Archive for 22 March 2011

Students prepare to flock to Limerick races

Posted in Life with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“After the hype of Cheltenham last week, all eyes now turn closer to home as preparations continue for one of the most hotly anticipated meetings of the year – the student race day at Limerick Racecourse …” (more)

[Áine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 22 March]

Barack Obama officially invited to Cork

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“US President Barack Obama has been officially invited to Cork to launch a lecture series at UCC in honour of one of his heroes – anti-slavery champion Frederick Douglass …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 March]

Foreign students numbers to be cut by 25%

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Government to close fake colleges, bar students with poor English skills and bring in new rules on staying after courses end …” (more)

[Guardian, 22 March]

Third-level reels under painful new controls

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Restrictions on third-level colleges, pushed through by the previous government in its final days, have been greeted with disbelief by academics …” (more)

[Education Matters, 22 March]

Europe opens up clinical trials database

Posted in research with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“The European Medicines Agency opened up its clinical trials database to the public today. Information on interventional trials run in all 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, will now be searchable via the EU Clinical Trials Register website …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, The Great Beyond, 22 March]

University funding warning as Essex sets £9,000 fees

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Ministers were today warned of a looming university funding crisis after Essex became the latest institution to announce flat rate tuition fees of £9,000 …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 22 March]

UCC link to Singapore

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“University College Cork (UCC) has created a new full-year programme for students in connection with Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with the Farmleigh Fellowship …” (more)

[Herald, 22 March]

USI and Young Friends Of The Earth to waddle For Job Creation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“A rookery of student penguins will waddle from Dáil Éireann to the Department of the Environment tomorrow (March 23rd) to demand sustainable job creation, better use of Ireland’s natural resources and clean energy usage …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 22 March]

Top honour for QUB academic

Posted in teaching on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“An enterprising academic from Queen’s University Management School has been named the ‘number one’ enterprise educator in the world …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 22 March]

Glasgow University: Police try to end student protest

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Police and campus security are attempting to break up a student occupation at Glasgow University …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 March]

University of Wales ‘should close if other plans fail’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“The University of Wales should be wound down and closed if other plans for its future fail, a report has concluded. The review, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, said the institution should ‘change radically’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 March]

Northern Ireland lecturers strike in pensions row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Around 50,000 students across Northern Ireland have been affected by strike action as university lecturers took to the picket line in a row over pensions …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 22 March]

Universities must learn to cope with students as consumers, says expert

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“From September 2012 universities in England and Wales will be able to charge up to £9,000 in tuition fees per year, and many universities have already signalled their intention to charge the full amount. This will change the way that students see their universities. As costs rise for so will expectations. Students will be more focused on making sure they get their money’s worth. How? One way will be by looking to enforce their contractual rights …” (more)

[Julian Sladdin, OUT-LAW News, 22 March]

Here we go again

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“It’s open season on public sector workers again. The Sunday Independent has a front-page shock-horror headline – €1bn pay rise bonanza for public sector. Other commentators and employers’ spokespersons have been having their go’s as well. But then there’s Stephen Collins. Stephen has a statistic …” (more)

[Michael Taft, progressive-economy@TASC, 22 March]

Punching Above Our IQ

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“It seems we’re richer than we should be. Ireland is an outlier in a recent study showing that most of the variation between countries in terms of GDP per capita can be explained by an index of economic freedom and average citizen’s IQ …” (more)

[Gerard O’Neill, Turbulence Ahead, 22 March]

Privilege days case might lead Howlin to tackle all public sector leave

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“A ruling yesterday which allows civil servants to hold onto their two privilege days may push the Government into looking for reform across the holiday leave for all staff in the public service …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 March]

Teachers Pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Ruairí Quinn is under intense pressure to abolish new controls on higher education recruitment. The controls apply to all staff employed in higher education, whether their posts are funded by the exchequer or not. The implications for research activity, funded privately or by the EU, are potentially disastrous …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 March]

These daft Soviet-style controls on universities must be abolished

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“If the Government insists that the civil service micro-manages our colleges, it will destroy third level education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 22 March]

Candidates critical of NUI electoral register

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Candidates on the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel for next month’s Seanad elections have said people have been removed from its register without realising it and that it has failed to keep pace with changes of address and with deaths of graduates …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 22 March]

‘Don’t vote for me’, TCD candidate tells electors

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“A belated discovery of lack of citizenship by a confirmed Seanad election candidate means she cannot run for the Upper House – but her name will remain on the ballot paper …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 March]