Archive for 28 December 2010

Graph of the year? Mother’s education and breastfeeding

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“It’s that time when people reflect on the year gone by, lists of pivotal events, dead celebs etc. There are also lots of suggestions for ‘graph of the year’ going round. It’s pretty arbitrary of course since it depends on what people find interesting …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 December]

Scarce cash may foil lecturer training plan

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Qualifications for new university lecturers are to become compulsory at a time when institutions will struggle to find the funding to support it, universities have warned …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 23 December]

Cellphones and Exam Cheating

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“… The old academic in me loathes cheating, so I would, at first blush, simply jam all cell phones in the exam room. But because I was a legal academic, the second blush informs me that cellphone jamming is illegal in both the US and Canada …” (more)

[Simon Fodden, slaw, 28 December]

The iron rule of being working class

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Forget social mobility. Education and hard graft will only get you so far while jobs are insecure and the middle class looks after its own …” (more)

[Lynsey Hanley, Guardian, 28 December]

Drop-outs concern NI universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Both of NI’s universities have expressed concern about drop-out rates, especially among first year students. The University of Ulster loses 12% of its first years, while almost 6% of students at Queens University Belfast do not make it to second year …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 December]

Higgins pays tribute to the late Kevin Boyle

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“I heard with great sadness of the passing of Kevin Boyle whose courageous leadership in the human rights movement has placed so many in Ireland in his debt …” (more)

[Michael D Higgins, Labour Party Blog, 28 December]

Mine tax plan for uni fees ‘unfair’, says HECS architect

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Economist Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University said the Greens’ proposal was ‘inequitable’ and ‘regressive’, and would not help lower income earners. He said using revenue from the controversial mineral resources rent tax to fund free university for students was ‘arguably one of the least fair ways to use the money’ …” (more)

[Joe Kelly, The Australian, 29 December]