Archive for July, 2010

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]

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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]

Tenure Is Fading – Is that Really So Bad?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

The New York Times Room for Debate page hosted a forum last week entitled ‘What If College Tenure Dies?’. As the preamble rightly notes, the question follows from an increasing shift in university personnel away tenure and tenure-track lines and toward adjuncts and lecturers hired on temporary contracts. The numbers are stark …” (more)

[Mark Bauerlein, Minding the Campus, 29 July]

Global students of future to get degree of flexibility

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

“They say university broadens the mind, but for third-level students of the future, it will be a gateway to a whole new world of learning. It’s only a matter of time before many students attend a number of different colleges both at home and abroad to complete their degree …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 July]

Queen’s University set to design fully submerged deepwater turbine

Posted in research with tags on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“The race to develop successful tidal and wave energy systems has taken a new tack, with plans by a group involving Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to design a fully submerged turbine that can be deployed in deepwater sites …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 July]