Archive for 17 November 2010

College rejects restructuring report

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Documents obtained by The University Times indicate that the recommendations made by the mid-term review team, Profs. Luc Weber and Sybille Reichert, in regards to College restructuring will not be implemented …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw, University Times, 17 November]

Facebook group hunts for pretty UCD freshers

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Students from one of the country’s top universities are embroiled in a controversy over an internet site which posts photos of good looking female freshers …” (more)

[Geraldine Gittens, Herald, 17 November]

Reflections on Higher Education Budget Cuts in England and California

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“To a degree unmatched among developed economies, Britain’s new government has decided to embrace austerity in government spending. How is one to interpret the actions of the fresh, young Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne? For one, its seems like a legitimate, if perhaps an overreaching, reaction to government debt …” (more)

[John Aubrey Douglass, GlobalHigherEd, 17 November]

Research and student places protected as Scots announce cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Funding for Scottish higher education is to be cut, but university places and research cash will be maintained at their current levels …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 17 November]

Down with Browne

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Martin O’Rourke, SIPTU, Belfast: SIPTU is absolutely opposed to the lifting of the cap on University tuition fees proposed through the Browne review which could see fees soar to an extortionate rate of up to £12,000 per year …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 17 November]

Galway students to take to the streets

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Students from NUI Galway and GMIT will this week protest against an increase in the annual registration fee in next month’s Budget. Students will march to the Spanish Arch tomorrow, Thursday 18 November, to protest against proposed cuts to the student maintenance grant …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 17 November]

Farewell to the Haldane Principle?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Many scientists – myself included – were so relieved at the outcome of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review that we thought the government had accepted the argument that Science is Vital more-or-less completely. Most of us have stopped worrying about whether we’re going to have to go about to carry on doing science and just got on with doing it for the past few weeks …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 November]

Cheating and the generational divide

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“The revelation that hundreds of University of Central Florida students in a senior-level business class received an advance version of a midterm exam has exposed the widening chasm in what different generations expect of each other – and what they perceive cheating to be …” (more)

[Dan Berrett, Times Higher Education, 17 November]

USI alleged to have agreed on €800 registration fee

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) has come in for criticism from students after rumours circulated on the internet that it had agreed to accept a €800 increase in fees with the Government …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 17 November]

As Textbooks Go Digital, Campus Bookstores May Go Bookless

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“As students cut costs by buying books from cheaper online retailers or by downloading e-textbooks, campus bookstores sell fewer and fewer textbooks. That’s triggering an identity crisis for one of the oldest institutions on campus and leading some college officials to ask: If textbooks go digital, does the campus even need a bookstore? …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 November]

The human significance of the cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“The significance of the ‘spending review’ and the true choice we will make now, whether we want it or not. What is at stake in the spending review is not a question of so-called ‘cuts’, how massive they will be and whom will be most affected …” (more)

[Carlos Frade, Storm breaking upon the university, 17 November]

Ó Broin denies saying USI would accept fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Union of Students in Ireland Deputy President Cónán Ó Broin has denied saying that the organisation would accept fees if the government agreed to reform the grant system …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 16 November]

Overpaid academics?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Over the past week or so the Irish newspapers have given over a fair amount of space to the issue of academic salaries in Ireland. The gist of the commentary has been that Irish academics are seriously over-paid, and that professors in particular are far too generously treated …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 November]

Higher education policy in Ireland: achievements and challenges

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“I attended the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Higher Education Policy Conference yesterday on the topic Higher Education Policy: Evidence from Ireland and Europe. In the first session, Dr Selina McCoy of the ESRI spoke on ‘Higher education research in Ireland: where are we now?’ …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 17 November]

Forced redundancy and public sector pay cuts expected if bailout proceeds

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Public servants may face further pay and pension cuts and compulsory redundancies in the event of an international bailout. Economists last night predicted the Croke Park deal would be scrapped …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 17 November]

MEP sends wrong signal on foreign students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“While Séan Kelly MEP (Letters, October 18) is encouraging Irish higher education institutions to open their doors to international students, it is regrettable that his contribution sends out the wrong message …” (more)

[Sheila Power, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

Ex-Intel CEO says Ireland’s 3% of GDP research target not adequate; Wise or crazy advice?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“A former Intel CEO said on Tuesday that Ireland’s 3% of GDP (gross domestic product) research target is no longer adequate. Is this wise or crazy advice in an economy where the indigenous sector only accounts for about 10% of tradeable goods and services exports? …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 17 November]

27% quit university course after just a year

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“More than a quarter of students dropped out of one course at the University of Ulster after just a year, according to new figures …” (more)

[Kathryn Torney, Belfast Telegraph, 16 November]

Head to Head: Fees Debate

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Kate Rothwell and Killian Woods argue the merit of fees being introduced to our third level education system …” (more)

[University Observer, 16 November]

UCD lead nominations for Sigerson ‘greatest’

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“UCD lead the way in the list of nominations for the Sigerson Cup ‘Team of the Century.’ As part of the planned celebrations for the centenary year of the famous third-level football cup, a team will be chosen from a shortlist of 60 …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 17 November]