Archive for 2 March 2011

CSN sister website to launch next Mon

Posted in Life with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

Cork Student News’ national version, StudentNews.ie, is to launch at an event in Suas, North Main St, next Mon night …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 2 March]

Academics in bitter attack on university management

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“An influential group of academics at a troubled university has written to the Scottish Government attacking the running of higher education institutions – including their own …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 2 March]

USI to pressure Labour over pre-Election commitment

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that it will make sure that the Labour Party keep to the pledge that they signed before the election saying that they would not increase fees …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 2 March]

UCU vote means 63 universities face strikes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Sixty-three of the UK’s most prestigious universities face strikes over changes to pensions after members of the University and College Union backed stoppages …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 2 March]

Explaining Creativity to a Martian

Posted in Life with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“… Explaining a subject to a Martian is a particularly useful exercise where people of good will disagree bitterly about a subject on grounds both moral and practical, such as sexual mores, economic justice or spirituality. As an instrument, Martian-Explaining has a special gift for lifting and separating the spaghetti-mess of the moral and the practical into individual strands …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Locus Online, 2 March]

London School of Economics to give Gaddafi money away

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The London School of Economics is to give away funds received from a foundation linked to Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi …” (more)

[BBC News, 2 March]

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his movable type

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The resignation of a minister over PhD plagiarism reveals how much more Germany values academia than we do …” (more)

[Philip Oltermann, Guardian, 2 March]

A warning shot for Clegg on university fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“If Nick Clegg every imagined the maximum £9,000 university fees would be levied in ‘exceptional circumstances’, Exeter is a wake-up call …” (more)

[Alex Barker, Westminster blog, 2 March]

UCC library to ‘clamp down’ on bad behaviour

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“UCC library management has posted a message on UCC’s online forums, FUCC, that it is going to be ‘clamping down’ on ‘unacceptable behaviour’ over the coming weeks and months …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 2 March]

NUIG head calls for college week cancellation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The Students’ Union at NUI Galway says it doesn’t believe abandoning ‘College Week’ entirely will prevent students from participating in anti-social behaviour. President of the Union, Peter Mannion says, there is a bigger issue of alcoholism, which needs to be addressed …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 March]

Seanad elections

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Seanad nominations for the university candidates close tomorrow at noon. #ge11” (tweet)

[RTÉ Election, Twitter, 2 March]

Tuition fees protests: man arrested over attack on Prince of Wales’s convoy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Detectives have arrested a man over the attack on the Prince of Wales’s convoy during an anti-student fees protest …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 2 March]

Open Letter to Dublin City Council

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Today, the 2nd March, the provisional university sent an open letter to the City Manager of Dublin City Council demanding a space for student-managed teaching and research and denouncing the neo-liberalisation of the university and the destruction of the public good …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 2 March]

Reflections on women in academia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“It is well-understood that although increasing numbers of women are entering the academic profession, there are still far too few in the higher academic ranks and in senior management positions. In spite of some progress over recent years, Trinity College remains a male-dominated community in which gender inequality persists …” (more)

[HT: Brian M Lucey]
[Colm Kearney, 1 March]

Ivana Bacik seeks re-election to Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Defeated Dáil candidate Ivana Bacik and presidential hopeful David Norris are among those seeking re-election to the Seanad from the Universities constituency …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 March]

USI reminds Labour Party of pre-election promises

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has warned that students will not forget if the Labour Party fails to fulfil its promises regarding third level fees …” (more)

[Education Matters, 2 February]

Boole’s house: too little, too late?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Cork City Council are to spend €135,000 ‘making safe’ number 5, Grenville Place, Cork – the former home of noted scientist and mathematician George Boole …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 2 March]

TRACked and FECked: How audits undermine the arts, humanities and social sciences

Posted in research with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The ‘Haldane Principle’ has been at the heart of the funding of UK higher education since 1918. It endorses the public funding of research but stipulates that government should have no direct influence over the research it funds …” (more)

[John Holmwood, Exquisite Life, 2 March]

The higher education health effect

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“You knew that going to university is good for your intellectual health, but what you may not have known is that it is also good for your blood pressure …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 March]

Academics call for public inquiry into tuition fees rise

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Hundreds of Oxbridge academics have called for a public inquiry into Government plans to increase tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year …” (more)

[Andy Bloxham, Daily Telegraph, 2 March]