Archive for 25 September 2010

Roisin Shorthall

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“By Roisin Shorthall’s logic, Roisin Shorthall works just 100 days/year because that’s how long dail sits http://bit.ly/dhL66f @vonprond” (tweet)

[Eoin Lettice, Twitter, 25 September]

Maynooth Students: Mobilising for Progress

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“The ‘Student Movement’ in Ireland is a funny one. It tends to find itself in a stagnant state and with its banners well and truly under the stairs for three to four years at a time. Then, as if like clockwork, a wise Minister of Education will come forward with the idea of third level fees …” (more)

[Donal Fallon, Edufactory Ireland, 24 September]

University chiefs’ behaviour a bitter pill for students, staff and taxpayers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“University chiefs have been crying from the rooftops for the past two years about the severe under funding of their colleges and the effects it is having on the quality of the education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

Heigh ho, it’s off to work we go – truly!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“I wonder how this would look. Let us imagine that we were to organise a meeting of academics, to which we would invite four or five politicians. The purpose of the meeting would be to get an understanding of how politicians carry out their work. We might ask them how long, on average, they attend the parliamentary debating chamber, and at what time they start …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 September]

Pupils worst in EU for foreign languages

Posted in teaching with tags on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“Irish schoolchildren are the worst in Europe for learning foreign languages. Almost one-fifth of teenagers leave school without a foreign language, according to a new study …” (more)

[Sarah Collins, Independent, 25 September]

Students must get ‘all-round’ education

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“All arts students should have compulsory training in information and communications technology, a new report recommends. It says that it is time to end the artificial divide between the humanities and sciences and it recommends that all students be educated in both …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 September]