Archive for 6 November 2010

eBooks and the real thing

Posted in Life with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“You won’t find many businesses at the lower end of the bookselling marketplace in Ireland. As the number of smart phones have increased, the number of second-hand bookshops have declined. Internet pricing has pushed the price of second-hand books below the price of postage …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 6 November]

March In Opposition To Garda Brutality Against Protestors

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Students call on other students, workers and all opposed to Garda violence and intimidation of protestors to join us next Wednesday in marching to Pearse Street Garda Station …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 6 November]

Pratchetty wisdom

Posted in teaching with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“So currently Sir Terry Pratchett is an Adjunct Professor of the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, which as far as I can gather is one of those posts that looks good for all involved and doesn’t mean having to do the tedious bits of professoring. Nevertheless. He gave a delightful seminar yesterday for postgrads in the field of popular literature …” (more)

[Claire Hennessy, 6 November]

University suspends ties with Malaysian college

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“The University of Wales has suspended relations with a Malaysian business college, pending an inquiry. The action, the university says, is due to a controversy relating to the personal academic qualifications of the head of the institution …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 November]

QUB apology to Jewish academic

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Professor Peter Gregson, the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, has written an apology to Professor Geoffrey Alderman, the lead columnist in the Jewish Chronicle, who was invited to join a panel discussion in the Belfast Festival, only to have the invitation withdrawn …” (more)

[Nelson’s View, 6 November]

Yes, there should be a graduate tax – but just for the ‘charmed generations’ aged between 45 and 70

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“The problem with the prospective and uncertain cuts outlined recently is that we all are so busy working out how to deal with them that we haven’t stopped to ask the obvious question: ‘Is there really an alternative way to reduce the deficit?’ Moreover, it is only natural that we focus on cuts to school, college and early year education, with the result that we pay less attention to other sectors …” (more)

[Tim Brighouse, TES Connect, 5 November]

Majority of students protested peacefully

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“I, like many of my fellow students, attended the USI march in Dublin city to voice my dissatisfaction at the prospect of the proposed hike in registration fees and possible cuts to third-level grants …” (more)

[Ciara Dower, Independent, 6 November]

Give me a crash course in … the reintroduction of college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“So fees are back on the agenda? Afraid so. Parents and students will almost certainly be asked to stump up about €2,500 from next September; that’s an increase of €1,000 on the current registration charge …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 6 November]

Megaw dampens UCD celebrations

Posted in Life with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Despite being a scratch side and having just two days together to prepare for the clash, the Combined Universities XV did enough to dampen spirits at UCD RFC’s centenary celebrations at the Belfield Bowl last night, with an impressive 41-22 victory …” (more)

[Independent, 6 November]

Universities not bottling it

Posted in Life with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“One of the things I didn’t know until recently is that universities and colleges account for quite an astounding percentage of the sale of bottled water – in particular water sold in small bottles. These (almost invariably plastic) bottles in turn have become a major environmental issue …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 November]

Irish may apply for UK college loans from 2012

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Student loans the Republic studying, or intending to study, in English universities from 2012 will be able to apply for British government loans to pay for the higher tuition fees planned to come into force by then, it is understood …” (more)

[Mark Hennessy, Irish Times, 6 November]

President of UCC issues alcohol warning

Posted in Life with tags , , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Health problems and Ireland’s image abroad will worsen significantly unless rising alcohol abuse by young people is reversed, the head of one of the country’s biggest colleges has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

Student March a Turning Point

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“… For students, Wednesday was all about voicing their protestations at the Government due to upcoming budget which is undoubtedly going to put even more financial pressure on the majority of third level students. What most of us did not expect is that it would turn violent and riot police would be deployed. This is the turning point to which I am referring …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 6 November]

12 complaints to ombudsman over policing of student protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Garda ombudsman has received 12 complaints arising out of the policing of the midweek student demonstration in Dublin …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

TUI to enter Croke Park deal talks after action vote

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is set to enter talks on the Croke Park public service pay agreement after members have voted to lift industrial action in schools and colleges …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

Gardai were real thugs at protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Donal Tully (Letters, November 5) says that ‘thugs’ ruined Wednesday’s student protest. He is right. But the thugs in question were the gardai who initiated the violence …” (more)

[Gerry Casey, Independent, 6 November]

Retired public service staff likely to have pensions cut

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Speculation is mounting that the Government will cut the pensions of existing public service pensioners in the upcoming budget …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

What our reporters saw

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Wednesday’s huge student protest may have been marred by scenes of violence but the main protest itself was powerful, uplifting – and very peaceful …” (more)

[Seán Flynn and Cían Nihill, Irish Times, 6 November]

For Exposure, Universities Put Courses on the Web

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Until recently, if you wanted to take Professor Rebecca Henderson’s course in advanced strategy to understand the long-term roots of why some companies are unusually successful, you needed to be a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Ms. Henderson taught at the Sloan School of Management …” (more)

[DD Guttenplan, New York Times, 1 November]

Garda watchdog to examine footage of protests

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“Video footage of the student protests in Dublin earlier this week is to be examined by the garda watchdog after complaints were received about the behaviour of some gardai during the demonstration …” (more)

[Shane Hickey, Independent, 6 November]