Archive for 9 January 2011

New Dublin university to be announced this week

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“Plans for a merger of four Dublin institutes of technology into a new ‘Technical University of Dublin’ are expected to be announced in the coming days, the Sunday Tribune has learned …” (more)

[John Downes, Sunday Tribune, 9 January]

New Dublin Uni to be announced this week, Letterkenny IT & Ulster Uni may merge

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , , , , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“The Sunday Tribune reports today that it’s an expected that proposals to merge Dublin Institute of Technology, Tallaght Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire will be announced this week …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 9 January]

New chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“Dr Brendan Murphy, President of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), has become the chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) for 2011. A native of Tralee, Dr Murphy is a mathematics and statistics graduate and has lectured at CIT since 1974 …” (more)

[Education Matters, 9 January]

The Architecture of Legal Education (literally)

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“When I started graduate school in law, I took a seminar on legal education. Our first assignment was to reflect on the relationship between space and learning – how, for example, a lecture hall feels different than a seminar room, how chairs in rows give rise to a different learning experience than chairs in a circle. It was an eye-opening experience as each student shared her or his own take on the question …” (more)

[Dean Sossin’s Blog, 9 January]

Programme 77, Review 2010 and Anticipate 2011 in Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“In this programme Brian Mooney who is a contributor to Education Matters and the Education Matters Yearbook looked back at some of the key events in education during 2010. These included disappointing PISA results, bonus CAO points for Maths, Grade inflation, higher education reform, the Croke Park agreement …” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 9 January]

Spending cuts hit university budgets

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“The familiar challenges of funding and mobility – particularly in research – will dominate the agenda for European higher education in 2011. But this year will probably be much worse as public sector spending cuts bite into higher education budgets across the region …” (more)

[Alan Osborn, University World News, 9 January]

Textbooks? So Last Century. Rent a Netbook Instead

Posted in Life with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“For many students, heading to class without a laptop is a bit like leaving the house without wearing pants. And whether it’s registering for classes, meeting with professors, or doing homework, chances are those aspects of college now involve a computer and the Internet …” (more)

[Martha Ann Overland, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 January]

Fears for degree muddle

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“The dispute over Germany’s retention of its old diplom degree in the engineering sciences despite the Bologna process has been given further impetus through the adoption of new legislation by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the announcement by a leading university specialising in engineering sciences that it will introduce new diplom courses this year …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 9 January]

More universities gain autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“French higher education starts 2011 with a new team at the head of the university presidents conference and the third wave of newly autonomous universities …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 9 January]

Gap-year travel may broaden the mind – but who needs a broad mind these days?

Posted in Life with tags , on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“… For one generation at least, our student population won’t be contaminated by a vociferous minority who think they’ve seen the world and have the beaded bracelets and ethnic ponchos to prove it. And they haven’t seen the world – they’ve seen Peru. The world’s not like Peru – not the bit that Britons tend to inhabit when they graduate. It’s more like Reading …” (more)

[David Mitchell, Observer, 9 January]

University opens doors to flood victims

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“As flood waters continue to spread over a bigger proportion of the state of Queensland than the entire area of France and Germany combined, for John Price and his cattle dog cross Tike the evacuation centre based at CQUniversity in flood-bound Rockhampton has been a real blessing …” (more)

[Priscilla Crighton, University World News, 9 January]

Women locked out of research

Posted in research with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“Sweden’s investment in research deemed to be of strategic ‘excellence’ has favoured male researchers over female researchers by a ratio of nearly 9:1 over the past decade, according to a government report released last month …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 9 January]

Cameron’s Odd Assumptions About Higher Education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 January 2011 by Steve

“… Note the sort of people Cameron expects to be going to university – his children and the factory boss’ children. There is no suggestion that the factory workers’ taxes will be supporting their own children going to university …” (more)

[Left Turn, 8 January]