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]

Education chief hits attitude of arts academics

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

“Academics who ‘hold their nose’ at the idea of working with industry have come under fire from the new head of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 March]

Introducing the litigious student

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“In recent years, across a number of countries, there have been occasional court cases involving actions brought by students against their universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 March]

More students from UK seeking Irish college places

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

“With third-level fees in England on the rise, increasing numbers of students from the UK are applying for places in Irish colleges. According to CAO figures, there has been an 11% increase in applications from the UK in comparison with the same time last year …” (more)

[Cían Nihill, Irish Times, 19 March]

Queen’s University and University of Ulster staff to strike over pensions row

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

“Thousands of Northern Ireland’s students will miss out on classes on Monday as university staff are set to strike …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 19 March]

Writer presents papers to Galway university

Posted in research with tags , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“An infamous Abbey Theatre rejection note and correspondence with late authors John McGahern and Mary Lavin are among the papers of playwright Thomas Kilroy due to be presented to NUI Galway next week …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 March]

Will the higher fees gamble pay off?

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

“As more universities indicate they intend to charge fees of £9,000, one big question looms: can the government afford its own policy? …” (more)

[Mike Baker, BBC News, 19 March]

Limerick academics develop anti-MRSA textiles

Posted in research with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“Textiles that kill the hospital superbug MRSA have been developed by scientists at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 March]

Legality doubts may scupper plans to charge European students

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

“Further doubt has been cast on Scottish Government plans to charge European students up to £1700 a year to stave off the current crisis in university funding. Academics and student representatives argued that the proposals from Michael Russell, the Education Secretary, could be open to challenge on the grounds of discrimination …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 18 March]

After Keele, Who’s Next?

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

“So after an attempt to close down Philosophy at Middlesex and cut Philosophy at King’s College London, now the Philosophy Department in Keele is threatened with closure, together with Keele’s Centre for Professional Ethics …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 18 March]

News

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

“It would seem the campaign against the new Employment Control Framework (ECF) is gaining some traction …” (more)

[Des Fitzgerald, 18 March]