Archive for 10 March 2011

No Science Minister?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The failure of the new FG/Labour coalition to appoint a Junior Minister for science is very disappointing. It is in contrast to the previous administration who, although they did a lot of things wrong, had a junior minister with responsibility for ‘Science, Technology & Innovation’ …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 10 March]

Trinity’s big plan for restaurant in old AIB

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“A former bank in Temple Bar looks likely to become the area’s latest trendy new restaurant. Trinity College Dublin has applied to the city council for permission for the restaurant development …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 10 March]

Reassuringly expensive

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“When Parliament voted almost to treble to £9,000 the maximum annual tuition fee that can be charged students at English universities from September 2012, coalition ministers had three aims …” (more)

[Economist, 10 March]

Unrest fears prompt alert at universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Universities in China have come under government surveillance in the wake of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, as nervous authorities fear the ‘contagion’ could spread to China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 10 March]

Ibec warns on public sector cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Employers’ group Ibec has said the Government will have to introduce compulsory redundancies if it is to achieve its target of reductions in numbers in the public service …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 March]

AerialPhoto.ie provides University of Limerick with Aerial Photos of Playing Pitches under construction

Posted in Life with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“AerialPhoto.ie recently completed a shoot for the University of Limerick to provide aerial photos of some new playing pitches that are under construction on the North campus …” (more, photos)

[AerialPhoto.ie, 10 March]

Why take rankings seriously?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“2/2 @MikeLyons1956 So, question for all #tcdprovost candidates: why take rankings seriously enough to base policy on them?” (tweet)

[Eoin O’Dell, Twitter, 10 March]

Sentimental Education

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“… The other night I was having a drink with some colleagues after work. Various topics came up, but we spent a bit of time talking about teaching. It appears that I’m in a small minority of my physics colleagues in that I actually like teaching. In fact, the older I’ve got the more I enjoy it. There’s always a limit, of course …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 March]

English won’t survive in the education market

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Last week University College London announced to English students, of which I am one, that their one-on-one tutorials are to be cut. Undergraduate students currently have four hour-long sessions with an academic each term. These are to be replaced with half-hour sessions focused solely on submitted work …” (more)

[Sofie Buckland, Guardian, 10 March]

Irish universities snubbed by academics compiling list of world’s top 100

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Not one Irish university has made the grade for a list of the world’s top 100, as chosen by 13,000 international academics …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 10 March]

Record numbers of international students

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The number of international students around the world is continuing to rise sharply, with provisional figures from Unesco’s Institute for Statistics revealing an annual increase of 12% …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 10 March]

Welcoming the new Irish education minister

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The new Minister for Education and Skills is Ruairi Quinn. I have known him for some time, and remember debating industrial relations law with him when he was Minister for Labour in the 1980s. I regard him as a good choice for the education portfolio, in which he has both experience and an established interest …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 March]

Universities fail to make global grade

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Ireland’s two biggest universities fail to rate among the world’s top 100 for teaching and research in the view of international academics. They are, however, among the top 26 in Europe, according to the latest global league table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

Agri-food job creation set to match rise of interest in college courses

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Agri-food job creation in the coming years looks set to match the surge in interest in the sector’s third level college places, according to one recruitment expert …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“A university’s brand – crucial in helping to attract students, staff and funding – is built on esteem. Times Higher Education‘s first World Reputation Rankings reveal how academics view the strength of institutions’ teaching and research …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 10 March]

€1m plan will help graduates cook up a storm in exports

Posted in Life with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“UCD’s Smurfit Graduate Business School, in partnership with Bord Bia, has announced the launch of a €1m scholarship programme that will offer 25 students an opportunity to participate in a scheme designed to help increase the exports of the Irish food and drink industry …” (more)

[Independent, 10 March]

Hibernia College planning to train 5,000 teachers in Haiti

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Hibernia College, the online education institute that trains national teachers in Ireland, is chasing new opportunities abroad and is preparing to train up to 5,000 teachers in Haiti over the next two years …” (more)

[Siobhan Creaton, Independent, 10 March]

The new face of the research student

Posted in research with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“In yesterday’s copy of The Australian there was an article about a new book by Frank Larkins, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, in which he opines that there should be fewer PhD students, and that they should be full-time, on an increased full scholarship …” (more)

[SkepticLawyer, 10 March]

Tiger Chair

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“As a typical professor of Science, I know little about effective management skills, except what I have been able to pick up along the way by experimenting on students and postdocs …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 10 March]

Scottish Labour split over university funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The full extent of an embarrassing split in Labour’s front bench about Scottish university funding can be revealed today after the party’s education spokesman admitted its no-fees policy is based on a ‘false premise’ …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 10 March]