Archive for 18 November 2010

Galway fee protest goes without hitch

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Today’s protest by Galway students against the Government’s plan to increase the third level registration fee passed without hitch this afternoon in Galway, and did not see any violence …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 18 November]

UCCSU issues ‘call to arms’ to students ahead of march

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“UCC Students’ Union and CIT Students’ Union have this afternoon issued a joint ‘call to arms’ ahead of a USI organized student march to take place in Cork, Dec 1st …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 18 November]

Students protest college fee increase

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Over 1,000 students marched through Galway city today in protest over proposed registration fee increases and cuts to the maintenance grants …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 18 November]

PTR change would sound death knell for science subjects

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that any change in the pupil teacher ratio (PTR) will result in the loss of science subjects and honours level maths in countless schools. If the commitments of the Renewed Programme for Government were reneged on, a rumoured 0.5 increase in the PTR would result in a loss of over 500 teachers …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 18 November]

Can universities discipline rioting students?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

OPINION: Universities shocked at the behaviour or some of their students at last week’s protests in London might well be able to take action against individuals, even if events happened far away and are being investigated by police …” (more)

[Julian Sladdin, OUT-LAW, 18 November]

Mass protests against ‘cuts’ and reforms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students and temporary teachers have taken part in protests in cities across Italy against education cuts and a university reform package under scrutiny in the Italian parliament, despite an eve-of-protest amendment to a budget ‘stability’ bill that will restore €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) to the higher education sector …” (more)

[Lee Adendorff, University World News, 18 November]

Early vote on fees an attempt to ‘railroad’ policy through

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“In a letter to Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat business secretary, John Denham says that the coalition government’s intention to publish a White Paper on higher education after the vote on fees is a ‘clear attempt to railroad policy’ through without ‘proper public scrutiny’ …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 18 November]

Shocking news about progression to university in Ireland

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“The news from this years’ Irish Times ‘feeder lists’ is … well not news at all since it tells a depressingly familiar tale of unequal access to university …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 18 November]

UL hosts Silicon Valley event

Posted in research with tags on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“The University of Limerick will welcome, Craig Barrett, chairman of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), along with a delegation of technology executives and investors from Silicon Valley for the third annual Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland 2010 event this week …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 November]

Living with outcomes

Posted in teaching with tags , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Recently I was having a conversation with a small group of academics from different universities. One of them began to talk about course materials he was working on, and in particular about ‘learning outcomes’ he was having to identify as part of that; and so the conversation turned to the usefulness or otherwise of this way of looking at things …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondyznski, University Blog, 18 November]

Less than 15% in some Dublin areas going to college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Less than 15% of Leaving Cert students in some poorer areas of Dublin are progressing to third level, according to the 2010 Irish Times feeder school list published today …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 18 November]

Croke Park Accord – Action plans encouraging

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“At long last, it appears the Croke Park agreement may be about to bear fruit. Under the terms of the deal, aimed at bringing the Public Service into the 21st century, Government departments had to formulate action plans generating savings running to millions of euro …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 November]

Parents buying school success, figures reveal

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“More than 90% of students who sat the Leaving Cert in fee-paying or grind schools went on to higher education, figures compiled by the Irish Independent reveal …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 18 November]

Surprise twist in ‘fruitbatgate’ row

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“The academic at the centre of the ‘fruitbatgate’ row has been awarded a prize for teaching by the president of University College Cork, despite his ongoing fight for a judicial review into his treatment by the university …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 18 November]

There Is No College Cost Crisis

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“There is no college cost crisis. That at least is the conclusion reached by the economists Robert B Archibald and David H Feldman in their new book, Why Does College Cost So Much? The title question is a teaser, for the book’s message is that it doesn’t …” (more)

[Stanley Fish, New York Times, 15 November]

Student fees protest: two men arrested

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“Two men were arrested today on suspicion of violent disorder during the student fees protest, Scotland Yard said. The men, both aged 19, were arrested in Yorkshire …” (more)

[Guardian, 17 November]

Facebook group calls for USI President resignation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 November 2010 by Steve

“A Facebook group has been set up calling for the resignation of USI President Gary Redmond. 230 Facebook users have joined a newly formed ‘Gary Redmond Must Resign’ group …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 17 November]