Archive for 4 March 2011

TUI to ballot immediately on Public Service Agreement proposals

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The executive committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) this afternoon decided to ballot its membership immediately on the Public Service Agreement proposals …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 4 March]

Imminent Industrial Conflict in Universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“Are we looking at imminent conflict in our Universities or has the Union played its card right by not agreeing to work practice changes knowing that Croke Park may be scrapped anyway? …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 4 March]

Our Universities: How Bad? How Good?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The rhetoric of crisis seems to have become endemic to writing about the American university …” (more)

[Peter Brooks, New York Review of Books, 4 March]

Local consultants aided Khadafy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“It reads like Libyan government propaganda, extolling the importance of Moammar Khadafy, his theories on democracy, and his ‘core ideas on individual freedom’. But the 22-page proposal for a book on Khadafy was written by Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consultant firm founded by Harvard professors …” (more)

[Farah Stockman, Boston Globe, 4 March]

LSE is paying a heavy price for Saif Gaddafi’s PhD

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“When it comes to Saif Gaddafi and his PhD, hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing …” (more)

[Meghnad Desai, Guardian, 4 March]

Considering Howard Davies

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The Director of the London School of Economics (LSE), Sir Howard Davies, has resigned from his post, an unexpected casualty of the popular uprising in Libya …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 March]

UCDSU President to run in Seanad Election

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“Paul Lynam, current President of UCD Students’ Union has announced his intentions to run for the NUI Graduate seat in the upcoming Seanad elections …” (more)

[Conall Ó Dufaigh, Free Education for Everyone, 4 March]

The university funding system is set up to invite supper with the devil

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“Revelations about the London School of Economics’ Libyan connections have highlighted the pressure that universities are under to accept money from businessmen and foreign governments, leading many commentators to give their recommendations about the length of spoon required for supping with the devil. But there is a wider point here that needs exploring …” (more)

[Stefan Collini, Guardian, 4 March]

Universities: NAO warns cuts pose bankruptcy risk

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“More universities in England could be put at risk of bankruptcy as a result of cuts and changes to funding, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned …” (more)

[BBC News, 4 March]

LSE director Sir Howard Davies’s resignation letter in full

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“This is the resignation letter from LSE director Sir Howard Davies to Peter Sutherland, the university’s chairman of the Court of Governors, in full following the disclosure of a £1million deal by the institution to train ‘future leaders’ for Libya …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 4 March]

Axe College Week call as 30 students are arrested

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The President of NUI Galway has pleaded with the Students’ Union to end their involvement with College Week after four days of public order complaints, 30 arrests and a whole series of alcohol fuelled incidents …” (more)

[Frank Farragher, Galway City Tribune, 4 March]

College admits lecturer has case to answer on cheating

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“A Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) investigation has found that one of its lecturers has a case to answer in relation to assisting a student to cheat in a final year exam …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 4 March]

LSE director Sir Howard Davies resigns over Libya links

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The director of the London School of Economics has resigned over its links to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi …” (more)

[BBC News, 4 March]

Does a Faculty Member’s Gender Matter? When Overt Discrimination Isn’t the Problem (Anymore)

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“There’s a new study out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that says it does, at least in science and engineering …” (more)

[HT: Eoin O’Dell]
[Bridget Crawford, Feminist Law Professors, 2 March]

In the Dock, in Paris – The Judgment

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“On March 3, 2011, the Tribunal de Grand Instance de Paris issued its decision in the Criminal Libel Case brought against me based on a complaint by Dr Karine Calvo-Goller. It would appear that the Court ruled in our favor on all issues …” (more)

[EJIL: Talk!, 4 March]

For the LSE, in thrall to a dictator, Gaddafi was pure roast duck

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“The school’s association with Libya’s leader is just an extreme version of the predicament now facing all UK universities …” (more)

[Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 3 March]

Lecturers who oppose deal face pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 2,000 university lecturers face pay cuts unless they sign up to the Croke Park agreement. The Department of Education has signalled its intention to press ahead with pay cuts in an effective ultimatum to members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers who continue to oppose the agreement …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 4 March]

15 students arrested in ‘rag week’ crackdown

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“Gardai in Galway have arrested 15 students in a crackdown on unruly behaviour during ‘rag week’ in the city …” (more)

[John Fallon, Irish Examiner, 4 March]

The burdens of university administration

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“When in 1991 I took over as Dean of the Law School of the University of Hull in England, one of the first things I decided to tackle was the proliferation of administrative functions for academics …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 March]

Cancer specialist Crown in bid for Seanad seat

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 March 2011 by Steve

“Outspoken cancer specialist Professor John Crown and Sinn Fein’s Eoin O Broin are among the surprise Seanad Eireann candidates in the three-seater National University of Ireland constituency …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 4 March]