Archive for 24 August 2010

CAO to investigate cyber attack

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) will not investigate the cyber attack which crashed its website for several hours yesterday until after the second round offers are issued next month …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 24 August]

The future of higher education: who does what kind of research?

Posted in research with tags , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Today’s Irish Times newspaper contains more on the anticipated report of the strategic review group on higher education. One of the recommendations, apparently, will be that research should have a ‘much sharper commercial focus’, meaning that there should be a greater financial return for the taxpayer …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 August]

Students fear new website sabotage

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The CAO has not yet complained to gardai about the hacker who caused panic for tens of thousands of college applicants. Helplines were flooded with calls from worried students yesterday after the Central Applications Office website was effectively shutdown by a malicious hacker …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Herald, 24 August]

Times are tougher on graduates than people think, say University of Limerick students

Posted in Life with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The economic climate is harder on university graduates than many people realise, the University of Limerick students’ union have said …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 24 August]

Making the point

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Many things about Ireland bemuse visitors to our shores. Two of the most difficult to explain are our electoral system and the programme by which third level places are allocated. I’ll leave the former to other election anoraks for the time being, but the latter is much in the news this week, so I’ll try to give a simple account of how it works …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta. 24 August]

Big science feels the pinch in Europe

Posted in research with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Long insulated by multi-year budgets and treaties, Europe’s multinational research organizations and the glittering scientific projects they fund are finally feeling the financial pain of their member states …” (more)

[Geoff Brumfiel, Nature, 24 August]

Federal Judge Overturns Obama Policy on Stem Cells

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Seventeen months after President Obama bolstered stem-cell research on university campuses by allowing federal support for studies involving a broad range of cells derived from human embryos, a federal judge has ordered the policy suspended, alarming academic scientists who warn of slower progress in studies seeking treatments for a variety of devastating diseases …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 August]

This blog is 2 today

Posted in Governance and administration on 24 August 2010 by Steve

 

Third level needs major injection of funds, says report

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Current funding of higher education is ‘unsustainable’ and the system requires a major injection of up to €500 million per year, to cope with record demand and meet Government targets for the economy, an expert group has concluded …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 August]

Chasing university places

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“As I have argued before, it now looks increasingly inevitable that the trend of recent years of an annual increases in the number of university places will come to an end. As public funding is cut, and crucially, as more and more teaching posts are taken out of the system, it is becoming impossible for universities to contemplate further increases in the student intake …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 August]

Third-level colleges urged to forge closer links

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The long-awaited Hunt Report runs to over 200 pages and provides a comprehensive overview of the third-level system. There is no Big Idea at its core and little that will surprise. The report draws freely – and sometimes at length – on earlier reports on higher education and the skills deficit …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 August]

Plans to raise college registration fee by at least €1,000, says USI

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has claimed the Government is planning to reintroduce higher education fees by increasing the level of payments made by students for third-level services …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 24 August]

Students tell helpline of anger at website disruption

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Students calling the Irish Independent-sponsored National Parents Council helpline were very angry and upset about the crash of the Central Applications Office (CAO) website yesterday morning …” (more)

[Fiona Ellis, Independent, 24 August]

CAO to carry out internal inquiry into cyber attack

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) is to conduct an internal investigation into a cyber attack which crashed its website for several hours yesterday. Tens of thousands of applicants were unable to check their first-round course offers until 1pm after cao.ie was targeted in an early morning denial-of-service attack …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 24 August]

Ireland banking on the faith-based smart economy strategy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“… However, the Government’s faith-based smart economy strategy will not provide an engine of growth and its approach is reminiscent of the fatal sense of infallibility it had about construction as a builder of prosperity …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 24 August]

Points race neither useful nor fair, says outspoken academic

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“A former university president has hit out at the points system saying it is neither ‘fair nor functionally useful’. Outspoken ex-DCU president Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski also claimed the Leaving Certificate and its curriculum had been distorted by the perceived demands of the points system …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 August]

Your PC could have helped bring down CAO

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Your home computer could unwittingly have been one of those digital villains that brought the Central Applications Office (CAO) website to its knees yesterday. The site was unavailable for several hours yesterday morning due to an increasingly common attack known as distributed denial of service – or DDOS in hacker shorthand …” (more)

[Ronan Price, Independent, 24 August]

Making the grade in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“A chara, – Peter Molloy (August 21st), makes two very valid points. First, that girls outperform boys at Leaving Cert level; second, that later in life men outperform women in business. But he makes a very strange proposal: to ‘rebalance’ the system for the benefit of the economy, he suggests ‘creating a bias in favour of male students would be the logical, if politically unacceptable, solution’ …” (more)

[Katie Harrington, Irish Times, 24 August]

CAO is a very mixed bag for 2010

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The points results this year are, to mix a few metaphors, a mixed bag, or like the Curate’s egg, good in parts, and depending on how you look at it, the glass is either half full or half empty. So who is happy when points rise or fall? One cannot help but have a sneaking suspicion that a rise in points for their courses flatters the egos of individual colleges, if colleges can be thought to have egos …” (more)

[Mary O’Donnell, Independent, 23 August]

CAO insists data secure after attack

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“The Central Applications Office (CAO) insists that the security of students’ data is not at risk following a malicious attack on its website, as tens of thousands tried to check for college offers yesterday morning …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 August]