Archive for 8 January 2011

NUIG work hour document curries IFUT criticism

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“A preliminary document which would see an increase in academics’ work hours at NUIG has drawn criticism from the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 7 January]

Nanoweek 2011 to begin 31 January

Posted in research with tags on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Nanoweek 2011, a programme of activities that aims to promote nanoscience and nanotechnology in Ireland, is returning this year, from 31 January-4 February …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 8 January]

Should we ration research grant applications?

Posted in research with tags on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Researchers can never have enough funds. Talented people with bright ideas frequently fail to get funded, leading to low morale in academia …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 8 January]

Netroots UK: activists discuss next stage of protests against cuts and fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Matthew Taylor reports from the Netroots UK summit as student and union activists join anti-tax avoidance and anti-racism campaigners to talk tactics …” (more)

[Guardian, 8 January]

A Point of View: Justifying culture

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Speak to anyone working in the humanities within academia right now and you will hear that this country is about to enter a new Dark Age. The reason lies in the coalition government’s decision to impose swingeing cuts on almost all departments …” (more)

[HT: Tom Byrne]
[Alain de Botton, BBC News Magazine, 7 January]

Hunt report

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“@9th_level_irl The Hunt report on Irish universities; predictable, pointless and, in parts, perverse. Love alliteration!” (tweet)

[Ben Tonra, Twitter, 7 January]

Universities must cut private schools intake, says Simon Hughes

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Colleges are ‘failing miserably’ to reflect society, according to the Liberal Democrat deputy leader …” (more)

[Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian, 7 January]