Archive for 2 September 2010

Declining by degree

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“… Which raises a mischievous question. Could America’s universities go the way of its car companies? On the face of it, this seems highly unlikely. Student enrolments are higher than ever this year, as Americans who cannot find jobs linger or return to education. Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows no outward sign of becoming Detroit. Yet there are serious questions about America’s ivory towers …” (more)

[Economist, 2 September]

PE ‘should be’ Leaving Cert subject

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“Physical education should be an examinable subject on the Leaving Certificate curriculum, offering students points towards third level admission, the Labour Party has proposed …” (more)

[Luke Cassidy, Irish Times, 2 September]

Further points of law

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“‘The CAO needs no introduction to the present generation of school-leavers or their parents. Since 1976 it has enabled our institutions of third-level learning to reconcile annually the choices of the hopefuls – more than 60,000 last year – seeking to embark on a chosen career path.’ This is how Fennelly J began his judgment for the Supreme Court in Central Applications Office v Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs [2010] IESC 32 (13 May 2010) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 2 September]

How the University of Limerick is using Facebook to welcome new students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“This week, the University of Limerick welcomed approximately 2,500 new students to its campus. The addition of so many people to one Institution brings with it a number of challenges, specifically around co-ordinating the delivery of information to these new student …” (more)

[Boopy Marketing, 2 September]

Irish adult education below EU level

Posted in teaching with tags on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“Participation in lifelong learning among adults in Ireland is lower than the EU average, according to new data published by the Central Statistics Office. Approximately 26% of adults reported receiving lifelong learning, which includes formal education through colleges, schools and universities and organised learning activities outside the regular education system, compared to the EU average of 36% …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 2 September]

Geology Research Group Scoops NovaUCD 2010 Innovation Award

Posted in research with tags on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“The Fault Analysis Group, a leading research group within the UCD School of Geological Sciences, was today presented with the NovaUCD 2010 Innovation Award. The Fault Analysis Group has secured €6 million in research funding and licensed software has become a global industry standard and generated €350,000 in royalties …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 2 September]

Free market on fees threatens rough ride in ‘perfect storm’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 September 2010 by Steve

“The English universities seeking to have the cap on tuition fees removed may be ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’, as such a move could actually reduce their income, an academic has cautioned …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 2 September]