Archive for 18 June 2010

Costs award against dyslexic student

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“The High Court has awarded costs against a woman with dyslexia who lost her action against the State alleging discrimination in the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 June]

Law school scam

Posted in Life with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“For a long time, the conventional wisdom among humanities majors has been this: Law school is the way to go if you want a safe, secure, flexible, and lucrative way to keep reading and writing for a living. I can’t count how many times I sat with English majors who were wrestling with what to do with their lives, who saw themselves as having a choice between grad school (intellectually thrilling, but with very poor job prospects) and law school (less seemingly thrilling, but with rock solid prospects for any number of career paths afterward) …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 18 June]

Widening Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

Abstract: This paper makes use of newly linked administrative data to better understand the determinants of higher education participation amongst individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is unique in being able to follow two cohorts of students in England – those who took GCSEs in 2001-02 and 2002-03 – from age 11 to age 20 …” (more)

[Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 18 June]

Is academic disengagement inevitable? International Comparisons

Posted in teaching with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“A common reaction to reports of student disengagement is that we all should get used to widespread disengagement because nothing better should be expected from a mass university system. A variety of excuses are made for students who are ‘too busy’ to put a full effort into their studies …” (more)

[Ivory Tower Blues, 18 June]

Irish universities in research deal with US college

Posted in research with tags , on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“Two Irish universities are teaming up with an American college to develop a new translational research institute. Details of the joint venture between NUI Galway, the University of Limerick and Georgia Institute of Technology in the US will be announced later today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 June]

Lib Dems could mutiny on tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“Sir Menzies Campbell has said fellow Liberal Democrat MPs could be ’emboldened’ to follow him in voting against increased tuition fees, in breach of coalition agreements …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 18 June]

Bonus for maths ‘will only lead to points inflation’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“Bonus points for maths will simply drive up the entry requirements for courses such as medicine, pharmacy and law, it was predicted last night …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 18 June]

Dublin to have a ‘super Institute’?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday’s Irish Independent newspaper reported that four institutes of technology – Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Blanchardstown IOT, Tallaght IOT and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology have been in ‘secret talks’ to create a ‘combined super Institute of Technology’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 June]

Fairness and efficiency in university admission

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“My recent paper on the non-effect of fee abolition in Ireland emphasized the socio-economic gradient in secondary school attainment: low SES means low points and therefore a low probability of progressing to university. Fees are a side-issue, at best. This problem is not unique to Ireland, of course …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 17 June]

UCD to head up €18m cancer research projects

Posted in research with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“University College Dublin has achieved a major research success, winning the leadership role in two EU-funded cancer projects. The two consortiums have received funding worth €18 million under the Seventh Framework Programme research budget …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 June]

All colleges expected to give maths extra marks

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“Four universities have backed the idea of bonus points for maths and the other three are also expected to do so, but with misgivings. The initial reaction – even if lukewarm – is welcome news for Education Minister Mary Coughlan, who is pushing the maths agenda …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 June]

Can’t Twitter? Won’t Twitter!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 June 2010 by Steve

“Have not been able to persuade British Academy to Twitter. For their new report on future funding of Universities see: http://tiny.cc/zd2pi” (tweet)

[Dorothy Bishop, Twitter, 17 June]