Archive for 24 June 2010

Obama may speak at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“UCC are confident that US President Barack Obama will deliver the inaugural Frederick Douglas lecture on human rights at the college to kick off a human rights lecture series at the southern Irish university. They say the US Embassy in Dublin is supportive of their initiative …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 24 June]

TUI will not endorse Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers Union of Ireland has decided that it will not endorse the Croke Park pay and reform agreement. The union, which represents around 15,000 secondary teachers and lecturers, has rejected the agreement by a margin of three to one …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 June]

First Look at the TCD Long Room Hub

Posted in research with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“Poul Holm gave me my first understanding of Trinity’s Long Room Hub today as I listened to him offer an insider’s view of the processes involved in ‘unmuting’ different parts of Trinity’s faculty to facilitate the convergence of digital technologies in the humanities …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 24 June]

‘Financing Higher Education Worldwide’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“Who pays for higher education? Whether talking about the government role or the student responsibility, the question is controversial all over the world, and many policies are in flux. Financing Higher Education Worldwide, a new book from the Johns Hopkins University Press, surveys the globe for the trends and their implications …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 24 June]

A university in the community

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“Today DCU will be celebrating its involvement in the community when, as one of my last formal acts as President, I shall be handing out the DCU President’s Award for Civic Engagement. This is the first occasion on which this award will be presented …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 June]

€10m research fund for scientists to open after delay

Posted in research with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“Scientists who want to turn their research discoveries into businesses can start applying for Enterprise Ireland (EI) support funding from next month. Its commercialisation fund programme will make €10 million available after a four-month delay in the support due to uncertainty over Government funding …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 24 June]

Most Exciting Part of Web Isn’t ‘World Wide’

Posted in Life with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“The world wide web removed a sense of space from our lives by connecting everyone on the globe to the same content – totalitarian regimes excepted. But the web’s most promising developments of late indicate that we’re entering a new phase where place matters as much as reach …” (more)

[Eliot Van Buskirk, Epicenter, 23 June]

Democratising access to academic knowledge

Posted in research with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“The spread and speed of digital information have transformed many aspects of science, society and culture. Problems of access have grown at the same time. The digital revolution has outgrown traditional legal and organizational structures, while facilitating new ways for publishers to profit from a public good …” (more)

[Fay Bound Alberti, Human Rights in Ireland, 23 June]

Bibliometrics, global rankings, and transparency

Posted in research with tags , on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“Why do we care so much about the actual and potential uses of bibliometrics (‘the generic term for data about publications’, according to the OECD), and world university ranking methodologies, but care so little about the private sector firms, and their inter-firm relations, that drive the bibliometrics/global rankings agenda forward? …” (more)

[Kris Olds, GlobalHigherEd, 23 June]

Not the time to relax efforts having reached the global R&D stage

Posted in research with tags , on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“One element of the Lisbon Treaty that may have escaped your attention, even upon second reading, is that the European Research Area (ERA) is now a legal objective of the European Union. The ERA is the embodiment of European research policy and focuses on the free movement of knowledge across the EU with the objective of creating a single market for research …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 24 June]

Sum of universities’ fears: cuts of up to a quarter and VAT rise

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“University funding in the UK could be cut by a quarter and up to £200 million could be lost each year in extra VAT after this week’s emergency Budget confirmed some of the sector’s worst fears. Delivering his ‘unavoidable Budget’ for cutting the deficit, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that departmental spending would fall by an extra £17 billion by 2014-15 compared with Labour’s plans …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 24 June]

The Emergence of the National University and the Role of the Federal Government

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 June 2010 by Steve

“Around the same time my parents’ generation was dreaming that higher education was in their children’s future, the California Legislature adopted the Master Plan for Higher Education, setting priorities for the University of California, California State University and community college systems. The Master Plan reflected California’s commitment to higher education as a public good …” (more)

[Linda Katehi, Huffington Post, 22 June]