Archive for 12 July 2010

The Social University

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 July 2010 by Steve

“… Just like prisons, peer pressure in Universities reinforces and amplifies behavior patterns far more effectively than the staff can. People with at least moderate academic inclinations enter the system and slush around in it for a while. Those who cannot sustain it are removed from the pile, they flunk out, cut away and shunned from the social group they were only halfway through building. For every one that falls away, another dozen take note …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 12 July]

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Are graduates getting smarter?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 July 2010 by Steve

“A report last week by the Association of Graduate Recruiters found almost four out of five employers combing through job applications from graduates are insisting on a minimum 2:1 grade. But if recruiters have raised the bar, some believe universities have done the opposite …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 July]

Trinity has shot itself and whole college sector in foot

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 12 July 2010 by Steve

“… But is Trinity entitled to pay the lucky 27 more out of taxpayers’ money without getting ministerial approval in advance? That’s not entirely clear as we are in uncharted territory in terms of the public-pay bill and university autonomy. The Department of Education and Skills has now said it will seek urgent clarifications from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) about the pay hikes …” (more)

[John Walsh, Independent, 12 July]

Endgame

Posted in Life with tags , on 12 July 2010 by Steve

“I spent yesterday clearing my office, in anticipation of the arrival of its new occupant, my successor Brian MacCraith, later this week. In fact, today (Monday) will be my last full day in office, as the hand-over ceremony and inauguration of the new President will take place at lunchtime on Tuesday …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 July]

Trinity defies staffing curbs by promoting 27 senior academics

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 12 July 2010 by Steve

“Twenty-seven senior academics have been promoted at Trinity College Dublin and will get major pay increases and bigger pensions, despite a general ban on promotions throughout the public sector …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 12 July]