Archive for 9 November 2010

Poverty of Irish Academia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“… It should not have surprised me that all 100 are essentially full-time administrators. The salaries of research professors all seem to be subordinate. This contrasts sharply with UK universities (let alone US institutions) where serious salaries are paid to top research talent …” (more)

[Michael Moore, Irish Economy, 9 November]

Dylan Evans award makes a mockery of UCC

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“The award to Dylan Evans of an award for innovative teaching is a very questionable decision from the college …” (more)

[Laura Mulcahy, Cork Student News, 9 November]

Protest policing complaints double

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has received 28 complaints about the behaviour of gardaí at a student demonstration in Dublin last Wednesday. The number of complaints received by the Ombudsman has more than doubled in the last two days …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 November]

Get rid of Lecturers

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“And I don’t mean the people. Well, maybe a few (I have a little list, they never will be missed…). It’s the title I’m on about. OK it’s a Pet peeve, but why do we have to call them Lecturers? Why should the job title, right there on the contract, on the business card, explicitly specify a pedagogy? It would be like calling Doctors ‘Bleeders’ …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 9 November]

Hope of saving Boole’s former home?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“Cork’s City manager says he will examine ‘all options’ for saving the former home of renowned mathematician George Boole …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 9 November]

Innovation and the Academic Paradox

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“… Innovation is a buzzword in academia, and a growing number of universities, including University of Southern California, are recognizing the merit of entrepreneurship and divergent thinking. But committing to innovation – even though we study it frequently – is tough. The structures of universities, for instance, present formidable challenges …” (more)

[Randy Clemens, 21st Century Scholar, 9 November]

‘Free fees’ were a disaster for society and the third-level system

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“Ever since tuition fees for third-level were abolished in the mid-1990s their return has never been far off the national agenda. When ‘free fees’ were introduced it was predicted with some accuracy that pressures on the exchequer would, from time to time, tempt or force governments to cut higher education funding …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 9 November]

Top college honour for bat-sex row academic

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“An academic accused of sexual harassment after he showed a female colleague an article on the sex life of fruit bats has been honoured by his university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 November]

Brian Hayes on Irish Education Policy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“… Brian Hayes, former FG spokesperson on Education and Science (2007-10) and current FG spokesperson on Finance, gives attention to salient issues in higher education in his article in last Tuesday’s Education section in the Irish Times: ‘No more Republic of average’. Besides higher education, the article also addresses primary and second-level education …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 November]

The top 100 best-paid in education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“… Today’s survey of the high earners in education comes amid increasing calls for a €100,000 cap on public service salaries. Many of those featured on this page point out they have already taken pay cuts and absorbed the public service pension levy. The universities say they need to pay the best to attract the best. But the top earners also include senior figures from the huge number of education quangos …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 November]

Points required for medicine to climb even further

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“What chance do you have of securing a place in one of the five medical undergraduate programmes in 2011? Recent data compiled by UCD gives some indication of the real picture with regard to undergraduate medical entry in Ireland …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 9 November]

Grappling with academic politics

Posted in Life with tags on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“There is a famous quote, attributed to Harvard professor Richard Neustadt, that ‘academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small’. It is certainly true that personal hostility and intrigue are not wholly unknown occurrences in universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 November]

Six JP scholarships for Limerick students at UL

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“Limerick’s JP McManus gave 125 third level students cause for much celebration on Saturday as they received their award as part of the 2010 All Ireland Scholarship Awards in the University Concert Hall in UL …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 8 November]