Archive for 3 March 2011

NUIG Pres calls for ends of rag weeks after girls go on naked rampage

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The President of NUIG has called for the end of RAG Week-style festivities after local police were inundated with reports of antisocial behaviour from college students, including one report of two girls going on a naked rampage through a Galway housing estate …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 March]

Evans to have sanctions reduced to one year

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Self-styled fruitbatgate lecturer Dylan Evans is to have his sanctions reduced to one year …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 March]

Majority of UCC students find library measures over the top

Posted in Life with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“An online poll conducted by Cork Student News has found that most UCC students consider the upcoming penalties at UCC’s library to be ‘over the top’ …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 March]

Journal Editor Wins Libel Case Over Negative Book Review

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“A journal editor who was sued in France for criminal libel because of a negative book review has won his case, he told The Chronicle today. Joseph HH Weiler, a professor of law at New York University, said that a French court had ruled against the complaint …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 March]

47 candidates for University Seanad seats

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“A total of 47 candidates have put their names forward to contest the six Seanad seats that will be filled in the university constituency …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 March]

Consultant radiologist appointed WIT chairman

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Former Fianna Fail TD and radiologist-in-charge at Waterford Regional Hospital, Dr Donie Ormonde, has been appointed chairman of Waterford Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Marion O’Mara, Waterford News and Star, 3 March]

Mullins: Sigerson rescheduling would benefit players

Posted in Life with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Former Dublin star Brian Mullins has added his voice to the growing number calling for the Sigerson Cup to be rescheduled …” (more)

[The Score, 3 March]

Candidates for NUI Panel of Seanad Eireann published

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The list of candidates for the NUI panel of the Seanad have been published, they include Former PD and FG Senator Helen Keogh, unsuccessful Sinn Fein general election candidate in Dublin Mid West Eoin O Broin …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 3 March]

Candidates for TCD Panel of Seanad Eireann published

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The list of candidates for the TCD panel of the Seanad have been published, they include unsuccessful Labour candidate (and current TD Seanad member) Ivana Bacik, likely-Presidential Candidate (and current TCD Senator) David Norris, Current Senator Fiona O’Malley …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 3 March]

University Seanad nominees announced

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Labour’s Ivana Bacik and former Progressive Democrat TD Fiona O’Malley are included in a 20-strong list of nominees on the Dublin University panel for the upcoming Seanad elections …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 March]

Rumours of LSE director’s impending departure intensify

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Speculation is mounting that the head of the London School of Economics is to resign amid an escalating media storm over the institution’s links with Libya. The LSE today refused to deny that Sir Howard Davies, who has been the school’s director since 2003, is considering standing down …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 3 March]

Ó Broin to contest NUI elections

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin, who narrowly missed out on a seat in the general election in Dublin Mid-West, is to go forward to the Seanad elections on the NUI Ireland list …” (more)

[Politics.ie, 3 March]

USI Launches Survey on Students with Disabilities

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in conjunction with AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, is conducting a survey of students with disabilities in higher Education across Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 3 March]

Have ministers broken the law in their guidance to OFFA?

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“… In other words, it looks like David Willetts and Vince Cable have got themselves into a horrible, horrible mess. All that rhetoric about fair access for students from poor families turns out to be not just dubious policy but probably illegal …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 3 March]

‘Fruitbatgate’ sanctions reduced

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“An academic who was found guilty of sexual harassment by University College Cork after showing a female colleague a research paper on oral sex among fruit bats has had the sanctions against him reduced following a court ruling …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 3 March]

Quake-hit universities prepare to reopen

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The University of Canterbury is trying to hang on to its students while it prepares to reopen after the earthquake that devastated parts of Christchurch on 22 February. Some students do not want to return, some are enrolling in other institutions, and some international students have returned home …” (more)

[John Gerritsen, University World News, 3 March]

What are David Willetts’ options for limiting spending on student loans?

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“We know from last week’s speech that David Willetts has got in place one of the tools he needs to control spending on student loans – he is all set to allocate to every university a quota of undergraduate students …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 3 March]

LSE struck deal to train Libya’s future leaders

Posted in teaching with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The London School of Economics struck a deal to train hundreds of ‘future leaders’ of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables …” (more)

[Laura Roberts, Daily Telegraph, 3 March]

College Week war zone at Dun na Coiribe

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“The future of the re-branded College Week is in the balance as a number of arrests were made this week with residents and emergency services under attack by projectile bottles and students exhibiting some shocking anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Galway Advertiser, 3 March]

The public good in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“… If there is discussion and debate, it is not particularly coherent. At the heart of the confusion appears to be a failure to have any kind of consensus on what higher education is actually for. Politicians are tempted to focus on higher education as a labour market management mechanism, and so academics start to argue that everybody wants to turn education into a commodity that gets traded on a market …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 March]