Archive for 30 December 2010

Sadness at passing of human rights champion

Posted in Life with tags , on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“Tributes have been paid to Professor Kevin Boyle – a founder of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI, Galway – who died this week …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 30 December]

The Research I University in 2031: A Dystopian Nightmare

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“Using my handy ‘futures app’ on my new iPhone, I located a description of the R-1 University 20 years down the road. I’m listing here the most salient characteristics for your perusal. Turns out we’re wasting time with all this fretting about the future of higher education. Relax! The future is already determined! …” (more)

[Laurie Fendrich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 December]

Students plan more protests over tuition fees and cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“Occupation of university buildings and demonstrations planned as vice-chancellors are urged to limit tuition fee increases …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 30 December]

170 New ICT research jobs for Cork

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“As a result of a €50m expansion programme, 170 further research positions will be created in the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland’s largest information and communications technology (ICT) research centre …” (more)

[Lynch.ie, 23 December]

Students are the perfect medical guinea pigs – I should know

Posted in research with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“Taking part in experiments can be hair-raising and potentially lethal, but it gives you something to talk about at parties …” (more)

[Tim Skellett, Guardian, 30 December]

Scientific Method in Decline?

Posted in research with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“… Science is a human enterprise. Mistakes get made. Biases exist. And yet, amazingly, science still works, which is really the only justification for its existence. Science is still the most powerful approach for manipulating and predicting the physical world, period …” (more)

[The Finch and Pea, 29 December]

Tuition fees protest: Archbishop of Canterbury urged to step in to end sit-in at University of Kent

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has been called on to help end a dispute between a university and students who are continuing three-week sit-in at the University of Kent in protest at rises in tuition fees …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 30 December]