Archive for 10 August 2010

Students demand debate over graduate tax fears

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“The student movement in Northern Ireland has called for an urgent debate on university funding amid growing fears over the possible cost of a graduate tax …” (more)

[Kathryn Torney, Belfast Telegraph, 10 August]

Health Minister dismisses UCC researcher’s claims

Posted in Life with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Health Mary O’Rourke has dismissed the claim by a UCC researcher, Fiona Buckley from the Department of Government, that more women in Cabinet would free up time for parents …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 10 August]

John D’Arcy to be new Open University Director in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Mr John D’Arcy has been named as the next Director of The Open University in Ireland. He succeeds Dr Rosemary Hamilton and joins the University on 4 October …” (more)

[Business First, 10 August]

Author on leave after Harvard inquiry

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Harvard University psychologist Marc Hauser — a well-known scientist and author of the book Moral Minds — is taking a year-long leave after a lengthy internal investigation found evidence of scientific misconduct in his laboratory …” (more)

[Carolyn Y Johnson, Boston Globe, 10 August]

NUI Galway to get talking about blogs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Social media experts and social networking enthusiasts will descend on NUI Galway from 26-27 August for BlogTalk, an event to discuss current online trends and future developments in social media. BlogTalk will be held on the NUI Galway campus over two days, and will consist of keynote talks, discussion panels, and plenty of networking opportunities for those attending …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 10 August]

Queens academic named as one of world’s top three educators

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“A Queen’s University Belfast academic has been named as one of the world’s top three enterprise educators. David Gibson of Queen’s University Management School has been named as one of the top three enterprise educators in the world by the United States Association of Business Educators …” (more)

[Inside Ireland, 9 August]

Plagiarism Is Not a Big Moral Deal

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“During my tenure as the dean of a college, I determined that an underperforming program should be closed. My wife asked me if I had ever set foot on the premises, and when I answered ‘no’, she said that I really should do that before wielding the axe. And so I did …” (more)

[Stanley Fish, New York Times, 9 August]

Tories at odds over university funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Three months into government the coalition still appears no closer to a settled view on university funding – with the Tory Party in particular split between universities minister David Willetts’s insistence graduates should pay a ‘bigger contribution’ to higher education, backbencher Douglas Carswell’s fears of ‘economic stupor’, and even a call by some in the party for a return to free university education …” (more)

[Left Foot Forward, 10 August]

Towards freedom, and more success

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“About a month ago, on 13 July, I came to the end of my term of office as president of Dublin City University. Under Irish law, all university heads hold office for 10 years or less, so you know well in advance when it’s going to end. On the whole this is probably good for the universities and good for the presidents; 10 years is long enough before new thinking is needed …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Times Higher Ed, 10 August]

Higher Education and the Economy: Increasing educational attainment not magic bullet for economic growth

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Higher Education and the Economy: Advanced and emerging economies are putting a lot of emphasis on education and its importance for economic growth but experience shows that there is no magic bullet …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 10 August]

Tuition fees: a DIT perspective

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is sometimes described as Ireland’s largest higher education institution; whether this description fits depends a little on how you count the students, but it is certainly big by Irish standards …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 August]

Over 1,000 to get into college on reduced points

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“More than 1,000 students are expected to get into college this year on reduced CAO points due to disadvantage or disability, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 August]

Higher Education and the Economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“Today in Austin President Obama renewed his call for America to regain the world lead in college graduates by 2020. He tied doing so to our future economic competitiveness. The statistical backdrop for the president’s remarks is that we have fallen from 1st to 12th place internationally in the percentage of young adults with postsecondary degrees. This is not because our rates have gone down (they have been rising) but because other countries have leapfrogged us …” (more)

[Grover Whitehurst, Brookings, 10 August]

No Academic Magic

Posted in Life with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“The novel, That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo, has a rather disturbing portrait of an academic couple who spend years wallowing in bitterness because they ended up with faculty positions at a large state university in the Midwest instead of at a more prestigious private university on their beloved East Coast …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 10 August]

Microfinancing to solve academic poverty?

Posted in research with tags , on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“With budget cuts starting to bite and a fresh wave of bad news expected in the Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, UK scientists are looking for new ways to finance their research. One funding method gaining momentum in the US is ‘microfinancing’, where many members of the public donate small sums of money, usually online, to research projects they feel are worthwhile …” (more)

[Royal Society of Chemistry, 9 August]

On Listening to Papers at Conferences

Posted in Life with tags , on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“I enjoy listening to other legal historians present their scholarship in progress. But I must confess that I find some presentations difficult to follow. The papers I most enjoy are explicit about the argument being made and what the paper adds to (or how the paper differs from) the existing scholarship. I may agree, or not, with the author’s argument, but the argument is there, up front …” (more)

[Thomas P Gallanis, Legal History Blog, 9 August]

School leavers facing fight for university places

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 August 2010 by Steve

“A-level students who didn’t make the grades they were expecting this year are about to face a frantic scramble for places, with many top universities already warning they are full …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 August]