Archive for 16 August 2010

Demand for student loans rise, say Credit Union reps

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Credit Unions around the country have reported a marked increase in demand for student loans. Fintan Ryan, manager of Tralee Credit Union, is among those who noted the rise in the amount of enquiries for loans …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 August]

Students protest at O’Keeffe office

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Students staged a protest outside the constituency office of Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe in Co Cork today to highlight what they described as his ‘inaction’ in tackling graduate unemployment …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 16 August]

40% of honours maths students require grinds

Posted in teaching with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“When it comes to higher-level maths for the Leaving Cert Engineers Ireland has found that over 40% of students taking this subject need grinds to tackle the material …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Silicon Republic, 16 August]

British University Sends Out 2,500 Acceptance Notices in Error

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Cutbacks in public financing for higher education are expected to mean that record numbers of British students will fail to secure a place at a university this autumn, and thanks to a computer glitch, for 2,500 students who had applied to the University of Middlesex, the wait has become a whole lot harder …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 August]

Google to provide Cloud Computing Services to University College Cork Students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“UCC announced today that it has partnered with global company Google for the provision of cloud computing services to its students …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 16 August]

Belfast ‘second most expensive place in UK to study’

Posted in Life with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Belfast is the second most expensive UK city in which to study, an annual student poll suggested today …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 16 August]

Group seeks Leaving Cert reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“The Leaving Certificate curriculum needs to be recast to reflect the fundamental principles of education and to take account of current best practice internationally, a leading youth organisation has said …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 16 August]

In their element: The science of science

Posted in research with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Are we making fewer discoveries than in the past? Can war make us cleverer? The answers lie in scientometrics, the field of research that puts scientists under the microscope …” (more)

[Rob Sharp, Independent, 16 August]

Thousands of Irish University Graduates Emigrating – USI

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is staging a demonstration to highlight what it describes as the inaction of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’ Keeffe, in tackling high levels of graduate unemployment …” (more)

[Clare Herald, 16 August]

EU climbs university league, but US still dominates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“The number of European Union universities considered among the 100 best in the world climbed this year, but the United States remains the champion in the realm of academia, utterly dominating the list …” (more)

[Leigh Phillips, EU Observer, 16 August]

British universities rejected by Chinese as US institutions top Jiaotong rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“British institutions have made a dismal showing in a Chinese list of the world’s top universities, prompting fears that the ‘biased’ rankings could increase financial woes at British universities …” (more)

[Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph, 16 August]

Tyndall gets €10m funding injection

Posted in research with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Two groups of scientists at Tyndall National Institute in Cork will each receive up to €5m over the next five years for research that could yield new products for the electronics and medical devices industries, according to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 13 August]

We’re missing the point on how to prepare for college

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“In 1999, the Points Commission concluded that the points system, despite its flaws, should be retained on the basis that it considered it the fairest and most transparent way to allocate scarce university places. While this may well have been the most reasonable conclusion at the time, 11 years on there is growing evidence that the points system now needs to be radically revisited …” (more)

[Tom Collins, Independent, 16 August]

CAO points for most third-level courses set to increase

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“CAO points for most college courses are set to increase this year because of a surge in demand for third-level college places. A tighter jobs market has driven up competition for places, with final CAO figures showing a 4% increase in applications for level 8 or higher degree courses …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 16 August]

Employing the graduates

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“According to information released recently by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), 10% of those who graduated from Irish higher education institutions with an honours degree in 2008 were unemployed six months later …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 August]

Leaving is not making grade Ministers take flights of fancy

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“It is hard to know which of the two central findings of an investigation into school life is more disturbing, the fact that children are experiencing unacceptable levels of psychological pressure, or that the final year in school has deteriorated into one, long cramming session …” (more)

[Independent, 16 August]

Evolution of exam into national selection process

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“What have we learnt since a major ESRI report in 1996 revealed intolerable levels of stress among our Leaving Cert students, especially girls? Not a lot, it seems. The main change is that good grades have become easier to get as teachers and students learn how to play the exam game …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 16 August]

Is the Husband Going to Be a Problem?

Posted in Life with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“… I kept my name, he kept his annual fishing trip, and we shared the wedding appliances and the home office. But when it came to entering the job market, we had what’s known in academic parlance as a ‘two-body problem’. Securing two tenure-track jobs anywhere is hard. Finding them close together is nearly impossible …” (more)

[Caroline Bicks, New York Times, 12 August]

Slick Sligo punish students

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION: Sligo Rovers 4, UCD 0 A stunning goal by skipper Conor O’Grady three minutes before half time opened the flood gates for Sligo at the Showgrounds on Saturday night …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 August]

Battle begins for college places as early offers are snapped up

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“The race for a college place has begun in earnest, even before the Leaving Cert results are issued on Wednesday. A record 7,280 applicants have already accepted places, a significant rise on the 5,568 acceptances for the same period last year …” (more)

[John Walshe and John Fallon, Independent, 16 August]