Archive for 21 January 2011

The Croke Park Agreement and Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“A reader of Pue’s alerted me to this opinion piece in yesterday’s Irish Times (thank you, P). The letter, signed by a long list of university staff including many professors, claims that implementation of the Croke Park Agreement in the university sector will have immediate and damaging effects …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 21 January]

PhDs: for the rich and the (very) lucky?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Well, I had my viva on Monday and thankfully was passed! I am so relieved to have it over, one of the major challenges of PhD life so far for me, has been self motivation. I have been trying to cram as much as I can into my days but worry that it isn’t enough …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 21 January]

WIT merger claimed the way forward

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is only likely to achieve university status through a merger with its sister ITs in Cork and Tralee …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 21 January]

Dutch students protest against cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Police and protesters have clashed briefly outside the Dutch Parliament shortly after thousands of students demonstrated against government spending cuts …” (more)

[Independent, 21 January]

UCD Owe Exchequer €6 Million

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“According to an article in the IT today, UCD made unauthorised payments of approximately €6 million to staff that will have to be refunded to the exchequer, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority has said …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 21 January]

UCD’s ‘unlawful’ payments now estimated at €6m

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“UCD made unauthorised payments of approximately €6 million to staff that will have to be refunded to the exchequer, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority has said …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 21 January]

Protecting academic freedom seen as key

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

SEANAD REPORT: Academic freedom must be protected in view of the fact that some of the important criticisms of what had been happening in this country in recent years had come from people in academia rather than from the Oireachtas, Rónán Mullen (Ind) said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 January]