Archive for 24 January 2011

Northern Ireland tuition fees look set to rise

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“The minister responsible for universities has said NI cannot afford to follow Wales’ example and keep tuition fees at the current rates …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 January]

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Welfare and incentives

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Some of my students today complained – softly – about the workings of the Back to Education Allowance …” (more)

[Colm Harmon, Irish Economy, 24 January]

Labour echoes USI call for a Friday General Election

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“The Labour Party Spokesperson for Education in the Seanad, Senator Brendan Ryan, has welcomed the call today by the Union of Students in Ireland for the General Election to be held on a Friday to allow students return home to cast their votes …” (more)

[Brendan Ryan, Labour Party Blog, 24 January]

Patents, Not Just Politics, Create Obstacles to University Stem-Cell Research

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“For the past several years, scientists who see limitless medical benefits from stem-cell research have battled through hard limits to their ability to pursue their work. The problem is not just the political debate on whether such research is ethical …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 January]

How do we write contemporary history anyway?

Posted in research with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Ok, I know what you’re thinking: another piece of shameless self-promotion from a member of the Pue’s collective. Well I can promise you, this is far from that. We are living – in case you hadn’t noticed – through historical times …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 24 January]

We Ignore ‘The Economist’

Posted in research with tags , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Well now, there’s The Economist with this year’s ‘Doctorates are a Waste of Time’ article. This piece falls in line with 2009’s New York Times article about the awful academic job market, helpfully illustrated with photos of glum-looking PhDs who either can’t find a job or settled for an academic job – the horror! – in the Deep South …” (more)

[Daniel J Ennis, Inside Higher Ed, 24 January]

Irish Universities and the FETAC 2008 Accounts and the Royal Irish Academy of Music 2009 Accounts

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

Chairman: I welcome all the witnesses. Our meeting may be disrupted on a few occasions because in order to do business here effectively, we normally have a pairing arrangement but there is no such arrangement today. Therefore, we are at the mercy of votes in the House …” (more)

[Committee of Public Accounts, 20 January]