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]