Archive for 14 March 2011

Is the USI (Union of Students in Ireland) now completely beyond redemption?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“News broke today that Gary ‘Vote Fianna Fail for Jobs’ Redmond was re-elected president of the USI with 92% of the vote. Those votes came not from students by the way, but from full time sabbatical officers …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 14 March]

The IUA speaks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“IUA has expressed grave reservations about the Employment Control Framework and will be seeking changes.” (tweet)

[Irish Universities Association, Twitter, 14 March]

No real change in the Crumlin offices of USI

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Some interesting news today, that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have re-elected Gary Redmond for a second term as President. Redmond of course was the USI President who moved quickly on November third last to condemn students engaging in ‘anti-social behaviour’ …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 14 March]

Redmond re-elected as USI head

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Gary Redmond, the incumbent president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), has been re-elected for a second term. Mr Redmond, from Arklow in Co Wicklow, served as student union president in University College Dublin before being elected as USI president in April 2010 …” (more)

[Cían Nihill, Irish Times, 14 March]

Two Birds, One Stone

Posted in Fees and access, teaching with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“With all the hemming and hawing and handwringing about whether and how to reintroduce student fees, something has been lost on almost everyone but working lecturers: the woeful rates of student attendance …” (more)

[Ernie Ball’s Blog, 14 March]

Japan’s Universities Struggle to Recover From Earthquake and Tsunami

Posted in Life with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Operations at dozens of colleges and universities across Japan have almost ground to a halt following Friday’s huge earthquake and tsunami, which has left swathes of the eastern Pacific Coast in ruins …” (more)

[David McNeill, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 March]

The amplified event …

Posted in research with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“I introduced the phrase The Amplified Conference several years ago to describe the way in which a conference experience might be shared by people who were not physically present, through the amplification provided by a range of network tools …” (more)

[Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog, 14 March]

Is there anybody there?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“#ecf11 Now there’s a surprise, not…nary a dickybird from the Irish useless, sorry, universities association on this. Hellooo??” (tweet)

[Brian Lucey, Twitter, 14 March]

Department of Finance?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“@BolandJJ I don’t think, in fairness, that #ecf11 was the initiative of the last government – it was officials in the Department of Finance.” (tweet)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Twitter, 14 March]

The last sting of a dying wasp?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“ECF – the last sting of a dying wasp! Unworkable, unsustainable and if not reversed will undermine the entire university system #tcdprovost” (tweet)

[John Boland, Twitter, 14 March]

Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“… The importance of face-to-face lectures for students’ academic achievement has been demonstrated in previous economics studies  … Therefore, it should be an immediate priority to establish how online lectures compare …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 14 March]

Police accused of false arrest at fees protest

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“PCC investigating claims that officer colluded with colleagues to arrest man on false grounds during December protest …” (more)

[Matthew Taylor, Guardian, 14 March]

Hidden toll of embryo ethics war

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“At its heart, the ongoing legal battle to block US federal funding for research on human embryonic stem (ES) cells seeks to protect embryos. But Nature has learned that in a bitter irony, the dispute seems to be holding up research on lines of human ES cells that can be derived without destroying embryos …” (more)

[Heidi Ledford, Nature, 14 March]

Promotion – Academic Staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“The current promotions embargo is a disaster for College, its staff, its students, and for the recovery of the Irish economy. The next Provost must campaign immediately to have this embargo lifted. As Provost, I will also act immediately to replace the current promotions system with a more modern, inclusive, fairer and more transparent system that commands the confidence of all our staff …” (more)

[Colm Kearney, 14 March]

Student Representatives from Across Ireland Gather for USI Annual Congress

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Hundreds of student representatives from around the country have gathered in Dunboyne, County Meath for the annual National Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 14 March]

250,000 pageviews for 9th Level Ireland

Posted in Life with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

Today (Monday 14 March) the total number of pageviews at 9th Level Ireland passed the quarter-of-a-million mark. The blog has been running since 25 August 2008.

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Top posts in 2011

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Necessary Rights for Irish Academics

All Too Clear? – IUA Statement of Clarification on the Croke Park agreement

Call for Academic Gathering To Defend Academic Freedom

Factory Farms for the Mind

Hunt Report: draft available

NUIG Pres calls for ends of rag weeks after girls go on naked rampage

Personal Statement on the Employment Control Framework

Programme for Government 2011-2016 – implications for 3rd level education

Report on the Academic Gathering, from Paddy Healy

Students quizzed over Trinity ski trip chaos

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Most visited pages in 2011

Blogs and discussion

Case law

Managerialism

Overpayments

Provostial election

University rankings

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The Blogmeister

Students share prescription drugs to save money

Posted in Life with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“College students are sharing prescription drugs with serious health risks to avoid the cost of attending a doctor, a new report has found. A study of more than 300 undergraduate students aged between 18 and 25 found that more than one third of those (37%) who engaged in this risky behaviour did so for financial reasons …” (more)

[John Burke and Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 13 March]

UCC spin-out signs $10m Deal with US company

Posted in research with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“A high-tech firm that was spun out of University College Cork has signed a $10 million (€7.3 million) licensing deal with a large US company. Glantreo will supply silica based materials to the company, which specialises in chromatography, the chemical technique for separating mixtures …” (more)

[Dick O’Brien, Sunday Business Post, 13 March]

Trinity College drops plans for superpub

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Trinity College Dublin has sought permission to turn a former bank in Dublin city centre into a restaurant, after giving up on plans for a ‘superpub’ at the site …” (more)

[Gavin Daly, Sunday Business Post, 13 March]

#ECF11: Not doing more with less, but doing more of what we tell you

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“… Let me say this clearly: The ECF has nothing to do with cost reduction. No one doubts we are in hard times, and state-funded organisations like universities needs to do their part, by doing more with less. That can be achieved by simply telling every university to do the job it does today with less money than it had yesterday. End of. Let the universities decide how they would like to spend their reduced allowances as they see fit. But no. The ECF is a direct, unashamed assault on the autonomy of the sector …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 14 March]