Archive for 22 May 2010

Further charges over student attack

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“Two people have been charged with attempted murder in connection with the mugging of an Irish student in Chicago. Heriberto Viramontes (30) and his girlfriend Marcy Cruz (25) were both charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery in connection with the attack that left UCD student Natasha McShane with serious head injuries …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 22 May]

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What did abolishing university fees in Ireland do?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 22 May 2010 by Steve

Abstract: University tuition fees for undergraduates were abolished in Ireland in 1996. This paper examines the effect of this reform on the socio-economic gradient (SES) to determine whether the reform was successful in achieving its objective of promoting educational equality. It finds that the reform clearly did not have that effect …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 21 May]

Fountain jump leaves student in critical condition

Posted in Life with tags on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“A Limerick student seriously injured after he jumped into a fountain while out celebrating the end of exams has been transferred to the Mater hospital in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 May]

Synthetic cell research criticised as ‘scientific folly’

Posted in research with tags on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“Irish scientists have given a cold response to research released by geneticist Craig Venter, describing it as anything from a minor advance to a complete scientific folly …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 May]

Uncertainty still surrounds Croke Park deal as teachers’ vote is split

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“The ratification of the Croke Park public service pay and reform deal still looks uncertain after more than 51,000 teachers were split in their vote on support for the agreement reached in April …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 22 May]

The week the ‘bat-sex lecturer’ story flew around the world

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“An encounter between UCC academics has become a global media story – but is that because of its implications for academic freedom or because we all love a bat-sex story? It was early on a Monday morning in November when Dr Dylan Evans, a behavioural scientist working in the department of medicine at University College Cork, dropped in on a female colleague …” (more)

[Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times, 22 May]

Top universities ‘may have to go private’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 May 2010 by Steve

“Some of Britain’s leading universities may consider radical options such as going private if there is no increase in higher education funding, the Government’s inquiry into student finance was told yesterday …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 22 May]