Archive for 21 November 2010

USI campaign generated over 25,000 letters

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and NUI Galway Students’ Union have both claimed a major success with a national campaign urging students and the public to lobby their local TDs to cap the registration fee at its current level of €1,500 and protect the student maintenance grant from cuts …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 21 November]

Learning Spaces

Posted in teaching with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“How about this as a continuation of the last video on the last post, the one saying that education hasn’t changed in any fundamental way for a century or more? …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog …, 21 November]

Damovo Ireland links 38 DIT locations

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Enterprise ICT solutions and service provider Damovo Ireland has won a three-year contract to provide Dublin Institute of Technology with a managed and monitored infrastructure solution across 38 locations in Dublin. The deal is worth about €100k …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 21 November]

€700 student registration fee hike now on the cards

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“A €700 registration fee hike now seems likely in the hotly anticipated Budget next month, although that figure is still undecided as Ireland continues emergency discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a possible bailout of the country …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 21 November]

Opposition to higher education reform grows

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Greece’s largest university has called for the government’s consultation paper on reform to be rejected on the grounds that its proposals would add to higher education’s problems rather than solve them. At another institution, staff held a two-day strike against the proposed reforms …” (more)

[Makki Marseilles, University World News, 21 November]

Future top universities below ‘rankings radar’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Younger universities – those less than 50 years old, which are proliferating in emerging economies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East – may become leading research institutions of the future. However, these potential ‘stars’ are not being reflected in international university rankings tables …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 21 November]

Ireland Looks to Academe to Re-Ignite Its Economy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“… Aided by 12 years of government investments, researchers like Mr. Barry and Ms. Hill are part of a movement to make Ireland a serious contributor to the world of international science and to shore up the foundation of the country’s ‘smart economy’ …” (more)

[Gold­ie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 November]

Government’s four-year plan to include €700 Registration Fee hike

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“The Sunday Business Post will tomorrow carry details of the government’s four-year budgetary plan, which will subject to a ‘thorough examination’ by the European Commission/IMF. According to Irish Examiner journalist Tom Hickey, the plan includes a registration fee increase of €700, a 47% increase …” (more)

[Tom Lowe, University Times, 20 November]

Pension Levy to Be Imposed on Pensions of Current and future Retired Public Servants in Budget

Posted in Life with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Reports are circulating from reputable journalists that the pension levy on serving public servants is to be extended to retired public servants in the forthcoming budget. As you know, this is just a selective and discriminatory tax and has no bearing on pension …” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 21 November]

Ranking business schools

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“There is a new ranking of business schools by EdUniversal. Seven Irish institutes make it into the top 1000 (2 in the top 100, 4 in the top 700) …” (more)

[Richard Tol, Irish Economy, 21 November]

Tuition fees: vice-chancellors split over call to back increases

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“The battle over tuition fees heightened yesterday when 133 vice-chancellors were urged by their umbrella body, Universities UK, to take the fight in favour of the planned increases to their local MPs, former students in parliament and the media …” (more)

[Anushka Asthana, Observer, 21 November]

Top researchers lost to the US

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“The brain drain of French academics and researchers to the United States has been accelerating in recent years, and although the number is relatively low it tends to be the most talented who choose to move, according to a report from think tank Institut Montaigne …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 21 November]

School pupils plan national walkout over tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of schoolchildren and sixth formers are expected to take part in a national walkout on Wednesday as student protests over fees, which saw more than 50,000 people march in London last week, are stepped up across the country …” (more)

[Matthew Taylor and others, Guardian, 19 November]

Students ‘could lose out’ to fee refugees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Scottish universities have warned they could be swamped with thousands of students from England escaping higher fees. Fears over ‘fee refugees’ pushing out Scottish students were raised at a national summit on future funding of higher education, held in Glasgow …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, University World News, 21 November]

Watchdog won’t bite you, Australia’s elite universities assured

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“A chief architect of the regulatory reform proposed to guarantee the quality of higher education in Australia has assured the heads of the country’s elite universities that they will not be buried in red tape …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 20 November]

Vince Cable denies breaking promises on tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“Business Secretary Vince Cable has denied breaking promises on university tuition fees, insisting the Liberal Democrats’ pre-election pledge to oppose any rise was not binding …” (more)

[Ben Leach, Sunday Telegraph, 21 November]

Housing case against QUB ends

Posted in Legal issues on 21 November 2010 by Steve

“A pensioner has ended High Court proceedings against Queen’s University in connection with a £2m property deal, it was confirmed on Thursday …” (more)

[UTV News, 18 November]