Archive for 7 July 2010

‘Climategate’ professor gets his job back

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“Professor Phil Jones, the scientist at the centre of the ‘climategate scandal’, is to be reinstated in his role at the University of East Anglia after being cleared of dishonesty by a major review. Prof Jones lost his job as head of the Climatic Research Unit at the UEA after personal emails he sent appeared on the internet …” (more)

[Louise Gray, Daily Telegraph, 7 July]

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Academic Freedom and Jerks

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“We frequently like to think of academic freedom by the following example: a noble professor has his or her rights infringed upon, the crowd stands up for the victim, and ultimately right wins out. Such cases are replete in our history. We also have examples, however, when repugnant individuals need to be defended …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 7 July]

Heaney hails new QUB library as ‘starship for our scholars’

Posted in research with tags , on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“Nobel Laureate poet and Queen’s University graduate Seamus Heaney said students did not know how lucky they were as he attended the grand opening of the new £50 million library …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 7 July]

Sliding towards the Not-So-Smart Economy?

Posted in research with tags , , , on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“Earlier this year I pointed out that, notwithstanding Ireland’s commitment to spend 3% of GDP on research and development, our actual performance does not measure up to that target. In fact, according to my calculations Ireland’s R&D expenditure now lies at around 1.4% of GDP, and it is falling …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 July]

Watchdog condemns college accounts

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“Belfast Metropolitan College’s handling of its multi-million-pound accounts was ‘unacceptable’, a watchdog has said. The college, one of the largest of its kind in the UK with an annual budget of £45 million, was rapped by the Northern Ireland Audit Office …” (more)

[Independent, 7 July]

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida. No gum is allowed during an exam: chewing could disguise a student’s speaking into a hands-free cellphone to an accomplice outside …” (more)

[Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 5 July]

UCD’s success is down to location, location, location

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“Is Trinity losing its social ‘cachet’ among bright young things as UCD firmly establishes itself as their university of choice? New figures show that 26,000 CAO applicants – or one in three of those looking for a place in September – have listed UCD somewhere among their preferences. It also gets the number one vote from students in the fee-paying school sector …” (more)

[Independent, 7 July]