Archive for 19 March 2011

Employment Control Framework

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“… I really would encourage people commenting to read the document first as it’s not very long. Some of the argument has conflated the provisions with university funding, with some people complaining about the ECF because it limits academic numbers and some people supporting it basically for the same reason …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Irish Economy, 19 March]

How To Keep Reading the NY Times For Free

Posted in Life with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

The NY Times will flip the switch on its digital paywall next Monday, and the Grey Lady don’t come cheap: $15/month for the website and the phone app, $20/month for the website and the iPad app, or a wallet-singeing $35 for web, phone, and iPad. But there are loopholes! And they are generous. Here’s your game plan …” (more)

[Brian Barrett, Gizmodo, 17 March]

FEE call for mass support for UCU strike action

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“Free Education for Everyone (FEE) QUB have called on all students to support striking lecturers by not attending class on Monday 21st and Thursday 24th of March. Added to that FEE QUB call on all students to attend their nearest picket line on both strike days and to actively support their lecturers …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 19 March]

Obama urged to visit Cork and unveil monument to ex-slave

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“President Barack Obama may take a detour to University College Cork to honour a former African-American slave when he visits Ireland in May. Mr Obama has received appeals from both sides of the Atlantic to inaugurate a monument to the former slave Frederick Douglass, who was an abolitionist, writer and statesman …” (more)

[Lara Marlowe, Irish Times, 19 March]

Twenty largest student debts revealed

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“The biggest debt currently owed to the Student Loans Company is £66,150, the BBC has learned. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the total sum of the 20 largest student debts is over £1m …” (more)

[Julia Ross, BBC News, 19 March]

How might universities manage with enormous undergraduate classes

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“I’m very interested these days in how the various social media can be used in order to improve learning in universities …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 19 March]

Anger at £3m cut threat to research funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“University principals said the 15% cut would damage the country’s research at a time when it was needed to lead a revival of the ailing economy …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 19 March]