Archive for 19 November 2010

University of Limerick is urged to develop an off-campus faculty in city

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“The University of Limerick must create an off-campus faculty in the city, Cllr Joe Leddin has said. The general election candidate has called for City Hall and UL to forge greater links and to enter talks to discuss what options are available to them …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 19 November]

Polytechnic Day: Higher Education and Democracy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“… This week (November 17th) marked Polytechnic Day. On this day in 1973 the Greek Military junta moved to put down a student revolt on the campus of the Athens Polytechnic. The bloody events mark the start of a chain of events that eventually brought the military junta down and restored Democracy to Greece …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 19 November]

TCD-UCD academy to produce a new breed of graduates

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin and University College have announced the opening of their educational centerpiece, The Innovation Academy, today. Part of the national drive towards making Ireland a smart economy, the Innovation Alliance has been formed to ‘transform the PhD experience by imbuing graduate research and education with creative thinking and innovation’ …” (more)

[Shane Hulgraine, Silicon Republic, 19 November]

Book Review: Deschooling Society

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“‘Classics’ wrote Mark Twain, ‘are something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read’. Judging by the number of copies in the library, I’m obviously the last person with an interest in Education to have read this book, and it is a real classic …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 19 November]

Angry student marchers say higher fees will spell disaster

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“More than 1,000 angry students marched through the streets of Galway yesterday in protest over college fees. There was a large garda presence as the hundreds of students gathered in the Spanish Arch area of the city centre, but no incidents were reported …” (more)

[John Fallon, Independent, 19 November]

Public servants face pay and job cuts as the IMF moves in

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“An emergency team of up to a dozen IMF officials arrives in Dublin today to finalise details for a €100bn deal to bail out the banks and the country. As a result, thousands of public sector workers are at risk of pay cuts and job losses in the aftermath of drastic measures likely to be imposed …” (more)

[Brendan Keenan and others, Independent, 19 November]

Irish higher education: three further thoughts

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“By way of a brief update on my two recent posts about third level policy, a story in yesterday’s papers caught my eye …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 10 November]

Foreign students must take brunt in immigration cuts, says adviser

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“The door will have to be closed on more than 87,000 overseas students a year if overall net migration is reduced to the ‘tens of thousands’ as promised by David Cameron …” (more)

[Tom Whitehead, Daily Telegraph, 19 November]

The postal code qualification

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“The President of Arizona State University, Michael Crow, has said on a number of occasions that the most reliable predictor of higher education performance for any person is available from the moment they are born: the zip code …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 November]

Students march in Galway pre-budget protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“More than 1,000 students marched peacefully through Galway city yesterday in the first of a series of pre-budget regional protests. The demonstration, supported by students from NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, highlighted opposition to proposed registration fee increases and cuts to the maintenance grants …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 November]

Language plans said to be the ‘most significant in 90 years’

Posted in Life with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“Just 83,000 people speak Irish on a daily basis and the Government aims to increase that number to 250,000 through its 20-year language strategy, the Dáil has heard. As calls were made for compulsory Irish to be dropped after Junior Certificate level …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 19 November]

Little progress on achieving reforms under Croker deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“Major public sector reforms contained in the under-fire Croke Park deal have yet to be agreed upon, let alone achieved, an Irish Independent investigation reveals …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 19 November]

Funding Scottish higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“Following the outcome of the UK spending review, the Scottish government has now published its draft budget for 2011-12, and as part of that has indicated the funding to be allocated to higher education. Recurrent funding will be reduced from £989 million in 2010-11 to £926 million, which represents a cut of just over 6% …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 November]

Academic Cyberbully Is Sentenced to Jail in Dead Sea Scrolls Case

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 19 November 2010 by Steve

“The Dead Sea Scrolls cyberbully is being sent to jail. A judge in New York State’s main trial court sentenced Raphael Golb, a lawyer, to six months in prison for using false online identities to harass and discredit academics …” (more)

[Paige Chapman, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 November]