Archive for 23 March 2011

Abramova: judicial deference and the litigious student

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Her case is the latest example of the increasingly frequent phenomenon of the litigious student, and it raises some very important legal issues …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 23 March]

Employment Control Framework – what it might mean for me

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“I run a research group of somewhere between a half dozen and a dozen people. They are mostly post-graduate level students, but usually with a couple of post-doctoral researchers included in the group. The funding for post-docs has come both from national funding sources – HEA PRTLI, Science Foundation Ireland, etc. – and from international sources such as the EU ‘Marie Curie’ programme …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 23 March]

Maynooth seminary responds to closure claim

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“A report in the Irish Catholic newspaper saying St Patrick’s Seminary in Maynooth could be closed was based on unfounded speculation, a spokesman has said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 March]

College backs down from conferring fees threat

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“UCC has finally agreed to back down from the threat of a €65 fee to be levied on graduating students of the college, after the university’s finance committee discussed the issue Mon. night and decided against introducing the hotly opposed fee …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 23 March]

Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right — Bill or Steve?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“When students asked what subjects they should major in to become a tech entrepreneur, I used to say engineering, mathematics, and science—because an education in these fields is the prerequisite for innovation, and because engineers make the best entrepreneurs. That was several years ago …” (more)

[Vivek Wadhwa, TechCrunch, 21 March]

Students paid for fake results

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“A scam involving a Perth university employee charging Indian students thousands of dollars for fake English test results stretched across the country, with one student flying from Queensland to obtain dodgy marks …” (more)

[Debbie Guest, The Australian, 24 March]

Glasgow University students resume Hetherington sit-in

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Students have re-occupied a Glasgow University building which was cleared on Tuesday amid unprecedented scenes of unrest on campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 March]

University and the ruins of the present

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Reading the manifestos of the candidates for Provost (President) in Trinity College you could be forgiven for thinking that we really had reached the end of history. Nowhere in their over-inflated promises is there any sense that the university, and education in general, has any role other than competing for resources on a global market …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 23 March]

Forecasting university tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“On tuition fees, the general picture is clear. Top universities will charge the full £9,000. Less prestigious universities will charge less. But where does the ‘top’ end, how low will the bottom go and what’s going to happen in the middle? …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 23 March]

Another empty election

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Last night we attended one of the many hustings (‘debates’) taking place for the election of the new Provost of Trinity College. Unfortunately there is no debate. All the candidates accept that the state should no longer provide free and equal education (because the government has decided the banks and bondholders are more important) …” (more)

[The provisional university, 23 March]

Value of iPads for teaching and learning?

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“An earlier post commented on the use of iPads in the classroom. The Chronicle of Higher Education notes two contrasting reports of the value of iPads for teaching and learning, the one referred to in the previous post and the other in the FT. The latter was much more positive about the value than the former …” (more)

[Registrarism, 23 March]

Holyland delegation to meet Justice Minister David Ford

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“A delegation from the Holyland area of Belfast will meet Justice Minister David Ford later on Wednesday. They will discuss serious anti-social behaviour in the area …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 March]

The legal route to terminating the ‘employment control framework’?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Readers of this blog will by now be well familiar with the Irish ‘employment control framework’, the state-imposed mechanism for restricting the capacity of universities to hire and promote staff, even within budget …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 March]

To Wikipedia or not to Wikipedia

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Do you / should you recognise use of Wikipedia as a source of content for student research projects? For years, the answer was an overwhelming ‘no’ …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog …, 23 March]

Graduation fees at UCC ruled out this year

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Controversial graduation fees will not be introduced at University College Cork (UCC) this year …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

Christensen on disruptive innovation in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Regular readers of this blog know how often I call upon Clayton Christensen’s ideas regarding disruptive innovation as described in The Innovator’s Dilemma …” (more)

[Changing Higher Education, 22 March]

Not quite the apocalypse?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Yesterday’s Guardian newspaper carried an interesting article by Universities UK president, Professor Steve Smith. In this he argued that the new post-Browne funding model for English universities would not actually involve a public funding reduction …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 March]

Britain’s New Student-Visa Policy Restricts Work, but Not as Much as Feared

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“The British government provided details on Tuesday of long-anticipated changes in immigration policy that are expected to cut the number of foreign students in Britain by 25% …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 March]