Archive for 29 June 2010

O Brolchain welcomes first electric car charge point at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Galway Senator, Niall O Brolchain, has welcomed the launch of the first electric car charge point at NUI, Galway – which is also the first charge point put in place across the Irish Universities. The charge point was launched by Minister Eamon Ryan today. ‘Once again Galway is leading the way in renewable energy …'” (more)

[Green Party, 29 June]

Smaller Welsh universities to face closure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Some Welsh universities are to face closure, Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced. He indicated smaller bodies will be forced into mergers, meaning a smaller number of larger and stronger ones …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 June]

Open University claims record iTunes downloads

Posted in teaching with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“The Open University is claiming a world record for the number of iTunes downloads – as the first to reach 20 million. Universities around the world are now distributing material through the iTunes U educational area of the online service …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 29 June]

Stem-cell furore erupts

Posted in research with tags , on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Long-rumbling hostilities between stem-cell researchers in Germany exploded into a blazing public row last week, after Nature published a critical reanalysis of data from a high-profile 2008 article …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature, 29 June]

Parents warned over exam binge drinking

Posted in Life with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“More than a third of parents plan to provide 16 and 17-year-olds with drink for summer breaks, it was disclosed. Of those, around half said they would buy sons or daughters five or more bottles of wine or spirits – well above the recommended weekly alcohol intake for adults …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 29 June]

Why e-books will never replace real books

Posted in Life with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Because we perceive print and electronic media differently. Because Marshall McLuhan was right about some things. In case you don’t recall one of the more influential thinkers of the late 20th century: McLuhan was an academic media theorist who ended up being called a ‘high priest of popular culture’ …” (more)

[Jan Swafford, Slate, 29 June]

Universities of the future

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“My daughter is 4 years old. In October 2023 she will probably go to university. What will that university look like? Where will it be? Will it be anywhere? The 20th century was good to universities, marching them from an elite fringe to the very heart of the information economy. They are the coal mines and steel mills of the information age …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, University Blog, 29 June]

Scientists identify antidote to hospital superbug

Posted in research with tags , on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Scientists from University College Cork and Teagasc have, together with Canadian colleagues, identified a new antibiotic which combats the potentially fatal hospital-acquired superbug, Clostridium difficile …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 29 June]

Is it time to enter the ‘real world’?

Posted in Life with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“As he enjoys a trip to Malaysia, recent Trinity graduate Jonathan Wyse talks to friends back home about what happens next – more study or entering the workforce …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 June]

Accreditation and Assessment: The Corregidor Position

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“… The state reserves the power to decide who can and cannot hand out degrees, or even who can call themselves a University. The University of Rob would soon find its letterbox full of troubling legal correspondence. This is the weakest link. One keen populist or neo-liberal politician, one piece of legislation, and it’s gone. If I ran the circus (after the Revolution, you know) I would sweep this away with the stroke of a pen, just to see what would happen. What would happen, exactly? …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 25 June]

Students union demands action on exams reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Students are seeking an urgent move to reform the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams and how young people are tested throughout their second-level education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 June]

4th International Plagiarism Conference

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“I attended the 4th International Plagiarism Conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, this week, and presented a paper on my test cases for testing plagiarism detection systems … The papers are not online (yet), but here are some comments about some of the papers I listened to …” (more)

[Copy, Shake, and Paste, 26 June]

Supreme Court Upholds Law School Anti-Bias Policy Challenged by Christian Group

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“A bitterly divided US Supreme Court held today that a California public law school did not violate the First Amendment in denying official recognition to a Christian student group that effectively excluded homosexual students from membership based on their beliefs and behaviors …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 June]

First Woman Professor in Ireland or Great Britain

Posted in Life with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“UCC today celebrates the centenary of the appointment as professor of Mary Ryan, the first female in either Ireland or Great Britain to be appointed to a professorship …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 28 June]

Don’t do Strategic planning on tactical timescales

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Most Universities conduct strategic plans with a five year time horizon. This is too short. Most degrees take three or four years (allowing for repeats, long medical degrees, interminable PhDs etc) so five years is a little bit longer than one ‘product cycle’. A car takes, perhaps, a few weeks at most including components. Could you imagine Ford or Toyota having a 3 month strategic planning horizon? …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 25 June]