Archive for 17 March 2011

The ‘porous’ university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“… Desmond’s proposal is to ‘disrupt the current model’ of university education. What dictates this shift from the ‘traditional’ university to the ‘porous’ university? Desmond’s analysis, as usual, is accurate: the current university model is not sustainable. Even before the state decided to re-channel resources from public institutions to banks and speculators the writing was on the wall. Demand now far outstrips supply …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 17 March]

Colleges Can Buy Rivals’ Names for Search-Engine Ads, Canadian Court Says

Posted in Legal issues on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Colleges can buy their competitors’ names from search-engine companies and use them to promote their own institutions, a court in British Columbia ruled recently …” (more)

[Law Report here]
[Ben Wieder, Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 March]

The New Golden Age of Web Browsers: Both Wonderful and Boring

Posted in Life with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“… I don’t mean to come off as an ungrateful wretch. Anyone who lived through the period when Internet Explorer was both mediocre and monopolistic, with more than 90 percent market share, knows that today’s vibrant competition is a beautiful thing. But I can’t help but think that the category could use a little discord …” (more)

[Harry McCracken, Time, 17 March]

‘Life depends on science but the arts make it worth living’

Posted in Life, research with tags , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Scientist claims true fulfilment is achievable only through the humanities. the arts and humanities are ‘superior’ to science, a top cardiologist has argued. John Martin, director of University College London’s Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, has 53 patents, 20 staff and has founded a biotechnology company …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 17 March]

Dear Minister: A letter to the new Minister for Education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“A meeting with American High School counsellors this week and with a visiting Vice President for racial diversity sparked conversation and so reflection on what the Arts Humanities and social sciences offer the world at this moment in time, and what in particular the Irish context offers of value to that realm …” (more)

[Caroline Fennell, Creative Head Space, 17 March]

How the planners and students brought Holyland to its knees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“The police couldn’t sort it and neither could the politicians. Just about everything was tried – warden patrols, appeals and disciplinary action. But nothing it seems could stop the student rape of Belfast’s Holyland. Or their traditional riot on St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Lindy McDowell, Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

GMIT devises quality plan after controversies

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says its academic council and governing body have developed a new ‘quality improvement plan’ to tighten up standards at the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 17 March]

NUI redux

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“In January 2010 the then Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe (now retired from politics), announced that he intended to ‘dissolve’ the National University of Ireland (a statement that made the NUI appear to be a kind of giant Alka Selzer) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 March]

Irish universities caught in every way

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“In 1994 the Fine Gael / Labour government abolished university tuition fees. The reason that was given was that this was a barrier to some people going to university. This was, of course, complete nonsense …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 16 March]

The university-factory?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“The relationship between the university and capitalism is the key to the politics of 3rd level education. But the nature of this relationship is far from clear. We are perhaps familiar with the argument that neo-liberalism has eroded the idea of ‘the public’ while advancing the logic of the market in all directions …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 16 March]

England’s top research universities shielded from grant cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Research intensive universities in England, including the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, will be relatively cushioned from cuts to the nation’s 2011-12 higher education budget, figures released today show …” (more)

[Natasha Gilbert, The Great Beyond, 17 March]

Student Perspectives on How Higher Education in Ireland Can Help Meet the Needs of the Irish Economy

Posted in Life with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

Abstract: This paper will be in three parts; the first section will examine the current tertiary education situation in Ireland amid the global economic crisis and will review what higher education’s contribution be to help alleviate the crisis …” (more)

[Ann Conway and Noelle O’Connor, Conference Paper, 7 March]

University funding cuts: which institutions are worst hit?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“All but five universities in England are to have their funding cut next year, according to official figures showing that newer universities that are focused on teaching will be the worst affected …” (more)

[Jeevan Vasagar, Guardian, 17 March]

Strike action hits eight Scottish universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Staff at eight universities in Scotland are taking industrial action in a row over their pensions …” (more)

[BBC News, 17 March]

New Academy head reaches to academics and public

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“The new president of the Royal Irish Academy, Prof Luke Drury, says it has a role to play in Ireland by fostering public debate about the future …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 March]

Pharma firms create 300 research jobs

Posted in research with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Almost 300 jobs were announced yesterday as part of the first phase of a huge pharmaceutical enterprise planned for unemployment blackspot Tralee, Co Kerry …” (more)

[Donal Hickey, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

Executive pressed over student fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“The Northern Ireland Executive has been pressed to make a swift decision on student fees …” (more)

[Independent, 16 March]