Archive for 21 June 2010

Irish show below average interest in science

Posted in Life with tags on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“A Europe-wide survey on science and technology has found that while 79% of the average EU citizen has some interest in these subjects, only 71% of Irish persons do in comparison to 89% of the Dutch and 87% of those in the UK …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 21 June]

Maynooth centre named after Kennedy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“A new centre for conflict intervention is to be established in honour of the late senator Edward Kennedy, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has announced. The National University of Maynooth initiative focusing on mediation and leadership will be housed in a special building being named after Mr Kennedy, who died last August …” (more)

[Independent, 21 June]

Get a degree in sales from Harrods

Posted in Life with tags on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“Harrods is known for purveying some unusual items in its vast gilt halls. The Knightsbridge emporium is currently selling an alligator belt, a ‘spectator blazer’ for Wimbledon fans, and a treadmill that can be yours for a little north of £10,000. Now it has entered a new market – one not usually associated with extravagance – education. From this summer, Harrods will be Britain’s first retailer to offer an honours degree in sales …” (more)

[Lucy Tobin, Guardian, 21 June]

The real economic by-product of university research

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“John Hennessy, the university head and adviser to the TCD/UCD research alliance should be able to get his vision of university research when he starts an active role as a key adviser to the Irish Innovation Alliance. Hennessy is the Stanford University President with a view of entrepreneurship that would fit nicely into an OpenCoffee conversation …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 21 June]

Defamation actions which can chill or stifle scientific debate

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“… These are only two conspicuous examples of a disturbing trend towards using the courts to prevent scientific debate. This is not what libel law is for. On the one hand, the right to a good name is a basic human right. On the other, the right to freedom expression is a central democratic principle. The aim of libel is to find the appropriate balance between these competing interests …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Irish Times, 21 June]

Croke Park, what now?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“For any non-Irish readers of this blog, I might just place this briefly in context. In March of this year the trade unions and the public sector employers reached an agreement on pay and conditions in the public service (after negotiations in the Croke Park stadium, hence the title) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 June]

Role of university in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“… I was surprised and disappointed to see the sentence below: ‘Almost half a century after Hume campaigned for the North’s second university to be sited in Derry, it must make do with an out-station from the University of Ulster’. Without prejudice to the opinions she expressed in the rest of her piece and conscious of the profound sensitivities surrounding the publication of the Saville report, I write to defend the reputation of the staff, students and alumni of Magee …” (more)

[Deirdre Heenan, Irish Times, 21 June]

Naval staff awarded degrees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“Training programmes for non-commissioned officers in the Defence Forces are to be recognised externally through academic degrees. The move will allow graduates to use their career training in the jobs markets after leaving the service. Thirteen NCOs in the Naval Service are the first graduates under the new programme having been awarded a BA in leadership, management and naval studies by the National Maritime College of Ireland …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 June]

Higher fees would mean fewer students, survey suggests

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“The number of students aspiring to go to university would drop ‘dramatically’ if annual tuition fees were to rise to £7,000, according to a survey. Of 2,700 young people who took part in an Ipsos MORI poll, more than two-thirds said they would still be likely to go on to higher education if fees were increased to £5,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 21 June]

Let’s turn the migration of graduates into a positive

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 June 2010 by Steve

“… So for every student we send out, we would receive a student from that university. People in the third-level sector here tell me that many Asian universities now teach through English, so it would be attractive to Asian students. While Asia should probably be our first target, it should not be the only one. Similar programmes could be considered for Europe, Africa and the Middle East …” (more)

[Willie O’Dea, Independent, 20 June]