Archive for 3 June 2010

Third-level staffing down but student numbers soar

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“More than 1,000 jobs have been lost in higher education over the past two years – at a time when student numbers are rising rapidly. New figures show that at the end of March this year, the third-level colleges had a full-time staffing quota of 20,084, down from 21,149 at the end of December 2008 …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 3 June]

College of Surgeons gets its first female president

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“A doctor who broke through male-dominated barriers to become a heart surgeon has been elected the first female president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in its 226-year history …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 3 June]

College bosses warn of cuts to courses

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The highest number of school leavers in six years face the prospect of reduced choices on college courses with third-level chiefs warning that further funding cuts will impact on the level of services they can offer next autumn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 June]

Irish student speaks but full recovery long way off

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“A young Irish student beaten in a vicious attack in Chicago has started to say words and smile to family and friends, her father said yesterday. But Natasha McShane still has a long way to go from making a full recovery …” (more)

[John Breslin, Irish Examiner, 3 June]

Funding the university sector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The extent of the financial and operational crisis facing the university sector has been outlined in a stark letter sent to the seven presidents by Higher Education Authority (HEA) chief executive Tom Boland. He tells the colleges to brace themselves for an unprecedented range of cuts over the next year …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 3 June]

How not to handle harassment cases

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“Recent news stories have highlighted the issue of harassment in an academic setting. On the whole, harassment cases are quite rare in universities, but when they arise they can be very complex. Academic discourse is robust, as lecturers learn early to defend their position aggressively …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 June]

Public conversation on universities is welcome

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The recent public conversation in The Irish Times about the condition of our universities is greatly to be encouraged. That it is much focused on one institution, as it has been, may not be as helpful as is necessary to receive maximum benefit from the exchanges …” (more)

[Salters Sterling, Irish Times, 3 June]

Rise in numbers sitting Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The number of students sitting the Leaving Cert exam next week is at its highest level for several years. The surge in student numbers will put further upward pressure on CAO entry points for college, already predicted to rise this year. New figures, released by the State Exams Commission (SEC) today, show 55,783 entries for the exam which begins next Wednesday …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 2 June]

In Student Retention, Attitude Seems to Matter Most

Posted in Life with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“Suppose a college dean wanted to predict which first-year students would remain continuously enrolled at her institution for at least three years. She might look at the students’ standardized-test scores, their study habits, or whether they live on campus. Those are all factors that are known to be associated with retention rates. But she might also try asking first-year students a simple question: Do you like it here? …” (more)

[David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 June]

Funding the university sector – The Irish Times – Thu, Jun 03, 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“Hard to improve on this Irish Times Editorial – it says it all. The sector is in crisis, and meanwhile is expected to be engine of the smart economy and to drive innovation and smart job creation. Guess what? It’s not going to happen with the current mind-boggling disinvestment in the sector …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 2 June]

Third level strategy now ‘in disarray’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The government’s higher education strategy is in complete disarray, Labour TD Ruairí Quinn has claimed. He said the Government appeared intent on cutting back funding as record numbers of students, many of them seeking to upskill or to retrain, enrolled at college …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 3 June]

Scrap firsts, 2:1s and 2:2s, says thinktank

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“Degree classifications should be dropped in a bid to improve standards at universities, argues a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute. The UK urgently needs a new way to detect whether standards are slipping at its universities, a thinktank warns today …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 3 June]

Historians aim to change the future

Posted in research with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“A web project may help to shake up the academy and academic publishing. Two history professors are hoping to shake up the academy and academic publishing with a project that in a single week has generated more than enough ‘crowd-sourced’ content for a new book on academia …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 3 June]

Bat sex

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“In the recent past, an almighty debate has risen up over academic freedom. In Ireland, an academic has been investigated for having shown a female co-worker a paper on the subject of the sex lives of bats. As this blog is a family show, I will not describe what the bats have been doing …” (more)

[Mark Foreman’s Blog, 2 June]

UCU set for ‘greatest industrial dispute’ over job security and pensions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“The University and College Union has taken a step towards national strike action over job security – and is also threatening to launch the ‘greatest industrial dispute’ ever in higher education if changes to pensions are forced through. UCU members supported moves towards industrial action on two fronts at the union’s higher education conference in Manchester this week …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 3 June]