Archive for 29 December 2010

Irish human rights academic, Kevin Boyle, passes away

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“Kevin Boyle, regarded as one of Ireland’s and the UK’s leading human rights academics, passed away on Sunday. Below is a column from Today’s Zaman (by Orhan Kemal Cengiz) …” (more)

[Kurdistan Commentary, 29 December]

Textbook Publishers and Rich Media

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“I recently had coffee with a dear man that has spent his entire career in textbook publishing. He told me that his industry was essentially ‘broken’. Of course, this is now a common view of textbook publishing …” (more)

[Keith Hampson, Higher Education Management Group, 29 December]

Could university cutbacks be the saviour of English?

Posted in research with tags on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“The end of subsidies and a focus on ‘impact’-led research may force literary criticism to reconnect with the public imagination …” (more)

[Matthew Wright, Guardian, 29 December]

Justin Timberlake ‘always wanted’ to go to university

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“Speaking at a press conference after receiving Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year, the 29-year-old revealed why he was happy to be hanging round the school …” (more)

[MusicRooms, 29 December]

Book Review: The Gutenberg Galaxy

Posted in research with tags on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“… The medium is the message, as McLuhan says. The implications for the future (and present) of higher education are substantial. The quantum of learning shrinks back down again from a book sized argument to 500 word blog post, a 6’40 second Pecha Kucha presentation or even a 140 character tweet …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 29 December]

Really?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“Quicker workloads measure done the better RT @9th_level_irl: 3rd level staff ‘bludgeoned’ on concessions – http://wp.me/pjiT3-5Ro” (twitter)

[Declan Jordan, Twitter, 29 December]

Are Further Education certificates helpful in getting a job?

Posted in Life with tags on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“As a student in a further education college, I wonder what prospects I have of getting a job with a further education certificate. When I finish this year I will have a BTEC Level 5. As I’ll be able to apply as a mature student in 2012, I’m taking the 2011-2012 year off to look for a job …” (more)

[Politics.ie, 29 December]