Archive for 9 May 2010

Universities claim millions for dropouts

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Universities have wrongfully claimed tens of millions of pounds from the taxpayer for students who have dropped out of their courses, according to documents the government tried to keep secret. In the papers, officials accuse universities of ‘artfully misconstruing’ data in a ‘co-ordinated approach’ to ensure they could claim as much as possible from the taxpayer …” (more)

[Jack Grimston and Melanie Newman, Sunday Times, 9 May]

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Quinn try the crowning moment for Queen’s

Posted in Life with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

QUB 17 NENAGH ORMOND 16 Winger Chris Quinn’s timely 79th-minute try enabled Queen’s University to justify their favourites’ tag at a sun-soaked Anglesea Road yesterday …” (more)

[Independent, 9 May]

Super-university aims to be in global top 10

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“In farm fields south of Paris, billions of euros are being ploughed into a new modern university campus designed to rival Harvard, MIT and Cambridge as one of the world’s best. The Paris-Saclay super-campus is France’s answer to years of decline in higher education, with the result that the nation’s best university only ranks 40th in the world …” (more)

[University World News, 9 May]

Scholarship doctor reneges on ‘matter of moral agreement’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“A Kenyan doctor accused of reneging on a €150,000 medical scholarship in Ireland has alleged that she was paid less than her colleagues and was threatened with deportation if she were to outstay the study programme …” (more)

[Maeve Sheehan, Independent, 9 May]

Higher education does not equal happiness

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Put the book down and step away from the library. While you’re at it, forget about the exams and essays. In fact, just forget everything you’ve ever highlighted in a textbook or heard in a lecture hall …” (more)

[Judith Ireland, ABC, 5 May]

Middlesex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Move to phase out philosophy teaching at leading department branded a ‘national and international concern’. A university’s decision to shut its philosophy programme has sparked concerns about the future of the humanities and become a cause célèbre for intellectuals around the world …” (more)

[Jamie Doward, Observer, 9 May]