at King’s College London are to undertake their first-ever vote on strike action amid fears over proposed job cuts. The University and College Union will open a ballot for industrial action on 4 March unless negotiations produce a breakthrough following the college’s proposals to cut 205 jobs …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 27 February]

Selfish Economists

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Just had a class with a group of economics students that I have been teaching. I have struggled all year to find examples of deviations from utility maximisation that really generate discussion. I have been using things like money ultimatum games but largely the students behave as many papers suggest economics students behave, namely that they offer low amounts in the ultimatum game and are far more likely, in my experience, to accept lower offers than when I give talks to psychology or lay audiences …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 27 February]

Maynooth resistance finally broken by star-studded DCU

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

DCU 1-12 NUI Maynooth 1-6 : The numerous intercounty players in the DCU ranks must have identified the pressing need to break NUI Maynooth’s brave resistance after David Quinn’s 33rd minute goal levelled matters. It became a serious concern when a Mark Hanratty point put them into a lead, 1-5 to 0-7, as their momentum briefly threatened to carry them into this afternoon’s final against UCC …” (more)

[Gavin Cummiske, Irish Times , 27 February]

Relentless in quest for university in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“Dr Margaret Lyddy, who has died aged 89, was a secondary school teacher and a former secretary of the Limerick University Project Committee. She also served as a member of the planning board which was established to develop a new type of third-level institution in Ireland, the National Institute for Higher Education (NIHE), Limerick …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 February]

Sigerson Cup

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 February 2010 by Steve

“After a great 6 point victory over NUIM this afternoon, DCU will play UCC in the FINAL of the Sigerson Cup tmrw at 3pm in Leixlip.CMON DCU!” (tweet)

[DCU Dublin City Uni, Twitter, 26 February]