Archive for 10 September 2010

Minister announces new industry-run research centres

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today announced the team of technology leaders that will run eight research centres aimed at linking industry and academics to work on market-focused innovative products …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 10 September]

Maynooth SU needs to get real

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“One of the most disingenuous press releases to come my way in recent days was today’s release from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) distributed on behalf of the equivalent body at NUI Maynooth. The gist of the release was that the students union at NUI Maynooth has decided to boycott Minister Hanafin’s planned visit …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 10 September]

Kenny faces university challenge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Enda Kenny has been pressed by one of his own councillors to ‘publicly confirm unequivocally that we will make WIT a University if elected to Government’. Tramore Town Councillor Tom Raine, a WIT student, says he ‘remains uncertain’ as to whether his party is committed to University status for WIT, and has asked Mr Kenny to quash his lingering doubts …” (more)

[Munster Express, 10 September]

Students set to snub Minister at opening of new NUI Maynooth building

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Students at NUI Maynooth are planning a ‘guard of dishonour’ for Government Minister, Mary Hanafin, when she visits the university this Thursday, 16 September. When the Minister arrives around 11:00 am, members of Maynooth Students’ Union plan to make a political point to Minister Mary Hanafin as she opens NUI Maynooth’s new Iontas building …” (more)

[Henry Bauress, Leinster Leader, 10 September]

Clarity required in the debate over university fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“By all means let’s have a public debate over university funding and fees but let’s first clear the ground of a tuft of oft-repeated nonsense. The notion that poor people are denied a university education because money goes to pay the fees of those who can afford it is silly …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 10 September]

USI Says Centralised Grant Agency Would Save State €5 million Per Year

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has urged the Government to establish a centralised student grant agency to save the country €5 million annually. USI surveyed eight local authorities across the country in both 2008 and 2009, representing a quarter of all local authorities in Ireland, and estimated a national average on grant costs …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 10 September]

Tánaiste defends Irish record on educational spend

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Tanaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan was in Kilkenny this week where she defended the government’s record on spending on education. The government was slammed in a recent OECD report published this week which stated that the Irish government ranked 29th out of 33 countries for their investment in education amounting to just 4.7% of the GDP …” (more)

[Naoise Coogan, Kilkenny Advertiser, 10 September]

The New Dawn of Personalcasting

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Most of my new students have no idea they are carrying more authoring and distribution equipment with them than many third level Irish universities avail in their computer labs. With some of the newer smartphones, it’s very simple to set up individual personalcast channels …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 10 September]

Stimulating University Startups

Posted in research with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“… A lot of time and energy goes into patenting, but only a few are ever licensed. I am not saying we shouldn’t be doing it, but sometimes (from anecdotal evidence I hear around the circuit) the whole process doesn’t tend to motive academics or young postdoctoral researchers to do a startup …” (more)

[DCU Ryan Academy, 10 September]

Swings and roundabouts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“So when UCD/TCD blame funding, and UCC/NUIG congratulate themselves for QS rank changes, it’s probably just down to methodology.” (tweet)

[Michael Madden, Twitter, 10 September]

USI Condemns Government for Stingy Spending on Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the Government for its dire lack of investment in education. The recent OECD’s annual Education at a Glance report has claimed that Ireland spent just 4.7% of its income on education in 2007 …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 10 September]

Residents oppose LYIT extension over parking problems

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Residents living close to Letterkenny Institute of Technology have lodged objections to plans for a €3.5m extension that they say will exacerbate existing car parking problems in the area …” (more)

[Declan Magee, Donegal Democrat, 9 September]

Coughlan says no to ‘elitism’ by ruling out return of fees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Mary Coughlan yesterday again ruled out a return of colleges fees and insisted there was no room for ‘elitism’ in third-level education …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 10 September]

Keeping universities traditional (2)

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Last Sunday morning I was very struck by the discussion between the participants on BBC Radio 4′s programme ‘Broadcasting House’ (you can listen to the podcast here). One of the issues raised was that of how a university should be organised and structured; it became clear that the participants all felt that a ‘real’ university needed to arrange its teaching on a campus in a classroom setting …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

Schools of hard knocks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Facing heavy-handed government regulation, America’s for-profit colleges are reforming themselves …” (more)

[Economist, 9 September]

Latest Solution to Humanities Crisis: Surrender

Posted in research with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The scramble to pin the tail on the diseased donkey – you know, the one who’s at fault for the academic crisis – continues. The latest ‘provocation’ appears in the pages of The Chronicle. Frank Donoghue, an associate professor of English at Ohio State University, points out that ‘the crisis of the university’ is really a ‘crisis of the humanities’. Well, yeah. My friends getting PhDs in Biomedical Engineering don’t have nearly the same level of existential career angst that I do …” (more)

[PhD Octopus, 7 September]

Society defends decision to quash course accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has defended its decision to withdraw recognition from a course that has left 62 students in the lurch …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 September]

Teachers told to stop action or change will be imposed

Posted in Governance and administration on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“… In the institutes of technology there was no guarantee that the additional hour would not be a teaching hour. It would also mean flexible delivery of new courses specifically targeted at unemployed individuals …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 September]

Student Grants and/or Research Loans

Posted in research with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“… The basic point is that universities essentially do two things, teaching and research. However, when you think about it, there’s a fundamental inconsistency in the way these are funded. It seems to me that correcting this anomaly could significantly improve both the main benefits universities contribute to the UK economy …” (more)

[In the Dark, 9 September]

The hub of research at Trinity

Posted in research with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“It has been a long wait, but Trinity College Dublin’s arts and humanities research centre with a strong technology bent, the Long Room Hub, finally gets a home this week …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 10 September]