Archive for 14 May 2010

Important Voice Missing from Innovation Taskforce Implementation Group

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“The announcement earlier this week of the members of a high-level group to implement the report of the Innovation Taskforce has drawn mixed comments. Some see it as a sign that action will now be taken to deliver on the recommendations of the taskforce, while for others it is deemed a further delaying tactic …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó Catháin,  A President’s Notebook, 14 May]

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Labour Party asked to ‘Come clean on the Croke Park Proposals’ – Colman Etchingham, IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“Labour Party local representatives have been asked by the recently formed Carlow/Kilkenny Public Service Workers Alliance to state clearly where they stand on the Croke Park Deal. Hacketstown based Dr. Colman Etchingham of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said ‘the Labour Party has been trying to box clever on this issue …'” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 14 May]

Coughlan supports expansion of LYIT-Magee

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“At the Joint Oireachtas Committee meeting on Education Senator Cecilia Keaveney got an assurance that Minister Coughlan was not only fully behind current collaboration between the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Magee College in Derry, but totally supports the expansion of this co-operation …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 14 May]

GMIT email libel case is settled

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“A libel action by a Galway college lecturer against two colleagues who circulated defamatory emails about him has been settled before the High Court …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 14 May]

How will Irish Universities perform in future world rankings? Prediction: slippage!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“There’s been a lot of comment (and a lot of skepticism) on this blog about the ‘meaning’ of university rankings. Issues regarding reliability and validity (e.g. predictive, construct, face, internal validity) of measurement, and a lack of attention to basic measurement theory, have been particularly discussed …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 14 May]

Minister hopes to drive a stake through public service pensions

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“The following quotes from this year’s budget speech are very worrying: ‘The Government has decided … by the end of the year … it will change the calculation of benefits so that pensions are based on “career average” earnings rather than final salary on retirement as at present …'” (more)

[Sean Fallon, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 14 May]

Move it on over: time’s up, students are told

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“Middlesex University is applying for a High Court injunction against its own students in a bid to end an occupation sparked by the closure of philosophy courses …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 May]