Archive for March, 2010

TUI to recommend rejection of reform proposals

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has decided to recommend the rejection of the public service pay and reform proposals to its members. The decision was taken at a meeting this evening …” (more)

[RTE News, 31 March]

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing …

Posted in teaching with tags , on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the wiki Das Auslandsjahr in Deutschland yesterday evening, on a dark, cold March evening at NUI Galway. Despite the bleak weather beating against the windows, inside the classroom of AM205 a heart warming tale unfolded of collaboration and triumph for an engaged class of third level students …” (more)

[Learning Technologies, 31 March]

Help to the Finish Line: Ways to Reduce the Number of Ph.D. Dropouts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“Doctoral students in the United States are finishing their degrees faster than at any point since at least 1983. But that’s not actually saying much. Their average time-to-degree is still a formidable 7.7 years — and that, of course, is for the students who manage to finish at all. By some estimates, more than 30 percent of the students who enter American doctoral programs walk away empty-handed …” (more)

[David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 March]

Govt’s education cuts a backward step in science education – Clune

Posted in teaching with tags on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD said the results of an ASTI survey proves the quality of science education in Ireland is deteriorating as a consequence of the Government’s Education cutbacks …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael, 31 March]

The runaway costs of college

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“Last week Barack Obama and the Democrats were so consumed with health-care reform that they hardly took a minute to brag about another significant reform, to student loans and grants. This week they’re getting around to it. Tucked away in the health-care legislation are provisions that will expand funding for Pell Grants, cut fees that the government has been paying to private lenders to issue government-backed loans and tweak the terms of student loan repayments …” (more)

[Economist, 31 March]

Enterprise Ireland to ‘Propel’ start-ups in ICT, life sciences

Posted in research with tags on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“State support agency Enterprise Ireland has revealed a new ‘Propel’ programme aimed at supporting up to 12 new export-focused start-ups in ICT and life sciences that are capable of achieving revenues in excess of €1m …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 31 March]

Sectoral Agreements

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“Public Service Pay deal – April Fool’s day is coming early: http://www.maths.nuim.ie/staff/jmurray/Part2SectoralAgreements.pdf” (tweet)

[John Murray, Twitter, 31 March]