Archive for May, 2010

Joe O’Toole Supports Croke Park Deal – My reply

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

“Public sector reform deal is the best we can hope for says NUI Senator. Joe does not mention the requirement to negotiate changed teaching contracts for teachers and lecturers or the agreement to the continued elimination of posts of responsibility in schools and large numbers of lecturing posts at third level …” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 31 May]

Dell secures £500k infrastructure deal with Queen’s

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

“Computer giant Dell has been selected by Queen’s University Belfast to deploy a £500,000 project to improve the computational infrastructure available to the academic research community …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 31 May]

Placing the Blame as Students Are Buried in Debt

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

“Like many middle-class families, Cortney Munna and her mother began the college selection process with a grim determination. They would do whatever they could to get Cortney into the best possible college, and they maintained a blind faith that the investment would be worth it. Today, however, Ms. Munna, a 26-year-old graduate of New York University, has nearly $100,000 in student loan debt …” (more)

[Ron Lieber, New York Times, 28 May]

Ulster Says No to Creationism

Posted in Life with tags , on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“One of the most shocking aspects of life in Ulster for the outside visitor, is the grip fundamentalist Christianity has upon the Protestant community. I arrived here 2 years ago as an aspiring Physics student from England and quickly settled in, making friends on both sides of the divide. However, as a staunch fan of science and the so called ‘new atheist’ movement launched by people such as Professor Richard Dawkins, I was shocked to find out how many of my new friends were literal Christian believers …” (more)

[Daniel Gillen, The Gown, 31 May]

Can student engagement be increased through social media?

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

“When I was an officer in the Union of Students in Ireland I was working on a participation manual for students’ union to help increase student involvement. This manual was in partnership with our colleagues in NUS – the UK national students’ union. When I left it seemed to fall off USI’s radar. Admittedly social networking was only taking off at that point too …” (more)

[Tallyman, 31 May]

New house on campus for University of Limerick president cost €2.3m

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

“The new residence for the president of the University of Limerick on campus cost €2.3m, a report to the Minister for Education has confirmed. Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe had requested a report on the development and the sources of its funding, after construction began last year …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 31 May]

Weighing up third-level fees

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

“Madam, – The argument for reintroducing third-level fees is largely based on the premise that current policy has not widened access to higher education for traditionally under-represented groups. It is claimed that only the ‘middle classes’ have gained from the abolition of fees. This is not, in fact, the case …” (more)

[Gerry McNamara, Irish Times, 31 May]