Archive for 7 March 2011

Strategy to boost university access

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Those most able but least likely to attend university in Northern Ireland will be targeted through a new Government strategy to improve access to higher education. Outreach initiatives in deprived areas will be a key feature of the plan to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue in learning, Danny Kennedy told the assembly …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 7 March]

The Ashtray: The Ultimatum

Posted in Life, research with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“It was April, 1972. The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. The home in the 1950s of Albert Einstein and Kurt Gödel. Thomas Kuhn, the author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and the father of the paradigm shift, threw an ashtray at my head …” (more)

[Errol Morris, New York Times, 6 March]

Scots university chiefs may face elections, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“University principals could face direct elections to their posts in future, after the prospect was backed by education secretary Michael Russell …” (more)

[Scott Macab, Scotsman, 7 March]

Survival Strategies for Troubled Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Arguably, higher education is facing the toughest times it has faced in the last century. Public institutions have seen their budgets decimated. Private institutions have seen donations decline and consumers unable to pay tuition. Endowments are just beginning to rebound …” (more)

[21st century scholar, 7 March]

A Modest Proposal

Posted in research with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Last week I posted a short item about the looming Kafka-esque nightmare that is the Research Excellence Framework. A few people commented to me in private that although they hate the REF and accept that it’s ridiculously expensive and time-consuming, they didn’t see any alternative. I’ve been thinking about it and thought I’d make a suggestion. Feel free to shoot it down in flames …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 March]

Science and Innovation Policy in the ‘Towards Recovery: Programme for a National Government 2011-2016′

Posted in research with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“The major section dealing with science and innovation policy reads as follows (pp 9-10): ‘Innovation and Commercialisation: We will implement innovation and commercialisation policies as outlined below subject to cost benefit analysis …’” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 7 March]

University heads’ group gets €1.4m despite cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Cash-strapped third level institutions are to spend almost €1.4m this year funding a company that represents the interests of university presidents …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 7 March]

Probably

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Neither @9th_level_irl or #rte highlight technical university for south east item in #pfg11 education roundup. Am I missing subtext again?” (tweet)

[Norman Wyse, Twitter, 7 March]

Warning over stem cell research in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s stance on stem cell research will further isolate Irish scientists who already work in a legal vacuum, Nature magazine has warned …” (more)

[Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 6 March]

Fine Gael – Labour Programme for Government: ICT in Education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“This is an interesting snippet from the new Fine Gael – Labour Programme for Government on their policy on ’21st Century Schools’. What are your opinions on their plans? ‘The Government will end the treatment of ICT in education as a stand alone issue, but will integrate it across education policy …’” (more)

[More Stress, Less Success, 7 March]

Influence of age on university ‘performance’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“… the reality is that date of establishment clearly has a part to play in the current success profile of universities. In broad terms, universities over 100 years old, and perhaps those over 50, have already reached their ‘terminal velocity’ …” (more)

[QS Intelligence Unit, 7 March]

University lecturers urged to endorse Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“University lecturers have said that they continue to oppose the Croke Park deal, following reports that the Department of Education plans to impose pay cuts on more than 2,000 members if they do not back the agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 7 March]

The right answer

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags , , , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“#pfg11 freebie for review of HE funding – just cog http://t.co/Vmqw5Z1. My students will do it for you … inc contingent loan is your answer” (tweet)

[Colm Harmon, Twitter, 7 March]

Universities are not setting high fees for reasons of ‘prestige’, university leader claims

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Fees of less than £7,000 would have a ‘direct impact’ on the quality of courses since the cost of running many degree programmes is already between £7,000 and £10,000, according to Libby Aston, director of University Alliance …” (more)

[Laura Roberts, Daily Telegraph, 7 March]

University Presses Are Urged to Work Together to Survive

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Operating in this digitally powered era of ‘information hyperabundance’, university presses still get most of their sales revenue from print sales. But they’re also putting more and more energy into trying electronic, open-access, and nontraditional publishing – and are likely to be experimenting for a very long time …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 March]

Irish Programme for Government

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“… The section (or paragraph) on third-level education is just surreal and I am going to hold off on blogging anything about it until I can find publishable words. Basically, third level is about to complete its full transition to something politicians mess with for purely symbolic ends. Something has to give here as we cannot keep going on with this nonsense …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 6 March]

A new programme for government in Ireland: the implications for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“… This lack of engagement with higher education is the more disappointing as the provisions in the programme on primary and secondary education are much better and show a greater understanding of what issues need to be addressed …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 March]

Pressure on lecturers over Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“University lecturers have defended their continued opposition to the Croke Park agreement after reports that the Department of Education is to impose pay cuts on more than 2,000 members unless they back the deal …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 7 March]

Students face €2,000 charge but graduate tax shelved

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“Students will be hit with registration charges of €2,000 from September, but plans to saddle them with debt worth one-third of the cost of their courses have been shelved …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 7 March]

Third level reform in ‘Towards Recovery, Programme for a National Government’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“‘We will review the recommendations of the Hunt Report on higher education. A reform of third level will be driven by the need to improve learning outcomes of undergraduate degree students, as well as providing high quality standards …'” (more)

[DarkRepository, 6 March]