Archive for 24 July 2010

Teacher unions back in talks on Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“Divided teacher unions are back in separate talks with the Department of Education over the controversial Croke Park pay and reform package …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 July]

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IPad Goes Under The Gauntlet At Universities This Fall

Posted in Life with tags on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“The iPad is about to have its academic chops put to the test this fall in a number of programs around the country. Colleges and universities are looking to adopt the iPad as a collaborative tool, a standardized mobile device to integrate into curriculums, and, in some cases, even a cost-saving device …” (more)

[Chris Foresman, Wired, 24 July]

National strike looms as union says signals on talks with employers are ‘not good’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“Higher education’s first national industrial action since 2006 is ‘very likely’ and plans are being drawn up for a September ballot, the University and College Union has said. The UCU is unhappy with the employers’ refusal to discuss a national deal on job security, and with their 0.4% pay offer for next year. This figure falls far short of the higher education unions’ initial joint claim of 4% …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 24 July]

Summer schools

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“You know it’s summer in Ireland when June’s relatively good weather has turned into wind and rain and when you start to read reports about the MacGill Summer School …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 July]

Thousands to attend Pope’s beatification of UCD rector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“Thousands are expected to travel to England to attend the beatification Mass for Cardinal John Henry Newman, the first rector of University College Dublin. The ceremony in Cofton Park, Birmingham, on September 17 will see Pope Benedict XVI beatify the the revered clergyman and convert from the Church of England, who died in 1890 …” (more)

[Grainne Cunningham, Independent, 24 July]

Points system isn’t fair, it’s just brutal

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“Katherine Donnelly (‘Reforming education isn’t as simple as ABC’, Irish Independent, July 23) says of the Leaving Cert points system: ‘While it may be brutal, it is fair’. I have no doubt that she is referring to the widely held view of many people, rather than her own personal view. But I must ask those people – fair to whom, exactly? …” (more)

[Emer Nowlan, Independent, 24 July]

€1m funding for UCC lecturer

Posted in research with tags , on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“An academic at University College Cork has been awarded €1m to study two major events in human prehistory …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 July]