Archive for 15 March 2011

Student Tuition Fees: Ulster Vice-Chancellor Statement

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett has responded to today’s consultation proposals on student tuition fees by DEL Minister Danny Kennedy …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 15 March]

Tuition fees ‘should be £6,000’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“A new report on student fees in Northern Ireland has effectively recommended nearly doubling levels to almost £6,000 per year, MLAs have been told …” (more)

[Independent, 15 March]

Holylands residents given Patrick’s Day warning

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“St Patrick’s Day revellers in the Holylands area of Belfast have been warned they could be left with a life-time hangover if they do not behave. Amid fears of a repeat of riotous scenes that have blighted festivities in the heavily populated student neighbourhood in recent years, the city council, police and universities have reminded party goers of the potential repercussions of their actions …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 March]

US physics feels the squeeze

Posted in research with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“Obama’s pro-science 2012 budget hides some bitter pills for physical scientists …” (more)

[Eugenie Samuel Reich, Nature, 15 March]

Institutes of tech reveal ‘Innovation Island’ progress

Posted in research with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The umbrella body for Ireland’s 13 Institutes of Technology have unveiled details of 19 thriving industry-led collaborations between their researchers and industry partners …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 15 March]

University funding ‘to be slashed to control fees’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“Higher education funding could be cut by as much as £777 million if universities attempt to impose maximum tuition fees, according to research …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 15 March]

THES Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The Times Higher Education Supplement has graced us with yet another form on university ranking system. Such rankings are problematic at the best of times: both oversimplifying the complex alchemy that creates a great educational experience for an individual student, or the growth medium upon which a great research idea takes hold, while also employing methodologies that measure what can be counted, rather than those things that make a university able to deliver on its mission …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, 14 March]

Re-election of Gary Redmond a worrying sign

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“This is without a doubt a crucial time in student politics in Ireland. With the election of a new government, all interest groups will attempt to argue their own corner, in defence of their own interests. The Union of Students in Ireland, having recently bizarrely called for the scrapping of the Croke Park Agreement, finds itself in new waters …” (more)

[Donal Fallon, The Student Observer, 15 March]

St Patrick’s Day Message To Ulster Students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster and the President of the University of Ulster Students’ Union have urged students to enjoy St Patrick’s Day responsibly …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 15 March]

Quake hits Japanese universities

Posted in Life with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The devastating earthquake in northern Japan last Friday hit major universities and research institutions hard, both those near the epicentre and elsewhere, bringing many activities to a halt which could last for weeks, or even months …” (more)

[Ichiko Fuyuno, The Great Beyond, 15 March]

Marking student work electronically, where is the product we want?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“We have been using Turnitin for students to submit work since 2004. However, they still submit a paper copy and we still use a pen to mark it. Increasingly this is becoming frustrating futile …” (more)

[DrBadgr, 15 March]

Tuition fees plague the government

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“If universities all charge much higher fees, the government will have to find another way to reduce demand for places, and potential students will lose out …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, Guardian, 15 March]

Academics furious over HEA’s strict hiring limits

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“Tough new controls have been imposed over all appointments to third-level institutions – sparking anger from top academics …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 March]

Quinn under pressure to lift third-level restrictions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is under intense pressure to rescind restrictions on third-level colleges that were pushed through by the last government in its final days …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 15 March]

Irish physicist continues to back nuclear option

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“A leading physicist says he still believes the Government should rescind legislation which bans nuclear energy provision in Ireland. Prof Philip Walton, emeritus professor of applied physics at NUI Galway, said the emergency alert at Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant represented a ‘setback’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 March]

Developing university careers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“In the context of the discussions over the past day or two on Ireland’s truly crazy ‘employment control framework’, I received an email from someone who described himself as a ‘concerned citizen’ and who suggested that this was not the time for university employees to seek promotion …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 March]

How Quinn can make a difference

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The new Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has the unenviable task of boosting standards in Irish education with virtually no additional investment. Here’s an 11-point action plan to help him turn things around …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 15 March]

Higher education must be taken more seriously if we are to prosper

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“So Ruairí Quinn is the new Minister for Education and Skills. I’m sure he won’t mind my saying that he and I go back a long way, back to when he was Minister for Labour in Garret FitzGerald’s government and I was lecturer in industrial relations in TCD …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 15 March]

Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The number of candidates in the race to be the next provost of TCD is down to five after Prof Robin Coningham of Durham University withdrew last week …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 March]

Petition to oppose ECF

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“Sign the petition to oppose ECF http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ecf #ecf11 #se11 please RT” (tweet)

[Donncha O’Connell, Twitter, 14 March]