Archive for 24 November 2010

Sarah Palin Says Most Professors Don’t Believe in God

Posted in Life with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“… I can’t vouch for those nasty mainstream media writers, but a 2006 survey of 1,417 professors, published last year in the journal Sociology of Religion, found that a majority actually believe in God …” (more)

[Tom Bartlett, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 November]

Strathclyde students occupy university building

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Anti-cuts demonstration brings university to a standstill and traffic chaos to Glasgow city centre …” (more)

[Erik Geddes, STV News, 24 November]

In Britain, Students Again Protest Plan to Cut Spending on Universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Students in Britain have returned to the streets for the second time this month to protest government plans to cut spending on universities and more than double tuition within two years …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 November]

Student fees hike ‘will force thousands to quit’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students will be forced to drop out of college and emigrate if registration fees soared to €2,000 as proposed in the four-year rescue plan, it was claimed tonight …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 24 November]

Insult added to injury – Gormley happy that education escapes cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Gormley has made a statement about education: he’s delighted that no cuts were made to education …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 24 November]

Student contribution to rise to €2,000: introducing tuition fees?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“As part of its four-year National Recovery Plan (to which I shall return later) the government has announced that the student registration charge will be replaced by a ‘higher education student contribution’ (page 120), and the amount to be paid will rise from the current level of €1,500 to €2,000; this is a smaller increase from what had been anticipated, though still a very substantial one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 November]

Student protest largely peaceful despite the images

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Many of those on the London demonstration appeared uncomfortable with the violence of a few …” (more)

[Matthew Taylor and others, Guardian, 24 November]

Busy, busy, busy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Page 70 of #4yrplan ‘Teachers and academic staff will work an additional hour per week’. So now its 7 hours a week yeah? http://bit.ly/dGt7eE” (tweet)

[Declan Jordan, Twitter, 24 November]

Education sector pays the cost of Fianna Fail’s mistakes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“The proposals in the Government’s Plan for National Recovery show that funding for education will suffer immensely over the coming four years. Each time this Fianna Fail – Green Party government rolls out its latest wave of cutbacks, they claim that they do so with a heavy heart …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn TD, Labour Party, 24 November]

Greens happy education escapes cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Environment Minister John Gormley has joined the Taoiseach and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to unveil Ireland’s swingeing spending cuts, despite leading calls for a general election date to be set in January …” (more)

[Independent, 24 November]

Bad, Conor

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“So the word ‘Universities’ occurs only twice in the #4yearplan, is that good or bad?” (tweet)

[Conor Houghton, Twitter, 24 November]

Strategy during a time of turmoil?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“There are rumours doing the rounds in Dublin right now that the government is planning to publish the report of Dr Colin Hunt’s strategy group next week. This would, I think, be a serious mistake …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 November]

Violent clashes in London as students vent fury over tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Protesters attacked a police van today as crowds swelled during angry demonstrations against rising university tuition fees …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 24 November]

Croke Park Agreement can deliver required changes: Four-year plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“The recently-agreed Croke Park agreement does not appear up for renegotiation, after today’s publication of the four-year National Recovery Plan …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 24 November]

Students from across Wales protest over fees and cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Students across Wales have joined in protests at increased tuition fees and education cuts …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 November]

Student contribution fee to go up 33%

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“The student contribution charge will be increased by 33 per cent from €1,500 to €2,000, according to the National Recovery Plan …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 November]

Tuition fee protests: aerial footage of police van attack

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Demonstrators smashed the windows of a police van in Whitehall and scrawled slogans across its doors …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 24 November]

Government outlines €690m in education cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Cuts to the education budget totalling €690m were announced today as part of the four-year plan …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 November]

Tánaiste outlines contribution of education and skills sector to National Recovery Plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“Outlining the expenditure measures for her Department contained in the National Recovery Plan, the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms Mary Coughlan, TD, today said that Government had gone as far as it could to protect front line education services over the four years of the plan …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 November]

Pilot bonus-points scheme for higher level maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 24 November 2010 by Steve

“The Council of Irish Universities Association announced last month that they will operate a pilot bonus-points scheme for higher level maths in the Leaving Certificate for a four-year trial period from 2012 …” (more)

[Independent, 24 November]