Archive for 11 May 2010

Conferring Day

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“I got a nice invitation to speak to the graduates that were conferred with PhD’s and MSc’s in UCC recently. Such events are special for all involved and it was a nice challenge to get a realistic but upbeat message to the graduates and their parents. I prepared a text for the event at the request of the University. The most important theme was to stress the significance of having highly trained individuals …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 11 May]

Conferring fee delay welcome but outright abolition needed

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Cork South Central Senator, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the decision by UCC management to delay the introduction of the €65 conferring fee, saying that ‘While the delay is welcome, outright abolition of the fee is necessary. ‘This conferring fee is a penal tax on students and their families who have worked hard throughout their college lives …’” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 11 May]

The Irish language and representation in Students’ Unions >> Part Two …

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“On Thursday last I got a phone call from the head of the campaign to promote Irish in DCU – Ní ionadaíonn Aontas na Mac Léinn OCBAC mé i gceart. He asked to meet me to discuss my previous post on their campaign. So I did …” (more)

[Tallyman, 11 May]

U of California Considers Online Classes, or Even Degrees

Posted in teaching with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Online education is booming, but not at elite universities—at least not when it comes to courses for credit. Leaders at the University of California want to break that mold. This fall they hope to put $5-million to $6-million into a pilot project that could clear the way for the system to offer online undergraduate degrees and push distance learning further into the mainstream …” (more)

[Josh Keller and Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 May]

Alliance contribution aims to reshape fees debate

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“University top-up fees would be rebranded as graduate contributions under proposals published today by a group of 23 universities. The University Alliance – which represents institutions including The Open University, the University of Hertfordshire and Sheffield Hallam University – argues that its system would dispel “myths” about an upfront cost to university study and the language of debt …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 11 May]

The view from the HEA

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“I feel a certain trepidation as I begin my maiden voyage in the blogosphere. It’s not as if I go boldly where no man has gone before, but I must at least go boldly. I’ve avoided this medium of communication so far basically because there are so many others that do the job just fine for me. But Professor von Prondzynski has ‘smoked me out’ …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Blog, 10 May]

Renewing the Republic

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – It is to be hoped that the discussion arising from the stimulating article by Prof Tom Garvin, (Opinion, May 1st), will continue and develop into a profound and hopefully constructive analysis on the mission of the university in our society today. Such a debate is sorely needed …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 11 May]

McShanes stay hopeful for daughter’s prospects

Posted in Life with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Natasha McShane’s family remain hopeful for their daughter despite there being no update on her condition since news broke that she had emerged out of her drug-induced coma at Northwestern Memorial Hospital …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 10 May]

Maths/Medicine/Law

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Why matter for ‘concern’ (Pres. NUIM) if intending medics and lawyers take higher maths for the bonus points? Surely better for it!” (tweet)

[David Wilkins, Twitter, 11 May]

Teaching union still opposed to deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“A union representing third-level teaching staff has said clarifications provided last week on the Croke Park deal on public service reform are insufficient to make it change its recommendation on the agreement. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said the unanimous view of its executive’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 11 May]

UCC to delay introduction of €65 conferring fee

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Students at University College Cork have welcomed the cancellation of a controversial planned €65 fee for graduates attending summer conferrings. However, college management said it will still be seeking to impose a charge for attendance at the events in the academic year starting next autumn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 May]

A ‘grey philistine’ on why Prof Tom Garvin is wrong

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“One thing I certainly couldn’t complain about is a lack of media interest in universities. Over the past couple of weeks there have been news items and published comments on our higher education institutions, and all this has spilled over into social networking sites and blogs …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 11 May]

We did it – together

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“The deferral of the conferring fee which was announced today is much more than an extra €65 we’ll have in our back pockets this year – it’s the success of a long and ultimately fruitful co-operation between ourselves, the SU, and Fine Gael …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 10 May]

Over 20% of the world’s scholarly journals now open access!

Posted in research with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has just announced a list of milestones, including exceeding 5,000 journals. This is more than 20% of the world’s scholarly peer reviewed journals, estimated at ~ 23,000 according to Ulrich’s. This is a conservative estimate …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 10 May]

Universities welcome idea of bonus CAO points for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“University presidents have reacted positively to new proposals for bonus CAO points for maths. Dr John Hughes, president of NUI Maynooth, said universities would respond in a favourable way to a move by Minister for Education Mary Coughlan …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 11 May]

Twigg sinks Students

Posted in Life with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Gary Twigg fired Shamrock Rovers into the quarter-final after a tight tussle with an under-strength UCD at the Bowl last night. Twigg put the Hoops in front in the 10th minute when he headed home from a Danny Murphy cross …” (more)

[Independent, 11 May]