Archive for 1 March 2011

‘How I cheated the UCD exam system’

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“‘There was nothing ingenious in the plan we concocted. It was nothing like Ocean’s Eleven or anything’, says ‘John’, who has sat exams on three separate occasions in the past two years on behalf of students that had been struggling with their course, including at least one case in which the individual had failed the paper previously …” (more)

[Paul Fennessy, University Observer, 1 March]

TCDSU seeking legal action over unregistered student voters

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) are considering legal action after a number of TCD students were turned away from polling stations in the capital during the General Election …” (more)

[Sarah Doran, University Observer, 1 March]

Confusion over allocation of contribution charge to services

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Confusion has arisen as to how much funds will be allocated to student services due to the rebranding of the student registration fee for next term. The Student Contribution Charge, which was introduced when the 2011 budget was announced, will replace the student registration fee for the term 2011/2012 …” (more)

[Katie Hughes, University Observer, 1 March]

Exam Cheating: Reaction and Analysis

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Following revelations of cheating in exams, Quinton O’Reilly gets the reaction and opinion from this news …” (more)

[University Observer, 1 March]

The Big Academic Job Hunt

Posted in Life with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“The academic job season is about to begin – broadly speaking March to August this is the period when most academic institutions begin to advertise the much coveted vacancies they hold for the following academic term …” (more)

[Lisa Marie Griffith, Pue’s Occurrences, 1 March]

Accommodation prices cut at student campus village

Posted in Life with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“The NUI Galway student accommodation is the only on-campus residence in the county to have reduced its prices for the next academic year following a concerted campaign by the local students’ union …” (more)

[Denise McNamara, Connacht Sentinel, 1 March]

Universities braced for heavier research burden

Posted in research with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“New rules on research funding will force academics to prove the impact of their work outside their own university …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian,1 March]

Sigerson Cup

Posted in Life with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“UCD celebrates 100 years of the Sigerson Cup with a week of activities – http://bit.ly/eTgdr8 #sigersoncup” (tweet)

[UCD, Twitter, 1 March]

‘Third Level Fees must be a Red Line Issue in Government Negotiations’ – USI

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Student in Ireland (USI) has warned that third level fees must be a red line issue during Government negotiations ahead of the inception of the 31st Dáil …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 1 March]

Bloody mess: LSE’s rearguard action against Libyan links continues

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Tainted money, allegations of plagiarism and surrender to the demands of angry student occupiers: the London School of Economics’ links to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Mu’ammer Gaddafi, has become an ethical and public relations quagmire …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 1 March]

The innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Barack and Michelle Obama recently invited Amy Chyao, a 16-year-old high-school junior from Texas who is working on a new cancer treatment, and Mikayla Nelson, a high-school freshman from Montana who designed an innovative solar-powered car, to sit in the first lady’s box during the president’s State of the Union Address. It was a nice gesture, but the president didn’t tell the truth about the girls …” (more)

[Shankar Vedantam, Slate, 1 March]

German defence minister quits over plagiarism row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“German’s defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has resigned from all political posts after a scandal over duplications in his PhD thesis has grown out of proportion …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 1 March]

Scotland’s universities face £200m funding gap

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Scottish universities face a funding gap of up to £200 million as a result of the introduction of higher student tuition fees in England, a new report shows …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 1 March]

The claim that we have too many universities is simply wrong

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“If a piece of nonsense is repeated often enough, people start to believe it must be true …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 1 March]

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“… The appointment of UCD vice president Philip Nolan as the new president of NUI Maynooth is ruffling feathers in the Kildare countryside. Until the eleventh hour, there was a widespread expectation around the campus that the job would be filled by an internal candidate …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 March]

Teachers still top of class for 31st Dail representation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“… The Dail will have two college lecturers – Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins, who is a former lecturer at the Limerick Institute of Technology, and Joan Burton from DIT …” (more)

[Patricia McDonagh, Independent, 1 March]

Plagiarism warning

Posted in Governance and administration on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Your recent article on the dangers of plagiarism due to services like ‘Write My Assignments’ is a timely warning to those who wish to demote terminal exams like the Junior and Leaving Certificates and introduce more project and assignment-based evaluation …” (more)

[Greta Harrison, Irish Examiner, 1 March]

Plagiarism or not?

Posted in Governance and administration on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“@9th_level_irl If Write My Assmts is providing research aids, not selling plagiarism, they should insist that supervisors get a copy.” (tweet)

[Michael Madden, Twitter, 28 February]

Grinding it out for four decades

Posted in teaching with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“PROFILE: THE INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, LEESON STREET, DUBLIN: Its exam notes are famous, students knuckle down to get the points and teachers who don’t make the grade don’t last long …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 1 March]

How Finland emerged from recession with the best education system in Europe

Posted in teaching with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Finland recovered from deep recession and built a world-class education system. Ireland must follow suit …” (more)

[Pasi Sahlberg, Irish Times, 1 March]