Archive for 28 August 2010

Online Lecture Content

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“A lot of us have been talking about providing online lectures and tutorials to students in our classes. I am going ahead with a limited version of this in my classes this year …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 August]

Clamour for first degree in sexology

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“The first wave of Irish sexologists will take to their books at DCU this year as the college reports an unprecedented number of enquiries for the new discipline …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Herald, 28 August]

Remarkable life of a girl who left school at 14 to become seamstress and ended up as PhD and author

Posted in Life with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“She left school at 14 but transformed her life to earn a doctorate and become a university lecturer. The former dressmaker and waitress has now published a book about Irish female revolutionaries …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Herald, 28 August]

Political Correlation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“… The perpetrator in this case is Paul Whiteley, who is Professor of Politics at the University of Essex. I’m tempted to suggest he should go and stand in the corner wearing a dunce’s cap. Professor Whiteley argues that he has found evidence that refutes the case that increased provision of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates are – in the words of Lord Mandelson – ‘crucial to in securing future prosperity’ …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 August]

University Globalization Is Here to Stay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“Anybody who makes confident predictions about the future of today’s fast-growing global higher-education marketplace should be reminded that education trend lines can shift unexpectedly and relatively quickly …” (more)

[Ben Wildavsky, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 August]

Non-science students don’t get much tuition for their money

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“The review into university tuition fees, led by Lord Browne, looks likely to recommend lifting the current cap on fees, with the possibility of students paying in the region of £7,000 per year for their degrees. As it stands, they are set to pay £3,290 for the coming academic year. So what exactly are they getting for their money? …” (more)

[Davina Kesby, Guardian, 28 August]

Funding higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“The cabinet will shortly consider a report from an expert group, chaired by economist, Dr Colin Hunt, on a strategy for higher education. The report has been billed by successive ministers for education as a critically important document, charting a course for the sector until 2030 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 August]

Garda inquiry under way into alleged attacks on CAO website

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“Gardai have commenced an investigation into a number of alleged cyber attacks on the website of the Central Applications Office (CAO) this week …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 28 August]

Student’s coveted exam notes soar to €1,000 on eBay

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“There’s a high price to be paid for Leaving Certificate success on eBay. An online auction of Leaving Cert notes from a straight-A student saw two rival bidders send the prices soaring as they battled it out to secure the coveted prize …” (more)

[The eBay pages are here]
[Fiona Ellis, Independent, 28 August]

Anonymous donor to pay Brazilian’s Carlow college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“The teenage son of a Brazilian meat factory worker living in Tullamore has been granted his dream of going to college following a donation from an Irish Times reader. Fernando da Silva (19), who has lived with his father in Tullamore, Co Offaly, for more than seven years, scored enough points in the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Jamie Smyth, Irish Times, 28 August]

Greater demand for agri-food courses drives up CAO points

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“There has been a huge increase in the number of young people seeking agricultural education which has driven demand for Teagasc courses to its highest level in more than two decades …” (more)

[Sean MacConnell, Irish Times, 28 August]

David Miliband talks of universities shake-up during Leeds visit

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has outlined his vision for Higher Education should he become Prime Minister, revealing his desire to expand access to university and shake-up the funding system …” (more)

[Danny Wright, Guardian, 26 August]

40,000 college places already snapped up

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“About 40,000 college places have already been snapped up by students, despite recent attacks on the CAO website. There were no incidents on the CAO website yesterday, although the centralised college admissions service is continuing to fend off cyber attacks …” (more)

[Independent, 28 August]

A-levels crush creativity, says top headmistress

Posted in Life with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“Students are being prevented from showing ‘originality and creativity’ by drilling for A-level exams, a leading headmistress has warned …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 28 August]

Eminent senator, statesman and man of science

Posted in Life with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“James Clement Dooge, who has died aged 88, was a world-renowned expert in the management of water resources but was perhaps best known in Ireland as the senator who was promoted to minister for foreign affairs in the short-lived Fine Gael-Labour coalition government of 1981-82 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 August]

Local ‘backlash’ and overseas fears strike at Australian sector

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“Australia’s lucrative market for overseas students is at a crossroads. After years of expansion that helped establish education services as the country’s third-largest export, there are fears this growth could be reversed …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 28 August]

Harvard Researcher May Have Fabricated Data

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 28 August 2010 by Steve

“Harvard authorities have made available information suggesting that Marc Hauser, a star researcher who was put on leave this month, may have fabricated data in a 2002 paper …” (more)

[Nicholas Wade, New York Times, 27 August]