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]

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]

Third-Level Fees Needed for Equity and the ‘Smart Economy’

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

“The Higher Education Strategy Review Group, widely reported to favour the reintroduction of third-level fees, is finally due to report shortly. There is no convincing argument against the return of third-level fees. In fact, it is likely that the Irish education as a whole is damaged because of the persistence of ‘free’ third-level education …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Cork Economics, 21 July]

President welcomes multi-million investment

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

“NUI Galway President Jim Browne has said that the announcement of €60 million in research funding is a strong ‘vote of confidence’ in the university. The much-needed boost was confirmed by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen last week and will see funds go towards development of major building and programmes for environmental science and the creative arts …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 21 July]

Harvard puts tighter limits on medical faculty

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

“Harvard Medical School will prohibit its 11,000 faculty from giving promotional talks for drug and medical device makers and accepting personal gifts, travel, or meals, under a new policy intended partly to guard against companies’ use of Harvard’s prestige to market their products …” (more)

[Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe, 21 July]

Students get ready for fees fight

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

“Student unions across the country are gearing up to oppose any move by the Government to increase fees. Over 100 Union of Students in Ireland (USI) delegates are in Galway this week to undergo training to help them deal with what they believe will be a very difficult fiscal year ahead …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 21 July]

More Universities Announce iPad Experiments

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

“Each week it seems like a new college is ready to bestow iPads on its students for academic purposes. The latest is Oklahoma State University, which plans to distribute iPads to an estimated 120 students in the fall. ‘The goal is to push this tool as hard and as far as we possibly can to really see what the limitations are …’” (more)

[Kelly Truong, Chronicle of Higher Education, 20 July]

Third-level fees needed for equity and the ‘smart economy’

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

“… It is becoming increasingly clear that there is no convincing argument against the return of third-level fees. In fact, it is likely that the Irish education as a whole is damaged because of the persistence of ‘free’ third-level education according to UCC economist, Dr Declan Jordan …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 20 July]

Experts set to support return of student fees

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

“A key report examining higher education in Ireland is set to back new student fees, its chairman Dr Colin Hunt has said. In a series of recent briefings to groups involved in education, Dr Hunt acknowledged the financial crisis facing higher education and the urgent need for what he called new forms of ‘non-State funding’ …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 July]

Skill seekers put colleges under pressure

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

“Rising demand from school-leavers and the unemployed for a third-level qualification will put colleges under unprecedented strain, a new report warns. Already this year, CAO applications have rocketed to over 77,000 – up almost 10,000 in two years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 July]

New Webometrics Rankings

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

“The new Webometrics rankings are out. There are few surprises. Here are the top universities in various categories. World: Harvard; North America: Harvard; Latin America: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Europe: Cambridge …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 21 July]

Let me entertain you!

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

“… And in fact, the idea that good teaching should also entertain is not new to me. Lecturers are performers, and one of their tasks is to find methods of communication that get the message across and stimulate the audience into active participation. A good lecture should have something of the music hall about it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 July]

UK government warned over ‘catastrophic’ cuts

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

“British science funders have been ordered by the government to draw up detailed plans for coping with inevitable budget cuts later this year. While publicly lobbying to avoid major damage, the agencies are privately preparing for financial futures that range from merely gloomy to ‘catastrophic’ …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 20 July]

Understanding international research collaboration in the social sciences and humanities

Posted in research with tags on 21 July 2010 by Steve

“How can we map out and make sense of the changing nature of research collaboration at a global scale? This is an issue many people and institutions are grappling with, with no easy solutions …” (more)

[GlobalHigherEd, 21 July]