Archive for 21 March 2011

University of Wales: Quality watchdog looks at partner

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“The University of Wales is under investigation by the higher education standards watchdog over one of its collaborative centres in Singapore …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 March]

Quake shakes Japan’s science

Posted in research with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“The magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck northeastern Japan on 11 March trashed Koji Tamura’s laboratory and office, flinging books, microscopes, sequencers and samples to the floor …” (more)

[Ichiko Fuyuno, Nature News, 21 March]

Personal thoughts on the ECF

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

The employment control framework & how it affects you – The Employment Control Framework (ECF) is the name given to the policy whereby the Department of Finance issues binding instructions to public sector organizations regarding the staff numbers, staff mix, and terms and conditions of employment for these bodies …” (more)

[Colm Kearney, 21 March]

Royal Irish Academy launches ICT dissertation award

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities in Ireland, has announced the launch of the Annual All-Ireland ICT Dissertation Award, which awards the best post-graduate thesis in information and communication technology (ICT) …” (more)

[Doireann McDermott, Silicon Republic, 21 March]

Ban on Israel-Palestine debate ignites free speech row at French university

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“More than 150 of the world’s foremost academics have intervened in a simmering row over the banning of debates on the Israel-Palestine question at one of France’s universities, calling the move a threat to free speech …” (more)

[Kim Willsher, Guardian, 21 March]

12 graduates to benefit from €500,000 anonymous donation

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“A €500,000 donation from an anonymous private donor will provide an opportunity for 12 graduates to attend UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School …” (more)

[Doireann McDermott, Silicon Republic, 21 March]

Paddy Healy Seanad Election Address

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Paddy Healy, Former President, TUI, Independent Candidate for Seanad Eireann, Tireless Campaigner for Education and Public Services …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 21 March]

When Economists Misunderstand Biology

Posted in research with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“It really does matter: if economists are going to use biology as a model for their discipline, we need them to understand ours, to help improve theirs. But I’m getting ahead of myself …” (more)

[Mike the Mad Biologist, 21 March]

St Patrick’s Day relatively calm despite few arrests and injuries

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , , , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Eight people were arrested on St Patrick’s Day in the Holylands for offences including disorderly behaviour, criminal damage and assault. There were also a number of people injured and taken to hospital for treatment …” (more)

[Kerri-Anne Campbell, The Gown, 21 March]

L’Affaire Weiler – A Brief Legal Assessment of the French Court’s Judgment

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“According to Article 11 of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 16 August 1789, the right to free expression of ideas and opinion is one of the most precious human rights …” (more)

[Laurent Pech, EJIL: Talk!, 21 March]

Kicking into (Over)drive

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“A storm broke on February 26th when word got out that publisher HarperCollins had unilaterally decided to limit the ‘shelf life’ of its ebooks catalogue. Overdrive, a major distributor of ebooks in the public library world, found itself caught between the publishing powerhouse and a furious library community when it was announced that library loans of ebooks would be capped at 26 …” (more)

[slaw, 21 March]

Privileged voting in Seanad election “indefensible”

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Research carried out by an NUI Galway academic found major shortcomings in the National University of Ireland’s register for Seanad elections …” (more)

[Education Matters, 21 March]

What is the point?

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“… The process of composing cover letters that summarize years of one’s life in 500 words or less can be soul destroying. The type of self-representation which is required by those engaged in the academic job hunt tends to reinforce the distance between ‘professional’ historians and everyone else with an interest in history …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 21 March]

Two graduates from 1906 still on NUI Seanad election register

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Two people who graduated in 1906 remain on the National University of Ireland’s register for Seanad elections, according to research conducted by an NUI Galway academic …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 21 March]

… or is the solution to go entirely online?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“As higher education budgets are hit more and more seriously, one US state (Washington) is considering a partnership with the entirely online university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 21 March]

Fees, debts and loans

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Amidst the international turmoil around higher education funding, one aspect of the situation has started to encroach on public awareness: student (or graduate) debt …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 March]

£1m to fund University of Ulster project

Posted in research with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“A major Northern Ireland company is to help the University of Ulster establish a Chair in Pharmaceutical Science with a £1 million donation …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 March]

Seanad Reform, Not Abolition

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“… But, to return to the issue of university constituencies. It’s bad enough that such an élitist system exists but it would now appear that the vast majority of recent university graduates don’t even bother to claim their right to vote in what is, after all, a national election to a national parliament and the only instance in which some Irish citizens living abroad are entitled to vote …” (more)

[Donncha O’Connell, 20 March]

Northern Ireland university lecturers stage strike

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Strike action by university lecturers will affect about 50,000 students in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 March]

Save Philosophy at Keele

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“In the latest disastrous development in British Higher Education, due no doubt to the Government’s ill thought out proposal to transform (and rudely marketise) the process of University funding, Keele University has asked its Senate to consider a proposal to close the Philosophy program there …” (more)

[Storm breaking upon the university, 20 March]