Archive for 27 June 2010

TCD: research cuts will cost 1,000 jobs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is predicting that its new funding for research will collapse in the next five years, cutting spending on research by three quarters and leading to the loss of almost 1,000 research positions. A confidential document being prepared by the college also predicts that the combined fall in research staff and students could affect the college’s standing in international rankings …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 27 June]

Department of Finance run by arts graduates

Posted in Life with tags on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“More senior staff in the Department of Finance have degrees in general arts than in economics and finance, the Sunday Tribune can reveal. Seventy-six staff at the government’s most key department have either degrees or masters degrees in arts, while just 75 hold degrees or masters degrees in economics or finance …” (more)

[Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 27 June]

Not enough cooks in the DIT kitchen

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“It is regarded as one of the world’s top culinary colleges producing a menu of top chefs from Richard Corrigan to Darina Allen and Michelin starred Kevin Thornton. But things have turned sour at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) when last week, ’embarrassed’ staff at the celebrated School of Culinary Design refused to attend a college open day …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 27 June]

Edging towards bonus points for mathematics

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“According to a report in the Irish Independent, all the universities except University College Dublin have now agreed that there should be bonus points in the Leaving Certificate for higher level Mathematics. UCD may also come to the same decision …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 June]

Escaping exams

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“I am knackered – for a myriad of reasons, but partly because I have just finished being chair of our Part 1a exams. OK I am sure that taking exams is more exhausting than marking them; but marking takes it out of you too, and you don’t get all the sympathy …” (more)

[A don’s life, 25 June]

Foreign researchers stay

Posted in Life with tags on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“The Netherlands is the third most attractive destination after the US and Switzerland to foreign researchers, according to a survey of 10 Western countries. SEO Economic Research, an economic research group, compared the Netherlands with 11 other countries with regard to their attractiveness to highly skilled workers …” (more)

[University World News, 27 June]

Judge tosses creationists’ effort to offer master’s degrees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 June 2010 by Steve

“A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a creationism think tank and school that attempted to force the state of Texas to allow it to offer master’s degrees in science education …” (more)

[Houston Chronicle, 22 June]