Archive for 26 May 2010

Fruitbatgate: Sexual Harrassment or Intellectual Discourse?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“… 1. The fact that Dr. Evans didn’t intend to offend is irrelevant on the question of harassment, if his behavior created ‘an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment’. His intent may be useful in mitigating the severity of discipline, but doesn’t change the effect of his actions on his colleague. 2. Dr. Evans exhibited a pattern of behavior over a period of a year that can only be described as overly familiar with a professional colleague …” (more)

[Susan Walsh, Hooking Up Smart, 26 May]

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Allowing Early Applications for Third Level Grants good news

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“Today’s news calling for students to apply now for maintenance grants is a welcome sign for all according to Deirdre Clune TD for Cork South Central. Today’s students are the people who will help us get out of the recession in the future so their education needs to be supported for all our benefit …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 26 May]

Science funding: Science for the masses

Posted in research with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“The US National Science Foundation’s insistence that every research project addresses ‘broader impacts’ leaves many researchers baffled …” (more)

[Corie Lok, Nature, 26 May]

Northern Ireland minister calls on Ulster Museum to promote creationism

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“Northern Ireland’s born-again Christian culture minister has called on the Ulster Museum to put on exhibits reflecting the view that the world was made by God only several thousand years ago. Nelson McCausland, who believes that Ulster Protestants are one of the lost tribes of Israel, has written to the museum’s board of trustees urging them to reflect creationist and intelligent design theories of the universe’s origins …” (more)

[Henry McDonald, Guardian, 26 May]

Educational markets

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“… Markets are an important and generally effective device for distributing goods and resources and services, but education is not particularly suited to this kind of approach. Education determines all sorts of social, economic and cultural issues in society, and a modern country needs to ensure that quality in education does not particularly follow privilege and wealth …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 May]

Higgins raises access/ back to education crisis with Ombudsman

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“Labour Party President and Dáil deputy for Galway West, Michael D Higgins, has written to the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly asking for her intervention in a matter affecting a growing number of persons seeking to enter into third level education having previously been in the workforce …” (more)

[Michael D Higgins TD, Labour Party, 26 May]

UCU threatens Sussex with ‘ultimate sanction’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“The University of Sussex may face an academic boycott as the University and College Union steps up its protests against planned job cuts at the institution. UCU members at Sussex are to be balloted on instituting what the union calls ‘the ultimate sanction’ …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 26 May]