Archive for 8 March 2011

Irish universities ridiculously underfunded? Knowledge economy on a shoestring?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“In today’s Irish Times, former president of DCU Ferdinand von Prondzynski, states that before the recession, Irish universities got about half the money per student compared with UK universities and only a fraction of the money in the US, and cuts have been made since in that parsimonious funding …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 8 March]

Irish Universities steal a march on St Patrick’s Day in Chicago!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Education in Ireland and Irish Universities hosted an information event for high school college counselors and educators at the Union League Fellowship Club in downtown Chicago yesterday …” (more)

[Study in Ireland, 8 March]

Northern Lecturers to Strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Lecturers in the University and College Union (UCU) in both higher and further education across Northern Ireland are being balloted for industrial action in separate ballots on pension changes and the threat to jobs and pay …” (more)

[Jimmy Smith, Socialist Workers Party, 8 March]

European researchers chase billion-euro technology prize

Posted in research with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“The European Commission has selected six futuristic proposals to compete for two huge flagship projects that will apply information and communication technologies to social problems …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature, 8 March]

Education and interest in politics

Posted in Life with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“It is often claimed in popular debate that education is a ‘public good’. This is generally invoked to justify public funding for education …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 March]

Student arrested for changing classmates’ grades for money

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“A 19-year-old student in University of Nevada has been charged with hacking into his school district’s computer system and improving his classmates’ grades …” (more)

[Sean McTiernan, Newswhip, 8 March]

UK universities set to lose $1.6bn from student visa cut

Posted in Governance and administration on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“The UK’s Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent thinktank, has joined a chorus of protest at government proposals to tackle illegal immigration by restricting student visas …” (more)

[Max de Lotbinière, Guardian Weekly, 8 March]

Honest to Blog Symposium

Posted in Life with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“The second symposium on academic blogging organised by the collective editors of Pue’s Occurrences took place on Friday last week in Trinity College. I was glad to attend the event, wearing so to speak the Ireland After NAMA hat for a day brim full of stimulating and diverse debates on the nature and challenges of blogging in the academic sphere …” (more)

[Cian O’ Callaghan, Ireland After NAMA, 8 March]

Academic sent death threats to Stirling University boss

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“An academic sent abusive e-mails to a university boss and threatened to slit her throat, a court has heard …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 March]

Universities face strike action over staff pensions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 60 UK universities are facing strike action later this month in a dispute over staff pensions …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 March]

UK Universities and Regimes with Dubious Human Rights Records

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a UK university seeking to secure its financial footing and improve its reputation, must be in want of wealthy benefactors …” (more)

[Colin Murray, Human Rights in Ireland, 8 March]

Reimagining the Students’ Union

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Student politics is broken. With the exception of those running for Exec. positions who have begun to believe their own bullshit, we all know this without having to be told …” (more)

[The Student Observer, 8 March]

Two further universities linked to Libya

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies privately tutored Mutassim Gaddafi, another of the Libyan leader’s sons, in 2006. Last year Soas announced a collaboration worth £188,024 with the Tripoli-based AlFateh University to run an MSc course in finance …” (more)

[Nick Collins, Daily Telegraph, 8 March]

Over 30 students for court after week-long ‘festivities’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Over 30 students will be facing either a court appearance or an official Garda caution after the NUI Galway, College Week ‘festivities’ …” (more)

[Frank Farragher, Connacht Sentinel, 8 March]

PhD row ex-minister faces charges after resignation

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, who last week stepped down as Germany’s Minister of Defence following allegations of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, has also resigned his seat in parliament, meaning he is no longer immune from prosecution. With more than 100 accusations of plagiarism being probed by prosecutors, zu Guttenberg is now facing preliminary court proceedings …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 8 March]

Why do our politicians not understand higher education? What can we do about it?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“As noted yesterday, in Ireland a new government not even yet in office has set out its higher education stall, and from an academic perspective it isn’t pretty …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 March]

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Labour is expected to secure the education brief when the new Cabinet is named tomorrow – although nothing is certain. The Education portfolio will only be assigned after other ‘more important jobs’’ in Finance, Foreign Affairs, Health, Public Service Reform and Enterprise are allocated …” (more)

[Irish Times, 8 March]

IFUT disputes contention that Department of Education has ‘lost patience’ with the Federation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“IFUT has received no ultimatum from the Department of Education threatening pay cuts unless the Croke Park Agreement is accepted …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 March]

Are computers in the classroom really such a good idea?

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Are computers in our classrooms a benefit or a hindrance to effective teaching? Is their presence undermining the capacity of teachers to develop numeracy and literacy skills among our students? …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 8 March]

Government setback on tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“The government’s hopes of limiting £9,000-a-year tuition fees to only a handful of universities receive a setback today …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 8 March]