Archive for 23 November 2010

The web presence

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“These days, most people who have an interest in a university or college, in whatever context, first encounter it on the internet. A university’s home page on the web is, usually, its main opportunity to make a good first impression …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 November]

Gaelic Academy a ‘Flagship for Third Level sport’

Posted in Life with tags , , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“GAA President Christy Cooney has praised the University of Ulster Gaelic Games Academy, saying the initiative should act as a sporting model for universities across Ireland …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 23 November]

Britain’s got (slightly less) talent

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“The UK government has announced its new ‘strictly controlled’ immigration quotas for scientists and other professionals from outside the European Union. In total, 21,700 migrants per year will be allowed in under the skilled and highly skilled routes …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, The Great Beyond, 23 November]

University spent over £43,000 on ‘poor’ website

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“Research has revealed that the University of York spent over £43,000 on its website in 2008/09. However, according to a recent survey it remains one of the worst university websites in the country …” (more)

[NOUSE, 23 November]

Two Mayo schools send all their students on to third level

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“Two Mayo Gaeltacht schools have a 100 per cent record when it comes to sending their pupils to college while 97 per cent of St Gerald’s College’s 103 Leaving Cert pupils went onto third level education …” (more)

[Anton McNulty, Mayo News, 23 November]

Classics for all

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“… In fact, so widespread is the feeling in favour of Classics that the rumour is that the Today Programme had to scratch an interview with Classics-fan Bettany Hughes, because they couldn’t find anyone to go on air and dump on the subject …” (more)

[A don’s life, 23 November]

Do peer reviewers get worse with experience? Plus a poll

Posted in research with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“… We’re not here to defend peer review against its many critics. We have the same feelings about it that Churchill did about democracy, aka the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried. Of course, a good number of the retractions we write about are due to misconduct, and it’s not clear how peer review, no matter how good, would detect out-and-out fraud …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 23 November]

Rumours of a graduate exodus from Ireland may have been exaggerated

Posted in Life with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“With the gloom surrounding Ireland’s banking sector, and the cancellation of their graduate programmes for the third consecutive year, it’s easy to assume the best option would be to look for opportunities overseas. However, the reality is that the vast majority of students stay close to home …” (more)

[Paul Clarke, eFinancialCareers.ie, 23 November]

Senior UCC officer seeks lifting of freeze on pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“A senior officer of University College Cork is seeking the restoration of payment of additional allowances which the college has not been sanctioned to pay him …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 November]

Philosoph carries motion in favour of re-introduction of tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“UCC’s Philosophical Society unexpectedly affirmed a House motion in favour of reintroducing third level fees at a House meeting this evening …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 23 November]

Institutes must not cease vital work in rush to university status

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“Shortly after I took up my post as president of Dublin City University, I was invited to join selection panels to appoint directors (as the title then was) of two institutes of technology (ITs). This was a new experience for me …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 23 November]

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“… The chairman of the National Strategy for Higher Education, Colin Hunt, is being tipped as the next chair of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Hunt, a former economic advisor to Brian Cowen …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 November]

December 1st march to have trade union support

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“A march will take place in Cork City on Wednesday December 1st, to protest the expected cuts in the Government budget set to be released six days later …” (more)

[Byron Murphy, College News, 22 November]

Whose grade is it anyway?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“One of the key performance indicators of higher education is the grade given to a student as part of the examination or assessment process. In order to ensure that the grade is appropriate and merited and is not influenced by improper considerations, various safeguards are built in …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 November]

From the campus to the dole queue

Posted in Life with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“Colin Gibson, Ann Marie King and Tom Gaughan have all graduated in Ireland in the last 12 months. Like thousands of other graduates, they are unemployed, with no prospect of a job …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 November]

Film legend’s archive finds spiritual home

Posted in research with tags on 23 November 2010 by Steve

“In Hollywood he was just another film director but, in Ireland, John Huston was among his own. Last night, an archive of scripts, photographs and other papers that once belonged to the acclaimed filmmaker was presented to NUI Galway …” (more)

[John Fallon, Independent, 23 November]