Archive for 9 July 2010

UCD gets green light for €300m science building

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“The country’s biggest university was yesterday given the green light to develop a science and technology building and hundreds of apartments beside its Dublin 4 campus …” (more)

[Paul Melia, Independent, 9 July]

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Getting to the point(s)

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“It is now just over a year ago since I explained in this blog why I thought the CAO ‘points system’ is undesirable. Let me recap, very briefly. For those who may not already know this, the CAO is the Central Applications Office, and it handles and processes higher education applications. It was founded by the universities and is jointly owned by them. In the 1990s it also took over the applications process for the Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 July]

41% of would-be barristers fail King’s Inns course

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“The failure rate for those seeking to qualify as barristers in the King’s Inns is over 40 per cent, The Irish Times has learned …” (more, and yet more)

[Carol Coulter, Irish Times, 9 July]

Cuts ‘will cost university jobs’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“Tens of thousands of university jobs will be lost if funding is cut by 25%, a union has claimed. Students will face some of largest class sizes in the developed world, and the quality of the university experience will fall, the University and College Union (UCU) warned …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 8 July]

Flights spend deserves closer look

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“Peoples’ gut reaction whenever there’s an overspending of some sort, is to go on the offence, to query the ‘offending party’ and look for ways in which the spending could have been mitigated if not avoided altogether …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 8 July]

Universities have to be more open

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“… According to John Walshe, officials at both UCD and Trinity declined to provide the Irish Independent with the numbers of students in, and applicants to, individual courses. This mirrors US universities’ reluctance to publicly define the percentage chance of admission for applicants …” (more)

[Steven Roy Goodman, Independent, 9 July]

What are you doing for the summer?

Posted in Life with tags on 9 July 2010 by Steve

“What are you doing for the summer? Like most academics, I get asked this question every day in summer, usually by people who are convinced that college gates are locked the day students finish their exams. Actually, that’s partly true. Some lecturers in the Institutes of Technology take off on June 20th and reappear on September 1st; as is their right, given the heavy teaching load during termtime. However, for those of us who try to keep up the research, the summer months are the time to get something done …” (more)

[Antimatter, 8 July]