Archive for 3 May 2010

Firms fight over €20m skills fund

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“More than 340 companies are battling for a share of a €20m government fund earmarked for training and reskilling thousands of jobseekers. The Department of Enterprise has received 340 tenders for training and education programmes under the Labour Market Activation Fund announced in the December Budget …” (more)

[Aine Kerr, Independent, 3 May]

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On to Middlesex

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“The wave of cuts which began in places like Sussex, King’s London and Hull has now hit Middlesex, which has announced it is going to close its philosophy department despite the fact that it is one of the highest rated departments in the university. The pattern in all cases has been pretty much the same – an announcement of a decision taken in secret and presented with no alternatives; taking aim at the humanities (philosophy in particular seems to be a favourite target) and a refusal to explain the basis of the decision …” (more)

[Iain Pears, Future Thoughts, 30 April]

McShane opens eyes but ’staring into oblivion’

Posted in Life with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“Natasha McShane has opened her eyes ‘repeatedly’ at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she’s still in intensive care, but worryingly seems to be ’staring into oblivion’, apparently as of yet unable to recognize faces of family and friends and still unable to talk …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 May]

Parents say schoolchildren not advised for future – ESRI

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“Parents think that the education system is not doing enough to prepare students for the world of work or to provide them with life skills, according to a new survey. The report, by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), shows high levels of satisfaction with teachers and schools …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 3 May]

Hostage situation? We didn’t even have keys

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“Students at the University of Sussex have accused its registrar of exaggeration after he claimed that he had been held hostage during an occupation earlier this year. On 3 March, students occupied the university’s main administrative building in protest against announced departmental closures and staff redundancies …” (more)

[Melanie News, Times Higher Education, 3 May]

Living and working with technology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“… There can be no doubt that the new technologies have produced huge changes, though perhaps not as many as they might have. Most higher education studies are still undertaken in a classroom environment, and libraries are still focal points for research. Distance learning certainly exists, but is conducted on a much more modest scale than was predicted a decade or two ago …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 May]

Hyperbole and personal insults?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“Re Tom Garvin’s IT piece, there’s an argument in there, but completely undermined by hyperbole and personal insults. Won’t convert anyone.” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 2 May]