Archive for 19 January 2011

Cork/Waterford merger may kill Carlow’s university dream

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“Moves to link Waterford IT and Cork IT could sound the death knell for aspirations held by IT Carlow that it would become central in a much-anticipated university for the south-east …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 18 January]

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CIT-WIT merger makes little emotive sense

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The currently contemplated merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) makes sense only financially …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 19 January]

University plan for name tags rejected

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“A university’s request that staff who deal with the public wear a name tag while at work has been dismissed by unions as ‘hare-brained’ …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 January]

‘Violent’ accusation: Tory MP takes aim at UCU

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“A Conservative MP has attacked the University and College Union for supporting ‘violent and illegal protest’ in a move described by the union as a smear ahead of a key Commons vote …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 19 January]

Union bosses jet off as teachers face crucial vote

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The leaders of a teachers’ union have flown to a conference in Thailand as their members face a crucial re-ballot on the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie, Independent, 19 January]

The Mass Extinction of Scientists Who Study Species

Posted in research with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“… Scientists who classify, describe, and examine the relationships between organisms are themselves going extinct. The millions of dollars spent globally on technology to catalog species may actually be pushing out the people we rely upon: taxonomists and systematists …” (more)

[Craig McClain, Wired, 19 January]

Undergraduates and E-Books: A Marriage Made With a Shotgun

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“… Readers over 60 were not terribly receptive to e-books, with 60% saying they just weren’t tempted. Interest was highest among those in their 30s and 40s. But the under 30 crowd? They are nearly as skeptical as their grandparents, with 58% saying they had no interest in e-books. Of that group, price wasn’t the biggest issue. They just prefer the experience of a printed book …” (more)

[Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, 19 January]