Archive for June, 2010

The King has left the Building

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“I was unsure whether or not to do a ‘Goodbye’ to the Student Movement Blog but I said ‘Why Not?’. So after 3 years, I move on from the world of Student Politics. Student Politics; that was always an expression I didn’t like, maybe it’s because I came from a smaller college where the role of the SU wasn’t to focus on Policy and wasn’t to analyse structures, but was simply to assist and support students and give them the best College Life they could …” (more)

[Jono Clifford’s Blog, 30 June]

Campus Gun Bans Are Still on Solid Ground, Legal Experts Say

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“The US Supreme Court decision on Monday that struck down handgun restrictions imposed by the City of Chicago was seen as a major victory for gun-rights advocates. Higher-education leaders, however, are optimistic that the ruling will not undermine campus bans on firearms …” (more)

[Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 June]

Call for third level funding debate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“A Galway Senator has called for a debate on the future funding and provision of third level education. Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson Fidelma Healy Eames has said that debate is needed in light of the fact that the return of student tuition fees is set to be endorsed by the Hunt Report on higher education in the autumn …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 30 June]

Feeding the ‘smart economy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“Nearly two years ago the Irish government published a paper (Building Ireland’s Smart Economy) in which it identified what it called the ‘smart economy’ as the best support for economic regeneration and an escape from the deepening recession …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 June]

Funding risk to third level colleges over ‘secrecy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“The reluctance of third-level academics to open their work activities to scrutiny may put increased public investment at risk, the head of the Higher Education Authority warns …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 June]

Ties Between Colleges and Students Increasingly Look Like Contracts

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“If a hearing-impaired student asks for a sign-language interpreter during a semester abroad in Ireland, is his home university required to accommodate the request? Campus officials took up that question and others here on Tuesday at the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys …” (more)

[Sara Lipka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 June]

Universities shake-up ‘welcomed’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 June 2010 by Steve

“A plan to close smaller Welsh universities has been broadly welcomed by education professionals …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 June]