Archive for 26 July 2010

Evans says he’s fit to resume work

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“Dylan Evans, the controversial lecturer in the fruit-bat-gate fiasco, has said that he’s fit to work, despite being placed on compulsory sick leave by the college …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 26 July]

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Mammon comes to High Table

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“… Does that mean BPP is in the vanguard of a big expansion of private university education? Probably not. It is certainly true that the coalition government in general-and David Willetts in particular-is keen on breaking up state dominance of education. But as much as Mr Willetts would like to see more establishments in BPP’s mold, he isn’t likely to get his wish. Setting up anything resembling a university is an expensive, time-consuming business …” (more)

[Economist, 26 July]

Evidence on how the quality of professors matter

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“Applied economists have become enthusiastic users of natural experiments to generate exogenous variation in key independent variables although it has been argued that this approach has severe limitations …” (more)

[Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 26 July]

Private universities ‘a huge threat to academic standards’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“A drive to introduce more private universities will tarnish Britain’s international reputation and threaten standards at the country’s institutions, academics have warned …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 26 July]

€4bn for education capital spending

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“The Government plans to invest more than €4 billion in capital spending via the Department of Education and Skills. The bulk of this – €3.1 billion – will be used to upgrade primary and secondary school facilities, with more than €650 million going into the universities, institutes and other higher education facilities …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 July]

NUI Maynooth appoints Professor Tom Collins as President for interim period

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“The Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth has appointed Professor Tom Collins to the post of President of the University on an interim basis, following the resignation of Prof John Hughes. Professor Collins will assume the post of President from Oct 1st 2010 until the date of appointment of the new President by the Governing Authority …” (more)

[Kildare.ie, 26 July]

Science body to be expanded in drive for ‘innovation’

Posted in research with tags on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“The Government is considering expanding the role of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to allow it to fund more applied industry-related research, and take a broader role in fostering innovation. The foundation is also likely to escape the next round of capital spending cuts, and become a key part of a slimmed-down technology promotion system, which may lead to a single ‘innovation’ agency …” (more)

[Brendan Keenan, Independent, 26 July]