Archive for 24 May 2010

Tánaiste urges students to apply early for grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms. Mary Coughlan TD, today announced details of the student maintenance grant schemes for the coming academic year. This year’s schemes include a number of significant administrative and service improvements aimed at ensuring students getting their grant entitlement on time …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 May]

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Financial Difficulties Facing Access Students: Discussion

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 May 2010 by Steve

Ms Michelle Mitchell: We have created a document that briefly outlines the Access programme, the restrictive funding available to students and the financial implications thereof. As a result, we wish to present our proposal of the educational supplement for mature students who do not qualify for the back to education allowance, BTEA, or the student maintenance grant. The Access programme is designed specifically for people who may not have had the conventional educational requirements to enter third level education …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Science, 20 May]

As Science Evolves, How Can Science Policy?

Posted in research with tags on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“Benjamin Jones of Northwestern University has written an interesting article on how the changes in the nature of scientific research pose challenges for science policy …” (more)

[Philip Lane, Irish Economy, 24 May]

University places in spending cut

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“Extra university places and school services in England are to be cut in the coalition government’s drive to reduce public spending. Cuts of £200m to the university budget will mean 10,000 fewer extra places than had been announced …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 24 May]

Alberta principal vetos kilt at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“Hamish Jacobs is a graduating high-school student in Alberta, Canada. In deference to his Scottish heritage, he proposed to wear a kilt to the graduation ceremony, but the principal has rejected this proposal as being ‘inappropriate’. Evidently, principal Mark Beazer is unfamiliar with the formal attire of other nations, and people in Scotland are up in arms over the issue …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 24 May]

For-Profit Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“‘What are we getting for our money?’ This is a question that the Obama Administration and key Members of Congress are asking …” (more)

[Mark Pelesh, 21st Century Scholar, 24 May]

Academic Freedom in the Universities Act, 1997

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“I’m sorry not to have been able to acknowledge the celebration of AFAF’s International Academic Freedom Day on the day itself by a wonderful blog carnival on the right to learn, ably convened by Deirdre Duffy, and hosted by the ever-wondrous Human Rights in Ireland blog. I’ve blogged on academic freedom on many previous occasions (see especially here and here), and I’d like here look at some of the Irish legal aspects of the issue …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 24 May]