Archive for 9 March 2011

Full list of new Enda Kenny’s Cabinet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“The full list of the make-up of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s new cabinet: Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs and Trade – Eamon Gilmore; Finance – Michael Noonan; …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 March]

More college hopefuls view science study as smart bet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Growing numbers of college applicants have decided that science, technology and agriculture are smart study choices for future careers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

Down-time

Posted in research with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Apologies for my bloggy-absence, I suppose it’s fair to say I’ve been having a few down days in relation to the PhD. These feelings are, of course, the nature of the beast. If you google ‘PhD and loneliness’, hundreds of news articles, blogs and the like appear …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 9 March]

It’s time for an enlightened debate on university extremism

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“I still recall the first time I was labelled a terrorist. It was outside the student union on Oxford Road in Manchester; inside there was a debate about to take place on the Middle East and, as usual, tensions were high …” (more)

[Nabil Ahmed, Guardian, 9 March]

Iain Gray confirms Labour university ‘sell-out’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Labour’s Holyrood leader was last night accused of sacrificing Scotland’s universities for his party’s election campaign after ruling out introducing a graduate contribution …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 9 March]

No increase in CAO applications

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Figures released by the Central Applications Office show no increase in numbers applying for third-level courses this year compared to last …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 March]

Language group welcomes ‘sidelining’ of Irish proposal

Posted in teaching with tags , on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge has welcomed the ‘sidelining’ of Fine Gael’s proposal to drop the Irish language as a core subject in the Leaving Certificate. The newly published Programme for Government states that the incoming government will ‘take steps to improve the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Irish at second level’ and that when these steps have been implemented, the question of whether Irish should be optional at Leaving Certificate will then be considered …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 9 March]

A Folly That Can Cost a Reputation – or Not

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Until last week, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was one of the most popular politicians in Germany. Defense minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, Mr. Guttenberg’s aristocratic background and high-profile marriage to a glamorous television personality had him nicknamed ‘the German Kennedy’. When it emerged that he had copied parts of his doctoral dissertation, the resulting scandal forced him to resign on March 1 …” (more)

[DD Guttenplan, New York Times, 6 March]

Scotland urged to introduce tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Scottish students are facing the possibility of tuition fees after a leaked report from Universities Scotland recommended their introduction and lobby group CBI have said fees will become necessary …” (more)

[Kathryn Richardson, The Journal, 9 March]

Library Rights Are at Stake in New Supreme Court Copyright Case

Posted in Governance and administration on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Does Congress have the right to restore copyright protection to foreign works that have fallen into the public domain? That issue is at the heart of a major copyright case that the Supreme Court agreed to hear yesterday …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 March]

Universities forging ‘strategic alliance’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Following the recent announcement about the collaboration between the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham there have been some interesting developments in Wales. WalesOnline carries a piece about a new ‘strategic alliance’ between Bangor and Aberystwyth …” (more)

[Registrarism, 9 March]

Bankrupt universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“… Even in stable financial times, universities in these islands tend to be run on a knife edge financially. They do not record big surpluses, and they tend to be highly reliant on a small selection of (sometimes inter-dependent) income streams …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 March]

College takes on more staff as online learning booms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“It started a decade ago as a highly controversial online college that trained primary teachers. Now it has grown into a multinational business with over 7,000 students in 30 countries. Hibernia College is now a fast-expanding part of the Irish education scene …” (more)

[Independent, 9 March]

Law Society to close Cork law school

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“The Law Society will close its law school in Cork at the end of this academic year in July. The decision was taken by the council of the society last month for both educational and economic reasons …” (more)

[Carol Coulter, Irish Times, 9 March]

Honest to blog: A symposium on web legitimacy

Posted in Life, research with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Last Friday, 4 March 2011, Pue’s Occurrences held its second symposium on blogging. This time around our focus was blogging and web legitimacy …” (more)

[Lisa Marie Griffith, Pue’s Occurrences, 9 March]

Second chamber blues

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“… Let me focus a little on the university seats. First, it has to be said that it is an utter disgrace and an insult to the Irish electorate that only NUI and TCD graduates get a vote. The people voted in a referendum in 1979 to open up the electorate to graduates of other institutions, and nothing has been done. This is wholly unacceptable …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 March]

Record number of students apply for agri courses

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Students are deserting courses linked to the property sector in their droves, but record numbers are applying for degree programmes in the booming agriculture sector …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 9 March]

Policy Document on the Open Access Agenda – Arcadia.org.uk

Posted in research with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“This is a brilliant, comprehensive document detailing the scholarly and societal need for an urgent implementation of the open access agenda.” (link)

[Orla Murphy’s blog, 8 March]