Archive for 14 November 2010

Leading academic charged with child sexual abuse

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“One of the country’s leading academics and authors has been charged with sexually abusing three of his nephews, the Sunday Tribune has learned. The man, who has a senior academic position in a prominent Dublin third-level educational institution, appeared before Dublin District Court last Friday …” (more)

[Mick McCaffrey, Sunday Tribune, 14 November]

Retired public-sector workers face pension cuts in December’s budget

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“Over 100,000 retired state workers may be facing a cut in their public-sector pensions in the December budget, the Sunday Tribune has learned …” (more)

[Shane Coleman, Sunday Tribune, 14 November]

Another Ranking

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“An organisation called Eduroute has produced a ranking of universities by ‘web quality’. The idea sounds interesting but we need to be given some more information …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 November]

Sindo aims its sewer pumps at Morgan Kelly

Posted in Life with tags , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“Morgan Kelly is under severe attack today by Sindo. Several of its heavy pounders round on him, Liam Collins, Harris etc. They even describe his house, his dog, and he collecting children from school. Also his salary – less than what a lot of TDs earn ! …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 14 November]

Biometric scans for foreign students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“Foreign students will be included in a trial of biometric checks as part of a wider campaign to weed out potential terrorists. The move has raised concerns, with overseas student educators calling for it to be handled sensitively …” (more)

[Guy Healy, University World News, 14 November]

Did police cutbacks allow extremists to hijack student demonstrations?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“The head of the police squad tackling domestic extremism was forced to quit days before anarchist students smashed their way into the Tory Party headquarters, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal …” (more)

[Sunday Telegraph, 14 November]

Just who is Morgan Kelly?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“Economics is ‘the dismal science’, and in that once small but self-important profession Professor Morgan Kelly is Dr Doom. The author of the cryptically titled academic paper On the Likely Extent of Falls in Irish House Prices in 2006 is now the sage of Ireland’s economic Armageddon …” (more)

[Liam Collins, Independent, 14 November]

Is there a national student movement?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“DCU’s students – or those who voted in a referendum on the issue – have decided not to re-affiliate to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The vote was decisive, with around 70% rejecting the proposal …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 November]

Democracy is under threat

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“Sir — I write regarding Gene Kerrigan’s article (Sunday Independent, November 7, 2010) on the policing of the student march. He described it as minor rowdiness. It may seem like minor rowdiness to him, but he was not hit by bricks …” (more)

[Martin Fitzpatrick, Sunday Independent, 13 November]

Careers in ICT

Posted in Life with tags , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“The Celtic Tiger – and it may be useful to remember that this phenomenon was real enough for ten years or so – was built on the back of innovation and investment in the ICT sector …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 November]