Archive for 15 November 2010

Ex Intel boss warns against education cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“The former chairman of Intel has warned that Ireland must prioritise investment in education, research and development if it is to succeed in the twenty-first century …” (more)

[RTE News, 15 November]

Minister Lenihan announces Science Foundation Ireland ‘Researcher of the Year’

Posted in research with tags , , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Conor Lenihan TD, today (Monday, November 15th, 2010) announced Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute, Cork, as winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s ‘Researcher of the Year 2010’ accolade …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 15 November]

Tuition fees: widening the gap between England and Scotland

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“With tuition fees in England set to rise in 2012, the divergence between Scottish and English higher education looks likely to grow …” (more)

[Jackie Kemp, Guardian, 15 November]

Panic on the streets of London

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“Last week, in an almost creepy parallel to recent events on Merion Row, University students in Britain marched en masse in London to protest almost draconian cuts in education by the Conservative/Lib Dem government. Much like that afternoon on Merion Row, the protest turned violent, as some marchers occupied the Millbank Building, headquarters of the British Conservative Party …” (more)

[The Student Observer, 15 November]

College denies letting plagiarism students off the hook

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A third-level college has said that allowing three students who admitted plagiarism in an exam to continue their course was a ‘proportionate response’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 November]

TCD and UCD to Showcase the Entrepreneurial Impact of Research

Posted in research with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“The TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance is hosting an event to showcase the entrepreneurial impact of research undertaken in both institutions. The event involves 10 high-tech and innovative companies, ranging from well established to early-stage ventures, created to commercialise research outputs emerging from both universities …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 15 November]

Lecturers’ president backs student ‘resistance’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“The lecturers’ union president has signed a statement refusing to condemn protestors who attacked a Conservative party building last week …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 15 November]

Lib Dems’ tuition fees U-turn leaves them vulnerable

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“The Liberal Democrats’ U-turn on tuition fees is the latest in a series of political betrayals of students. The difference this time is that students are fighting back where politicians fear: the ballot box …” (more)

[Samir Jeraj, Guardian, 15 November]

Colleges to share expertise with US

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“Northern Ireland colleges are to share expertise with their counterparts in the US under a new international agreement. Colleges Northern Ireland (CNI), the body representing regional colleges, has signed the transatlantic deal with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) …” (more)

[Independent, 15 November]

Student fees and numbers that don’t add up

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“… There are two allegations in the report that strike at the core of the government’s plans. One is the news, presumably based on soundings with vice-chancellors, that most universities intend to charge the maximum £9,000 for courses. The other is the discovery that the financial modelling relied on by Browne and the government is over-optimistic about how much of their loans graduates will pay back …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 15 November]

Thousands for student protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A protest march in opposition to the introduction of college fees will take place in the city on Thursday. Over 1,000 students are expected to take part in the demonstration, which is part of a series of marches taking place across the country …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 15 November]

IFUT responds to survey on salaries in Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“In response to the story of 9 November 2010 in The Irish Times on salaries in third-level education, The Irish Federation of University Teachers says that of the more than 20 000 people that work in Higher Education, fewer than one third of 1% (0.3%) earn more than €150,000 …” (more)

[IFUT, 15 November]

UCC should reconsider USI membership

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“The recent vote by DCU students to vote against re-joining the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is an indication that the national ‘umbrella’ Union remains a divisive topic among Irish third level students. UCC students voted in favour of remaining in the Union last year, but I think that another referendum is necessary …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 15 November]

Why we need to stick to our guns on the innovation economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“In his look back on the week, Silicon Republic editor John Kennedy notes it is Innovation Week in Dublin and how this should be a reminder to policy makers how we need to steady our resolve on science investments …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 15 November]

Behavioural Economics, Technology and Mandatory Attendance Policies for College Students

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“Attendance is voluntary in many college classes, primarily because of the difficulty in taking attendance on a regular basis, but also because of the view that students should have some autonomy in determining the manner in which they engage with academic material …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 15 November]

Million-dollar college presidents on the rise

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“George Washington University President Steven Knapp received $985,353 in pay and benefits in 2008, making him the best-paid chief executive at any private college in the Washington area, according to an annual survey of the Chronicle of Higher Education …” (more)

[Daniel de Vise, Washington Post, 15 November]

Overcrowding in lecture theatres

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A very serious overcrowding problem has developed in several lecture theatres around campus over the past two weeks. Although the problems mainly affect students of Arts and Science, thousands of students have been affected by the problem, which is resulting in students sitting on both sides of the steps in theatres as well as on the ground at the podium level beside the lecturer …” (more)

[SIN, 15 November]

Minister O’Keeffe launches €85m fund for new high-tech firms

Posted in research with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“An €85m venture-capital fund has been announced that will help high-tech firms in Ireland get off the ground. The announcement was made by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe, and will be managed by Atlantic Bridge Partners …” (more)

[Shane Hulgraine, Silicon Republic, 15 November]

UCD Attendance Survey

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A short while ago I posted about lecture attendance at Irish universities. Recent research by myself and others from Geary has shown that approximately 12% of Irish university students claim to attend all of their lectures …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 15 November]

USI Intensify Registration Fee Campaign with Regional Protests

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will intensify its ongoing campaign against Registration Fee hikes and cuts to student supports with two marches in Galway and Cork. Students will take to the streets in both cities to protest against further increases in the Registration Fee and cuts to the student maintenance grant in the impending Budget …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 15 November]