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]

TCD in bid to avert €100m debt

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

“Trinity College Dublin is drawing up a radical cost-cutting plan in a bid to avoid debts of €80m-€100m over the next four years. TCD Provost John Hegarty has warned a major financial crisis is looming at Ireland’s oldest university unless action is taken …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 December]

Conditional approval given for Arts Millennium Building extension at NUI Galway

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

“NUI Galway has received conditional approval from Galway City Council to build an extension to the Arts Millennium Building …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 30 December]

Innovation: Ireland’s ‘smart economy’ strategy, universities and free-lunch entrepreneurship

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

“… In a thought-provoking book, Innovation, Profit and the Common Good in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), John Harpur, a lecturer in the Computer Science Department, National University of Ireland Maynooth, explores the current commercialization and innovation policies in higher education; the role of universities in guaranteeing economic prosperity; conflicts of interest and the questionable evidence in support of current policies …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 30 December]

Students seek private tuition to prepare for university

Posted in teaching with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“Agencies that have traditionally coached children for 11-plus exams report increased demand from undergraduates …” (more)

[Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian, 29 December]

Businesses criticize UCC for strict campus promoting rules; students disagree

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

“A number of local businesses have criticised UCC over its on-campus promotion regulations which forbid independent businesses from either flyering or postering within the confines of the university’s main Mardyke campus, although student sentiment appears to be in favour of the current rules …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 29 December]

Arguing the higher education case

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

“As the argument around tuition fees and higher education funding has got hotter over recent weeks, it has not necessarily become more sophisticated …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 December]

Management Expertise in Higher Education

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

“Not too, too long ago in a land not too far away … I was asked to participate in a university-wide committee that was charged with the task of setting the institution’s direction for the use of technology in teaching and learning. The committee consisted of roughly sixteen people, split more or less equally between faculty members and technology management. The effort failed on a number of levels …” (more)

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

Best way to pour champagne? Like beer, professor says

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

“A physics and chemistry professor at the University of Reims in France’s champagne region says the best way to pour bubbly may not be the way sommeliers currently serve the sparkling wine …” (more)

[Toronto Star, 29 December]

Are baby boomers to blame for tuition fee rises?

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

“The student protests that grabbed the headlines towards the end of 2010 saw the streets lined with frustrated and resentful students, angry at government policies …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 30 December]

US Science-Funding Boost Faces Uncertain Future

Posted in research with tags on 30 December 2010 by Steve

“Despite coming under attack by congressional republicans, federal science funding has received a major and mostly overlooked boost …” (more)

[Brandon Keim, Wired, 29 December]

The myth of choice in the fees debate

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

“Do others feel deeply patronised by the appointment of Simon Hughes to ‘frame an effective message’ about the changes to further and higher education (‘U-turn hint’, 29 December)? The government’s assumption is that those who protest have misunderstood the facts …” (more)

[Susan Matthews, Guardian, 30 December]