Archive for 29 August 2010

CAO student data may have been accessed by site hackers

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“Education officials cannot rule out the possibility that data held by the CAO, including details of candidates’ names, CAO application numbers and birthdates, may have been obtained by those behind last week’s cyber attack …” (more)

[John Downes, Sunday Tribune, 29 August]

‘Feisty’ all-rounder wins Veronica Guerin Bursary

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“‘Veronica Guerin was unique, she loved the chase. She loved life with an intensity that is unusual and most of us only talk about’, said Sunday Independent Editor Aengus Fanning at the presentation of the Veronica Guerin Bursary last week …” (more)

[Independent, 29 August]

Social science and rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“The number of social science publications in international journals is much lower than those for the natural sciences and medicine. So the natural sciences and the medical fields dominate university rankings while the strength of universities’ social sciences scarcely contributes to their position …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 29 August]

Universities heighten virtual reality

Posted in research with tags on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“Researchers from nine European universities are developing more interactive virtual reality technology that goes beyond simple sight and sound and takes users into a world where digital movements and surroundings can actually be felt …” (more)

[Cayley Dobie, University World News, 29 August]

Social research too inward-looking

Posted in research with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“The most distinctive feature of North American social science, besides its size, is the extent of the investment made in time, facilities, training and incentives for research since the Second World War, says Craig Calhoun, President of the US Social Science Research Council and a social sciences professor at New York University …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 29 August]

Rented textbook option gains ground

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“Students at Carleton University in Ottawa will have the option of renting their textbooks from the beginning of the upcoming semester …” (more)

[University World News, 29 August]

Taking higher education reviews seriously

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday’s Irish Times contained an editorial comment on higher education funding. In fact, amidst the deepening crisis facing Irish universities and colleges, one thing that has been positive is the amount of attention given to the topic by the media …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 August]

No fairer points

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“Sir – There have been numerous articles this week calling for an overhaul of the points system and the introduction of a ‘fairer’ Leaving Certificate ..” (more)

[Paul O’Connor, Independent, 29 August]

Christy’s Lisdoon song gets academic approval

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“A landmark anthology of Irish poetry is set to be published charting our greatest writers such as WB Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney … and Christy Moore. Eyebrows have been raised at the inclusion of the singer songwriter among these illustrious bedfellows in the Penguin Book of Irish Verse …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan and John Spain, Independent, 28 August]

Ten Books from Student Days

Posted in research with tags , on 29 August 2010 by Steve

“We have talked a lot about the increasing debate about undergraduate admissions and have at various times talked about teaching and research infrastructures. One can sometimes forget that one of the best things about coming to university is to have a space for three or four years where you can think and read and have lots of people around you who are doing the same …” (more)

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