Archive for 12 November 2010

TUI has not accepted Croke Park Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Kieran Mulvey, chief executive of the Labour Relations Committee, stated on RTE’s Morning Ireland this morning (10/11/10) that the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) have accepted the Croke Park Agreement. This is incorrect …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 10 November]

Undergraduate fees: survey results so far

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Well the numbers are in and Pue’s readers are in favor of a reintroduction of fees by a strong majority of 63%. Undergraduates were a very small minority of our respondents, but perhaps unsurprisingly they were 75% against the reintroduction of fees …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 12 November]

Climbing Mount Publishable

Posted in research with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Twenty years ago North America, Europe and Japan produced almost all of the world’s science. They were the aristocrats of technical knowledge, presiding over a centuries-old regime. They spent the most, published the most and patented the most. And what they produced fed back into their industrial, military and medical complexes to push forward innovation, productivity, power, health and prosperity. All good things, though, come to an end, and the reign of these scientific aristos is starting to look shaky …” (more)

[Economist, 11 November]

No 10 hits out at lecturers who praised student protests at Tory HQ

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Downing Street has criticised lecturers who praised student protesters for occupying the Conservative party headquarters’ during the tuition fees demonstration on Wednesday …” (more)

[Haroon Siddique, Guardian, 12 November]

Galway March Against Reg Fee increases & Grant cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Can you afford a €3,000 Registration Fee? Can you afford another cut in the student grant? NO? Then act! There will be a Galway march against possible increases in the registration fee and cuts to the Student Grant on Thursday 18th November …” (more)

[Facebook, 12 November]

The State of the Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“With the arrival of the new academic year in much of the world, the rankings season must be under way. The major international rankings have appeared in recent months – the Academic Ranking of World Universities ([ARWU, the ‘Shanghai Rankings’,), the QS World University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach, Inside Higher Ed, 11 November]

True Crime on Campus §5

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“The fifth instalment in a series of items extracted from university security reports. These are all real reports and highlight the varied nature of the challenges faced by our indefatigable security staff: ‘0845 Request for Security to attend an office in Trent Building. A member of staff had a pigeon in his office, which would not leave …’” (more)

[Registrarism, 12 November]

Academic disengagement makes it to YouTube

Posted in Life with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Several text-to-movie videos have recently gone viral on YouTube that spoof situations in which professors find themselves when dealing with disengaged students, or students who are ambitious about graduate or professional school, but have not sufficiently prepared themselves for it by getting good grades …” (more)

[Ivory Tower Blues, 12 November]

Paul Gogarty TD issues statement on education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Last year after delivering what was then considered to be the mother of all budgets, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told the nation that the worst was over. We had turned a corner …” (more)

[Green Party, 11 November]

Tuition fee protests: lecturers back ‘magnificent’ student rioters

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Lecturers at one of the country’s leading universities were roundly condemned last night for praising students who rioted at Conservative Party headquarters …” (more)

[Gordon Rayner and Laura Roberts, Daily Telegraph, 12 November]

Greens admit battle to prevent registration fee hike is lost

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“The Green Party has admitted it has lost its bid to protect students from hikes in registration fees, but said any increases should not take the charge beyond €2,000 a year …” (more)

[Conor Ryan, Irish Examiner, 12 November]

No severe education cuts – Ryan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Green Party Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan has said he is ‘confident’ the budget will not contain severe education cuts. Mr Ryan indicated that Fianna Fáil shared the Greens’ view that the education sector should be protected in as far as was possible …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 12 November]

Trinity course changes lives of students

Posted in teaching with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“… He was one of 13 students who received their certificates in contemporary living after a two year-course at Trinity’s National Institute for Intellectual Disability. It is now in its third year and has been so successful that more than 100 students have started similar courses at University College Cork, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Waterford IT, Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and St Angela’s College in Sligo …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 November]

Exam assistants giving pupils ‘unfair advantage’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Exam assistants may be giving unfair advantage to students with special needs in the Junior and Leaving Certificate, research has suggested …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 November]

Student contributions in Scotland? Perhaps, perhaps not

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Scotland’s Education Secretary Mike Russell appeared on Wednesday of this week before the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee and gave very full answers to questions put to him by Committee members …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 November]

Labour endorses graduate tax

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Labour is to endorse a graduate tax as its official policy after Ed Miliband overruled Alan Johnson, the shadow Chancellor, who has expressed grave doubts about the idea …” (more)

[Andrew Grice, Independent, 12 November]

TCD-led pneumonia breakthrough

Posted in research with tags , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Research jointly led by Trinity College Dublin has opened the way to much more effective vaccinations against pneumonia and meningitis. The international team of scientists identified a trigger that causes a powerful immune response to protect against disease …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 12 November]

University fees and society

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – I marched with my fellow students because I wanted to remind Fianna Fáil that ‘I am a vote’ and that during the next general election I will not forget how their handling of the economy has left me with the possibility of having to emigrate However, I agree with Ferdinand von Prondzynski’s recommendation that some form of student contribution should be introduced …” (more)

[Anthony Madden, Irish Times, 12 November]

Too ‘tribal’: a sector divided against itself cannot stand

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 November 2010 by Steve

“The emergence of mission groups and the marked rise of ‘competitive branding’ in higher education has enabled the government to pursue a ‘divide and conquer strategy’ in its dealings with the university sector, a professor of education has claimed …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 12 November]