Archive for 16 July 2010

UCD and TCD secure major part of €358m research fund

Posted in research with tags , , on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have secured a major share of a new €358 million fund for third-level research. The programme – the single largest research investment in the history of the State – will be unveiled by Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe today …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Four conditions for a ‘smart economy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“… Currently Ireland’s education system is in some crisis, and its various components are not delivering what is needed. On the other hand there are many dedicated and intelligent staff, and there is an understanding of the importance of education; and we have a history (now somewhat lost) of excellence …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 July]

Why I’d support tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“There is no doubt that tuition fees for third level education are needed in the current day and age. Forget the talk of economic instability that the State faces and the unsustainable borrowing it engages in. There are more pressing reasons for introducing the student payable tuition fees than those …” (more)

[Mario Slovensko, Blogs @ Cork Student News, 16 July]

An Unwelcome Message

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“… But my unease grew with each line of the message. The email was from a major education information company inviting me to take part in an online survey that would be used to create a university ranking. It said that my role as a leading educationalist combined with my subject focus made my opinion very important. It even offered to enter me into a prize draw if I passed on my great wisdom and spent 10 minutes filling in the form …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 July]

The future of Ireland’s research effort

Posted in research with tags , on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“Later today, the Taoiseach (Ireland’s Prime Minister) will announce the results of the latest cycle of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). It would be hard to over-state the significance of PRTLI in the development of Ireland’s research infrastructure over the past 12 years or so …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 July]

Graduate tax and private colleges at heart of higher education blueprint

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“The government signalled the biggest shakeup of Britain’s universities in a generation today, with a blueprint for higher education in which the highest-earning graduates would pay extra taxes to fund degrees, private universities would flourish and struggling institutions would be allowed to fail …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd and Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian, 15 July]

Queen’s University favourites to capture coveted ‘Big Pot’

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 July 2010 by Steve

“The National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood in Cork was buzzing with activity yesterday on the eve of its busiest two days of the year. A new mobile grandstand was manoeuvred into position to oversee the finish line of what could be one of the most competitive National Championships in years …” (more)

[Liam Gorman, Irish Times, 16 July]