Archive for 5 March 2011

UCC 0-10 UUJ 0-07

Posted in Life with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“UCC won their 20th Sigerson Cup title with a three points win over UUJ at Belfield …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 March]

Dudgeon to launch Ulster Unionist bid for Seanad seat

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“… Jeffrey Dudgeon, a human rights campaigner and former civil servant, is one of the 20 people seeking three seats filled by graduates of Trinity College – and, if elected, would make a small piece of electoral history …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 March]

NUI Seanad Candidates’ Include Secret FFers, FGers, et al

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“FF, FG, Labour, ex-PDs, and other shades of establishment opinion are putting themselves forward as ‘independents’ in the upcoming election to Seanad Éireann. The mask of ‘disability campaigner’ or ‘human rights advocate’ is unfortunately the last refuge of some of them. This is most obvious on the university constituencies …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 5 March]

Despots and academia: more scandals ‘likely’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“The London School of Economics, which is trying to repair the damage done to its reputation by its links with the Gaddafi regime in Libya, is not the only UK university that has accepted money from repressive governments …” (more)

[Andy McSmith, Independent, 5 March]

Speaking of Volumes

Posted in Life with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Recently, I was having lunch with a friend in the café of the Morgan Library when the topic of electronic books came up. We all have friends with whom we cannot discuss certain things, but I had no idea that this particular friend was fond of those barbarous contraptions that are threatening to wreck the book trade. No sooner did the Kindle topic come up than it nearly ruined an otherwise festive lunch …” (more)

[Edward Short, The Weekly Standard, 5 March]

School secretaries vote for industrial action over wage cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Ireland’s school secretaries and caretakers have voted in favour of industrial action, in protest at pay cuts introduced at the start of this year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 March]

Tenure track system

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“#tcdprovost tenure track system is the only modern way to hire academics & have significant probation time” (tweet)

[Stefano Sanvito, Twitter, 5 March]

Academic Freedom Triumphs, Weiler Wins in French Court

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“The attempted prosecution of Professor Joe Weiler by a disgruntled academic unhappy with a harsh book review has been dismissed by a French Court …” (more)

[William A Schabas, PhD studies in Human Rights, 5 March]

Unions vow to fight university proposals to axe up to 95 staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Unions have attacked moves by a Scottish university to lay off up to 95 members of staff as a result of restructuring and cost cutting. The number of redundancies at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is twice the amount originally sought …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 5 March]

EU raids ebook publishers in price fixing investigation

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Brussels suspects a cartel where publishers see a defence against distributors with the clout to drive down prices below cost …” (more)

[Benedicte Page and Leigh Phillips, Guardian, 4 March]

Queen’s University cannot allow free speech to be stifled

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“It is arguably our foremost seat of learning, a place (supposedly) of enlightenment where free discourse and debate is encouraged and freedom of speech enshrined. But is Queen’s University now becoming a cold house for speakers of the Jewish/Israeli persuasion? …” (more)

[Lindy McDowell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 March]

Dozens arrested as ‘rag week’ students cause havoc

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“A further dozen students have been arrested in Galway as a college ‘rag week’ continues to cause mayhem in the city …” (more)

[John Fallon, Independent, 5 March]

Focus on philanthropy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“One possible fall-out from the Libyan uprising and the resignation of Sir Howard Davies as Director of the London School of Economics (which I covered in the previous post) could be a new debate about the role and impact of philanthropy in building up universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 March]

College connector

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Catherine Morris has the enviable job of cultural co-ordinator at Trinity College. What’s that exactly? To share the university’s resources with other institutions …” (more)

[Rosita Boland, Irish Times, 5 March]

Libya: LSE feared ’embarrassing’ Gaddafi’s son over donation

Posted in Governance and administration on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“The London School of Economics faced fresh criticism last night after it emerged academics refused to return a £1.5m donation to Libya for fear of causing ‘personal embarrassment’ to Col Gaddafi’s son …” (more)

[Graeme Paton and Steven Swinford, Daily Telegraph, 5 March]

Plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“There is a half-life to the dynamics of political scandal. If headlines stay on the front page a week and then move inside, its political toxicity may be diluted and the culprit may survive. Two weeks, and new revelations, and the poison will eventually topple the most popular of politicians. So it was for Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 March]

Sugar’s right-hand man tells students fees rise is an ‘outrage’

Posted in Governance and administration on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“The decision to raise tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year is an ‘absolute outrage’, Lord Alan Sugar’s right-hand man on The Apprentice has told students …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 5 March]

LSE’s lesson in accountability

Posted in Governance and administration on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Having recently completed a master’s degree at the LSE, I am not surprised by the Libya episode (Report, 4 March), but it is perhaps more meaningful to see Howard Davies as a bizarre, ironic remnant of the Blair-Bush era, rather than expect his resignation to be part of some accountability mechanism …” (more)

[Guardian, 5 March]

Hosts’ hopes dashed by defiant UCC

Posted in Life with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

SIGERSON CUP SEMI-FINAL UCC 0-13 UCD 0-11 UCC added another impressive scalp to their collection when they shocked the Sigerson hosts in a dramatic semi-final in Belfield yesterday …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 March]

FG to get the prize of finance ministry

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“… The minister for public sector reform is a new role and will take in a large chunk of responsibilities currently enjoyed by the Department of Finance and other agencies. The minister will have an overarching remit across all government departments and will be responsible for implementing the changes agreed in the Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan and others, Independent, 5 March]