Archive for 28 July 2010

R&D will suffer from university cuts

Posted in research with tags , on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ revised capital programme 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 …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 28 July]

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Income Contingent Student Loans

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“The High level Strategy Group, chaired by Colin Hunt, is due (over-due, in fact) to report on a strategy for Higher Education in Ireland. One issue that may be confronted is the question of the re-introduction of fees. Rather than a return to the old system a more likely scenario is some form of income contingent loan …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 July]

Freedom of spill research threatened

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“It started with a story in the Press-Register of Mobile, Alabama. On 16 July, the paper reported that beleaguered oil giant BP was hurriedly signing up scientists to gather data for the company …” (more)

[Nature, 28 July]

Capital investment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“I have, over recent months, from time to time expressed some concern as to whether Ireland has a clear policy on investing in higher education. I still have major concerns in that regard, not least because there is every indication that universities and colleges may suffer another significant budget cut later this year …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 July]

Rethinking Research ‘Productivity’

Posted in research with tags on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“… This made me think about a frustration I share with many librarians, the feverish amassing of publications that may never be read, published in journals that libraries can’t afford, churned out by unhappy and exhausted colleagues who feel they have no choice …” (more)

[Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, 27 July]

Investing in transport

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“Over recent months I have tended to be highly nervous every time it was suggested that we would have an announcement on capital expenditure. The reason? Well, DCU has a very direct interest in one of the most expensive projects for investment right now: the planned ‘Metro North’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 July]