Archive for 28 May 2010

Private fund used to build UL chief’s €2m home

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“A controversial new residence built for a university president cost more than €2m but was financed totally through private funds, a report has revealed. Details of the construction costs of the luxury house for University of Limerick (UL) president Prof Don Barry were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Education …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan and Fergus Black, Independent, 28 May]

Ireland’s knowledge society is running off course

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“Ireland is on an innovation journey stretching beyond the immediate horizon. As a nation, we have recently begun to doubt our sense of direction. Before we lose our way, it’s time to pull in and consult the road map …” (more)

[David Lloyd, Irish Times, 28 May]

Tuition fees and universal benefits

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“Kevin Denny’s study on the impact of the ‘free fees’ scheme has sparked a lively discussion on the ‘Irish Economy’ website. One of the participants in the discussion is Labour Party TD Joanna Tuffy, and one of the points she makes there is the following …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 May]

Economy hit by drop in foreign language students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“One of the sure signs of an Irish summer, the foreign-language student, has become a rarer species – with serious consequences for the economy. The lucrative English-language teaching business has suffered a huge fall-off in activity in recent years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 May]

The Humanities Go Google

Posted in research with tags , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“Matthew L Jockers may be the first English professor to assign 1,200 novels in one class. Lucky for the students, they don’t have to read them. As grunts in Stanford University’s new Literature Lab, these students investigate the evolution of literary style by teaming up like biologists and using computer programs to ‘read’ an entire library. It’s a controversial vision …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 May]

Exploitation of research?

Posted in research with tags on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“@9th_level_irl is a strong argument that outputs of publicly funded research should be kept from Unis as do not have capacity to exploit” (tweet)

[Eoghan O’Leary, Twitter, 27 May]