Archive for 3 August 2010

Climate change: the tv briefing

Posted in research with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“There was a chat program on the Irish channel TV3 last week that perfectly illustrated the difficulty of discussing complex scientific issues in a public forum. It consisted of a tv panel debate on climate change, where two respected scientists and a member of Friends of the Earth debated climate issues with two members of a new Irish political lobby group …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Antimatter, 3 August]

Policy Options for Student Loans in the USA

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“A recent study from the United States Congressional Budget Office, Costs and Policy Options for Federal Student Loan Programs (March 2010), ‘compares the budgetary and fair-value costs of the (existing) federal student loan programs. It also looks at several options for modifying those programs …'” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 3 August]

Peter Hart (1963-2010)

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“The death of Peter Hart at the age of 46 has deprived Ireland of one of its finest scholars: it is difficult to think of anyone who contributed more to the historiography of the Irish revolution, or whose work on the subject had a greater public impact …” (more)

[Fearghal McGarry, Pue’s Occurrences, 3 August]

Ulster Unveils Research Repository

Posted in research with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“Whether you’re interested in the evolution of soccer in Africa, the biometry of the iris, new directions in transitional justice or the latest developments in carbon nanotube technology, there’s now a new way to find out about the latest research from the University of Ulster. Those are just some of the many thousands of fascinating pieces of published research that can be found in the new Ulster Institutional Repository …” (more)

[University of Ulster News Releases, 3 August]

Texas Students Could Be Required to Seek Off-Campus Learning Options

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“A Texas higher-education panel is recommending that students be required to complete at least 10% of their degrees outside the classroom, through options like online courses …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 August]

Graduates to protest over unemployment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland is staging a demonstration today to highlight what it describes as soaring levels of graduate unemployment due to continued inaction by the Government …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 August]

Two-year degrees may disadvantage UK graduates

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“Vince Cable came up with lots of handy money-saving ideas when he gave his first speech as business secretary on higher education last month. Two-year degrees was one. More students living at home was another. A graduate tax was a third. In making all these suggestions, he managed to ignore one idea with a rather longer pedigree – Europe …” (more)

[Harriet Swaine, Guardian, 3 August]

Students opt for engineering and science in hope of finding work

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“Students are choosing to study engineering, computing and science in ever- growing numbers as the fashionable careers of the boom years such as architecture and law lose some of their gloss, new figures obtained by the Irish Independent reveal …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

The business solution for business schools?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“In higher education, one of the questions that get put occasionally is whether senior academic positions must always be filled by academics, or whether it can sometimes be appropriate to appoint someone from the business world (or indeed the voluntary sector, or the public and civil service) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 August]

Anger at State’s silence on ‘brain drain’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“The Government has been accused of presiding over a graduate ‘brain drain’. Unemployment among graduates has almost trebled in the past two years, and student leaders say more and more college leavers are being forced to quit the country …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 August]

August – Let’s get rid of it

Posted in Life with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“August is the Mississippi of the calendar. It’s beastly hot and muggy. It has a dismal history. Nothing good ever happens in it. And the United States would be better off without it. August is when the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when Anne Frank was arrested, when the first income tax was collected …” (more)

[David Plotz, Slate, 2 August]

Minister warns over university funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“The NI minister for employment and learning has warned universities and students that tough times are ahead and economies are likely. Sir Reg Empey said almost 60% of his department’s budget, more than £500m, goes into university education in NI. He has told the universities not to expect further growth after what he described as five years of increased funding …” (more)

[BBC News, 2 August]

Backlash against multitasking

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“Scientists are increasingly asked to master skills in addition to their research. This is not necessarily a good thing. Four centuries after the Renaissance, the halcyon days of the polymath may have returned – and some budding scientists are not pleased …” (more)

[Gene Russo, Nature, 28 July]