Archive for 30 March 2010

A Masters in disorganisation

Posted in teaching with tags , on 30 March 2010 by Steve

“Considerable dismay and anger has swept across the Smurfit Business School in recent weeks. The faculty has decided there is no longer need for a careers centre offering advisory services to students. As a result, the contract with Smurfit’s sole careers advisor has not been renewed …” (more)

[Conor Feeney, University Observer, 30 March]

Another comment on the utility of university ranking systems

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 March 2010 by Steve

“… What is really striking about this article is the lack of of reference to university ranking systems as a key variable in student choices. No mention whatsoever! So, rather than imagining hordes of students feverishly studying these rankings and choosing to apply to number 43 rather than number 87 (or some such ranking), students are much more likely to make applications on the basis of what is known within their own social networks …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 30 March]

Record demand for college places

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 30 March 2010 by Steve

“A record number of students have applied for college places this year according to analysis of CAO applications released by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today. A study carried out by Dr Vivienne Patterson, head of Statistics at the HEA, which is being presented to the authority today, shows the number of applicants reached a record high of 71,843 in 2010, an increase of 6.2 per cent from 2009 …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 30 March]

Some thoughts on how we do what we do – historians, that is

Posted in research with tags on 30 March 2010 by Steve

“I’ve been doing a lot of writing recently and, since time is always precious, trying to figure out ways of increasing my productivity. My current favourite tactic is to write in short bursts, working on a text until lunchtime before switching to do a different kind of research for the rest of the afternoon …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 30 March]

Innovation and Risks for Researchers

Posted in research with tags , on 30 March 2010 by Steve

“I spoke this morning at the Irish Universities Association event on corporate governance. The main theme of my presentation was the dangers inherent in poor stewardship of intellectual property and the processes therein. This in turn is one major reason for the urgent need for a national intellectual property protocol …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 30 March]

Marian survive colourful scare to beat rivals

Posted in Governance and administration on 30 March 2010 by Steve

Trinity College 72-79 UCD Marian UCD claimed victory in this year’s Basketball Colours with an effective win over Trinity College. UCD Marian took on Trinity College last Friday evening at the Trinity Sports centre in a thrilling encounter which saw UCD originally build up an early lead, only for their rivals to come roaring back late on …” (more)

[Killian Woods, University Observer, 30 March]

Student rugby club initiation ceremonies ‘should be banned’ say Government adviser

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 30 March 2010 by Steve

“University rugby clubs and student societies should be banned from holding booze-fuelled initiation ceremonies, a group of Government advisers has said. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs attacked what it called the ”culture of excessive drinking” in universities and colleges …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 30 March]