Archive for arts

It is shortsighted for school-leavers – and their parents – to shun Arts degrees

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

“Is studying an Arts degree a good idea in the current economic environment? Clearly some students and their parents don’t think so. Applications for 1st Arts in UCD – the largest course in the State – are down by 11% …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 March]

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]

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]

Education chief hits attitude of arts academics

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“Academics who ‘hold their nose’ at the idea of working with industry have come under fire from the new head of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 March]

‘Life depends on science but the arts make it worth living’

Posted in Life, research with tags , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Scientist claims true fulfilment is achievable only through the humanities. the arts and humanities are ‘superior’ to science, a top cardiologist has argued. John Martin, director of University College London’s Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, has 53 patents, 20 staff and has founded a biotechnology company …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education, 17 March]

Arts and Humanities disciplines

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“New RIA Report – Key Performance Indicators to Research in Arts and Humanities disciplines” (tweet)

[Royal Irish Academy, 28 February]

Arts for Arts’s sake?

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“To study ‘the Arts’ was once an admirable occupation undertaken by poets, authors and artists of exceptionable calibre. Sadly, such respect has not endured the test of time, for modern-day Arts students have to endure being the butt of other disciplines’ jokes and try not be disillusioned by seeing the words ‘pull here for Arts degree’ scrawled on a toilet roll dispenser …” (more)

[Kate Rothwell and Sinead O’Brien, University Observer, 15 February]