Archive for 25 May 2010

Niamh Bhreathnach, taxi drivers and tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“As we continue to struggle with questions of university funding, there is a fascinating little debate in today’s Irish Independent between Niamh Bhreathnach and Colm Harmon. Ms Bhreathnach was Minister for Education in Ireland when tuition fees were abolished in the 1990s …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

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O’Keeffe to discuss innovation in Geoghegan-Quinn meeting

Posted in Governance and administration, research with tags , on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe TD will today meet Ireland’s EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as part of a week-long series of engagements in Brussels and Paris …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 25 May]

Student loans company chairman sacked

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“The chairman of the beleaguered Student Loans Company was sacked by ministers, it emerged today. Chief executive Ralph Seymour-Jackson has also stepped down after new universities minister David Willetts indicated he had ‘no confidence’ in him, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Independent, 25 May]

Debate: Was abolition of college fees a good idea?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“A recent ride in a taxi reassured me that the government decision I spearheaded to abolish fees was the right one. A quiet Dublin taximan’s parting words to me were an embarrassed, muted thanks ‘for the four children you put through university’ …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, Independent, 25 May]

The un-managed university: could it survive and prosper?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“During ten years spent working for a particular university earlier in my career (and there is no hint in the statement, as I have worked for 10 years for each of my academic employers), I amused myself by trying to find out where university-wide decisions were actually taken …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

University lecturers reject Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“University lecturers yesterday became the latest educational union to reject the new deal on public sector pay. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) voted 67.68pc against, with 32.32% in favour …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 May]

The Third-Level Funding Debate Continues – Full, economic fees in some form must return

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 25 May 2010 by Steve

“… Again to state the obvious: What are the chances of data and evidence of this type permeating public discussion of the fees issue in our hugely-underfunded third-level education system? Ideological commitments are one thing: the implications of data and evidence for educational policy are quite another …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 24 May]