Archive for 2 August 2010

Students slam Irish graduates exile

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“A student group is to highlight the plight of graduates forced to emigrate for work with a demonstration at the Jeanie Johnston famine ship in Dublin. Members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will stage a rally on Tuesday to highlight soaring levels of unemployment among college leavers …” (more)

[Independent, 2 August]

American spellings – or English?

Posted in research with tags , , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“… The response I received was that ‘-ize’, rather than ‘-ise’ was the Oxford University Press house style. When I objected that OUP was an English publisher but that this was an American style, I was curtly informed that it had been the OUP house style before the United States existed …” (more)

[JIPLP, 30 July]
[HT: Jeremy Phillips]

University challenge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“Dublin Institute of Technology’s move to its new campus at Grangegorman off Dublin’s North Circular Road is about much more than physically having all its students and staff in one location …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 1 August]

Planning a career

Posted in Life with tags on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“Before entering higher education most students – or if not the students, then their parents – have an extraordinarily clear idea of what they want to do professionally and what they need from their university or college to achieve this …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 August]

Missing in August

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“… I have never found it to be a major problem to work with colleagues who disappear every August. I am hyper enough about my research that I am sometimes annoyed if a colleague disappears to their (apparently internetless) ancestral home and this delays submission of a manuscript, but a month isn’t a big deal in the overall scheme of things …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 2 August]

Trinity access scheme bucking trends, says report

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who enter Trinity College Dublin through its access programme are bucking international trends by securing comparable jobs to the wider student body and pursuing further studies …” (more)

[Jamie Smyth, Irish Times, 2 August]

Third degree for private universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“… One of the key factors behind British universities’ international reputation is their commitment to academic freedom, which they have built into their constitutions from the 1988 Education Reform Act. This guarantees academics’ right to publish controversial or unpopular material without fear of reprisal – something that private providers aren’t required to offer …” (more)

[Rowenna Davis, Guardian, 1 August]

Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness – and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information …” (more)

[Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 1 August]

More British students ‘to study abroad’, says Willetts

Posted in teaching with tags on 2 August 2010 by Steve

“British students are to be offered up to two years at universities abroad amid Government warnings that poor language skills are crippling graduates’ job prospects …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Sunday Telegraph, 1 August]