Archive for 16 March 2011

That’s all right then

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“IUA continues engagement with
HEA on ECF concerns.” (tweet)

[Irish Universities Association, 16 March]

New Web Site Lists Colleges That Allow Loaded Firearms

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Two antigun advocacy groups have started a new Web site, Armed Campuses, that lists the colleges and universities where people can carry loaded firearms …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 March]

Tuition fees off new government’s agenda

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“The two political parties making up the newly-elected government in Ireland – Fine Gael and Labour – have avoided a major row between them by agreeing to yet another review of the controversial issue of student funding …” (more)

[John Walshe, University World News, 16 March]

FEE Derry Organising Meeting March 21st

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“On April 6th there will be mass student demonstrations across the UK and in Northern Ireland called by the National Union Of Students. We need to discuss what to do on that day. Since school students are not members of the NUS, will probably have to do something in conjunction …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 16 March]

EU students could be charged to study in Scotland

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Students from other EU countries could be charged to study in Scotland, the education secretary has revealed. Mike Russell told the Scottish Parliament that, if re-elected, the SNP government would also increase fees to students from other parts of the UK …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 March]

Autonomy and Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“It is worth rereading this VOX summary of the influential Bruegel report on the reform of European universities. They basically said that the reason that European universities are so far behind the US is that they have too little funding and too much state interference …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 16 March]

Google buys Trinity College video processing startup

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Google has announced the acquisition of a Dublin-based technology startup company that helps to improve the quality of low-resolution videos …” (more)

[Business ETC, 16 March]

Academics criticise Government plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A team of academics has criticised elements of the Programme for Government, claiming its proposals to reform local government and elections are weak …” (more)

[Independent, 16 March]

The neoliberal consensus strikes again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“In yesterday’s Irish Times there was a review of a report by 17 leading business and public figures. The report, entitled ‘Blueprint for Ireland’s recovery’, claims that Ireland must become the most competitive euro zone country by 2016 … One of the report’s proposals is to rationalise the third level sector so as to ensure that Ireland has a single university of world standing …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 16 March]

Should lecturers monitor students for radicalisation?

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A major review of the government’s counter-terrorism policy on radicalisation is expected to call for an increase in monitoring of students by university and college lecturers …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 16 March]

ECF – Letter to the Editor

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Here is the text of a letter I sent to Madame l’Editoir yesterday. James McInerney from NUI Maynooth has an excellent letter on the subject published today …” (more)

[Pass Level Politics, 16 March]

Diversity works: why women must be allowed to lead

Posted in research with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Not a single UK science, engineering or technology company is led by a woman. But changing this by easing women’s routes to top positions in industry, commerce and academia is not about making concessions to feminists …” (more)

[Annette Williams, Exquisite Life, 16 March]

‘Employment control framework’: the impact of public anger?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“How can the HEA know so little about the sector it purports to be the champion of? The ECF as presented is an absurd and ridiculous document utterly at variance with the meaningful operation of a vibrant third- and fourth level sector …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 16 March]

The ‘substanceless blue’ time of day

Posted in Life, research with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“It’s safe to say I have definitely entered another level of commitment to my PhD. It’s becoming an obsession. I find myself getting up early, not exactly the very early ‘substanceless blue’ pre-dawn in which Plath wrote many of her ‘Ariel’ poems, but around 7 / 8am I will pour my first cup of tea and settle down to my humming laptop in the early morning silence …” (more)

[The Plath Diaries, 16 March]

WikiLeaks for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“The Chronicle of Higher Education has a report on the launch of ‘UniLeaks’ …” (more)

[Registrarism, 16 March]

‘Employment control framework’: the impact of public anger?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“It is probably true to say that the level of dismay and anger occasioned by the new ‘employment control framework’ in Ireland has taken the authorities by surprise …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 March]

Businesses attack Labour and SNP over university funding

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A strong attack on ‘dangerous’ Labour and SNP plans to fund Scottish universities without charging a graduate contribution has been launched by business leaders …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 16 March]

Big Brother HEA

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“The new restrictions on third-level colleges have unleashed an angry response from across the higher education sector. There is a widespread air of exasperation at the new measures which micro-manage the sector and appear to inhibit research and commercial activities …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 16 March]

Quinn reverses decision to abolish the NUI

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“The Government has reversed a decision to abolish the National University of Ireland, which has over 250,000 graduates in Ireland and worldwide, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 16 March]

Anger mounts against third-level controls

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Pressure is intensifying on the Department of Education and the HEA (Higher Education Authority) to abolish new controls on the higher-education sector imposed by the last government which have provoked an outcry from academics …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 16 March]