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]

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]

Academics sign petition over Croke Park deal concern

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

“160 academics from around Ireland have signed a call saying that the controversial Croke Park deal pay package poses a threat to academic freedom …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 19 January]

Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on 19 January 2011 by Steve

From Paddy Healy, Former President TUI, Lecturer in Physics, Former member of Governing Body and Academic Council of DIT, 086-4183732. Full information on my Blog.

This call is being made by 160 academics across many Irish third level institutions. Signatures are appended to the call.

The Gathering will take place on Saturday, next, January 22, at 2pm in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin.

Links to relevant discussion material are carried below the signatures.

Please distribute this call to colleagues.


Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom


There is now a serious threat to academic freedom, Irish scholarship and indeed, Irish democracy, arising from the proposed implementation of the Croke Park Deal in third level institutions. The right to permanency and tenure to retirement age is the bedrock on which academic freedom rests. This is now under threat.

The imposition of managerialist structures and business models is to be greatly intensified. These proposals have far wider consequences than worsening of conditions of service though this is extremely serious and related to the above matters.

We, the undersigned, call for a public gathering open to all academics on Saturday, next, Jan 22 to express opposition to these threats and to inform the public of their consequences.


Professor Tom Garvin (Retired), Political Science, UCD
Professor Jim McKernan, College Of Education, University of East Carolina
Professor (Emeritus) J.J. A. Heffron, MRIA, (Former Governing Body Member, UCC, Former Chairman, NUI Convocation), Department of Biochemistry UCC
Professor Steve Hedley, Department of Law, UCC
An tOllamh Matt Hussey, Emeritus, Iar-stiúrithóir, Dámh na hEolaiochta, DIT
Dr Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies, UCD
Dr Helena Sheehan, Professor Emeritus, DCU
Dr Cathy Leeney, Lecturer in Drama Studies, UCD
Professor Gary Henehan, Head of School of Food Science and Environmental Health, DIT
Prof. Theresa Urbainczyk, School of Classics, UCD
Professor Luke Gibbons, NUI Maynooth
Professor Emeritus Stephen Mennell, School of Sociology, UCD
Prof Graham Allen, Modern English, UCC
Dr John Waddell, MRIA, Professor of Archaeology, NUI Galway
Professor William O’Brien, Archaeology, UCC
An tOllamh Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, Professor of Old and Middle Irish, NUIG
An tOllamh Alan Titley, Gaeilge, UCC
Mary Gallagher, Associate Professor of French Studies, UCD
Dr Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Professor of Psychology, NUI Maynooth
Dr Anne Lodge, Principal, Church of Ireland College of Education
Dr Lillis Ó Laoire, Ceann Scoil na dTeangacha na Litríochtaí agus na gCultúr, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh
Peter Smith, Emeritus Professor, Microbiology , NUI Galway
Prof. Dr. Peter Herrmann, Director, ESOSC, UCC
Professor Eileen Drew, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD
Professor Michael Cronin MRIA (Dublin City University)
Dr Thomas Unger, Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD
Dr Kevin Farrell, Lecturer in Computing, IT Blanchardstown
Dr. Paul O’Brien, Lecturer, Aesthetics / Cultural Theory, NCAD
Dr Colman Etchingham, Dept of History, NUI Maynooth
Marnie Holborow, Lecturer, DCU
Enda F. Fallon, Senior Lecturer in Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, NUIG
Dr. Brendan Guilfoyle, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tralee
Dr Marie-Annick Desplanques, Dept of Folklore & Ethnology / Roinn an Bhéaloidis, UCC
Dr John Cunningham, Lecturer in History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway
Dr. Justin Carville, Lecturer, Historical & Theoretical Studies in Photography, IADT Dun Laoghaire
Dr Hugh Gibbons, Lecturer in Computing, TCD
Michael Mary Murphy, Lecturer in Management, Music Industry, IADT Dún Laoghaire
dr Claas Roever, Lecturer in Mathematics, NUIG
Madeeha Khalid, Lecturer in Mathematics, St Patricks College, Drumcondra
Dr Russell Higgs, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD
Dr Elaine Sisson, Senior Lecturer, School of Creative Arts, IADT
Dr Deirdre Curran, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway
Dr Kevin Mellon, Engineering Lecturer, IT Blanchardstown
Dr. Kevin Ryan, School of Political Science & Sociology, NUIG
Rónán Kennedy, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr Díóg O Connell, Lecturer, IADT Dún Laoghaire
Dr. James O’Shea, School of Philosophy, UCD
Dr. Maeve Connolly, Lecturer in Film and Animation, IADT Dún Laoghaire
Dore Fischer, Lecturer in German and Intercultural Studies, School of Languages, DIT
Dr. Josephine A. Boland, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, NUIG
Dr. Tom Andrews, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC
Dr Shane Whelan, Actuary, UCD School of Mathematical Sciences
Dr Donncha Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer in Management, UCC
Dr David Millar, Research Associate, Educational Research Centre, St Patricks College, Drumcondra
Dr Timothy Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, UCD
An Dochtúir Stiofán Ó Cadhla Ceann Roinne, Roinn an Bhéaloidis, Folklore, Ethnology, UCC
Dr John O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, UCD
Alan Gilmer, Department of Environment and Planning, DIT Bolton Street
Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn, Director, Maths Learning Centre, DCU
Lisa McElligott, Lecturer, IT Tralee
Dr. Paul Michael Garrett, School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI Galway
Dr Javier Aramayona, Lecturer in Mathematics, NUI Galway
Ann Shine, Lecturer, IT Tralee
Dr Jürgen Uhlich, Lecturer in Early Irish, TCD
James Carberry, Lecturer in Culinary Arts, College or Arts and Tourism, DIT
Dr. Sarah Parlane, School of Economics, UCD
Alice Feldman, Lecturer, UCD School of Sociology
Paddy Healy, Lecturer in Physics, Former President, TUI
Frank Bannister, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD
