Archive for 29 January 2011

School tours and exams could be cut to make up for snow days

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“The country’s secondary schools may be forced to cut the number of days assigned for end-of-year exams – in order to make up for the days lost to the cold weather earlier this month …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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NUS leader targeted by student protesters

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“Aaron Porter, the national president of the NUS, had to be escorted to safety by police during student protests in Manchester. Hundreds of protesters called for his resignation, directing their anger towards him as he made his way towards the students’ union building …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 29 January]

Lawyers bullied me, assault victim tells court

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“A former postgraduate student who was assaulted by a university lecturer yesterday lashed out at the legal system after claiming he suffered bullying and racial intimidation from lawyers in the High Court …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 29 January]

Politics: the reluctant generation

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“Students’ political loyalties are shifting, and Fine Gael appears to have become the biggest party on Irish campuses – just. But, in a generation disillusioned by politics, even active students are wary of it as a career …” (more)

[Cian Traynor, Irish Times, 29 January]

Academic hierarchy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“About a year ago I was at a dinner in another Irish university and sat next to a very distinguished senior academic from that institution. The conversation was lively and interesting, and amongst other things we talked about the changing circumstances of academic lives and careers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 January]

World-class engineer and an eminent academic

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“Sir Bernard Crossland, who has died aged 87, was one of Queen’s University’s most eminent academics, an internationally-renowned engineer, research pioneer, author and accident investigator …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 January]

‘X factor’ tour to drive up student vote

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“Student leaders yesterday put the nation’s political leaders under the spotlight to see which of them had the X factor. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) launched their National Bus Tour campaign to register 50,000 young people to vote with an ‘X Factor’-style audition in front of a jury of young voters outside the Dail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]