Archive for 30 July 2010

€12m Boost For UL Researchers

Posted in research with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“… The primary PRTLI funding awarded to UL will go towards the expansion of the University’s sector-leading Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) for the establishment of a National Centre for Applied Materials Research at UL. This will develop new materials and methods in the strategically important areas of pharmaceutical and composite materials and will significantly enhance UL’s materials research capabilities in biomaterials, materials for energy conversion and biocatalysis …” (more)

[Clare Herald, 30 July]

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Time is right to bring back third-level fees and grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“The abolition of third-level fees means it is almost entirely the children of the better-off who literally cash in. A good educational system, producing bright, motivated students, is a critical part of a strong economy …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 30 July]

Should the ‘literacy package’ include science too?

Posted in Life with tags on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“… Christopher Wren would be amazed that modern astronomical measurements had led to the discovery that we live in an expanding universe that was once smaller than an atom. But what would surprise the founding members most is that these, and other discoveries, remain the preserve of a few. Far from being an indispensable part of the human experience, science has remained a specialised subject understood by only a fraction of society …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 29 July]

Being the Master

Posted in Life with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“One of the side-effects of any significant increase in participation levels in higher education is that a degree no longer sets you apart from the general population. If the official Irish target of securing a 72% participation rate of each age cohort is achieved, then having a degree will be nothing very special …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 July]

Scotland urged to consider student fees if cap is raised south of the border

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“The Scottish government is under pressure to abandon its commitment to free higher education after an independent review concluded that Scotland could no longer afford to offer universal public services …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 30 July]

Science Foundation Ireland chief to take up an overseas position

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“The head of research funding body Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is preparing to leave Ireland and take up a new post abroad. The move relates to professional advancement rather than dissatisfaction with his current position, according to sources in the Government …” (more)

[Dick Alhstrom, Irish Times, 30 July]

Tuition fees and social conscience

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“Earlier this week the Irish Times published a letter in which the writer questioned the support of university presidents (in this case UCD President Hugh Brady) for tuition fees, and in particular voiced disapproval that they might cite social equality as a reason …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 July]