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]

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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]