Archive for 7 May 2010

The Croke Park resurrection

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 May 2010 by Steve

“A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the Croke Park agreement on public sector pay and numbers was dead. The pent-up frustration of the union rank and file (in contrast to their leadership) coupled with the price tag for the Anglo bailout and Eurostat’s confirmation of what we already knew – that the Anglo bailout is real money – seemed to have fatally undermined it. And yet it’s still in play, especially now with the IMPACT reversal …” (more)

[Irish Election, 7 May]


Grangegorman DIT project

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 May 2010 by Steve

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in progressing proposals in respect of the Grangegorman DIT project, Dublin. Deputy Seán Haughey: The proposals contained in the strategic plan for the Grangegorman site involve major capital expenditure which requires careful and detailed assessment by my Department and the other Departments involved in the project. This assessment is nearing completion …” (more)

[Dáil Debates, 6 May]

Third Level Funding: Discussion with Minister for Education and Skills

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 May 2010 by Steve

Chairman: I welcome the Tánaiste, Deputy Mary Coughlan, Minister for Education and Skills. It is her first time before the committee and on its behalf I wish her well in her new post and hope that we will all work together in the spirit of co-operation and try to enhance our education system. She is here to discuss two issues, namely, the proposal to reform funding of third level education and to address concerns regarding how the registration fee or student support services charge is dispersed in third level institutions …” (more)

[Joint Committee on Education and Science, 5 May]

International academics protest at Middlesex philosophy closure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 May 2010 by Steve

“More than 60 internationally renowned academics from across the globe have written to the dean of Middlesex University urging him to reverse the decision to close the philosophy department. Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Slavoj Žižek and Noam Chomsky were among those who condemned the decision …” (more)

[Frederika Whitehead, Guardian, 7 May]

Offer free English degree courses to all

Posted in teaching with tags on 7 May 2010 by Steve

“For English degrees, the future does not look good. The cost of a degree will skyrocket if the top-up cap is removed, while the money an arts graduate earns is all too often pitiful, with some undergraduates never breaking even after their hefty debts are repaid. Worse is to come …” (more)

[Alexander Hay, Guardian, 7 May]

Will we have fees, or do we already have them?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 May 2010 by Steve

“There were more discussions earlier this week at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science about tuition fees and the student service charge, as reported in both the Irish Times and the Irish Independent. Tánaiste Mary Coughlan appeared before the Committee and gave ambivalent answers on whether there might be fees in the future …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 May]

Fundraisers to be held in Chicago for mugging victims

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 7 May 2010 by Steve

“Fundraisers are being held this coming weekend in Chicago for Natasha McShane and Stacey Jurich who were both viciously beaten in the city a couple of weekends ago …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 7 May]