Archive for 27 May 2010

An Open letter to Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keefe TD

Posted in research with tags , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

Subject: Promoting Irish Software Innovation Dear Minister O’Keefe, In reply to your proposal that academic research teams be required to partner with industry, while I welcome the proposal in principle, I fear that you may have overlooked that unless this partnering is also enforced under an open source license, this could lead to 100% proprietary software development in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Dev, 27 May]

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Fees … an impolite debate

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“An interesting, if dispiriting discussion on Irish Economy between Kevin Denny of the University of Kentucky (and associated, as it says on his paper with the Institute for Fiscal Studies) and Joanne Tuffy TD. Denny has written a piece on the impact of the free fees policy at university level. I’d meant to address this paper because while interesting it struck me as opening up a number of questions …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 27 May]

Men’s Share of College Enrollments Will Continue to Dwindle, Federal Report Says

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“Women now account for a disproportionate share of the enrolments of higher-education institutions at every degree level and are likely to become an even more dominant presence on campuses over the coming decade, according to results of a study released today by the US Education Department …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 May]

McInroy steps down; UCD look for new boss

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“UCD men are on the lookout for a new coach following John McInroy’s decision to pursue a new business venture in his native South Africa, leaving with the club’s blessing …” (more)

[Stephen Findlater, The Hook, 27 May]

Long-Awaited American Institute of Soup Sciences to Open Soon

Posted in Life with tags on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“For-profit education corporation Raycore, Inc. has embraced the adage ‘Soup is good food’ and has taken it one step further, hoping that soup is good business, too. CEO Ray Williams announced today the establishment of the American Institute of Soup Sciences. ‘We are so proud to be moving forward and to be finally giving soup the academic attention it deserves’, he said from the podium of Campbell Hall …” (more)

[The Cronk of Higher Education, 27 May]

Forced industry partnering could kill innovation

Posted in research with tags , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“The suggestion from Batt O’Keeffe TD that industry partnerships should be made mandatory for all stages of third-level research has been met with some opposition, with one software industry professional warning that it could kill open source by leading to 100pc proprietary software development here in Ireland …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 27 May]

The Times: 2011 University League Table

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

“Not huge changes here with the exception of the remarkable jump by Lancaster, up from outside the top 20 to a top 10 slot. Not entirely clear from the data why this should be. 1 Oxford (1); 2 Cambridge (2); 3 Imperial College (3); …” (more)

[Registrarism, 27 May]