Archive for 13 May 2010

‘Two brains’ takes charge as Lib Dems take flak

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“David Willetts has been given responsibility for higher education in the new coalition government formed by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Mr Willetts, who was Conservative shadow universities secretary before the general election, will attend Cabinet in his new role, which sees science and skills merged into the same brief …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

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CPSU could re-ballot members on Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“The Civil Public and Services Union may re-balloting their members if other unions choose to back the Croke Park deal, it was revealed this morning …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 May]

International Students in Higher Education in Ireland

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“The 2009/2010 report on international students in higher education in Ireland has been released. New figures show that numbers of North American students coming to Ireland have increased over the last three years, especially for JYA/Study Abroad programmes and PhDs …” (more, link)

[Study in Ireland, 13 May]

How Dev was nearly lost to science

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“Eamon de Valera might not have made it to the 1916 Rising had he got the job he wanted at UCC three years earlier …” (more)

[Cormac Sheridan, Irish Times, 13 May]

Stalling over tap tax blamed for tightening of budgets in education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“Public expenditure cuts are having an impact on education institutions across Northern Ireland. The Belfast Telegraph asked the Association for Northern Ireland Colleges (ANIC), Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) and the University of Ulster (UU) how budget cuts and the financial downturn is affecting them …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 May]

Poorer graduates

Posted in Life with tags , on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“In a recent post I referred to Australian research that found that university graduates tend to be unhappy people. Now we also have some American research to show that they are not always well paid, either …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 May]

2,000 new teaching jobs as pupil numbers soar

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“More than 1,000 new teaching jobs will be created by September – with a further 1,000 expected next year. The jobs are being given the green light because of a huge surge in the number of full-time students, which now tops one million for the first time in the history of the State. They are in addition to the hundreds of posts that have to be filled annually due to retirements …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 13 May]