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]

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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]