Archive for 16 November 2010

Ireland needs to revise its 3% GDP target for R&D upwards

Posted in research with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett has said that the 3pc target for investment of GDP into R&D for Ireland is no longer a reasonable target and called for increased State investment in R&D projects …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 16 November]

Breaking News: Humanities in Decline! Film at 11

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Drew Gilpin Faust does a reasonably good job of defending the study of the humanities in this brief interview, especially after interviewer Tamron Hall’s second question puts the concepts of ‘critical thinking’ and ‘imagination’ on the table. But I have to say that the whole thing gets off to a false start — no, wait, hold the phone, make that two false starts …” (more)

[Michael Bérubé, Crooked Timber, 16 November]

Websites publish advice to student protesters on how to avoid arrest

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“More than 70 websites today published guidance to student protesters about avoiding arrest, in defiance of a police ruling that doing so was unlawful …” (more)

[Paul Lewis, Guardian, 16 November]

Glasgow ‘super college’ in redundancy pledge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Management at a newly-created super college in Glasgow have agreed a no compulsory redundancy deal with Scotland’s largest teaching union …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 November]

UCD staff top survey for Ireland’s highest paid educators

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“A recent survey conducted by The Irish Times has revealed five UCD staff members as being among the ten highest paid in education in the country. The survey, compiled by Peter McGuire, reveals the identities of five prominent UCD staff and their salaries …” (more)

[Ciara Gilleece, University Observer, 16 November]

UK science shake-up stirs passions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“The UK’s chief scientist was not consulted about a reorganisation of key roles within the government department responsible for research, it emerged in a Parliamentary hearing this morning …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, The Great Beyond, 16 November]

Students call for Redmond to resign

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“A Facebook campaign initiated in the wake of the recent student protest against fees is calling on USI President Gary Redmond to resign. The group had attracted 199 members at the time of going to print …” (more)

[Amy Bracken, University Observer, 16 November]

[It’s here, if you’re interested.]

Talkin’ ’Bout Our Generation

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“It was on the morning of November 3rd that, with some apprehension, I volunteered to report on the anti-fees student protest of that day. This was a decision that I regretted almost immediately. I was forced to queue for the bus for over an hour on the most miserable, rain-sodden day imaginable …” (more)

[Paul Fennessy, University Observer, 16 November]

IT Sligo to ‘Simplify’ e-learning

Posted in teaching with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Developed by Claire Burge, a graduate of CÉIM, the IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT Enterprise Development Programme, Simplify Learning uses social network concepts in academic environments to help students to learn differently, through sharing knowledge and personal experience …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 15 November]

Cable: elite held gun to our heads over fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Vince Cable has claimed that the government effectively was held to ransom on tuition fees, as a group of elite universities would have ‘gone private’ if the cap had not been raised. Speaking at a conference in Manchester yesterday, the business secretary added that he does not know whether the proposed cap of £9,000 a year will be enough …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 16 November]

New IBEC survey on education and skills

Posted in teaching with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, today launched the results of a new survey, which found that 75% of employers are satisfied with the calibre of graduates from Irish higher education institutions. However, employers also felt graduates fell down on their people skills and their ability to work independently …” (more)

[IBEC, 15 November]

US college to have a campus in Dungarvan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“A formal partnership agreement between Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and Waterford Co. Council, which includes the setting up of a campus in Dungarvan, was welcomed unanimously by members of the local authority last week …” (more)

[Justine Dwyer, Waterford News and Star, 16 November]

Liberal Democrats have betrayed students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Nick Clegg’s promises blew me away when he visited my sixth form. I’m still coming to terms with the magnitude of his betrayal …” (more)

[Lizzie Dearden, Guardian, 16 November]

More Limerick students helped by JP McManus

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Nine former students of Colaiste Mhichil, Sexton Street have become the latest to receive scholarships worth €6,750 a year courtesy of the JP McManus Scholarship programme …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader , 16 November]

Appreciating maths: notable developments at third level

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“These are challenging, but exciting and encouraging times for mathematics and applied mathematics education in Ireland …” (more)

[Tony Hall, Education Matters, 16 November]

Universities spending millions on websites which students rate as inadequate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“The cost of the website redesigns and maintenance (including salaries and other external spending) ranges widely depending on the university. Using Freedom of Information legislation the Telegraph discovered eight examples of universities spending between £100,000 and £280,000 on one-off website redesigns …” (more)

[Conrad Quilty-Harper, Daily Telegraph, 16 November]

Former Intel chief says Ireland should focus on indigenous startup firms rather than multinationals

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“… ‘By all means, save your banks, save your financial system, do the triage that’s necessary but don’t forget to make those longer-term investments’, he said and added: ‘Because when you bounce back from the real estate bubble, the only thing you have going for you is your educated workforce and the new companies, the innovation that is going on in society …’” (more)

[Finfacts, 16 November]

Why no one in education should earn more than €100,000

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“… How can politicians expect public servants on modest incomes to make painful sacrifices when they see the likes of Dr Jim McDaid walk away with a pension package of up to €250,000 in his first year of retirement? How many special-needs assistants and language-support teachers would that pay for? …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 16 November]

Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Mary Coughlan, her secretary general Brigid McManus and a small coterie of senior officials have been burning the midnight oil at the Department of Education as they cast around for those cutbacks. The shape of the cuts is becoming clearer. They will probably include: fees/charges of about €2,200 at third level …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 November]

TUI IADT branch member speaks out

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Dr Paula Gilligan, Head of Department of Humanities at IADT and a member of the TUI, left this message in the comments section of the site. We feel that it’s worthy of its own post …” (more)

[Edufactory Ireland, 16 November]