Archive for 14 July 2010

An Ostentatious Contribution

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“… I spent a good portion of the week meeting with members of Academic Council to discuss various imminent issues on that side of things, and obviously the selection procedure for the new President is at the top of everyone’s agenda right now. My first Governing Authority meeting is this coming Monday where all of that will be finalised (ie, the procedure, not the selection), and I’ll report back after that …” (more)

[Aengus Ó Maoláin, 14 July]

Science cannot be the sole basis for policy, Willetts says

Posted in research with tags on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“It is impossible to make policy solely on the basis of scientific evidence, the universities and science minister has told the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. In his first appearance before the cross-party panel yesterday, David Willetts said that there was more to political decision-making than weighing up the evidence because the electorate expected governments to make speedy, predictable and value-driven decisions …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 14 July]

Quality of graduates ‘will suffer if further cuts made’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“The quality of graduates will suffer if further cuts are made to funding, the new president of Dublin City University has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

Universities shun Europe’s drug initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, struggling with huge research costs and unfriendly regulation, has been limping along for more than a decade. To help the ailing sector, the European Union (EU) in 2007 launched the multibillion-euro Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to bring public and private researchers together and speed up drug development …” (more)

[Natasha Gilbert, Nature, 13 July]

Vince Cable to encourage two-year degrees to help cut deficit

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, will propose more two-year university degrees, part-time courses and students living at home in a speech on Thursday. As part of attempts to cut the £155bn deficit, Mr Cable will say that the current degree system, in which some students are taught for just six hours a week, ought to be adapted to make it more efficient …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 14 July]

Cuts putting ‘unsustainable’ pressure on universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“Severe cuts in university funding, at a time when the sector faces record student demand, is placing ‘unsustainable pressures’ on colleges, the new president of Dublin City University warned yesterday. Prof Brian MacCraith said while increased commercial activities and philanthropy would help, the cutbacks in exchequer funding would continue to take their toll …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 14 July]

Students unaware of third-level restrictions under the LCA programme

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 July 2010 by Steve

“Hundreds of teenagers could be missing out on the chance of a higher education each year because they are not told the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme they take restricts their access to college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]