Archive for 3 September 2010

Creativity in Higher Education

Posted in teaching with tags on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“We just passed a major milestone in launching a Web Business for Business minor award in Tipperary Institute and along with filling at least half of our projected seats for the programme, I’m getting direct queries from potential students. This proves two things …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 2 September]

Texas A&M asks its faculty, ‘How much are you worth?’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Forget impact factors, h-indexes and other sophisticated formulae used to gauge academic output. Evaluating faculty at Texas A&M University could soon be as simple as balancing a cheque book. According to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, administrators at the 11-university system are pushing for a programme that assigns a simple net value to each faculty member – how much money they bring in from teaching and research, less their salary …” (more)

[Ewen Callaway, The Great Beyond, 3 September]

UCC Scientists tag huge jellyfish

Posted in research with tags , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Scientists from UCC have successfully managed to place tracking devices on five Lion’s Mane jellyfishes, a dangerous task which has never been accomplished up till now …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 September]

How Australia’s ‘Smart State’ Lured Irish Science Guru

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Last month, one of Australia’s leading biomedical centers, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) in Brisbane, announced it had enticed Frank Gannon to step down from running the funding agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and become its next director in 2011 …” (more)

[John Travis, Science Insider, 31 August]

Protection against research fraud urged by academy

Posted in research with tags , , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Ireland must introduce procedures to protect against falsification and plagiarism of research findings, according to a discussion document produced by the Royal Irish Academy. Introducing such safeguards would protect Ireland’s international reputation as a source of quality research, the academy says …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 September]

The month of league tables

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“In the course of this month (September) two league tables will be published that, whatever we may think of them, will determine some people’s views of Irish higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 September]

Labour wants PE as subject for Leaving

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 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, 3 September]