Archive for 12 August 2010

New rules for Times university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“I think academics all know about this already, but I wonder do the policy makers? I have no idea if Irish universities are going to do better or worse this autumn …” (more)

[Kevin O’Rourke, Irish Economy, 12 August]

Universities face ‘biggest cuts since Great Depression’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“Universities could axe courses, increase class sizes and recruit more foreign students after being told to prepare for the biggest budget cuts since the Great Depression …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 12 August]

Journal, heal thyself

Posted in research with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“There have been a number of retractions from the scientific literature recently, but the Virology Journal‘s swift (one might say miraculous) withdrawal of a paper on biblical influenza has set the speed record …” (more)

[Geoff Brumfiel, The Great Beyond, 12 August]

The case for getting rid of tenure

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“Imagine you ran a restaurant. A very prestigious, exclusive restaurant. To attract top talent, you guarantee all cooks and waiters job security for life. Not only that, because you value honesty and candor, you allow them to say anything they want about you and your cuisine, publicly and without fear of retribution. The only catch is that all cooks or waiters would have to start out as dishwashers or busboys, for at least 10 years, when none of these protections would apply …” (more)

[Christopher Beam, Slate, 11 August]

New AIT engineering building to open in September

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“AIT’s new €36m Engineering and Informatics Building will finally open its doors to students next month, it’s been confirmed. ‘We are on schedule to occupy and open the new engineering building on September 1’ …” (more)

[Deirdre Verney, Westmeath Independent, 11 August]

Kenny urged to pledge Waterford university status

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s youngest Councillor Tom Raine yesterday called on party leader Enda Kenny to commit to granting university status for the Waterford Institute of Technology ahead of the next general election …” (more)

[Ciarán Murphy, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

Are we seeing the end of higher education expansion?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“One of the constant themes of higher education in most countries over recent decades has been its continuing expansion. After World War 2 a degree was still the expectation or aspiration of only a very small proportion of the population in western societies, usually those coming from a privileged background …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 August]

Research findings, impact enhanced: let’s face the conference and dance

Posted in research with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“Shy, retiring types look away now: presentations at a forthcoming academic conference will be delivered through song, dance and theatrics in an attempt to overcome the ‘deadening’ effects of PowerPoint presentations and fulfil funders’ injunctions to maximise the impact of research …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 12 August]

GMIT seek permission for engineering school

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology has lodged a planning permission application with Galway City Council for the construction for a new engineering school …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 12 August]

So clichéd

Posted in Life with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“… Navigating the bog of ‘robust policies’, ‘dynamic research’ and ‘developing the enhancement agenda already under way’ (all recent examples of current university-speak) adds a new demand to academic life: the ability to continue to wage what Martin Amis has described as the ‘war against cliché’ …” (more)

[Mary Evans, Times Higher Education, 12 August]

Bonus points for maths failing to lure

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“Extra points won’t entice Leaving Cert students to take higher-level maths, a new survey suggests. The survey conducted by Engineers Ireland found nearly two-thirds of ordinary-level maths students said they would not opt for higher-level maths even if offered bonus points …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 12 August]

DCU at forefront of revolutionary blood test development

Posted in research with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“A scientist at Dublin City University is to co-ordinate a €3 million international project to develop a completely new kind of blood test …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 12 August]

THE World University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“We can expect some big-name institutions to take a hit in the new World University Rankings. Why? Because the rankings we will publish this autumn will be based less on subjective opinion and more on objective evidence …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 12 August]

The Irish ‘research lady’ who helped win the Nobel

Posted in research with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“Dubliner Anne Kernan was involved in the Cern research that won a Nobel Prize, yet her work is little known here now …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 12 August]

NUIG special maths exam offers Leaving Cert students a second chance

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“The College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway has announced details of a special entrance maths examination which will give students a second chance to pursue a career in engineering. The exam, which takes place on Wednesday August 25, is for students who achieve the CAO points for an undergraduate engineering degree course at NUI Galway but who have not met the obligatory maths requirement …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 12 August]

Ex-DUP leader Ian Paisley is the subject of Queen’s course

Posted in teaching with tags , on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“… Starting in a few weeks, the subject of Ian Paisley will be a course at Queen’s University in Belfast. Course tutor Cathal McManus said the classes will analyse the ‘conversion’ of the former DUP leader from ‘Dr No to Rev Yes’ …” (more)

[Noel McAdam, Belfast Telegraph, 12 August]

Changing the timetable: Academic freedom or just plain annoying?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“One of my tasks as pro vice-chancellor is to ensure that University of Portsmouth students and staff know when they will meet: timetabling – surprisingly complicated and bizarrely provocative …” (more)

[John Turner, Times Higher Education, 12 August]

Hundreds of Colleges Fail to Make the Grade on Financial Responsibility

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 12 August 2010 by Steve

“A total of 321 degree-granting private institutions have failed the Education Department’s financial-responsibility test at some point in the past three years, receiving a composite score below 1.5 …” (more)

[Goldie Blumenstyk and others, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 August]