Archive for 15 June 2010

Ictu ratifies Croke Park agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“The Croke Park deal on pay and reform in the public service has been formally ratified by the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Union (Ictu). The deal, which was accepted by a two-to-one majority vote this afternoon, follows a decision by members of Impact and Siptu last Friday to back the agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 15 June]

US assault victim recovers speech

Posted in Life with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“The parents of a UCD student who suffered severe head injuries following an assault in Chicago by a mugger wielding a baseball bat have said their daughter is walking and talking again …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 15 June]

Old academics don’t retire, they just go into research

Posted in Life with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“Claims that Australia is facing a serious shortage of academics and researchers are alarmist because they rely on only partial information. The most recent sustained assertions are based on the observation that Australian academics are older than the rest of the workforce, which itself is ageing …” (more)

[Gavin Moodie, The Australian, 16 June]

Students plan nationwide protests against university funding cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“Students and staff from more than 50 colleges and universities are planning a day of demonstrations against funding cuts in further, higher and adult education …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 15 June]

DCU introduces new MA in Sexuality Studies

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) together with the Faculty of Science and Health (FSH) are pleased to announce a newly-accredited joint Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies. The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) and the School of Nursing (SON) have gathered synergies to offer this interdisciplinary programme which comes at a time when sexuality-related discourses are taking centre-stage in both public and private life, policy-making and shaping professional practices …” (more)

[DCU News, 14 June]

Why do some people only think of plagiarism in June?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“Something that I have noticed over the last few weeks, is how plagiarism seems to become a hot topic at this time of year, with lots of activity about it on Twitter, mailing lists, and other people’s blogs, and then it will drop off the radar until a similar time next year …” (more)

[Dave Foord’s Weblog, 15 June]

Understanding the significance of university autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“If you were to pin down the key element that defines a globally successful higher education system, what would it be? Some might be tempted to argue that success flows from the wealth of resources available to the sector, either through public funding or through success in generating revenues and donations. But in fact while money is always a factor in some way, it may not be the critical one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 June]

Graduate Art in Dublin

Posted in Life with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“Dopplr reminded me that I’m in Dublin today to look at graduate work in both the National College of Ireland and the National College of Art and Design. I tell American friends that June is one of the best times to visit Dublin because of the graduate art exhibitions on display then …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 15 June]

Science Gap in USA

Posted in Life with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“For the great majority, becoming a scientist now entails a penurious decade or more of graduate school and postdoc positions before joining the multitude vainly vying for the few available faculty-level openings. Earning a doctorate now consumes an average of about seven years …” (more)

[Trainee Theorist, 15 June]

Student complaints rise, but fewer are justified

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“The student complaints body is now handling more than 1,000 cases a year, the organisation revealed today. Complaints received by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator – which takes on complaints only once a student has exhausted their university’s internal procedures – were up 12 per cent in 2009 …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 15 June]

‘Potentially serious’ case of exam cheating under inquiry

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“The State Examinations Commission is investigating, ‘potentially serious’ allegations of Leaving Cert cheating, it confirmed last night. The commission was contacted by a student who originally posted concerns about exam cheating on the online discussion forum boards.ie last Saturday …” (more)

[Seán Flynn and Gráinne Faller, Irish Times, 15 June]

How Free is Your Speech if You Are an Instructor at a Publicly Financed School?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“According to the ACLU website, if you are a public school teacher your free speech latitude depends on two things: where you are expressing yourself (in or out of the classroom); and whether you teach minors or adults …” (more)

[Prometheus Unbound, 14 June]

Learning about dinner-table dynasties

Posted in research with tags on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“What makes family businesses work? One academic is looking into it … and is looking for help. Not many academics can claim a pig farm in Lincolnshire as their source of scholarly inspiration, but Dr Lorna Collins (below) can. Collins, who is principal lecturer at the University of the West of England’s family business research unit, spent her teenage years helping out on her parents’ pig farm …” (more)

[Lucy Tobin, Guardian, 15 June]