Archive for 17 January 2011

Ireland urged to ‘stay the course’ on its science investment

Posted in research with tags on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Ireland must maintain its commitment to science and technology as a central element of its enterprise policy, the Forfas-based Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (ACSTI) said today …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 17 January]

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Who can afford a doctorate in the arts and humanities now?

Posted in research with tags on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Anyone visiting a university library at 9am might wonder where all the students have gone. The science doctorates will be in their labs, most undergrads will still be in bed, but arts PhD students could once have been relied upon to be toiling amid the tomes. No longer …” (more)

[Lucy Tobin, Guardian, 17 January]

Women of science, do you know your place?

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Why there are so few women in science? Or to be more precise, why are there so few women in the physical sciences, and so few at the top of any field? …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Research Blogs, 17 January]

Ireland’s Ranking on PISA: Discussion

Posted in teaching with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

Chairman: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Ireland’s ranking in the programme for international student assessment, PISA, report. I am pleased to welcome from the Educational Research Centre, Dr. Peter Archer, director, Dr. Jude Cosgrove, research associate, and Ms Rachel Perkins, research associate, and from the Department of Education and Skills, Ms Brigid McManus …” (more)

[Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills, 13 January]

Government-appointed Irish Advisory Council for Science endorses ‘smart economy’ policy despite evidence of failure

Posted in research with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“The Irish Government’s Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, mainly comprising university insiders, recipients of public funding and a State agency head, has unsurprisingly endorsed the Government’s ‘smart economy’ strategy despite the evidence of failure …” (more)

[Finfacts Ireland, 17 January]

The Era of Legislative Micromanagement is Upon Us

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“By and large, one of the few responsibilities that has been left to faculty has been the shape and structure of the curriculum. Departments and faculties, having slowly lost ground in the stalwart fight for some semblance of shared governance, have nevertheless been left to negotiate the curricular design which they have felt is best for students …” (more)

[Yvonna S Lincoln, 21st Century Scholar, 17 January]

Waterford, Cork ITs aim for university status

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“A number of colleges in the south of the country are having talks about possible mergers and submissions on university status to Government in the future …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 January]