Teresa Wills, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC
Dr. Mary C. Booth, Lecturer in Biotechnology and Toxicology, Athlone IT
Peter Murray, Lecturer in Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Geraldine O’Donnell, Phd Student, UCD School of Geography & Environmental Policy
Dr Parvaneh Mokarian-Tabari, Post DoctoralResearcher, Department of Chemistry UCC
Dr. Brian Hanley, Lecturer in History, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
Dr James Fairhead, Department of Management & Marketing, UCC
Dr Detta Dickinson, Department of Mathematics, NUI Maynooth
Dr Paul Farrell, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Gabriel Corcoran, Lecturer in Engineering, DIT, Bolton St
Mary Rose Day, Lecturer in Nursing, UCC
Geraldine Mernagh, Lecturer in Education and Literacy, WIT
Dr Holger Falter, Lecturer, School of Architecture, Lanscape and Civil Engineering,UCD
Dr. Loranne Vallely, Equality Officer, IT Carlow
Jacinta McKeon, Lecturer in Second Language Education, UCC
Pat Ahern, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr. Frank M. Flanagan, Senior lecturer in Education (retd.), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
Denis Manley, Lecturer in Computing, DIT
Dr Paul Robinson, Mathematics Lecturer, IT Tallaght, Dublin
Dr. Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Psychology, NUIM
Ciaran Taylor, Lecturer of Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Matt Diskin, Lecturer in Communications, IT Carlow
Donal O’Toole, Lecturer Electronic Engineering, IT Tallaght
Susanna Nocchi, Lecturer, School of Languages, DIT
Gerald Mills, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, UCD
Alec Quinn, Lecturer in Construction, Limerick Institute of Technology
Antonio Cafolla, Lecturer in Music, Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT
Tony Hanlon, Lecturer in Languages & Interpersonal Communications, IT Tralee
Dr. Ray Lynch, Lecturer in Computer Engineering, DIT
Anne Murphy, Lecturer in Business Information Systems, IT Blanchardstown
Dr. Sue Norton, Lecturer in English, DIT
Fiona Broderick, Lecturer in Languages, IT Tallaght
Dr. Roland Erne, Lecturer in International & Comparative Employment Relations, School of Business, UCD
Claus Derenda, Lecturer in German, English, Communications, IT Carlow
Simon Quinn, Lecturer in Accounting & Finance, IT Tralee
Katherine West, Head of Department of Art & Design, GMIT
Paul Tobin, Distinguished Author, Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, DIT
Patrick Campbell, Lecturer, Letterkenny IT
Dr. David Brancaleone, Lecturer, Critical and Contextual Studies (Fine Art), Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick IT
Dr. Sabina Stan, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Nursing, DCU
Pamela Sharkey Scott, Lecturer, DIT, Aungier St
Stephen Wright, Lecturer in Computing, Letterkenny IT
James McGivern, Lecturer in Engineering, Galway-Mayo IT
Kevin O’Farrell, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, DIT
Dr Mary Roche, Department of Geography, UCC
Dr Cora Stack, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Dr Rossen Ivanov, Lecturer in Mathematics, DIT
Bernie Sherlock, Lecturer in Music, DIT
Antaine Ó Faracháin, Léachtoir i nGaeilge, DIT
Dr James Walsh, Lecturer in Physics, DIT
Mary Reid, Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, GMIT
Richard Heywood Jones, Lecturer in Economics and Entrepreneurship, DIT
Ita Coghlan, Lecturer in Leisure & Event Management, DIT
Dr S Harris, Lecturer, School of Languages, DIT
Maggie Ronayne, Head of Archaeology (Acting), NUI Galway
Nora Ni Fhlatharta Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Limerick IT
Mary Gilmartin, Lecturer in Geography, NUI Maynooth
Micheál O Fearghaíl , Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, DIT
Dr Debra Fern Laefer, Lecturer in School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering, UCD
Piaras Mac Einri, Lecturer, Department of Geography UCC, Member of Governing Body
Martin Marjoram, Lecturer in Mathematics, IT Tallaght
Dr. Paula Gilligan, IADT Dun Laoghaire
Dr Clare O’Halloran, School of History, UCC
Pat McCormack, Head of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dundalk IT
Dr Michael Carr, Lecturer in Mathematics, DIT Bolton St
Dr David O’Brien, Lecturer in Physics, DIT
Dr Laurence Cox, Lecturer in Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Dr Kelly Davidson, Lecturer in Humanities, IADT, Dun Laoghaire
Dr Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte, Lecturer in Biosciences, IT Carlow
James Murphy, Programme Chairman, Department of Bar & Meat Management, DIT
Martin O’Grady, Lecturer in Psychology, IT Tralee
Barry McIntyre, Lecturer in Marketing, Dún Laoire IADT
Dr Tom Dooley, Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dundalk IT
Dr. Aude Doody, Lecturer in Classics, School of Classics, UCD
Dr Emer Nolan Dept of English, NUI Maynooth
Dr Joe Power, Lecturer in Pharmacology, Waterford Institute of Technology
Frank Doyle, Lecturer in Computing, DIT
Dr Katherine O’Donnell, Director, Womens Studies Centre, UCD
Dr Diarmuid Ó Sé, Senior Lecturer,Computing and Networking Department, IT Carlow
Dr Pauline Mellon, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD
Ms Irene McCormick, Media lecturer, IT Carlow
Dr. Crystal Fulton, School of Information and Library Studies, UCD
Dr Barbara Bradby, Department of Sociology,TCD
Edward Conlon, Assistant Head of Deparment of Engineering Sciences and General Studies, DIT Bolton St
Dr Seán L’Estrange, School of Sociology, UCD
Dr Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, School Applied Social Studies, UCC
Oliver Whelan, Artist, Lecturer in Painting, NCAD
Christina Haywood, Lecturer and Curator of the Classical Museum, UCD School of Classics
Dr Robert Fourie, Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences, UCC
Mike FitzGibbon, Lecturer, Food Business and Development Department, UCC
Jim Roche, Lecturer in Architecture, DIT Bolton St
Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan, Lecturer, Applied Social Studies
Dr Colin Coulter, Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Pat Hannon, Lecturer in Radio, School of Media, DIT
Dr Gavan Titley, Lecturer in Media Studies, NUI Maynooth
Mick O’Broin, Phd student, TCD
Patricia McCann, Lecturer in Business, GMIT
Dr. Jeannine Woods, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge,Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh


