Archive for 20 May 2010

Unjustified Attack on Public Sector Pensions – 1-page resource

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“Following a good suggestion from Denis O’Boyle who is also a member of the A.S.T.I. Pensions Committee, attached is a one page document with information about public service pensions that can be used to ‘win the argument’, confront politicians or write reply letters to newspapers when writers criticise us our pension arrangements …” (more)

[Seán Fallon, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 20 May]

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Queen’s moves to stamp out widespread bullying issues

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has acted to improve the well-being of its staff after two separate studies suggested that it had a problem with bullying. In a survey by the University and College Union in 2008, 10 per cent of respondents at Queen’s claimed to be ‘often or always’ bullied …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 20 May]

UCC moves to ‘shut up’ Evans

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork has begun further disciplinary procedures against the lecturer who is embroiled in a sexual harassment row over an academic article on the sex life of fruit bats …” (more)

[Brian Hayes Curtin, Cork Independent, 20 May]

Climategate-inspired fraud probe kicks up storm

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“A row over academic freedom has broken out in the US over a state attorney general’s demands that a university release documents relating to research-grant applications. Ken Cuccinelli, attorney general of Virginia, issued a ‘civil investigative demand’ to the University of Virginia last month demanding documents relating to grants obtained by climate scientist Michael Mann …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 20 May]

‘Penalise universities that let students down’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“Universities should face financial penalties if their lecturers teach for only a few hours a week, or class sizes exceed an acceptable limit, a government review was told today. Professor Paul Wellings, chair of the 1994 Group of 19 small research-intensive universities, recommended all students be given minimum expectations of contact hours with lecturers, class sizes and feedback …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 20 May]

USI calls on Education Minister to Protect Mature Students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on the Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan, to ensure that mature students are protected from crippling cuts that will prevent them from accessing college. Today (May 20), a group of mature students gave a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education on the effects of refusing them the maintenance grant …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 20 May]

Extra university places pledged

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“The coalition government has pledged to create more university places in England but stopped short of saying whether tuition fees would rise. It would instead await the findings of Lord Browne’s independent review of student funding …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 20 May]