Archive for April, 2010

NUIG academics reject Croke Park ‘deal’‏

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

“A well attended annual general meeting of the academic section of SIPTU at NUI Galway has rejected the General Public Services Agreement (the so-called ‘Croke Park Proposals’) …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 30 April]

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Rogue E-mailer Hits Student Inboxes

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 30 April 2010 by Steve

“An anonymous e-mailer adopting the pseudonym of ‘John Murphy’ has exploited a major breach in UCC’s online security setup by sending an unsolicited email to most of UCC’s registered students …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 30 April]

Free speech on campus rightly has limits

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

“Freedom of expression – and I am thinking here primarily of freedom of expression on university campuses – is a very precious but often misunderstood commodity. A fundamental purpose of any university is to pursue the truth. That is the journey upon which we who work in academia – I mean, faculty and students – have embarked. But it is a journey full of perils and snares …” (more)

[Geoffrey Alderman, Guardian, 30 April]

Procrastination

Posted in research with tags on 30 April 2010 by Steve

“While I can’t say that I perfected perfectionism, I can state that I truly perfected procrastination. I was a master at finding other things to do rather than working on my dissertation. I had two things in my favor. One, I typically procrastinated with fairly productive tasks – like cleaning the kitchen floor or taking my dog for a walk (and he was always up for a walk) …” (more)

[Peg Boyle Single, Inside Higher Ed , 30 April]

HEA candour welcome but misplaced, says IFUT

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the candour of the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, who has warned higher education staff of plans to make fundamental changes to their contracts, to close courses in colleges and extend the academic year radically …” (more)

[IFUT, 29 April]

Mergermania

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

“There it is again. Once again we are being told that we have too many higher education institutions. This is how the Irish Independent yesterday reported comments by Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA): …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 April]

‘Cleggmania’, fees and the student vote

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

“The televised debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have boosted student support for the Liberal Democrats, new research shows. A poll of more than 1,000 students by Opinionpanel Research conducted after the first two leaders’ debates found that half of those planning to vote back the Lib Dems …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 30 April]