Archive for 13 November 2010

NUS starts campaign to oust leading Lib Dems

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“National Union of Students launch ‘decapitation’ strategy aimed at ousting Nick Clegg and other top Liberal Democrats in protest at the party’s U-turn on tuition fees …” (more)

[Anushka Asthana and others, Guardian, 13 November]

Browsing youtube

Posted in Life with tags on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m messing around on youtube. Here are some gems I’ve stumbled cross. First up, what might an honest and upfront conversation with a particular type of student look like? …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog …, 13 November]

Police make further arrest after student fee protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Police have made another arrest in connection with violence which broke out during the tuition fee protests in London on Wednesday …” (more)

[BBC News, 13 November]

All’s Fair in a Propaganda War

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“… The author of this article is the Deputy Political Editor of the Independent. Given that he is, apparently, a high-ranking professional journalist, one can only marvel at such extraordinarily concise mendaciousness. This is how Deputy Political Editors earn their keep. The headline, of course, is entirely misleading …” (more)

[Ernie Ball’s Blog, 13 November]

Progression through College, & News

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Presented and produced by Sean Delaney. This programme featured an interview with Muiris O’Connor from the Higher Education Authority about the Authority’s Study of Progression in Irish Higher Education …” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 13 November]

Odds on Colm Kearney for Provost are shortening …

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 November 2010 by Steve

… at least according to Paddy Power. Latest odds Patrick Prendergast 6/4, Colm Kearney 5/2, Jane Ohlmeyer 11/4. Summary here.

Academic pay of €113,000-plus far outstrips worldwide average

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Hundreds of Irish university professors are paid €100,000-plus salaries that far outstrip their counterparts in the US, Britain and Canada. They are paid on a six-point salary scale which ranges from around €113,000 to €146,000 …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 13 November]

Cheating students allowed to graduate

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Three students who cheated in their final-year exams escaped serious punishment and were allowed to graduate last week. The three Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) students had owned up to plagiarism for an assignment that formed part of their final assessment …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 13 November]

Revealed: Lib Dems planned before election to abandon tuition fees pledge

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Documents show Nick Clegg’s public claim was at odds with secret decision made by party in March …” (more)

[Nicholas Watt, Guardian, 13 November]

Lecturers in boycott over graduation of exam ‘cheats’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Academic staff of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) boycotted a graduation ceremony last week in protest at appeals boards’ decisions to allow cheating students – who admitted to plagiarising final year assignments – to graduate without having to repeat the exams …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 12 November]

An academic assessment of protest?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“… The actions by a minority of student protestors have subverted the agenda of the demonstrations, so that what is now being discussed is not the issues but the violence, and for some academics to attempt to reinforce that perspective is plainly stupid …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 13 November]

The Shadow Scholar

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Ed Dante is a pseudonym for a writer who lives on the East Coast. Through a literary agent, he approached The Chronicle wanting to tell the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 November]

DCU students reject chance to rejoin USI

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) have voted by a huge majority against re-joining the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). With a turnout of less than 10pc of the student population, a total of 771 ‘No’ votes were cast with just 339 students voting in favour of rejoining the national union …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

Tipperary Students Petition Local TD on Education Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Tipperary Institute students’ union will present local Independent TD Michael Lowry with a petition of over 500 signatures of students, who are opposing cuts to Higher Education in the Budget 2011 …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 12 November]

US Court Ducks Academic-Freedom Debate in Ruling Against California Professor

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“A federal appeals court has ruled against an emeritus professor who had accused the University of California at Irvine of trampling his free-speech rights, but the court did not take up the tough First Amendment questions that attracted national attention to his case …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 November]

Students march against Garda brutality

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“It was a fitting end to an exciting and turbulent week. Wednesday November 10 saw a peaceful protest march organised by Free Education for Everyone (FEE) and Students in Solidarity (SIS) against the violence directed towards students who participated in the sit-in and protest at the Dept. of Finance during the USI National Student March the week previous …” (more)

[The Student Observer, 12 November]

Microbiologist made enormous contribution to her subject at UCC

Posted in Life with tags , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Bridget Foley, who has died aged 85, was a microbiologist and a founder member of the faculty of pathology at University College Cork. She was a woman of phenomenal ability and personality who contributed enormously to the development and practice of microbiology in Cork and nationally …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 November]