Archive for 10 November 2010

Students protest against garda ‘brutality’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Around 200 students have gathered in Dublin to protest at what they say was garda brutality at last week’s student protest …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

Students protested, gardaí brutalised and the media covered it up

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Last Wednesday 25 000 students marched on the Dept of Finance to protest the proposed doubling of ‘registration’ fees. Various news outlets reported that Eirigi and extreme lefty organisations attacked gardaí and spoiled the day for everyone …” (more)

[Morrígan Reborn, 10 November]

British Students RIOT! What’s up with our lot?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“So the British are standing up to the state and police, they are smashing the system. Compare this to our lot who get the crap beat out of them …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 10 November]

What the demo violence means for higher student fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“As it is going on, the tone of coverage of the violence on the student demonstration can be surprisingly flippant …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 10 November]

Student protest over fees turns violent

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Protesters smash windows and get onto roof of Tory HQ as estimated 50,000 attend London rally …” (more)

[Paul Lewis and others, Guardian, 10 November]

Teaching Awards

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday morning, in the shelter of the Coach-house of Dublin Castle, over a hundred people shook off the rain and gathered to celebrate teaching in higher education. The National Teaching Excellence Awards (coordinated by NAIRTL) are an annual event now …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 10 November]

UCC staff well remunerated, but they’ve earned their pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“There’ll be predictable outcry about the amount of money which UCC senior management are earning in the course of running the University, as exposed in yesterday’s Irish Times, yet such criticism is misguided …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 10 November]

David Cameron admits tuition fees increase will keep cost to foreign students down

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“The Coalition’s decision to increase tuition fees by thousands of pounds will help keep down the cost to foreign students of studying in Britain, David Cameron has admitted … (more)

[Andrew Porter, Daily Telegraph, 10 November]

Students threaten to unseat MPs over tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students and lecturers are demonstrating in central London against plans to almost treble tuition fees and cut university funding in England …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 November]

Bridging The Chasm, Or Why We Need To Stop Being Elitist and Start Speaking Comprehensibly

Posted in Life with tags on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“I went to a conference recently at the University of Mordor. UMord is the institution that granted the Worst Professor Ever her Ph.D., a document, which – in keeping with its infernal origins – burst into flame some years later …” (more)

[Worst Professor Ever, 10 November]

Limerick’s Willie O’Dea opposed to ‘unbearable’ hike in student registration fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Fianna Fáil deputy Willie O’Dea has outlined his opposition to any increase in student registration fees, which he said would be ‘unbearable’ for many families who are already struggling financially …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 10 November]

Academics and staff members at NUI Maynooth support student protesters

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Members of the NUIM IFUT Branch Committee sent the letter below to NUI Maynooth Student Union President congratulating the students on demonstrating in defence of Irish education and expressing grave concern at Garda actions on the Wednesday November the 3rd …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 10 November]

Innovation Ireland: O’Keeffe urges latest research policy advisory group to focus on new ‘high-quality jobs’

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today told the new group drawing up an action plan for public investment in research to focus on the creation of new high-quality jobs and to set aside sectoral interests …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 10 November]

Presidential Ambivalence on Tenure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“A poll by The Atlantic of a select group of college presidents has found a roughly even split between those who favor continuing tenure and those who question it. Further, a majority said that ‘little would actually change’ at their institutions if tenure disappeared entirely in higher education …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 10 November]

€10m research funding for NUI Galway

Posted in research with tags on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe has announced funding of almost €10 million for the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, REMEDI is Ireland’s leading biomedical research institute focusing on translating stem cell biology to regenerative therapeutics …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 10 November]

Students are demonstrating over university and higher education cuts in London today

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Students are traveling to London from all over the country to protest over university cuts today. Get the estimates for demonstrators from each university …” (more)

[Simon Rogers, Guardian, 10 November]

The ‘free fees’ debate – AGAIN!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Ferdinand Von Prondzynski is at it again in The Irish Times of Tuesday, November 9, 2010. He argues that there is no way adequately to fund universities without the reintroduction of fees. That may be so but it is long past time to hear his argument stripped of nonsense …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 10 November]

Third Level Charges

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 November 2010 by Steve

Senator Cecilia Keaveney: I thank the Cathaoirleach for allowing me raise this issue and thank the Minister of State for attending to respond on it. I have asked for the Minister for Education and Skills to ensure that any increase in registration fees is ring-fenced for student services …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 9 November]

RTÉ go to town on Gardai for Student demo reaction

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Anyone watching the news? RTÉ report on the Gardai reaction last week was trial by media at its best or worst, depending on your perspective. I agree with the piece, but it’s unlike RTÉ to be so biased. They completely trashed the Gardai …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 9 November]

Smart economy blow as students turn off science

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Fewer students are taking science courses in college this year, despite a massive campaign by the Government to increase enrolments in the area to help build the ‘smart economy’ …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 November]