Archive for 5 November 2010

3 Novembre 2010: La Sorbonne a été occupée!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“La Sorbonne a été occupée aujourd’hui, mercredi 3 Novembre, par une cinquantaine de grévistes. L’action a commencé vers 16h30 par une assemblée générale, a continué par des tours d’information en amphis et salle de TD …” (more)

[Parar Bolonha, 5 November]

‘Gatecrashers’ and ‘Hijackers’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“… While people should put in complaints, the problem with the Garda Ombudsman is that the Minister for Justice can tell them not to pursue an investigation which is what happened with the Rossport cases …” (more)

[Edufactory Ireland, 5 November]

The Armageddon Game: Universities as evolving systems

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“Space Geeks love the movie Armageddon. There’s a game they play where you count the technical errors. It’s easy and fun. There are, apparently, at least 168. Critiquing universities is just like that game. It’s fun, and easy to play. I’ve done plenty of it on this blog, and will probably do more. But there are smarter, harder question is why these problems exist …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 5 November]

Complaints over protest policing

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has begun investigations into the Garda’s policing of a student demonstration on Wednesday at which sections of protestors clashed violently with gardaí …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 5 November]

Don’t abandon the idea of a university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“… It is the time needed for learning not for teaching that stretches the experience to about three years. There is simply no way even the most conscientious student can absorb all the reading (or experiments) necessary to get an average degree in 18 months. This will provoke the usual cynicism about all the time taken to get drunk, to riot in the Holy land etc, but that’s a diversion …” (more)

[Slugger O’Toole, 5 November]

Academia: The changing face of tenure

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“Biologist Rafael Carazo Salas doesn’t have tenure – nor is he expecting to pursue the tenure-track system any time soon. As a faculty member at a UK institution, he doesn’t have that option – academic tenure per se in the United Kingdom was abolished more than 20 years ago …” (more)

[Karen Kaplan, Nature, 3 November]

USI Disappointed at Actions of Minority at Student March

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has again stated its disappointment at the actions of a small group of people, who were separate from the peaceful, non-party political USI demonstration. This small minority of people were involved in the incidents outside the Department of Finance during the student protest march yesterday (November 3rd) …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 5 November]

Interviews with students on Wednesday’s march

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“Upwards of 25,000 students from across Ireland descended onto the streets of Dublin on Wednesday, 2,000 students broke off and occupied the Department of Finance, here are 2 interviews with students present …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 5 November]

US rebuts plaintiffs in stem cell litigation

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The last scheduled document was filed today before pivotal court arguments next month on the legality of US government funding for human embryonic stem cell research …” (more)

[Meredith Wadman, The Great Beyond, 4 November]

Pay out then priced out: bid to rein in high journal costs

Posted in research with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“Vice-chancellors and librarians hope a new report estimating the cost to universities of peer review will help to rein in ‘excessive’ rises in the price of journal subscriptions. Pulling together data from previous studies, the report says UK academics spend up to 3 million hours a year acting as peer reviewers, and it values their time at £165 million …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 4 November]

The trials and tribulations of the Irish HE strategic review

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“At some point – a very long time ago as it now seems – I attended a meeting, together with all the university presidents in Ireland, to which we had been invited by the higher education strategic review working group chaired by Dr Colin Hunt …” (more)

[[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 November]

JP McManus charity donates €10.5m

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“… The bulk of charitable funding in the year was spent on education, with the foundation donating €9,227,688 to the All-Ireland Scholarships Fund set up by Mr McManus in 2007. The scholarships cover full-time education and are awarded to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, on the basis of Leaving Cert results …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 5 November]

Cowen vs. Gilmore in the Dáil

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“Here is a report from the Irish Times on Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s exchange with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore in the Dáil (lower House of Parliament) earlier this week …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 November]

Complaints over student demonstration policing

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“A number of complaints have been made to the Garda Ombudsman’s Commission arising out of the policing of the student demonstration in Dublin this week …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 November]

Protest against college fee increase

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – The media coverage of the aftermath of the peaceful student march on Wednesday did not reflect events. As a witness, I saw opportunists from political groups, who did not represent the Union of Students in Ireland, throw missiles at the gardaí after the arrest of protesters occupying the Department of Finance. This and only this has been reported in the news …” (more)

[Rosi Leonard, Irish Times, 5 November]

If student fees rise, so should student grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The issue of university fees ought not to be determined in isolation from student grants …” (more)

[Gerald Morgan, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

Thugs ruined student protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The so-called student protesters who became involved in clashes with the gardai should be ashamed of themselves. The protest was well organised by the Union of Students in Ireland, only to be hijacked by groups who expressed no concern for the rising education fees …” (more)

[Donal Tully, Independent, 5 November]

UCC student drank lethal level of vodka during game

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“The father of a 19-year- old student who died following a drinking game in which he consumed a lethal amount of vodka has paid a tearful tribute to his son …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

Vince Cable was going to tackle the waste called university life. He bottled it

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 November 2010 by Steve

“There are three sorts of conservative: a conservative, a fanatical conservative, and a university. Change nothing, it cries. I am poor but perfect. I am special. I am the future. Just give me the money …” (more)

[Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 4 November]