Archive for 18 March 2011

Did you get the ride … into college?

Posted in Life with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“The ecstatic rush and the pumping of blood, griping to your lean and strong frame, the involuntary flushes from the graceful entanglement. One last push and we’re there together. Dismounting, I relish the satisfied feeling while now lingering in that blissfully exhausted limbo …” (more)

[Aisling Esmonde, University Times, 18 March]

University threatens MP with libel case over Gaddafi criticism

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Liverpool John Moores University has threatened to sue a Conservative MP after he criticised its relations with the Libyan regime, Index on Censorship has learned …” (more)

[Index on Censorship, 18 March]

Could Education Bring Down the Government?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“It has been said that the program for Government approved last week in the Dáil is high on rhetoric but low on detail, leaving the detail to be hammered out at cabinet level …” (more)

[Henry Burrows, University Times, 18 March]

Lecturers to strike in pensions row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Lecturers at Northern Ireland’s two universities will take strike action on Monday and Thursday to protest against revised pensions arrangements …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 March]

UCD retains Gannon Cup for fourth year as College secures clean sweep in rowing colours

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“The men’s senior VIII rowing crew recorded an impressive four length lead to beat Trinity in the 64th Gannon Cup race on St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[UCD News, 18 March]

Budget limbo continues for US science

Posted in research with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“The US budget limbo continues, as US President Barack Obama this morning signed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government until April 8 …” (more)

[Eugenie Samuel Reich, The Great Beyond, 18 March]

My enthusiasm for a career in science is slowly ebbing away

Posted in Life on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Nathan Ley describes what it’s like to apply for a studentship in the UK just as the government’s austerity measures start to bite …” (more)

[Guardian, 18 March]

Subpanels’ lack of experience will put REF credibility at risk, Hefce told

Posted in Governance and administration, research with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“The lack of previous experience among members of two subpanels in the forthcoming research excellence framework could undermine researchers’ ‘grudging acceptance’ of the exercise, an academic has warned …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 17 March]

Lecturers at Welsh universities strike over pensions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Lecturers at five Welsh universities are taking strike action in a UK-wide dispute over changes to their pensions …” (more)

[BBC News, 18 March]

Vice-Chancellor Welcomes Peaceful St Patrick’s Day

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“… Professor Richard Barnett paid tribute to the efforts of around 80 volunteers from the University of Ulster, QUB and Belfast Metropolitan College yesterday alongside community and political representatives, the PSNI and Belfast City Council to minimise anti-social behaviour on St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[University Of Ulster, 18 March]

Eight arrested in Patrick’s Day celebrations in Holylands

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Eight people were arrested in south Belfast’s Holylands on St Patrick’s Day. They were detained for offences including disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and assault. A large amount of alcohol was confiscated by police …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

GMIT abolishes appeals board that upgraded 8% mark to pass

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) will abolish an exams appeals board that was being abused by some students in order to have fail marks upgraded to pass, the Galway City Tribune has learned …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 18 March]

Temple U Will Evacuate 200 From Tokyo Campus After State Dept Warning

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Temple University is evacuating students from its campus here after the US State Department issued a warning about elevated radioactivity in Tokyo from the nuclear reactors damaged in last week’s earthquake and tsunami …” (more)

[David McNeill, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 March]

£84,000 to pay for a degree

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“University graduates could end up paying twice as much for their degrees than expected under the new system of fees, the BBC claimed yesterday …” (more)

[Robert Winnett, Daily Telegraph, 18 March]

New rules in higher education ‘a debacle’, officials told

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“New rules governing appointments in the higher education sector are a ‘debacle’, a senior civil servant has claimed. In a scathing confidential assessment sent to senior education figures, Martin Shanagher, assistant secretary at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, says the moves will ‘penalise’ research activity, and were made without considering the full implications …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 March]

Dealing with the Employment Control Framework ‘debacle’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“The degree of misjudgment evident in the ‘employment control framework’ as issued to the Irish universities has now also been revealed in a leaked internal memorandum in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, published today in the Irish Times …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 March]

‘Blueprint for recovery’?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Madam – The so-called ‘Blueprint for Recovery’ seems to be a positive indication that the monkeys have been at the typewriters again; in particular the risible section on creating a ‘world class university’ by putting all the third-level institutions together and make one big one …” (more)

[Andrew Loxley, Irish Times, 18 March]

UCD complete clean sweep

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Four colours races and four wins for UCD – the sweetest of all a victory in the Corcoran Cup for senior women which was made special by a tale of redemption …” (more)

[Liam Gorman, Irish Times, 18 March]

Recruitment firm to hire 40 graduates to cope with surge

Posted in Life with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Recruitment firm Hays said it is hiring 40 graduates to manage an Irish jobs growth surge in the largest recruitment campaign they have undertaken here …” (more)

[Niamh Hennessy, Irish Examiner, 18 March]

American Universities Worry About Students Abroad

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“In January, as protests turned chaotic in Cairo, New York University hastened to evacuate 50 students and staff members from three sites across Egypt. Less than a month later, when an earthquake hit New Zealand, Cornell University quickly relocated students whose heavily damaged campus there had suspended classes …” (more)

[Lisa W Foderaro, New York Times, 17 March]