Archive for 11 March 2011

South East University on the way?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“A senior government minister-in-waiting and two of his Fine Gael colleagues this week welcomed a ‘breakthrough for Third Level education in the South East’ following the inclusion in the Coalition’s Programme for Government of a commitment to ‘explore the establishment of a multi-campus University in the South East’ …” (more)

[John O’ Connor, Munster Express, 11 March]

The one hour lecture: How to captivate your audience in ten easy steps

Posted in teaching with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“1. Don’t rehearse. 2. Have at least 100 slides. 3. Don’t use Powerpoint’s ‘hide’ function: just rapidly flick through the slides that you don’t have time for …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 11 March]

Breakthrough as single European patent is one step closer

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“After more than 50 years of negotiation, the EU Competitiveness Council yesterday decided to authorise the use of the enhanced co-operation procedure for the creation of a single European patent …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 11 March]

UL chair named in honour of McCourt

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt will be posthumously honoured by a chair in creative writing at the University of Limerick. Fittingly, the memoir will be a particular focus of the professorship to be named after McCourt, whose memoir of childhood in a Limerick slum was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 11 March]

Phelan welcomes probe into establishment of university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“The new Government has already confirmed that it is committed to exploring the establishment of a multi-campus University in the South East, Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan, has confirmed …” (more)

[Kilkenny Advertiser, 11 March]

Cork institutes win €4.8m scheme

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“The Tyndall National Institute and Cork Institute of Technology have been awarded the joint co-ordination of a high-tech EU postgraduate training programme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 11 March]

Too many doctors? Or too few?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“Should you ever choose to live in Germany, you will sooner or later come across a person on whose business card you will see that they are ‘Dr Dr’ something or other. It is not even that rare a phenomenon …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 March]

European Court of Justice rejects stem cell patents

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“The European Court of Justice today issued a preliminary opinion that procedures involving established human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines are not patentable …” (more)

[Alison Abbott , Nature, 10 March]

Nanotechnology pays big dividends

Posted in research with tags , , , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“Investment in nanotechnology by the Irish government and industry is now showing tangible results, according to Diarmuid O’Brien, executive director of Crann. The research institute, which focuses on nanotechnology and material science, released its annual report today …” (more)

[Adam Maguire, Irish Times, 11 March]

A Scottish dilemma?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“Higher education has become a key issue in the developing Scottish election campaign. Or to be more precise, how to fund it has become an issue …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 March]