Archive for 4 June 2010

The challenges of academic blogging

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday I attended a symposium on academic blogging in Trinity College Dublin organised by the collective who produce Pue’s Occurrences. I was there to represent Ireland After NAMA (the other blogs represented are listed below). It was a very productive meeting and it was fascinating to listen to the experiences of other academic bloggers and the kinds of issues and challenges that they face through blogging …” (more)

[Rob Kitchin, Ireland after NAMA, 4 June]

Education policy needs to get real, fast (in the national interest)

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Wednesday’s report in The Irish Times that the HEA has given effective carte blanche to university heads to take ‘whatever action is needed’ to make savings comes as no surprise. Yesterday’s editorial was a ‘get real’ message for those opposed to any change to the current system of funding …” (more)

[Tallyman, 4 June]

Irish academic wins top poetry prize

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Irish poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has won the prestigious Canada-based Griffin Poetry Prize for her collection, The Sun-fish. Ní Chuilleanáin, born in Cork city in 1942, is a fellow and professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, and a member of Aosdána …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 4 June]

This blog: the next generation

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“… One plan for me is to develop this blog a little more. While I shall continue to write what are essentially editorial-type posts on a more or less daily basis, I am also intending to add new sections including news and views from around the higher education system. To do this most effectively, I am hoping to attract a number of people who might be willing to act as contributors or correspondents …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

Academic disengagement: Qualitative historical evidence

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“… Extrapolating from these historical trends, it appears that a new student culture has emerged, which we have referred to as a culture that encourages a norm of entitled disengagement. In no previous era did high levels of disengagement coincide with extreme pressure to attain high grades, as is the case in the current era. And, although these patterns were observed in American universities, there is little reason to believe that Canadian universities differed significantly, especially given how similar these universities are today …” (more)

[Ivory Tower Blues, 4 June]

University and SES

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“This is an interesting take on the role University can play in encouraging lower SES participation by the VC (President) of one of the Melbourne based unis …” (link)

[Colm Harmon, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 4 June]

Networking

Posted in research with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“I used to think that academic work was a solitary endeavor: that professors shut themselves away with their sources, thought long and hard about them, and emerged years later with masterly tomes. In fact, it is highly collaborative. I always read the ‘Acknowledgments’ section of books because I love visualizing the network of archivists, editors, colleagues, mentors, and family members who have become invested in a project and helped it succeed …” (more)

[Karen Tani, Legal History Blog, 4 June]

Reinventing the university: conference in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“As I have mentioned previously, DCU will be hosting a major conference on the future of higher education. This will take place on June 15 and 16, under the title of ‘Reinventing the University: Creating a New Vision’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

Lecturer forgoes NUI Galway pension

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“A lecturer who held full-time positions in two colleges for more than a decade earned €146,000 a year, the Public Accounts Committee has been told. The committee also heard that Fergal O’Malley, who is in his 40s, will receive his full deferred pension from Athlone Institute of Technology when he reaches normal retirement age …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 4 June]

Tapping into the economic potential of universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“The university head and adviser to the TCD/UCD research alliance is keen to see Irish universities flourish …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 4 June]

Seeking to prevent double jobbing

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Three years ago a case came to light which caused a fair amount of embarrassment in the higher education sector, but which also still threatens to have further repercussions. The case was that of Fergal O’Malley, who it turns out had for over eight years been working simultaneously under two full-time contracts of employment …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 June]

Sign in haste, repent later

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Regarding the Fruitbatgate affair (‘Yikes! Attack of the killer viral fruit bats’, 27 May), I would argue that the reputational damage has been done not to University College Cork but to the 3,763 academics who signed the petition supporting Dylan Evans without first checking the facts …” (more)

[Dorothy Bishop, Times Higher Education, 3 June]

Graduates pass their medical exams

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“They took the long way round but almost 50 new doctors have made history as the first to have come through medical school under a new entry method for graduates …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

No more lecturer ‘double-jobbing’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“The presidents of NUI Galway and Athlone Institute of Technology have said new systems have been implemented to ensure there is no repeat of an incident in which a lecturer held two fulltime posts simultaneously in both institutions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 June]

THE unveils broad, rigorous new rankings methodology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“Details of the proposed new methodology for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings have been unveiled. THE confirmed this week that it plans to use 13 separate performance indicators to compile the league tables for 2010 and beyond …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 3 June]

Higher Education’s Big Lie

Posted in Life with tags on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“The notion that education, particularly a college degree, is the key to career success is a particularly American idea. It is what the sociologists W Norton Grubb and Marvin Lazerson have called ‘the education gospel’, a national ethos of hard work in school paying off and of equal opportunity for all …” (more)

[Ann Larson, Inside Higher Ed, 3 June]

Saving the idea of the ‘smart economy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“When two years ago it became clear that Ireland faced potentially dramatic economic problems as the property market collapsed, the government rightly initiated an analysis of how the country could be regenerated quickly by redirecting the economy from property transactions and domestic consumption to knowledge-based exports …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 June]