Archive for 27 August 2010

Hostile reaction to leaked Hunt report

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Leaks from the report by the National Strategy Group for Higher Education this week suggest that Waterford Institute of Technology’s case for university status has not been accepted …” (more)

[Kieran Foley, Munster Express, 27 August]

University of Limerick graduates urged to become ‘giants’ for future generations

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“‘The path ahead is not certain’,” University of Limerick president Prof Don Barry told thousands of graduates during the conferring ceremonies this week. Armed with their degrees – like tens of thousands of others across the State seeking employment – the path they take, whether they realise it or not, is largely down to them alone, he said …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 27 August]

WIT researchers to lead €15.8m EU SOCIETIES project

Posted in research with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) have been awarded the leadership of SOCIETIES – a €15.8m EU project aiming to revolutionise how businesses work and how emergency services respond in the face of disaster …” (more)

[Laura O’Brien, Silicon Republic, 27 August]

U of California and Nature Publishing Group Mend Fences

Posted in research with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Librarians and scholars hoping that University of California researchers would make good on a threat to boycott the Nature Publishing Group over high journal costs are likely to be disappointed …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 August]

No Science Please, We’re British

Posted in research with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“The time is getting closer when the Condem government’s hatchet men announce the detailed plans for spending cuts over the next few years. Those of us scientists working in British universities face an anxious few weeks waiting to see how hard the axe is going to fall …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 August]

We saw the impact of too little support for research in the flight of the scientific geese during the dire 1980s

Posted in research with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Are we making progress towards a knowledge economy? How do we know whether we are achieving this goal or whether our tax euro are being squandered on labs and scientists? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 27 August]

Interview: Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, NUI Galway

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

What book do you wish you had written? Well, Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization sold so many copies, and made so much money for the author, that I’m tempted to plump for that one! …” (more)

[Pue’s Occurrences, 27 August]

Gardai launch probe into CAO hackers

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Gardai last night launched an investigation into a series of hacker attacks on the Central Applications Office (CAO) website, which have caused chaos for thousands of students this week. Web logs and other evidence have been handed over to the gardai in an attempt to identify the hackers responsible …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 27 August]

Note this!

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Exactly 35 years ago I started my second year as an undergraduate law student in a Dublin university. My workload for that year consisted of four ‘subjects’ (no modules in those days), three of which I had been very much looking forward to. But I dreaded the prospect of the fourth …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 August]

The admins are the enemy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“George Mason law professor Todd Zywicki is a strong critic of the higher ed status quo, and has some skin in the game when it comes to rethinking governance models – several years ago he ran for the Dartmouth board of trustees as a dark horse alumni petition candidate, and he won …” (more)

[Critical Mass, 25 August]

Schoolbook publishers accused of ‘sharp practice’ over new editions

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“The President of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland has accused schoolbook publishers introducing frequent new editions of textbooks of ‘sharp practice’. Bernie Ruane said ‘the frequency of new text books is ridiculous, the syllabus hasn’t changed in the majority of subjects at all’ …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 27 August]

TUI under pressure to end action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will be under pressure today to consider lifting industrial action in schools and colleges after a sister union decided to put the question to its executive …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 August]

One in four lap dancers has a degree, study finds

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“The first academic research project into lap dancing has found that, rather than being uneducated young women who have been coerced into the industry, one in four dancers has a degree and has been attracted by the money …” (more)

[Sarah Cassidy, Independent, 27 August]

CAO beats cyber-attackers to receive 30,000 first-round acceptances

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“The CAO has confirmed that by 5pm last night close to 30,000 applicants for university and college places submitted their first-round acceptances, despite intense cyber-attacks that began earlier this week …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 27 August]

Solutions to real-world problems

Posted in research with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“What have the bubbles in a can of draught Guinness, acid etchings on crystal glass, commercial chicken rearing and telephone conference voice quality got in common? They are all areas where applied mathematics can offer solutions in terms of process and efficiency improvements …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 August]