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]

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]

Government to outline €39.4bn capital plan

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

“… the relocation of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to a new campus at Grangegorman on the city’s northside will go ahead. With an initial investment between €30 million and €40 million, the Grangegorman project will involve all elements of the DIT moving to the site, and the sale of their existing premises at 10 different locations in Dublin …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 July]

The Ivory Sweatshop: Academe Is No Longer a Convivial Refuge

Posted in Life with tags on 26 July 2010 by Steve

“With standards for tenure at major research universities rising year by year, professors say academe has become such a pressure-cooker environment that faculty jobs barely resemble those of a generation ago …” (more)

[Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 July]

Sausages for all

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

“As BPP becomes a private university http://bit.ly/cO9x2f (BBC) MBA director is proud it’s a ‘sausage factory’ http://bit.ly/cVa7hX (THE)” (tweet)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 26 July]

Children’s hospital seeks cash from medical schools

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

“The National Paediatric Hospital (NPH) has sought €17 million from the four Dublin medical schools in a bid to fill a €200 million gap in its funding. It has asked for funding from the schools at University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons …” (more)

[Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 25 July]

Some good ways to waste time

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

“… Is writer’s block real or is it just procrastination? I feel as though I have tried everything: keeping journals everywhere to write down ideas, scheduling regular writing time, setting imaginary deadlines, setting real deadlines, pinning up aspirational word counts, writing from outlines, freewriting …The list goes on. It never gets any easier …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 26 July]

Choosing your career path

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

“… One of the hugest problems with taking an Arts subject to degree level is that the qualification leaves you qualified for everything and nothing. The spectrum is so wide, it’s almost intimidating. I have spent many nights since 2007, sitting up wracking my brains, asking myself ‘where did it all go wrong’-type questions before I relaxed and realised that going back to University was the career path I wanted to take …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 25 July]

Some problems with academic standards and comparability

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

“… But where do we go from there? Is it simply a free for all? Do we just let market forces rule (if they don’t already – it is an employer’s market)? Brown suggests a number of steps intended to ensure a minimum level of achievement of all graduates …” (more)

[Registrarism, 26 July]

Academic in bat-sex case claims he is fit for work

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

“An academic who was put on compulsory sick leave after a colleague accused him of sexual harassment has claimed that he is fit for work. University College Cork (UCC) placed Dr Dylan Evans on enforced sick leave after he showed a female colleague research on the sexual habits of fruit bats …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 26 July]

Budget set to slash €1.1bn from health and welfare

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

“… Despite the government’s commitment to maintain pupil-teacher ratios, there will be major cutbacks in education. Savings of €250m-€300m have already been identified by the Department of Education, with third-level in particular likely to feel the impact …” (more)

[Shane Coleman, Sunday Tribune, 25 July]

Spreading the research news

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

“It is good to see that the UK journal Times Higher Education has given some space to a report on the most recent round of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). Right now Ireland’s reputation for investing in research and R&D is the key factor determining our attractiveness for high value international investment …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 July]

When Tenure Disappears: Walking Away from the Ivory Towers

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

“… We need to rethink PhD training. As tenure disappears and PhD enrollments continue to rise, we have to accept the fact that PhD candidates need to be trained to work outside of academia and that our knowledge-based economy needs PhD-trained knowledge workers in all sectors – not just in higher ed. What should this include? …” (more)

[Mary Churchill, Inside Higher Ed, 25 July]

Grandes écoles face a fresh revolution

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

“… Business schools in France have traditionally been part-funded by local chambers of commerce to serve their regions. But recent months have witnessed a flurry of boundary-crossing mergers, partnerships and acquisitions …” (more)

[Ian Wylie, Financial Times, 25 July]

First private university in decades to be created

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

“The UK’s first new private sector university college for more than 30 years is being announced by the universities minister. David Willetts will allow London-based BPP, which has 14 regional branches, to become a university college …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 25 July]