Archive for 12 March 2011

Key points quoted from the Employment Control Framework (ECF) Document

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“The ECF approval was signed by the outgoing Minister for Finance. ‘Institutions will be permitted to fill vacancies arising in the core staff area after considering the following: …'” (more)

[Des Fitzgerald, 12 March]

The new Irish Minister for Education: what will he do for higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“For those who may not have been readers of this blog at that time, I interviewed Ruairi Quinn in 2009 to ascertain his views on the priorities for higher education. I reproduce the interview below …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 March]

Academic staff in Germany

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“RT @hsspiegel Majority of academic staff in Germany on short-term contracts. Half of them less than 12 months. http://bit.ly/eI8xxb” (tweet)

[Gaby Mahlberg, Twitter, 12 March]

College to review plagiarism and ethics policies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has invited staff to review its policy on plagiarism and student assessments following recent controversies at the third-level institution …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 12 March]

Howlin vows to ramp up Croke Park deal reforms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“The new minister in charge of reforming the public sector last night vowed to immediately push through the major reforms promised in the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 March]

Fee-paying schools top for university progression rates

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Six of the top 10 schools in the country, as judged by university progression rates, are fee-paying, while the other four are Irish-speaking …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 12 March]

Quinn pledges to be ‘new broom’ as education chief

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“New Education Minister Ruairi Quinn yesterday vowed to change the way things are done in the department he previously lambasted for being secretive and protective of the Catholic Church …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 March]

IHL points deduction for UCC

Posted in Life with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“University College Cork’s off-field woes have continued with the news that they have been docked two women’s Irish Hockey League points for fielding an ineligible player …” (more)

[Alan Good, Southern Fried Hockey, 12 March]

UCD 0-2 Derry City

Posted in Life with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Derry City earned their first win of the Airtricity Premier Division season as Gareth McGlynn and Daniel Lafferty struck to see off UCD at the UCD Bowl on Friday night …” (more)

[RTÉ Sport, 11 March]

Incentives may be needed to cut jobs, conference told

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“The government may need to put in place some incentivisation scheme as well as relying on natural wastage to secure the cut in numbers it is seeking in the public service, the chairman of the group charged with implementing the Croke Park agreement has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 11 March]

Bubble formation study

Posted in Governance and administration on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“UL Researchers featured in the Economist – Mathematicians invent a new way to pour stout see http://econ.st/eoM9BM” (tweet)

[SFI, Twitter, 11 March]

A Liberal Education – Should academics join the government?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Last month was decision time for the many academics who left their tenured jobs to work in the Obama administration. Universities standardly grant leave for at most two years, at which point a professor must either return or resign. Some, of course, can hope to be rehired later, but prudence often rules …” (more)

[Martha C Nussbaum, New Republic, 11 March]

Email Stereotypes: What Your Address Says About You

Posted in Life with tags on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“It can’t be denied that people will judge you based on the email service you choose – whether it be Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail or AOL. Hunch, a web app that provides specialized recommendations, surveyed a group of their users to see which characteristics defined users of different webmail providers …” (more)

[Amy Lee, Huffington Post, 10 March]