Archive for 12 September 2010

Mature students unfairly hit by changes to grant scheme

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“A major change has been introduced into the 2010 Higher Education Grants Scheme which will force mature students to wait three years before they can get a student grant to study for a postgraduate qualification …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Party, 12 September]

College slammed for ‘misleading’ claims

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“A Dublin college has been severely criticised for making misleading claims in its promotional material, lack of a clear vision, poor quality assurance controls and isolation from the rest of the Irish higher education community. The report on the American College Dublin by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 12 September]

Sunday Times 2011 University League Table

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“No radical changes here with the top four places remaining the same. LSE improves somewhat and York drops out of the top 10 but otherwise there isn’t a great deal of movement in the top 20 …” (more)

[Registrarism, 12 September]

New legislation limits animal testing

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“The European Parliament has approved new legislation to limit the number of animals used in scientific studies within the European Union, in an effort to improve animal welfare without hindering important scientific research …” (more)

[Emma Jackson, University World News, 12 September]

University funding and ‘elitism’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“Friday’s Irish Independent newspaper reported the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan TD, apparently suggesting that the reintroduction of tuition fees would produce ‘elitism’. She also had something to say about higher education funding, though frankly I wasn’t easily able to make out what that something was; perhaps that it was all a shame, but there we are …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 September]

Let’s get back to the books to learn from our mistakes

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“… Quinn’s party leader, Eamon Gilmore, has rejected the ‘blame Irish’ myth and Quinn himself wastes no time putting his finger on the real problem. ‘Junior lecturers have to spend the first year of university deprogramming students … the system of learning by rote, by memory, rather than learning how to reason and how to articulate, this is what is in need of reform’, he says …” (more)

[Independent, 12 September]

Thousands of students would drop out without cash from family and friends, survey finds

Posted in Life with tags on 12 September 2010 by Steve

“Poll reveals 47% of students receive regular handouts of money to fund degree studies. Thousands of students who receive donations from family and friends to help them through university would have dropped out of their courses without the handouts, a poll has found …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 12 September]