Archive for 8 July 2010

Cash-strapped colleges spent more than €4m on staff flights

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“Hard-up universities spent more than €4.3m on flights for staff and visiting academics last year, the Irish Independent has learned. The massive splurge is set to spark controversy with hundreds of third-level staff losing their jobs following savage cuts in education funding …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and John Walshe, Independent, 8 July]

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Let the Reign of Terror Commence

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“At midnight on the 1st of July I became constitutionally empowered as President of Maynooth Students’ Union. Now, a week on, I thought I’d share some of my reflections on the week just gone, and fill you in on what’s been happening. The first few days in work were always going to be a little strange …” (more)

[Thoughts of a Disobedient Student Representative, 7 July]

STEM focus is an economic own goal, LSE head warns

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“Top-performing social science and humanities faculties could end up with almost no UK students if the ‘obsession’ with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) funding continues, the director of the London School of Economics has warned …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 8 July]

Managerialism in Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

Abstract: ‘Managerialism’ is a term often used in relation to modern universities, sometimes as a neutral description of certain organisational techniques, sometimes as a pejorative expression. This article has three goals. Firstly, I suggest a reasonably precise definition of managerialism in this context. Secondly, against this definition I search for ‘managerialism’ in modern Irish university law …” (more)

[Steve Hedley, Irish Journal of Legal Studies, July issue]

Our universities face a funding crisis. To survive, they must learn from the US

Posted in Governance and administration on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“To cope with the cuts we need a new model of funding, but one which ensures that poorer students are not excluded. Next week I make my annual migration from Oxford to Stanford. These are two of the world’s greatest universities, but Oxford faces a challenge that Stanford does not …” (more)

[Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian, 7 July]

Job losses in universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“… In Ireland as in the UK (indeed more than in the UK), salaries make up a very large proportion of overall expenditure. Therefore it is difficult to absorb cuts in government allocations without reducing the number of those employed in the sector …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 July]

Overhauling education the smart thing to do

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 July 2010 by Steve

“Only radical changes to an education system not fit for the 21st century can help produce the smart economy we so desire. Education has always been of great interest and relevance to me because of my involvement in establishing a high-tech and high-value advanced manufacturing campus in Ireland …” (more)

[Jim O’Hara, Irish Times, 8 July]