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]

The Point of the Arts and Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“In the context of only one of the debates that has been provoked by the Con-Dem Government’s vandalism of everything we all hold dear (there urgently need to be more debates about more of the vandalism, including the scrapping of free swimming for children and the elderly, the scrapping of ‘book start’ to encourage a love of reading …)” (more)

[Cultural Studies, 12 January]

A Point of View: Justifying culture

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Speak to anyone working in the humanities within academia right now and you will hear that this country is about to enter a new Dark Age. The reason lies in the coalition government’s decision to impose swingeing cuts on almost all departments …” (more)

[HT: Tom Byrne]
[Alain de Botton, BBC News Magazine, 7 January]

Save university arts from the bean counters

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Scientists must reach across the divide and speak up for campus colleagues in arts and humanities departments …” (more)

[Gregory Petsko, Nature, 22 December]

My fears for the arts and humanities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 October 2010 by Steve

“The Conservatives, along with their consistency-free Lib Dem allies, are to preside over the greatest assault on the arts and humanities in the history of modern Britain. Lord Browne’s review paves the way to the privatisation of higher education …” (more)

[Priyamvada Gopal, Guardian, 18 October]

‘Playing to Our Strengths: The Role of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Implications For Public Policy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 29 September 2010 by Steve

“… This current Report underlines the significant role that the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) play in our economy and society both directly and indirectly. It recognises that while the AHSS provide skills for specific economically important occupations and sectors, they also enhance quality of life generally and help to make Ireland an attractive place in which to live and do business …” (PDF, 7Mb)

[IRCHSS and HEA, 29 September]

Arts degrees become the preserve of the wealthy

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 26 September 2010 by Steve

“Study shows wealthiest students dominate humanities and academics fear tuition fee rises will deepen problem …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 26 September]

Students must get ‘all-round’ education

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 25 September 2010 by Steve

“All arts students should have compulsory training in information and communications technology, a new report recommends. It says that it is time to end the artificial divide between the humanities and sciences and it recommends that all students be educated in both …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 September]

Arts and Humanities; Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Posted in teaching with tags , on 8 August 2010 by Steve

“… The humanities are in many ways, a study of how mankind and society have evolved. To use Michael Oakeshott’s metaphor, they are the conversation between the generations of mankind. They are subjects where there is often no right or wrong or definitive answer, with enormous scope for thinking, exercising the brain, learning how to evaluate information, how to express oneself, how to argue a point while respecting another’s point of view, empathy, tolerance, emotional intelligence …” (more)

[Dazzled & Frazzled, 8 August]

Arts essential to rebuilding

Posted in Life with tags , , on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“… I want to argue, however, that the arts and human sciences, far from being luxuries to be discarded at the first sign of rain, are essential to the well-being of any society. Specifically, I believe that a real commitment to arts and humanities education is essential to the survival of a viable, pluralist democracy …” (more)

[Pádraic Conway, Sunday Business Post, 23 May]

Arts education is not a luxury, it’s a necessity

Posted in teaching with tags , on 18 April 2010 by Steve

“Labour holds a unique position in Irish society. It is indisputably Ireland’s party of the arts. What other party can boast that their Party President is a poet, film-maker and broadcaster? No better man than Michael D Higgins to exemplify the inextricable links between the arts and education …” (more)

[Phil Prendergast, Labour Party Blog, 17 April]

Batt, admit you don’t have the maths problem figured out

Posted in teaching with tags , , , , on 15 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A brilliant generation heard their Leaving Cert results this week after a long wait, a wet summer and that exceptional having-to-sit Higher English 2 on a Saturday morning. So 57,000 students — and their families — deserve to celebrate. Yo, class of 2009! But points had hardly been totted up before the finger-wagging began: ‘Tsk, Tsk, youse aren’t good enough at maths, let alone science. Don’t you know that Ireland is supposed to become a smart economy?’ Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe led the ritual congratulations before becoming chief finger-wagger …” (more)

[Medb Ruane, Independent, 15 August]

Cash for university arts research under threat

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 28 January 2009 by Steve

“Funding for research in university science departments and medical schools is being safeguarded at the expense of arts, humanities and social sciences, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced today. Outlining spending plans for 2009-10 to vice-chancellors, the council said research funding would be as selective as in previous years. Overall, universities will share £8bn, up 3.8% in cash terms on last year. At present, 82% of funding goes to just 29 universities, but last December’s national research assessment exercise (RAE) to judge the quality of university research revealed excellence right across the sector …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 28 January]