Archive for 2 May 2010

It’s the smart economy, stupid

Posted in research with tags on 2 May 2010 by Steve

“It was a company that went almost unnoticed during the ‘noise’ of the economic boom. In late 2005, as Stokes Bio was emerging from research at the University of Limerick, money was pouring into property …” (more)

[Gavin Daly, Sunday Business Post, 2 May]

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UCC Students Outraged by Introduction of Conferring Fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 May 2010 by Steve

“The reaction against the college’s new conferring fee continues unabated, as the Student Union added its voice to the ranks of those in opposition to the fee. The incoming members of the newly elected Student Union have together issued a strongly worded statement outlining their position on the highly controversial conferring fee …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 2 May]

Government and unions face each other in Croke Park crucial decider

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 May 2010 by Steve

“It’s set to be a huge week in the history of industrial relations in Ireland. Some time over the next few days, Kieran Mulvey, the facilitator of the Croke Park deal between unions and the government, and the chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, will outline a clarification of what was agreed between both sides in March …” (more)

[Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 2 May]

Faculty Morale

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 May 2010 by Steve

“Where I work, the good news is that faculty productivity has significantly increased. On average, each of us is teaching more courses and more students per course. Research productivity is also up, at least as measured by dollars and cents. External research funding last year was at an all time high, and this year it is up about 40% over last year …” (more)

[Arnold van der Valk, A Crumbling Ivory Tower?, 2 May]

Flawed rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 May 2010 by Steve

“I must make a confession: the rankings of the world’s top universities that my magazine has been publishing for the past six years, and which have attracted enormous global attention, are not fit for purpose …” (more)

[Phil Baty, The Star, 2 May]

Student tuition fees ‘could rise to £14,000’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 May 2010 by Steve

“An official review led by Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, is likely to call for the removal of the existing £3,225 cap to raise standards in higher education, it has emerged. Vice-chancellors have pushed for a fee rise to counter a cut in Government funding …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Sunday Telegraph, 2 May]

News roundup: Week of 26 April 2010

Posted in Governance and administration on 2 May 2010 by Steve

With a decision on the Croke Park deal only days away, it’s a time for passionate declarations and manifestos on the state of the (academic) nation. Three good examples this week, each of which has generated commentary:

Other news, Irish and foreign:

Think pieces:
Tracking a Global Academic Revolution
The socio-economic gradient in students expectations
Free speech on campus rightly has limits
Independence would enhance role of universities in society
Why Don’t Students Study Anymore?