Archive for 26 January 2011

Mature students bear brunt of budgetary cutbacks

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“From January 2012, student grants will be reduced by 4% and mature students will no longer automatically qualify for the non-adjacent rate of grant. The non-adjacent rate is given to students living 45 kilometres away from the university, up from 24 kilometres prior to the budget …” (more)

[Karen O’Neill, College News, 26 January]

Peer review

Posted in teaching with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“I’m asking students to peer review each other’s work this semester. Any comments/thoughts much appreciated. Details: http://bit.ly/exKsP3” (tweet)

[Stephen Kinsella, Twitter, 26 January]

Mardyke Arena improvements to be ready for centenary year

Posted in Life with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“A new Mardyke Pavillion, along with an extension to the gym complex, will be completed this year. The changes are set to coincide with the hundred year anniversary of the Mardyke area being used for sports and recreation by UCC …” (more)

[Byron Murphy, College News, 26 January]

20% of graduates out of work

Posted in Life with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“A fifth of recent graduates are unemployed – the highest proportion for more than a decade, statistics published today show …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 26 January]

Canadian singer is first Liverpool Beatles graduate

Posted in teaching with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“A Canadian singer has become the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 January]

Third Level Charges

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills further to her budget 2011 announcement, the precise student contribution charge that will apply in the case of siblings in 2011 …” (more)

[Dáil Written Answers, 25 January]

Tánaiste welcomes passing of Student Support Bill by Seanad Éireann

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, today welcomed completion of the final stages of the Student Support Bill in the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Bill is likely to be one of the last pieces of legislation passed by the current Dáil and Seanad …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 January]

Labour to honour Croke Park Agreement if in Govt

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said his party will honour the Croke Park Agreement if in Government after the General Election …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 January]

There’s no place for class bias in tech-universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“The Hunt Report provides scope for the development of Technological Universities in Ireland. These universities would provide Ireland with the opportunity to compete more effectively in a world characterised by innovation …” (more)

[Thomas O’Toole, Independent, 26 January]

Defending academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Madam, – The idea of attempting to enlist Albert Einstein in the attack on tenure, as Alex Staveley does in his letter (January 22nd), is intellectually perverse …” (more)

[Stephen Schwartz, Irish Times, 26 January]

Really small tutorial supervision

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Many years ago when I was a student, I visited a friend in Oxford. As I arrived he had just come from a tutorial, at which he had been alone with the tutor (which was normal in Oxford) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 January]

Principals call for whole-school teaching plans

Posted in Governance and administration, teaching with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Principals should get more time to plan how schools teach reading and maths as a result of the Croke Park agreement, primary schools heads hope ..” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

When Graduates Can’t Perform

Posted in teaching with tags , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“I isten to Helen Shaw, especially when she offers an opinion on the quality of creative multimedia graduates …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 25 January]

How NOT to write a libel threat

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Here’s a libel threat sent to the editor of the University Times, before it published a story about the assault, euro burning and swastika daubing that happened in Les Deux Alpes. As threats go, it’s not very good …” (more)

[Paul Quigley, Newswhip, 25 January]

EUA launches new study on Tracking Students’ and Graduates’ Progression Paths (TRACKIT!)

Posted in Life with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“The European University Association (EUA) has announced the launch of TRACKIT!: a two-year project which will undertake a comparative study that focuses on tracking procedures applied by institutions, national agencies and researchers regarding students’ and graduates’ progression paths during studies and in transition into the labour market …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Economics Blog, 25 January]