Archive for 11 August 2010

Bonus points won’t make students take up higher level maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“A survey of Irish ordinary level maths students has found that the re-introduction of bonus points still would not be enough to make them do higher level maths, showing just how deep this schism has been allowed to develop in the Irish education system …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 11 August]

Irish student claims she’s being abused for supporting Israel

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“A Cork student is complaining she is the victim of a ‘hate campaign’ after volunteering for the Israeli Defense Force. Cliona Campbell, a 19-year-old Cork student, took the unusual step of volunteering for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and says she has now become the victim of a hate campaign …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 11 August]

Hotline opened for new students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway has launched a new dedicated First Year Student Hotline, which will be open for calls from this morning. The initiative, the first of its kind across the sector, has been specially designed to help incoming first year students make the transition to Third Level education. The hotline will be open to the students, their parents and their advisers …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 11 August]

Rise of Social, Demise of Literary Reading

Posted in Life with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“I am part of a diminishing species of people who like to hold, thumb, page, and read books. I am also part of an increasing species of people who are reading less from paper and more from screens. On my fortnightly pilgrimages to Dublin, I walk through Hodges and Figgis and see the evidence first-hand: fewer people are standing around the shelves and reading what they see in the shop …” (more)

[Inside View, 11 August]

Employability and the Role of the University

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“Should universities teach students how to find a job? Are employment skills a necessary requirement for higher education to deliver today? …” (more)

[TheUniversityBlog, 11 August]

Most Scottish universities already full

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“Most Scottish universities are full, with no places for prospective students who have fallen short on exam grades. A total of eight out of Scotland’s 15 universities say they will not be taking candidates through the annual ‘clearing’ process …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 August]

The gender thing

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 August 2010 by Steve

“… And just in case somebody in academic circles thinks that universities are so much better, think again – women make up the majority of lectureship positions, but only a small proportion of the holders of senior posts are women …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 August]