Archive for 21 July 2010

USI warns on return of student fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said the reintroduction of higher education tuition fees would force thousands of students to drop out of colleges and universities. The USI was responding to suggestions that an advisory group examining the issue was likely to back new student fees …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 July]

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Technology and Academic Freedom

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“Assume our usual email address is the university’s server. I get, roughly, 50 email messages a day and another 20 that are purely junk. I work at a private university, and like the mailbox where I receive paper correspondence, I always have assumed that the university has the right to circumscribe what I receive. What about what I send? …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 21 July]

Innovation Taskforce – Second Implementation Group meeting

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“The second meeting of the Implementation Group for the Innovation Taskforce took place yesterday afternoon. It had a pretty full attendance, but was held in a relatively small conference room in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation – the atmosphere became pretty warm by the end of the meeting. Minister O’Keefe presided …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 21 July]

Who needs higher education anyway

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“To nobody’s surprise, the forthcoming Hunt Report on higher education will apparently recommend the re-introduction of student fees. This creates an opportunity to discuss the outlines of a progressive policy for higher education which involves than just funding what we already have …” (more)

[James Wickham, Progressive Economy @ TASC, 21 July]

Cable’s graduate tax ‘rejected’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“The coalition government will reject the idea of a graduate tax to pay for university fees in England, suggests a senior Conservative source …” (more)

[Mike Baker, BBC News, 21 July]

Belfast drinkers fined for boozing in public place

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“Five people have been fined for on-street drinking in the university area of south Belfast on St Patrick’s Day. Six others were also fined in Belfast Magistrates Court for drinking alcohol in a public place …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 July]

USI Condemns Leaks from Forthcoming Hunt Report

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has condemned reports that the Hunt group is to support the reintroduction of Higher Education tuition fees for the students of this country. USI strongly disagrees with Dr. Colin Hunt’s opinion that new forms of ‘non-State funding’ are necessary to solve the financial crisis facing Irish third level institutes …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 21 July]