Archive for 22 November 2010

Campaign against college fees increase launched by group of Limerick students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“Dail deputies in Limerick can expect to receive a flood of letters from students and their families over the coming weeks following the launch of a new initiative opposing any increase in student fees …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 22 November]

Liberal Democrat MPs braced for ‘doorstep’ protests

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“Security at constituency offices stepped up ahead of marches, sit-ins and walkouts planned for Wednesday over proposed rises …” (more)

[Paul Lewis and Matthew Taylor, Guardian, 22 November]

A Green electoral agenda?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“… As the Greens have made their opposition to higher education tuition fees such a key issue since the revised programme for government last year we can probably expect to see this feature as a priority in their election strategy …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 November]

Student occupation against fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“Students protesting against raising tuition fees and budget cuts are staging an occupation in a university building in London …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 November]

The TCD-UCD Innovation Academy is officially Opened

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“The Innovation Academy, the educational centrepiece of the TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance was officially opened on November 19th last. The Innovation Alliance was formed by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, as part of the national drive to realise Ireland’s ambition to create a Smart Economy …” (more)

[Trinity Communications Office, 22 November]

Teaching course is spared in cutbacks

Posted in teaching with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“The Government is not cutting back on the number of postgraduate places for primary teacher training, the Irish Independent has learnt. Education Minister Mary Coughlan has given the go-ahead for 200 places on an annual postgraduate course, which starts in February …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 November]

New human embryonic stem cell trial set to begin

Posted in research with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“The second-ever clinical trial of a therapy involving the use of human embryonic stem cells has received the green light from US regulators. The company developing the therapy, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, got the go-ahead from the US Food and Drug Administration on 18 November …” (more)

[Alla Katsnelson, The Great Beyond, 22 November]

Simulation software for determining ranking strategy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

Times Higher Education carries an entertaining story about a handy tool designed to help universities determine the best way to improve their league table rankings …” (more)

[Registrarism, 22 November]

Plan could see Civil Service cut by 28,000

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“The government’s four-year plan to dramatically reduce the State’s borrowing requirement will include substantial reductions in public service numbers, a provisional property tax, deep cuts in the minimum wage and across-the-board reductions in the non-pension areas of social welfare …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 22 November]

€3m DCU fund to propel start-ups into the limelight

Posted in research with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“A €3m seed venture fund for start-up technology companies is to be launched at DCU tomorrow. A total of 24 early stage companies will be supported over the next two years by the fund, which will be called Propeller, and is being run by DCU’s Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 21 November]

Irish universities: preparing for the worst

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“The Trinity College Dublin students newspaper The University Times has published a letter from the TCD Provost, Dr John Hegarty, to College staff alerting them to the very tricky funding environment that TCD – in common of course with the other Irish universities – now faces …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 November]

Students fail to offer an alternative to fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“With regard to the recent student protests against third-level fees, I must vent my frustration at the failure of students to offer any alternatives …” (more)

[Cathal O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

Academics pledge to ‘fight alongside’ students over tuition fees and cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“In a letter to the Guardian, almost 300 university staff express their support for planned protests taking place this week …” (more)

[Amelia Hill, Guardian, 22 November]

Strict rules for public sector sick leave to save over €6m

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“The Government will save more than €6m a year if it succeeds in rolling out a new plan to slash sick leave by 10% across the civil service …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 22 November]

Director’s Legacy: John Huston archive moves to NUI Galway

Posted in research with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“When French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre visited the late film director John Huston in his Co Galway home over half a century ago, little did he know that his 300-page carbon copy manuscript would be the subject of a rare archive …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 22 November]

Lenihan insists Croke Park deal stands – but only for one year

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“Finance Minister Brian Lenihan insisted the Croke Park deal would stand – but could only guarantee it for 12 months …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

New UCD squad claim national relay title

Posted in Life with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

SWIMMING: History was made in Leisureland, Galway, at the Irish Short Course National Championships when the recently formed UCD team won their first national title …” (more)

[John Kenny, Irish Times, 21 November]

Mapping the Terrain of Online Education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“Two surveys released earlier this month add detail to the map of online education in the United States. The 2010 Sloan Consortium Report documents the continuing growth of online education and the impact of the current economic downturn on rising online enrollments …” (more)

[Kenneth C Green, Inside Higher Ed, 21 November]

‘Opposite the window of the room in which I write is a field, liable to be overflowed …’

Posted in Life with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“In the last few months, I’ve written extensively on the subject of George Boole and his legacy in Cork and, in particular, his former home at Grenville Place …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 22 November]

The Attention-Span Myth

Posted in Life with tags on 22 November 2010 by Steve

“… Maybe my own brain is faltering in a Web wasteland, but I don’t get it. Whether the Web is making us smarter or dumber, isn’t there something just unconvincing about the idea that an occult ‘span’ in the brain makes certain cultural objects more compelling than others? So a kid loves the drums but can hardly get through a chapter of The Sun Also Rises …” (more)

[Virginia Heffernan, New York Times, 19 November]