Archive for 16 January 2011

Department ‘was worried’ about O’Conor contract

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Officials at the Department of Education had expressed concerns about the contractual arrangements of pianist John O’Conor before details of his lavish expenses account at the Royal Irish Academy of Music were revealed …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Sunday Tribune, 16 January]

Teachers who land job in 2011 will earn €6k less

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Teachers who land a job this year will be paid up to €6,000 less, than colleagues who started work in 2010 following finance minister Brian Lenihan’s budget decision to cut starting salaries and allowances in the public service by 10% from 1 January …” (more)

[Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 16 January]

Higher education deserves a better strategy than this

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“… Strange, then, how infrequent are the sightings of education in, for example, election campaigns; a huge swathe of national policy and personal concern lost in a shared torpidity. The publication last week of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, most frequently called the Hunt Report or simply Hunt, whatever else it does, provides an opportunity to change that …” (more)

[Pádraic Conway, Sunday Business Post, 16 January]

Hunt report is no discussion document

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“In a generation, Ireland has transformed itself from a country where just one in five school leavers went on to higher education to a country where more than three in five do …” (more)

[Mary Coughlan, Sunday Business Post, 16 January]

Single Touchpoint Views

Posted in teaching with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“One week into a new academic semester at Tipperary Institute and I already have several work practises that I hope become topics of staff development conversations in LIT. The single most interesting item is my desire to reduce each major academic topic to a single touchpoint in the hands of students …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 16 January]

Eliminating tenure would save money

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“… Our state legislators need to question why the costs of higher education are rising faster than the rate of medical costs and triple the inflation rate. The state’s budget crisis provides an opportunity to make meaningful change in both the cultural and cost structures of our colleges and universities …” (more)

[Ron Stolle, The Columbus Dispatch, 15 January]

Quandary: Scientists Prefer Reading Over Publishing ‘Open Access’ Papers

Posted in research with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Scientists love open-access papers as readers, but as authors they are still skeptical, according to a new study of available journals and researchers’ attitudes on the topic …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Gretchen Vogel, Science Insider, 14 January]

EU Report Warns of ‘Digital Dark Age’ if Digitization of Cultural Heritage Left to Private Sector

Posted in research with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“The European Union says its member states must do more to digitize Europe’s cultural heritage and not simply leave that work to the private sector. To do otherwise, suggests a recently commissioned report, could steer Europe away from a digital Renaissance and ‘into a digital dark age’ …” (more)

[Audrey Watters, ReadWriteWeb, 13 January]

Years of neglect have taken their toll on higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“If you care about young people leaving Ireland then you should hope that last week’s Hunt Report on Higher Education will help them. But years of neglect and bad government have left our colleges poorly placed for the downturn. Real improvements will come slowly …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Independent, 16 January]

Race to be technological first

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Ireland’s institutes of technology are scrambling to hold merger discussions to become the country’s first technological university. This follows a long awaited and much leaked national strategy report which ruled out upgrading existing institutes but held out the prospect of merged institutes, over time, applying for designation as technological universities …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 16 January]

Should we abolish compulsory retirement for academics?

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Here is a story from Australia. There are reports that the ageing academic population there is creating a time bomb for higher education. Over half of lecturing staff are over 50 years old, and as they move towards retirement there may be insufficient resources to replace them …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 January]

New body to rank rankers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“University rankings are likely to proliferate and become more specialised, creating the need for a new kind of meta-ranking service that sorts and rates comparative data …” (more)

[Julie Hare, University World News, 16 January]

Columnist has a bee in his bonnet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Sir — I write to comment on Marc Coleman’s analysis of our economic woes (Sunday Independent, Jan. 9, 2011), and, in particular, his preoccupation with ‘overpay and waste in the public sector’, as exemplified by professors’ salaries (€108,000 to €138,600) …” (more)

[Independent, 16 January]

The Perils of Unleashing Students’ Skepticism

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Don’t always believe what scientists tell you. Be skeptical. That’s what I tell students in my history- of-science and science-writing classes. But some of them may have taken the lesson too much to heart …” (more)

[John Horgan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 January]

Student mobility rising fast, study shows

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“The number of German students studying abroad doubled in 2000-08. A survey suggests that they are much more mobile than students from most other countries …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 16 January]

University takes aim at campus gun law

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“The University of Utah’s president asked school trustees last Tuesday to help thwart possible legislation allowing the open display of firearms on campus, a move that could reopen a contentious debate between educators and lawmakers over gun policies …” (more)

[Brian Maffly, University World News, 16 January]

NUI Galway Beat Offaly In Walsh Cup

Posted in Life with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

NUI Galway 0-22 Offaly 1-10 Fitzgibbon Cup champions NUI Galway proved too strong for Offaly to earn victory in this Walsh Cup clash at Banagher tonight …” (more)

[Gary Quinn, Sports News Ireland, 16 January]

EUA warns over impact of economic crisis

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“The economic crisis has affected European higher education systems in different ways and at different stages of the crisis, but the ensuing cuts are likely to lead to sweeping changes to higher education systems around Europe, according to a report by the European University Association …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 16 January]

As Wikipedia Turns 10, It Focuses on Ways to Improve Student Learning

Posted in teaching with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“As Wikipedia hits its 10th year of operation, it is making efforts to involve academics more closely in its process. The latest is a new plan to build an ‘open educational resource platform’ that will gather tools about teaching with Wikipedia in the classroom …” (more)

[Tushar Rae, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 January]