Archive for 31 December 2010

Cash starved Longford students face uncertain future

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“Rural students and the least well off are likely to bear the brunt of third level grant cuts and sink dozens of families deeper into the red, local politicians have warned …” (more)

[Liam Cosgrove, Longford Leader, 31 December]

What mattered in 2010

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“‘The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed’ William Gibson famously remarked. And in 2010, it did feel that the future crept a little bit closer. In the spirit of the season, it’s worth reflecting on what was significant in the longer term in 2010 …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 31 December]

Union Council Report three

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“The past few weeks have been extremely demanding with a huge number of very challenging meetings and committees. Aside from the committee work I am engaged in hard lobbying of TDs and Senators to ensure a number of pieces of key legislation are passed before the dissolution of the Dáil, and also that some proposals vanish into the bin they deserve to be confined to …” (more)

[Aengus Ó Maoláin, 31 December]

Academic Economists to Consider Ethics Code

Posted in Life with tags , on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“When the Stanford business professor Darrell Duffie co-wrote a book on how to overhaul Wall Street regulations, he did not mention that he sits on the board of Moody’s, the credit rating agency …” (more)

[Sewell Chan, New York Times, 30 December]

Riots, reviews and results: Why 2011 will prove to be a steep learning curve for students and teachers

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“In higher education, it was a rerun of the radical Sixties, with student protests over the plan to almost triple tuition fees allowing universities to charge up to £9,000 a year …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 30 December]

The Impact Factor

Posted in teaching with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“… How do you come to accept that you don’t, and can’t, know everything? Each year I’m introduced to new articling students who I don’t think can top the previous year’s group, and every year I’m proven wrong. Yet, no matter how intelligent, and how keen, they are surprised by all the information they don’t know …” (more)

[Karen Sawatzky, slaw, 31 December]

Push to increase teaching load

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Your Education Correspondent, Seán Flynn (Home News, December 29th) referred to a message I sent to colleagues in institutes of technology recently. He also quoted Prof Von Prondzynski, who is not from our sector, as saying that holidays in institutes of technology were ‘hard to defend’ …” (more)

[Paddy Healy, Irish Times, 31 December]

University debts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“As governments disinvest in higher education, and in the absence of student contributions, major financial issues will begin to arise. A few months ago the Principal of Glasgow University, Professor Anton Muscatelli, declared that the university would run out of cash by 2013 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 December]

Encouraging high-tech development in a recession

Posted in research with tags , on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“Ireland has an inventive history. As the Government makes some tough economic decisions, it needs to nurture this creativity and turn it into patentable, high-tech exports …” (more)

[James Dyson, Irish Times, 31 December]

Achievable and effective political reform through public access

Posted in research with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“The release of the 1980 State papers in the UK and Ireland under the 30 year rule sees the media’s annual review of events past begin to fill column inches and airtime. Post-wikileaks and in post IMF/ECB Ireland, this now seems more like an established pageant with infotainment as a primary output …” (more)

[Dark Repository, 30 December]

University funds for children of fallen troops unveiled

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“The government has given details of a university scholarship scheme for children of British servicemen and women from England, Scotland and Wales killed on active duty …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 December]

Cold, cramped, confined – occupational hazards for Kent’s sit-in students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“As the mist rolled in over Canterbury this morning, Jules Stephenson started to think about getting up. Around 9.30am, he crawled out of his sleeping bag, eased up off his lilo and turned his mind towards breakfast …” (more)

[Helen Pidd, Guardian, 30 December]

Third of students have tried legal highs

Posted in Life with tags on 31 December 2010 by Steve

“The drugs, which are advertised as legal but are often packed with harmful substances, have been blamed for several student deaths and the Government has brought in new powers to impose year-long bans to take the drugs off the market pending a full review of their potential harm …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 31 December]