Archive for 12 June 2010

Limerick Institute of Technology to expand

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“The Government has approved a proposal for Tipperary Institute to become part of Limerick Institute of Technology. The move will create a significantly enlarged Institute of Technology serving Limerick, Clare and North and South Tipperary …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 11 June]

Oxford Sees Scholarly Hesitancy on Open Access

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“Academics remain reluctant to allow their journal articles to be deposited in open-access repositories, according to the Oxford University Press. The press announced Thursday that the percentage of Oxford Press articles authorized for re-publication in its open-access repository decreased overall from 6.7 to 5.9 percent between 2008 and 2009 …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 11 June]

Willetts proposes chains of universities teaching the same courses

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“Universities and colleges could stop teaching their own degree programmes and instead follow nationally recognised courses, the higher education minister proposed today. David Willetts called for chains of universities and colleges to teach the same course, externally set by the University of London or another well-regarded institution …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 10 June]

Oxford professor of poetry election mired in controversy again over sexism claims

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“A row has broken out over the election of the Oxford professor of poetry for the second year running after the only female candidate pulled out of race claiming she was disadvantaged by sexism …” (more)

[Heidi Blake, Daily Telegraph, 10 June]

Student begins to walk for first time since brutal attack in US

Posted in Life with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“… ‘Upon her admission to hospital on May 14, 2010, she was unable to talk, walk, eat or move her arms independently. Today, she is walking with assistance, has started to use her arms and has begun to talk’, a spokesperson for the family of Natasha McShane said yesterday. ‘However, her final prognosis remains uncertain …’” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 June]

Could (or should) we separate teaching and examining?

Posted in Governance and administration on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“The new British Universities Minister, David Willetts, has suggested in a speech at Oxford Brookes University that there might be advantages in allowing new institutions to enter the higher education market to offer programmes that would then be examined by other (older) universities with ‘an established exam brand with global recognition’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 June]

Maynooth president to take top Welsh post

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“The President of NUI Maynooth resigned yesterday after securing a prestigious post in Wales. John Hughes is stepping down to become vice-chancellor or chief executive of Bangor University …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 12 June]

Biographer was a brilliant scholar and popular teacher

Posted in Life with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“Diarmuid Whelan, who has died at the age of 37, was responsible for the publication of Peter Tyrrell’s harrowing memoir of life in Letterfrack Industrial School in the 1920s and 1930s. The memoir – Founded on Fear – was published by Irish Academic Press in 2006. In 2003-2004, Whelan was an Archive Fellow at the National Library of Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 June]

Big unions ensure Croke Park deal acceptance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“The Croke Park deal on pay and reform in the public service is set to be formally ratified by the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Union (Ictu) next week. Following a decision by members of Impact and Siptu yesterday to back the agreement, unions in favour of the deal will have a significant majority when the issue is decided by a vote at the Public Services Committee on Tuesday …” (more)

[Martin Wall and others, Irish Times, 12 June]

Presidential transitions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“In almost exactly one month I shall be stepping down from my post of President of Dublin City University. While I shall miss this job very much, I do look forward to having a little more time to do things I have been neglecting, including quite a lot of writing …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 June]

Court gives Dylan Evans leave for Judicial Review

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“An Irish Court has moved to grant Dr Dylan Evans, the lecturer at the centre of the so-called ‘fruitbatgate’ fiasco leave to apply for judicial review to the Irish High Court …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 11 June]

Should universities teach better?

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“In the 1980s, my clever friends who had gone into the Civil Service used to complain about the press they got. There they were, young people working 15 hours a day, trying to improve the conditions in prisons (or whatever); and there was Thatcher saying they were a load of expensive lay-abouts, and that they were a waste of space. My friends always said that, however much they had good arguments against that, the Thatcher rhetoric still got you down. It made you want to change your job …” (more)

[A Don’s Life, 11 June]

Bangor University appoints Vice-Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“The Council of Bangor University has appointed Professor John Hughes as its next Vice-Chancellor. He will succeed Professor Merfyn Jones, and will be only the University’s seventh Vice-Chancellor or Principal in its 126-year history. He will take up his post in the Autumn. John Hughes is currently President of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth …” (more)

[HT: Conor Houghton]
[Bangor University Website, 11 June]

Newcastle professor avoids jail over child pornography

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“A Newcastle University professor who admitted several of child pornography offences has avoided a prison sentence. Police raided the home of Michael Kehoe at Old Byre, Morpeth, in April last year. They found more than 200 indecent images of children on his computer. The leading professor in microbiology was given a three-year community order at Newcastle Crown Court earlier …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 June]

Academic burnout

Posted in Life with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“An American PhD student, Janie Crosmer, recently completed a thesis on the causes of burnout and disillusionment among academics, and the results of her work were summarised in the most recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 June]

Raising tuition fees could split the coalition, warns Simon Hughes

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“The new deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats today warned the issue of university tuition fees could split the coalition if the Government moved to increase student debt …” (more)

[Jo Sugden, Times, 10 June]

Smart move is to leave this sinking ship

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“I wish I could say I was surprised by the recent revelations by the education editor, John Walshe, that the Irish Universities Association has indicated that our smart economy was on the brink of collapse. The threats to our university sector and the bedrock of economic growth in this country (education) are now reaching danger levels …” (more)

[Eoin Hayes, Independent, 10 June]