Archive for 4 November 2010

Bad news travels slow

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“… But the release of the Hunt report has been put back repeatedly. Bated breath has given way to something resembling a wheeze of desperation. The report is still under wraps; it is now expected to be released to the public later this month at the earliest. The prolonged wait has only fuelled unease about its conclusions and the reasons for the delays …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 4 November]

Criticism against Gardaí from student march is misdirected

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Those venting their anger at members of the Gardaí on Twitter and social forums are really just individuals frustrated at the actions of the State and directing criticism at the wrong people entirely …” (more)

[Jamie Heffernan Quinn, Cork Student News, 4 November]

Gatecrashers

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Violent scenes that occurred at yesterday’s student protests in Dublin were perpetrated by uninvited groups that gatecrashed the event …” (more)

[Eoin Weldon, Cork Independent, 4 November]

Student protests and the cost of education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“… The emphasis on fees, however, directs attention away from the other important barrier to participation in third level education. The only state support provided to students is an annual maintenance grant, which is means-tested. A student who qualifies for a full grant, and who lives more than 24km from the college she plans to attend, gets €3,250 a year to cover living expenses …” (more)

[Ireland after NAMA, 4 November]

Coroner’s Court: UCC student died after lethal alcohol dose

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“The Cork City Coroner’s Court has been told of how a UCC student, Gary Murphy, died aged 19, after consuming a lethal amount of alcohol at a party …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 4 November]

Student protest media coverage

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“I’m still taking in all that happened yesterday. I’ll probably write my personal account of the day. Until then, here’s the various newspaper accounts of yesterday’s march, direct action and police violence …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 4 November]

Nature comes clean about retractions and why they’re on the rise

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“… The editorial highlights ‘misconduct by journals and the community, an increased ability to create and to detect unduly manipulated images, and greater willingness by journals to publish retractions’ as potential reasons for the increase, as well as others …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 4 November]

Scots universities at risk of closure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Proposed spending cuts mean universities and colleges across Scotland may be forced to close or face huge job losses, MSPs were warned yesterday …” (more)

[Neal Wallace, Edinburgh Napier News, 4 November]

Video: Garda knocks female student unconscious at National Student Protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Video footage of the occupation of the Department of Finance by USI members on the National Student Protest. A female student is knocked unconscious by a Garda 3 minutes in.” (video)

[Edufactory Ireland, 4 November]

USI criticizes ‘actions of minority’ at student march

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“The USI’s Press Office has hit out this evening at the actions of what it calls a ‘minority’ of students at yesterday’s protest march in Dublin …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 4 November]

Republican militants are blamed as students’ peaceful protest turns bloody

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“A peaceful student demonstration outside the Dail turned bloody after it was hijacked by left-wing republican militants. The student march, which was organised to protest against a hike in student registration fees, turned ugly as they reached the gates of the Dail …” (more)

[Cormac Byrne, Herald, 4 November]

Happy now?

Posted in Life with tags on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“It should have been an amazing day. Students showed up in their thousands, despite the rain, lining the streets of the capital in a protest against proposed hikes in registration fees and cuts in the student maintenance grant by the Irish Government. NUIM Maynooth could stand proud as 3122 of them were ours. But what began as a landmark protest became mired and superseded by stories of violence …” (more)

[The Student Observer, 4 November]

Protests, persuasion and violence

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“… Higher education in Ireland is in crisis and possibly in peril. One thing we manifestly do not need is violence that will further alienate citizens from the higher education sector – we know that cutbacks applied to universities and colleges are on the whole seen as appropriate by many people, and this kind of thing certainly won’t help …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 November]

Stormont minister in urgent talks on tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Stormont’s Minister for Employment and Learning has met with the UK’s Higher Education Minister to discuss plans to raise tuition fees in England …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 4 November]

Another daft course? Sociology goes Gaga

Posted in teaching with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Or is this a case of academia at the cutting edge of contemporary culture? Have posted before about slightly unusual programmes, including a zombie course at the University of Baltimore. Anyway, this time it’s Lady Gaga at the University of South Carolina …” (more)

[Registrarism, 4 November]

Scottish universities warn of funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“University and college chiefs have warned MSPs that many institutions will fail, resulting in thousands of jobs losses, thanks to a looming crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 4 November]

Two are charged following angry clashes with students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“Three people were arrested after yesterday’s student protest turned violent. A number of people were also brought to hospital suffering head injuries after gardai drew their batons during the protest in Dublin city centre …” (more)

[Edel Kennedy, Independent, 4 November]

25,000 protest against fees increase

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“In the largest student protest for a generation, at least 25,000 voiced their opposition to increased student fees outside the Dáil yesterday …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 4 November]

Gardai leave students bloody and bruised at National Student Protest in Dublin

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“A number of photos have emerged showing students having sustained serious injuries at the hands of Gardai at yesterdays National Student Protest. If you’ve got some images or video footage, upload them to Flickr …” (more, photos)

[Edufactory Ireland, 4 November]

Social and online march coverage reflects the new face of modern journalism

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 November 2010 by Steve

“If you can get past my obvious bias in saying so (I’m not including Cork Student News – promise!) the online coverage of today’s student march in Dublin was a great expo-day for the power of student journalism, especially when match …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 3 November]