Archive for May, 2010

Corporate assaults on university values?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“Another day, another report on how universities are all going to the dogs. This one is in the form of a book due to be published in September, but which has been previewed on the rather interesting website Truthout (dedicated to ‘equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice’) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 May]

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Anonymous donor gives €500,000 for Smurfit school MBA scholarships

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“An anonymous wealthy donor has agreed to provide the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School with €500,000 to help produce the country’s new business elite and fuel the Irish economic recovery …” (more)

[Ciaran Hancock, Irish Times, 31 May]

Postscript : Academic mobbing in cyberspace

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“Remarkably, if you scroll down to the end of the petition you find a couple of entries where people have signed up in order to warn others not to sign! It seems that the petition is really treated more as a blog …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 30 May]

Student fined for bringing UCL into disrepute with FitFinder site

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“The founder of a student flirting website has been fined £300 for bringing his university into disrepute. The FitFinder, set up last month, combines Twitter and Facebook to allow students to exchange saucy messages on campus. The site received four million hits in its first month and has rapidly expanded to universities across the country …” (more)

[Laura Pitel, Times, 31 May]

Two year degrees ‘would lead to academic sweatshops’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“University staff today attacked any move to introduce two-year degrees, warning they would lead to ‘academic sweatshops’ and hit the quality of education to students. The University and College Union warned that plans for two-year ‘fast-track’ degrees would damage the reputation of UK degrees and would lead to education being delivered ‘on the cheap’ …” (more)

[Sunday Telegraph, 30 May]

Debt Hunters

Posted in Life with tags on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“You can run, but you can’t hide. In an age where every penny counts, some universities are pulling out all the stops to collect parking ticket debts. Colleges are deploying a full arsenal of weapons, including the use of high-tech equipment to scan parking lots for violators, and the enlistment of collection agencies to hunt down deadbeats …” (more)

[Jack Stripling, Inside Higher Ed, 28 May]

UCC and Teagasc announce food research agreement

Posted in research with tags , , on 31 May 2010 by Steve

“The announcement of a strategic alliance between UCC and Teagasc has paved the way for a single food research programme in Ireland. The agreement will enhance collaboration between the university and the agriculture development body through the sharing of resources and working on a joint programme …” (more)

[Sean Mac Connell, Irish Times, 31 May]