Archive for 25 March 2010

€16m boost for University of Ulster

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“Plans for a new University of Ulster (UU) campus in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter received a €16 million boost today. Minister for Employment and Learning Sir Reg Empey pledged the money to help widen participation in higher education. The planned development in York Street will be the largest the city centre has seen since that of Victoria Square …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 March]

SRHE Policy Network Meeting

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday I attended an event organized by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) in London. The topic was Higher Education in Recessionary Times and the format of the day was that a panel of speakers made brief presentations, the audience broke into small group discussions, and then questions were fed back to the panel in a plenary session …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 25 March]

Leading philosopher and theologian honoured by UCD

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“In recognition of his academic accomplishments in the field of theology, Professor Denys Turner, Yale University, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by University College Dublin …” (more)

[UCD News, 25 March]

Cisco: ‘Innovation can spring from anywhere in Irish economy’

Posted in research with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“Cisco Ireland managing director Kim Majerus believes Ireland could be its own Silicon Valley but it needs to improve its education and digital infrastructure in order to move fast in a world where every country sees opportunity in innovation …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 25 March]

Broken Universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“Our universities are broken, it seems. According to a new report from the Adam Smith Institute, higher education should not receive public money in the way that it does …” (more)

[Registrarism, 25 March]

Promise of 20,000 extra university places ‘misguided’ as lecturers face cull

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“Universities in England will see class sizes balloon and the quality of courses deteriorate, the lecturers’ union warned today after the chancellor announced an extra 20,000 places for September. Alistair Darling revealed in the budget that the extra places would go to students on science, technology, engineering and maths degrees this summer …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 25 March]

Overseas students ‘are not cash cows’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 March 2010 by Steve

“Universities warned that they must show international students that they are wanted for more than their fee income. UK universities need to show they ‘really care’ about international students rather than treating them as ‘cash cows’ bearing solutions to funding problems, the head of the British Council has warned …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 25 March]