Archive for 6 July 2010

UCC lecture causes murder conviction to be set aside

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“A high profile lecture given by Mr Justice Paul Carney at UCC has caused two brothers murder conviction to be quashed. The lecturer was given by Mr Justice Carney during the trial which he was presiding over, and made direct reference to the case …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 6 July]

Gordon Brown ‘offered several university posts’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“The former prime minister has been approached by institutions in the UK and overseas, friends have said. Mr Brown’s possible academic appointments come amid continuing questions about his low profile at Westminster …” (more)

[James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph, 6 July]

Excellence and Cohesion in European Science

Posted in research with tags , , on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“I was invited to talk about the topic of excellence and cohesion in European Science at the EuroScience Open Forum in Turin last weekend. (This is the meeting that will come to Dublin in 2012 for the City Of Science events). Both of the words –‘excellence’ and ‘cohesion’ – carry heavy baggage. ‘Excellence’ has become the only level of research that anybody plans to support …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 6 July]

The humanities battle to gain a scientific edge

Posted in research with tags on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“Most English speakers assume they know what science is: the word science is part and parcel of ordinary colloquial English. The same is not true, however, of the phrase the humanities, which belongs to a more specialised academic register …” (more)

[Anna Wierzbicka, The Australian, 7 July]

Taking down the ivory towers: A new role for universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“… Burawoy describes the increasing commercialization of knowledge by universities, which, if you believe in education as a necessary public good, is most certainly bad. To him, the university is not fulfilling its duties. He then discusses an alternative model for higher education, a reflexive model founded upon participation and recursive discussion …” (more)

[Randy Clemens, 21st Century Scholar, 6 July]

USI Urges Students to Apply Early for Grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has urged students to apply for grants as early as possible to avoid another meltdown of the grant system, as witnessed in the last academic year. The current recession will result in a huge hike in the number of people seeking to return to college, including mature students and graduates wishing to up skill. This will put added pressure on the students grant system …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 6 July]

Universities criticise exam ‘grade inflation’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“Top universities are struggling to select the best students because of exam ‘grade inflation’, according to research. More than half of institutions found it increasingly hard to pick out top candidates because A-level results have been artificially boosted by re-sits and ‘teaching to the test’, it was claimed …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 6 July]

Blow to smart economy as 950 research jobs face axe

Posted in research with tags , , , on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“Up to 600 research posts that are key to the development of the ‘smart economy’ will be lost this year. A further 350 crucial research jobs will go next year, the Government has been told. The loss of 950 PhD and post-doctoral posts was revealed in figures prepared by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) …” (more)

[John Walshe and others, Independent, 6 July]

Marketing the university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“Every year Irish universities spend a certain amount of money – the precise sum will vary from year to year and from institution to institution – on marketing. Mostly this money is spent on advertising designed to attract students …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 July]

Global analytics body to bridge gap between business and technology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“The Revenue Commissioners, Queen’s University Belfast, UCD, the Central Statistics Office, Trinity College and SAS Ireland are the driving forces behind a new Analytics Institute in Dublin that will bridge the gap between business and technology. The focus the new Analytics Institute (AI) is to improve the world we live in using advanced analytics in resolving real-world, critical problems …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 5 July]

Nearly 70 graduates for every job vacancy

Posted in Life with tags on 6 July 2010 by Steve

“Graduates without a top-level degree pass will see their chances of getting a job this summer almost vanish, it was forecast today. With record numbers seeking employment, the vast majority of employers are closing the door to any candidates with lower than a 2:1 degree pass …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 6 July]