Archive for 20 January 2011

USI says political parties must ‘get serious’ about emigration

Posted in Life with tags , , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has this afternoon said that the country’s political parties must ‘get serious’ about the issue of student emigration …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 20 January]

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I’ve been used!

Posted in research with tags on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“In theory, there is nothing more exciting for the academic than to find that her work has actually been read by someone and even, gasp, cited! It is less exciting, however, to discover it being mustered in the cause of intelligent design …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 20 January]

New report will undermine third level education, says SU

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“The recently launched National Strategy for Higher Education will ‘undermine the Irish education system’ and make third level available to those who can afford it, says a spokesperson for NUI Galway Students’ Union …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Galway Advertiser, 20 January]

Calling all eurocrats: direct funds can stop continental drift

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“A leading academic has called for top European universities to be directly funded through the European Union in a bid to ensure that the Continent retains its competitiveness and economic power …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 20 January]

Top research departments fail to shine in impact pilot

Posted in research with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Hefce warns against reading too much into results as departments ‘experiment’. A number of top research departments performed unexpectedly poorly in the first official attempt to measure the impact of academics’ research, new data reveal …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 20 January]

UCD refuses to refund €1.6m paid ‘unlawfully’ to staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“UCD is refusing to refund €1.6 million paid in ‘unlawful’ allowances to senior academic staff despite pressure from the Department of Education, the Department of Finance and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 January]

Scholars argue proposals in Croke Park pose a serious threat to academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Over 150 academics have backed a campaign against proposals in the Croke Park agreement which they claim will pose a serious threat to academic freedom …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 January]