Archive for 15 January 2011

Have-less versus have-lots: Erasmus Scheme’s ‘unfairness gap’ criticised

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“.. However, as it approaches its quarter-century, the equitability of the scheme is a matter of debate, and it remains unclear whether students in some participating countries – rich or poor – get as much out of it as those from others. Some observers see a growing ‘unfairness gap’ as a result of the distribution of funding …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 15 January]

Dept of Education: OECD drop ‘matter of serious concern’

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“The Secretary General of the Department of Education has called Ireland’s recent slide in the OECD rankings a ‘matter of serious concern’, but also questioned the study’s findings …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 14 January]

What are we educating them for?

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a talk enabled ‘Universities in Crisis’ at the RIA. Read the speaker’s (Michael Burawoy) blog here. Apparently, universities across many parts of the world are in trouble. We are not alone …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog …, 14 January]

Teachers to work extra hour a week in pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“Teachers will soon be working an extra hour a week as part of a major shake-up of the education system …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 15 January]

Tuition fees protest: schoolboy, 14, held over petrol bomb footage

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“The 14 year-old boy, who has not been named, was arrested a day after Scotland Yard released footage of him running towards a crowd of protesters and police holding the firebomb …” (more)

[Andrew Hough, Daily Telegraph, 15 January]

90 jobs created at UCC centre

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“Some 90 new jobs will be created by emerging Irish companies at a new €2 million incubation business centre at University College Cork, Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe said yesterday when officially opening the centre …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 15 January]

The British Higher Ed Situation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“Just wanted to point out a fantastic, extremely thorough post from Jonathan Jarrett at Cliopatria on details of new governmental higher ed policies and subsequent protests in the UK, where the government has decided to cut its subsidy of teaching by 80% overall and 100% in the Humanities …” (more)

[PhD Octopus, 14 January]