Paddy Healy, Will Irish Third Level Institutions be Irretrievably Damaged like the Banks before anybody blows the whistle?

Professor Tom Garvin, Grey Philistines Taking Over Our Universities

Professor Jim McKernan, Recent Message in Defence of Academic Freedom and Tenure

Professor Steve Hedley, School of Law, UCC, Managerialism in Irish Universities

Simon Head, The Grim Threat to British Universities (from Frank Bannister TCD)

Colin Coulter NUIM, Factory Farms for the Mind

Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, Academic tenure in the Universities Act, 1997

Institutes of technology in bid for university status

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

“The institutes of technology in Limerick and Carlow could be moving towards a technological university application after signing a collaboration deal …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Anne Lucey, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

College staff asked to raise standards concerns

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

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has confirmed its acting president has invited staff to raise any concerns they may have about academic standards …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 January]

The significance of work experience

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

“At an international gathering recently on innovation in teaching and learning, one speaker suggested that no university degree course that did not involve some work experience would soon be acceptable …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 January]

Student Support Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

Senator David Norris … I am very happy to welcome the Minister of State to the House and I am sure he will pass on whatever substantial remarks are made during the remaining part of this debate. This is a significant matter, particularly for students who are under financial pressure …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 18 January]

UCD backs film festival devoted to science

Posted in Life with tags , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“Ireland may see its first film festival dedicated specifically to science subjects next summer. University College Dublin (UCD) is behind the project, and it hopes to screen a collection of films during Dublin’s stint as European City of Science in July 2012 …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 19 January]

FEE and NISA demonstration called for Saturday 29th in Derry. Save the EMA! Fight Fees!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“RALLY AGAINST EDUCATION CUTS! SATURDAY 29th JANUARY 1pm, GUILDHALL SQUARE. DERRY FEE – Save the EMA! Resist any rise in tuition fees! …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 18 January]

Institutional tweets

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

“Do universities that maintain Twitter pages know what they are doing, or why they are doing it? As Twitter has become a serious force on the internet, universities have, almost without exception, established a presence there …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 January]

Teachers’ pay and pensions cost €45m more than expected

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

“Teachers’ pay and pensions cost €45 million more than expected last year despite Government efforts to cut costs in the public service …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

Colleges conflict must end – Moyna

Posted in Life with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The recurring theme of county versus college conflict must be addressed for once and for all by the GAA, Niall Moyna, the DCU Sigerson Cup team manager and professor at the university’s school of health and human performance, has warned …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 19 January]

Is Education a Public Good or a Private Good?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“Advocates for more generous support of students frequently bemoan what they perceive as a social shift from viewing higher education as a ‘public good’ to viewing it as a ‘private good’. What they mean is that the public gets benefits from people going to college and should not be transferring responsibility for the costs of education to students themselves …” (more)

[Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 January]

Camogie Bursaries

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The Camogie Association and CCAO, Higher Education Camogie Council, have awarded 11 camogie players with third level bursaries totalling €7,000 …” (more)

[Independent, 19 January]