Archive for 30 August 2010

Maynooth SU and USI Tell Minister Batt O’Keeffe to ‘Get Real’ about Graduate Unemployment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the lackluster Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe, to ‘get real’ about graduate unemployment before it is too late …” (more)

[Maynooth Town, 30 August]

Mac or PC – Should researchers care?

Posted in research with tags , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“I have been using a Macbook for the last three years. My subjective experience (n=1) has been neutral. It has better battery time than any other laptop I have owned, which is great. But I have not really noticed a definable advantage other than that for someone like me, who mainly uses Office, Firefox, Mail and STATA as my daily tools …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 30 August]

Fear of fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“There was an interesting opinion piece in yesterday’s Sunday Tribune, in which the writer, Shane Coleman, considered that some of our current national difficulties stem from the fact that we focus on trivial things or things that we can do nothing about, fearing to address those that really matter and which could and should be tackled. He raised third level fees as one of these …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 August]

Govt plan to place top 50 graduates in export-led firms

Posted in Life with tags , , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keefe TD has launched a plan to place the top 50 graduates from Irish universities in to export-led firms as part of the Graduates 4 International Growth (G4IG) programme developed in partnership with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 30 August]

Revenue targets doctors, pilots and university staff

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“University staff, airline pilots and doctors are being targeted in an investigation by the Revenue into the employment status of workers …” (more)

[Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 29 August]

Irish science is a real cause for optimism

Posted in research with tags , , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“… just over two decades ago, Ireland’s international performance in terms of the quality of scientific publications was below that of Bangladesh. The quantity of output relative to our population was well below the EU average. In the last ten years, our output has accelerated like no time in our history. We have exceeded the EU average and are now at OECD levels …” (more)

[Graham Love, Sunday Business Post, 29 August]

Modernise archaic education system – or fall further behind

Posted in teaching with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“Children and teenagers across the country return to school today and an education system that is failing them by teaching the right subjects in the wrong way and not teaching many valuable subjects at all …” (more)

[Independent, 30 August]

CAO attack shows need for action on cybercrime

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“An attack last week on the Central Applications Office (CAO) website left thousands of worried students unable to gain access to the site to accept their third-level offers. Reports suggest that this was a ‘denial of service’ attack: an attack which floods a website with fake traffic, slowing it down or causing it to crash …” (more)

[TJ McIntyre, Sunday Business Post, 29 August]

Further-education courses pave the way to university for many students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“In case any CAO applicant has failed to register this fact, today, Monday (August 30), is the closing date for acceptance of round one offers. The vast majority of applicants who intend to accept their offer had done so before the weekend, with nearly 40,000 acceptances in total so far …” (more)

[Independent, 30 August]

No saving grace

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“It was officially entitled ‘The Report of the Special Group on Public Sector Numbers and Expenditure Programmes’, but it was known ubiquitously as An Bord Snip Nua. Published in July 2009, it was filled with politically difficult choices, including significant reform of the public services and the elimination of 17,000 state jobs …” (more)

[Ian Kehoe and John Burke, Sunday Business Post, 29 August]

Latest Grievance

Posted in Life with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“In a recent post, I sought recommendations for academic novels that I had not yet read. Someone suggested Elinor Lipman’s My Latest Grievance, which I had not read, but now I have read it and I found it very entertaining on a recent trip. Thank you for the suggestion, anonymous commenter …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 30 August]

Higher education and the performing arts

Posted in Life with tags , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“When I became President of DCU in 2000, I was immediately drawn into the world of Ireland’s performing arts in various unexpected ways. Construction for the Helix, which was to be North Dublin’s main cultural centre, had begun in earnest, but we were all perhaps a little unprepared for the task of running it and making it pay (or at least not siphon off money from the rest of the system) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 August]

Whither Irish Education?

Posted in teaching with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“The Irish Times asked me to do an update of my MacGill Summer School speech for their recent Innovation Magazine. It was limited to 800 or so words, but I also took the opportunity to cross reference (both URLs are given later below) the recent article by Der Spiegel on the internet and German teenagers, and also Bill Gates’ recent observations on the future of education …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 29 August]

Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’

Posted in research with tags on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the world’s most definitive work on the language, will never be printed because of the impact of the internet on book sales …” (more)

[Alastair Jamieson, Sunday Telegraph, 29 August]