Archive for 3 December 2010

CIT campuses closes due to ice

Posted in Governance and administration, Life with tags , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“CIT closes as icy conditions continue. CIT’s campus was closed for a number of hours early this afternoon due to the inclement weather conditions …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 December]

Escalation and Fruit Bats

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“One of our correspondents Victor suggested the recent Dylan Evans case at the University of Cork in Ireland is best understood as a form of conflict escalation. I thought it worth setting this out by way of illustration of how conflict so often escalates out of control to the detriment of all the parties involved …” (more)

[Creativeconflictwisdom’s Blog, 3 December]

Cambridge university students in scuffles with police at demonstration

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Police were involved in scuffles with students who staged an occupation of council offices in Cambridge last night, sparking a standoff which lasted for more than an hour …” (more)

[Patrick Kingsley, Guardian, 3 December]

Contract Staff liable to enhanced redundancy following important legal precedents

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Contract staff employed by Irish universities now seem certain to have their redundancy settlements trebled on foot of important legal advances secured by IFUT …” (more)

[IFUT, 3 December]

Rogue emailer strikes again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“UCC’s student inboxes have fallen victim to a malicious sender for the second time this year, with ‘Pádraig Hogan’ succeeding in reaching the majority of students inboxes with an unsolicited email hitting out at UCC this afternoon …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 December]

Maynooth students and staff to protest at local Fianna Fáil office

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“In response to the coming budget, FEE NUIM are calling upon students, staff and members of the local community to march on the constituency office of Fianna Fail TD, Aine Brady, located on the main street …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 3 December]

FG targets deep cuts in public sector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“… One of the most controversial proposals – and one that is seen as having implications for the Croke Park Agreement – is the party’s proposal to seek a total of 30,000 redundancies in the public sector, some 18,000 more than is provided for in the Government’s four-year austerity plan …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 3 December]

UCL occupation: decision on eviction of students postponed

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Judge adjourns hearing to consider granting an injunction to remove protesting students from UCL premises …” (more)

[Guardian, 3 December]

Vince Cable ‘to vote for tuition fee rise’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Business Secretary Vince Cable has told his local newspaper he will back a rise in tuition fees in next week’s crucial Commons vote …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 December]

WIT upgrade to combat recession pressures

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“The cost of going to university outside of the south east is seen as one of the principal problems facing young people leaving school. Having a university in the south east eases cost pressures for families under pressure …” (more)

[Munster Express, 3 December]

FEE QUB to join march to City Hall

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“On Thursday, December 9th, Westminster will be voting on whether or not to increase fees to £9000 per year. This motion, if approved, will effectively mean the end of higher education as we know it …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 3 December]

Universities in Wales told to ‘adapt or die’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Education Minister Leighton Andrews has told universities and further education colleges in Wales that there will be fewer of them by 2013 …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 December]

‘Improve students/lecturers links’

Posted in teaching with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Poor levels of interaction between students and lecturers are impacting on the quality of education at third-level, a student representative has told TDs and senators …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 December]

Basic student skills going into third level questioned

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“An increasing number of Leaving Cert students entering third-level education exhibit serious deficiencies in basic literacy and analytical skills, according to one of the main teaching unions …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 3 December]

College to clamp down on Mystery Tours

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“UCC management is reported to be re-considering its stance on mystery tours after concerns were raised that the popular student nights, which involve a hired bus bringing students to an unknown destination, constitute a major health and safety risk …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 2 December]

Liberal arts, and being literate

Posted in Life with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Some readers may have heard me tell this story before, but it’s worth a repeat. In the mid 1990s I was a Faculty Dean in the University of Hull in England, and on one occasion I was chairing an interview panel …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 December]

US education and the crisis

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“Governments across the globe are dramatically reducing funding for public education and raising university tuition rates. These measures are often cast as a response to the current economic crisis but really their implementation began well before it …” (more)

[Michael Hardt, Parar Bolonha, 3 December]

UCC Demons ready for the physical test from UL Eagles

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 December 2010 by Steve

“UCC Demons can take a step closer to reaching a third consecutive National Cup final if they can emerge from their daunting quarter-final away to UL Eagles tomorrow night …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 December]