Archive for 16 June 2010

Re-thinking Universities? ideas still being sought

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“I attended the DCU/ASU conference on Re-thinking the University the other day and found it an interesting experience. I should first point out that I’m pleased that Ferdinand organised and hosted this event in an attempt to bring to a head some of the issues pertaining, in particular, to the remit of the Strategic Review of Higher Education …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 16 June]

RIAN – Irish Research Online

Posted in research with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“A new online service now facilitates open access to a range of Irish research publications. RIAN provides a single portal for national research output made available on an open access basis. It contains publications from the institutional repositories of the seven Irish universities and Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[The HardiBlog, 16 June]

Legislation Won’t Close Gender Gap in Sciences

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“If the Senate passes legislation establishing regular ‘workshops to enhance gender equity’ in academic science, what exactly would scientists and engineers do at them? The legislation, already approved by the House, is a little vague beyond directing researchers and heads of academic departments to participate in ‘activities that increase the awareness of the existence of gender bias’ …” (more)

[John Tierney, New York Times, 14 June]

Learning to share

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“Right now the AAUP is calling for greater faculty involvement in shared governance, and so are prominent members of the professoriate – among them AAUP president and University of Illinois English professor Cary Nelson, whose new book, No University Is an Island, makes the case for both stronger faculty unions and more faculty power …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 16 June]

Film-maker Bob Quinn donates archive of 40 years to library at NUIG

Posted in research with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“Film-maker and photographer Bob Quinn has donated a 40-year archive of images of Connemara to NUI Galway’s library. The archive comprises some 25,000 photographic negatives – a sample of which are also on display for a month at Galway City Museum, along with his film work …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 June]

Kill off quangos, capped fees, cheap loans and funding for teaching, urges think tank

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“Government funding for teaching in universities should be scrapped and replaced entirely by money raised through tuition fees, a centre-right think tank has said. In a report setting out how to tackle the public sector deficit, Reform also says that a number of quangos – including the Office for Fair Access and the Higher Education Academy – should be abolished …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 16 June]

Strike threat lifted after Croke Park deal ratified

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“… The Teachers Union of Ireland and Irish Federation of University Teachers, who voted against the deal, have not accepted the decision. But neither has threatened immediate industrial action and they are not expected to withdraw from the committee. They are unlikely to take action unless the Government unveils plans for a revamp of teaching contracts …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 16 June]

What is university education for?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“A repeated theme on this blog has been the topic of widening participation in higher education, in particular financial and other consequences of this which do not appear to have been thought out. As ever, higher education – in Ireland, as in other countries – is expected to do more with less. The suggestion that perhaps participation in higher education has already gone far enough seems to be considered politically unacceptable …” (more)

[Wendy Richards, University Blog, 15 June]

Pupils who boast about cheating get off hook

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 June 2010 by Steve

“Students who boast online about cheating in their Leaving Cert could get away with it because officials are unable to check the claims. The only way they can be tracked down is if the State Examinations Commission (SEC) goes to court to find out who they are …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 16 June]