Archive for 24 January 2011

Academic freedom in a modern democracy

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

“As readers of this blog will know – and as you can see in more detail in the two posts below this one – concern has been expressed in Ireland by a number of university and college staff about the future of academic freedom …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 January]

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Teacher unions to hold second ballot on reform deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Secondary teacher unions are to reballot members on the Croke Park agreement after the Department of Education clarified aspects of the deal …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 January]

Dr Damien Ó Muirí: An Appreciation

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

“The unexpected death of Dr Damien Ó Muirí at his home in Walkinstown on December 21st after a sudden heart-attack at the age of only 62 came as a terrible blow to his family and many friends …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 January]

Impact of Irish research out-performs US

Posted in research with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Irish general surgical research continues to make a significant contribution to surgical literature on a global level, the results of a literature survey have shown. In terms of impact, according to the study, it even out-performs the United States, which is the highest international producer of published papers …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 24 January]

Meeting of Irish academics ‘to defend academic freedom’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“A meeting open to academic staff in Irish higher education institutions took place in Dublin on Saturday, January 22, with the aim of discussing what the organisers believe are potential assaults on academic freedom arising from the implementation of the public service agreement (the ‘Croke Park agreement’) of last year …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 April]

In defence of academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“This is the opening speech by Paddy Healy (former President of the Teachers Union of Ireland) delivered to the meeting of Irish academics on January 22 in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 January]

Why can’t Irish education produce a Nobel laureate?

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

“It’s sad. There is little or no debate about quality in third-level education. It’s all about access and free fees. For example, how many patents do we file? How many world-class scholars do we produce? Any Nobel laureates? (And no, neither Seamus Heaney nor Brian Friel are products of the Irish education system.) …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, YourTech, 23 January]