Archive for 1 July 2010

If not University, what else?

Posted in Life with tags on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“… In a professional context, I only worked with one person without a degree. He was great, a real go to guy. He subsequently had to go back and get a degree because not having one was blocking his pathway to promotion. Good grief, you probably need a degree to run away and join the circus nowadays …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 1 July]

PhD in New Media and Film launched by NUI Galway and UL

Posted in teaching with tags , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“The University of Limerick and NUI Galway today launched a new four-year structured PhD in New Media and Film. This development is one of the initiatives to come out of the NUI Galway-UL Alliance recently launched by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD and will start in September 2010 …” (more)

[Film Ireland, 1 July]

Lecturer bids to quash bat sex complaint

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Dylan Evans has brought High Court judicial review proceedings seeking to quash a complaint against him related to the ‘sex life of fruit bats’ controversy. The college carried out an investigation earlier this year …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Herald, 1 July]

Top French Schools, Asked to Diversify, Fear for Standards

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“France is embarking on a grand experiment – how to diversify the overwhelmingly white ‘grandes écoles’, the elite universities that have produced French leaders in every walk of life – and Rizane el-Yazidi is one of the pioneers …” (more)

[Steven Erlanger, New York Times, 30 June]

Fusion reactor set to raid Europe’s research funds

Posted in research with tags , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“European nations hope to divert more than a billion euros that were earmarked for research grants to make up a budget shortfall at the experimental ITER fusion reactor, Nature has learned …” (more)

[Geoff Brumfiel, Nature, 1 July]

Thursday is TechDay: The nerdness continuum

Posted in Life with tags on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“Being digitally literate is more than just the knowledge and ability to use a computer. It’s being able to create information using technology. Some suggest it’s an indicator of the comfort level with which one uses digital platforms effectively. Ten years ago, just knowing how to send an email signified technical ability. Today, not so much …” (more)

[Stefani Relles, 21st Century Scholar, 1 July]

Taoiseach meets with Harvard president to discuss innovation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“The Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD met with the president of Harvard University yesterday as she visited Ireland. Dr Drew Faust is an eminent historian and the first female Harvard president. The main focus of discussion at the meeting between the Taoiseach and Dr Faust was the central role of higher education and research in driving economic growth and innovation …” (more)

[Jennifer Yau, Silicon Republic, 1 July]