Archive for 8 November 2010

Government denies that it took advice on third-level fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“A government spokesman has denied claims by a leading educationalist that he advised the government about reintroducing third-level education fees. Jamil Salmi, who is the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator, told the International Herald-Tribune newspaper that he advised the Irish government last year on the controversial issue of the reintroduction of third-level fees …” (more)

[Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post, 7 November]

At the Blunt Edge of a Cosh: Police Violence & The Student Protests

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“The images of the Gardai’s horse charge or their over-zealous use of the baton (knocking a young woman out cold and bloodying the faces of others), being used on peaceful student demonstrations has a chilling effect. We are unaccustomed to seeing our Gardai in the same light as (the very often violent) Italian or French police forces. We are unaccustomed to Garda cavalry charges past the Shelbourne …” (more)

[Illan Rua Wall, Human Rights in Ireland, 8 November]

The Croke Park agreement is the elephant in the room

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“This year, between Halloween and Christmas, the voters of Donegal South-West will get to celebrate another holiday of sorts: a by election. Normal business will be suspended as voters get to enjoy the dubious pleasure of hosting an army of party bigwigs, latchikos and dodgy vans with loudspeakers propagating dodgy messages …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 7 November]

What is a postdoctoral fellow?

Posted in research with tags on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“… the past few years have made me increasingly question the point of what I do. Will anything I write change anything or am I maintaining the paint on the Golden Gate Bridge? It seems to me that this is a crisis of navel gazing which is almost unique to the postdoctoral fellow, although feel free to tell me that I am wrong …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 8 November]

NUIG gets State funding for stem cell trials

Posted in research on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway (NUIG) has secured State funding of almost €10 million which will allow it to begin clinical trials in stem cell applications for the treatment of degenerative diseases …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 8 November]

Fine Gael: focusing on government (and its impact on HE)

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“Given the continuing speculation about a general election in Ireland during the coming months (and whether that happens will, I suspect, depend mainly on whether the December Budget is passed by the Dáil without too much difficulty, and on how the Donegal by-election goes), it may be timely to start looking at the policies of the parties currently in opposition …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 November]

Cuts in education funding inevitable – archbishop

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“Cutbacks in public funds for education were ‘inevitable’, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. He warned that these should be ‘properly thought out and monitored as regards their real effect, especially on the poorest and the educationally disadvantaged’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 8 November]

Public sector clear-out as State looks to cut 20,000 staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“The Government plans to slash 20,000 staff from the public sector workforce as part of its four-year plan to drastically reduce its deficit …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 8 November]

‘Peaceful’ student protest claim is false

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“Gerry Casey’s claim that the methods used by the rogue group of protesters who clashed with gardai were ‘peaceful’ is nonsensical …” (more)

[Donal Tully, Independent, 8 November]

Paying college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Andrew Abbott (November 5th) highlights the fact that a degree course in medicine costs €40,000 per annum (paid in full by non-EU students). A BA degree costs a fraction of this. In both cases, the taxpayer subsidises 100% of the fees …” (more)

[Ted Mooney, Irish Times, 8 November]

Bonus points for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – The recent decision to award bonus points to students achieving higher than a D1 in Leaving Certificate honours maths seems to me discriminatory against other forms of ‘knowledge’ …” (more)

[Marc Morgan, Irish Times, 8 November]

College get back in the mix

Posted in Life with tags , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“UCC made their IHL return to the Mardyke in style, as they routed Belfast Harlequins 4-1 to give their semi-final hopes a real shot in the arm …” (more)

[Alan Good, Southern Fried Hockey, 8 November]

The future of Scottish higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 8 November 2010 by Steve

The Herald newspaper has published a strongly worded editorial calling for the retention in Scotland of the principle of free higher education. The paper argues that the ‘real crisis’ is not the financial position of the universities, but the debt burden that could be loaded on graduates if there were tuition fees …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 November]

UK students too reluctant to study abroad, says British Council boss

Posted in Life with tags on 8 November 2010 by Steve

“Britain’s economic future could be jeopardised unless more students embrace overseas experience, says study …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 7 November]