Archive for 20 March 2011

A thought on the ultimate status of the Arts and Humanities in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“An Irish Independent article, ‘Education chief hits attitude of arts academics’, citing comments from the new head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), has caused quite a furore amongst Irish academics, especially those already outraged by the recent revision of the Employment Control Framework (#ecf11), which imposes stringent measures by the state on hiring and firing within universities …” (more)

[The Norman Wyse Commentary, 20 March]

GAA – DCU claim O’Connor Cup again

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Dublin City University won the prestigious O’Connor Cup for a third successive year in dramatic fashion at blustery University of Limerick on Sunday. DCU scored a 3-08 to 1-11 victory against University of Ulster, Jordanstown in an entertaining final …” (more)

[RTÉ Sport, 20 March]

LIT first choice for 1,300 students

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 1,300 students have listed the Limerick Institute of Technology as their first preference for third level education. New figures from the Central Applications Office place the Limerick Institute of Technology as the fourth most popular college in the country for level eight programmes …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 20 March]

DCU’s illegal disciplinary statute, still not replaced

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Incredibly, the illegal disciplinary statute that caused this ruckus and ruined many of our lives is still on the web, 4 years after being ruled illegal by the High court and 9 years after the Labour court demanded revisions ‘within two months’ …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 20 March]

The expansion of research regulators: an evolutionary perspective

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Reading about evolution has made me think about why some professions grow and thrive while others die out. I’m intrigued by the expansion in numbers of people regulating the activities of researchers …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 20 March]

That Old “Two Cultures” Thing …

Posted in Life with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“… Anti-science attitudes are far from unusual amongst the Arts & Humanities fraternity, which I think is a real shame. After all, you’ll have to work very hard to find a scientist who would be prepared to stand up in front of audience and proudly announce ‘I hate art’ …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 March]

The complexities and contradictions of being an Irish academic

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“If anyone wondered whether there really is a lack of sympathy amongst the wider Irish public for academics and their working practices, the piece of what is described as ‘analysis’ by Eamon Delaney in today’s Sunday Independent should dispel that quickly enough …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 20 March]

School for scandal where lecturers protest too much

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“… But whereas the teachers’ unions are motivated by a long-standing trade union militancy, the university lecturers occupy a more dreamy sense of entitlement. And less realism: the teachers’ unions have already started revising their positions with the realisation that they could end up being exempt from the protection of the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Eamon Delaney, Independent, 20 March]

Oxford University moves to defy Nick Clegg over state school admissions

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Deputy prime minister’s call to lower entry requirements for disadvantaged pupils rejected as ‘nonsense’ by academics …” (more)

[Daniel Boffey, Observer, 20 March]

New higher education rules ‘a debacle’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 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, University World News, 20 March]

THE reputational rankings – a helpful tool?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Anybody who has been following the debate surrounding world university rankings in the last year or so will have raised an eyebrow at the recent publication by Times Higher Education of a ranking based entirely upon academic assessment of institutional reputation. This ranking was an attention-grabbing stunt. But how much new light does it really shed on the world’s top universities? …” (more)

[Danny Byrne, University World News, 20 March]

UK: Tainted money?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“As recent events in Libya unfolded, one story that got a fair amount of air time was the donation to the London School of Economics of money from Saif Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader. Inevitably of course further investigations by journalists have revealed other donations and grants from the region …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 March]

US: Academic publishing must promote good scholarship

Posted in research with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Since 2005, and with generous support from the AW Mellon Foundation, The Future of Scholarly Communication Project at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education has been exploring how academic values – including those related to peer review, publishing, sharing and collaboration – influence scholarly communication practices and engagement with new technological affordances, open access publishing and the public good …” (more)

[Diane Harley and Sophia Krzys, University World News, 20 March]

Kells bells! TCD puts ancient book’s name to beer

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“It’s probably not what the Columban monks had in mind as they slaved by candlelight over the manuscript that was to become the Book of Kells in the year 800, but visitors to the books exhibition in Trinity College may soon be able to buy Book of Kells-branded soaps, perfumery, cosmetics and even beer …” (more)

[Harry Leech, Independent, 20 March]

UK: Underperforming vice-chancellors may lose pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“The UK’s main lecturers’ union has welcomed proposals for vice-chancellors to have a portion of their pay withheld if they fail to perform well in their job …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, University World News, 20 March]

Leading doctor joins race for Senate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Dublin GP and Life magazine correspondent Dr Maurice Gueret is among those battling to fill the Trinity College Senate seat left vacant by the election to the Dail of Shane Ross …” (more)

[John Drennan, Independent, 20 March]