Archive for 21 May 2010

TUI votes to reject public pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has voted to reject the Croke Park public sector pay and reform agreement by a margin of three to one. General Secretary Peter MacMenamin attributed the large margin against the deal to the open-ended demand for the renegotiation of the teachers’ contract which some viewed as buying a ‘pig in a poke’. The turnout was 73% …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 21 May]

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Directing research

Posted in research with tags , on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“Over the past decade or so, Irish universities have pushed for far more generous research funding. While we do not know right now how such funding will develop during the current difficult economic climate, there is no doubt that in recent years funding levels became much more competitive when benchmarked against other developed countries …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 May]

Thug gets four years for assault that left student blind in one eye

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“A young father was yesterday handed a four-and-a-half-year sentence for viciously assaulting an African student, leaving him disfigured and blind in one eye …” (more)

[Aoife Nic Ardghaill, Independent, 21 May]

Science v humanities; a matter of presentation?

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“I attended two very different seminars in college today and the differences were striking. The first seminar was titled ‘Academic Freedom and the Notion of Rights’, and was given by a visiting lecturer in philosophy. He talked for an hour on the subject of rights, perceived rights, fundamental vs non-fundamental rights etc … and in the last ten minutes touched on the issue of academic freedom within this context …” (more)

[Antimatter, 20 May]

Raising fees should require raising your game, too

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“Any university that is allowed to charge higher tuition fees in the future could face financial penalties if it fails to deliver on promises to students, a vice-chancellor has warned. Paul Wellings, chair of the 1994 Group of small research-intensive universities, told a public hearing of the review of higher education fees and funding yesterday that it would be fair to expect institutions to meet ‘minimum’ standards to students if fees were raised …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 21 May]

IMPACT backs deal despite concerns

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“The biennial conference of IMPACT trade union has backed the Croke Park deal on public service pay and reform despite a number of delegates criticising those who negotiated its terms …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

Higher education policy in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 May 2010 by Steve

“The new coalition in Britain has now published its programme for government, Freedom, Fairness, Responsibility. One of its 31 chapters concerns ‘Universities and Further Education’, and it contains some old and new proposals for England (Scotland and Wales have their own systems not run from London) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 May]