Archive for 29 July 2010

UCD leads €9m EU funded research into personalised nutrition

Posted in research with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“UCD is to lead a major international research consortium to investigate if a person’s genetic make-up can help design their ideal nutritional diet …” (more)

[UCD News, 29 July]

University tuition fees soar for foreign students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“Foreign students are being charged up to eight times more than British undergraduates as universities seek to plug a multi-million pound hole in the higher education budget …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 29 July]

Minister launches €7m Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund

Posted in research with tags , on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“Today saw the launch of a €7m fund designed to help academics turn research into jobs by bringing new products and services to market …” (more)

[Deirdre Nolan, Silicon Republic, 29 July]

An Epic?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

Times Higher Education (THE) has announced the completion of the collection of data for its forthcoming World University Rankings: ‘An epic effort by our world university rankings data supplier, Thomson Reuters, to collect information from hundreds of universities around the world concluded successfully last week’. I am not sure whether ‘epic’ is the right word …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 29 July]

Oxford University lecturer ‘discriminated against’ after converting to Christianity

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“A lecturer at Oxford University’s centre for Jewish studies claims colleagues discriminated against her after she converted to Christianity. Dr Tali Argov says she was overlooked for promotion, stripped of her privileges and cold-shouldered at social gatherings …” (more)

[Martin Beckford, Daily Telegraph, 29 July]

Higher education diversity

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“One crucial issue facing Irish higher education over the next while will be institutional diversity. Broadly the question goes like this: we are a small country, so why do we need seven universities that cover more or less the same territory, and a dozen or so institutes with the same mission, and some other colleges? Why not identify a specialism for each …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 July]

Judge’s comments ‘prejudiced’ trial

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“… The speech by Mr Justice Paul Carney at University College Cork contained ‘prejudicial material’ leading to a ‘reasonable apprehension’ Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell had not received a fair trial and rendered their convictions for murder unsafe, the court ruled …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 28 July]

The Luck of the Irish

Posted in Life with tags on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“… The luck of the Irish was not with 23 year-old Natasha McShane on the night of April 23rd. The exchange student from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was beaten with a bat and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). She was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition and doctors weren’t sure she would live. Natasha did live and so began her odyssey through the for-profit American health care system …” (more)

[Helen Redmond, The Seminal, 26 July]

Giving up IP rights may maximise gains, v-c claims

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“Strategy ties ‘enlightened self-interest’ to creation and spread of knowledge. Giving up intellectual property rights stemming from academics’ work can help universities increase the income generated from research and retain their best staff …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 29 July]

Ignorance lays Parliament open to ‘nonsense debates’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 July 2010 by Steve

“Many MPs do not get involved in science policy because the issues take them ‘seriously outside their comfort zone’, a senior parliamentarian has admitted …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 29 July]