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)

[, 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]