Archive for 26 June 2010

Minister at odds with UCD over bonus points for maths scheme

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Mary Coughlan has clashed with UCD over ‘delays’ in agreeing to award bonus points for higher level maths. Ms Coughlan said she was disappointed that no decision had yet been taken by UCD, which will now not decide its position until September …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 June]

Becoming very efficient

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“The latest suggestion that Irish universities have been offered by the government and some others is that they should be able to make further savings (and thus manage funding cuts) by being more ‘efficient’. What does this actually mean? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 June]

A queen’s welcome: Victoria’s stormy affair with Ireland

Posted in Life with tags on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“If Queen Elizabeth deigns to come to Cork during her State visit to Ireland, they may have to do a bit of heavy lifting at UCC. A statue of her predecessor, Queen Victoria, once held pride of place on the roof of the college’s Aula Maxima when it was Queen’s University Cork …” (more)

[Dan Buckley, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

You Think Professors Are Quick to Anger? Try 10,000 Bees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“Moving a building’s occupants elsewhere during renovations is always a problem, but when the University of Mary Washington started planning a makeover for Monroe Hall, a landmark 1911 academic building with 40-foot Corinthian columns on its porch, the facilities staff had a stickier problem than usual: One of the column capitals was home to a big honeybee colony …” (more)

[Lawrence Biemiller, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 June]

Ed Miliband suggests taxing graduates to fund universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband believes UK universities could be better funded if graduates were to pay extra tax rather than tuition fees. Writing in today’s Guardian, Miliband says he would consult vice-chancellors and universities to produce a plan to replace tuition fees with a graduate tax …” (more)

[Allegra Stratton, Guardian, 25 June]

US students to study peace process

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“US law students keen to learn from the success of the peace process are being drawn to Northern Ireland, Queen’s University has said. Almost 60 students and professors from one of America’s leading law schools have opted to study in Belfast this summer for an intensive programme in conflict resolution and international law …” (more)

[Independent, 25 June]

Unions propose lower fees for the children of staff

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“The children of higher education staff would be given full or partial discounts on university tuition fees under proposals put forward by unions. The UK’s five campus unions say in their joint pay and conditions claim for 2010-11 that they require talks with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association on ‘the principle of fee remission for children of higher education staff’ …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 24 June]

Financial and managerial pressures ‘threaten’ academic values, says v-c

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 June 2010 by Steve

“Fundamental academic values, such as free and open debate, are at risk, a leading UK vice-chancellor said this week. Nigel Thrift, vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick, told a conference in Hong Kong that ‘core academic values’ must be protected against financial constraints and managerial pressures ‘at all costs’ …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 26 June]