Archive for 27 July 2010

Fine Gael pledges change in law to fast track WIT to university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“Under mounting pressure to clear up confusion over Fine Gael’s policy in relation to Waterford Institute of Technology’s quest for university status, the party’s leader yesterday pledged to change the law in order to fast track WIT to University of the South East …” (more)

[Marion O’Mara, Waterford News and Star, 27 July]

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€2bn university budgets cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ revised capital programme announced yesterday has slashed investment in higher education infrastructure by a massive €1 billion and this could have a hugely negative affect on Ireland’s university level R&D capacity, according to Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson, Deirdre Clune TD …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 27 July]

Work to begin in weeks on exciting city quarter

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“Building work will begin within weeks on the transformation of Dublin’s Grangegorman hospital into a state-of-the-art education and health campus, providing 450 construction jobs a year over the next decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 July]

Sector faces perfect storm

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“Universities Australia yesterday warned that the sector faces a ‘perfect storm’ of factors threatening vital international student revenue next year. UA warned the industry was threatened by the strong Australian dollar and rising competition, as well as the Gillard government’s tougher visa conditions and tighter migration settings …” (more)

[Andrew Trounson and Guy Healy, The Australian, 28 July]

When is an Experiment Not an Experiment?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“… Leaving Cert curricula are, by necessity, very tightly defined. When told at 3rd-level that what is written in a textbook needs to be balanced against the most recent research in the area as well as a student’s own experiments and observations, the student trained in rote learning only can often falter …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, The Frog Blog, 22 July]

YouTube Better at Funny Cat Videos Than Educational Content, Professors Say

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“While many students turn to YouTube when looking for help with their homework, it can be hard to find good-quality educational clips there, according to two professors who did a preliminary analysis of several video search engines …” (more)

[Jeff Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 July]

Woman in technology

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“… Discrimination now rarely takes the form of some guy saying ‘hey little lady, shouldn’t you let a man handle that?’ It is much more subtle, but just as ugly. These days, bright, thoughtful, enlightened people assume that the absence of women in certain fields results from women being unable to compete on merit …” (more)

[HT: Suw]
[Stubbornella, 26 July]