Archive for politics

No Science Minister?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The failure of the new FG/Labour coalition to appoint a Junior Minister for science is very disappointing. It is in contrast to the previous administration who, although they did a lot of things wrong, had a junior minister with responsibility for ‘Science, Technology & Innovation’ …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 10 March]

Education and interest in politics

Posted in Life with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“It is often claimed in popular debate that education is a ‘public good’. This is generally invoked to justify public funding for education …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 March]

Academic lefties, pinkos and liberal do-gooders

Posted in Life with tags , on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“Are universities and colleges full of left wing radicals, ready to undermine the establishment at every turn? Well, that’s pretty much the view of a US organisation called campusreform.org. …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 December]

Why graduates lean to the Left

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 October 2010 by Steve

“Some have attributed the increasing levels of support for the Greens to centrist policies adopted by the Labor Party on climate change, refugees and gay marriage that offend its progressive base …” (more)

[James Paterson, The Australian, 30 October]

Professor Is a Label That Leans to the Left

Posted in Life with tags , on 18 January 2010 by Steve

“The overwhelmingly liberal tilt of university professors has been explained by everything from outright bias to higher I.Q. scores. Now new research suggests that critics may have been asking the wrong question. Instead of looking at why most professors are liberal, they should ask why so many liberals — and so few conservatives — want to be professors …” (more)

[Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 17 January]

Prestigious International Ranking for Political Science at Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Political Science at Trinity College Dublin has been awarded a place in the Excellence Group for Political Science in this year’s CHE Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany Excellence Ranking …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 3 November]

Coup for UCD as new chair of politics opts for a timely homecoming

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“As a boy, the new Chair of Politics at University College Dublin (UCD) played around his father’s desk at the university. The young David Farrell occupied himself with crayons and paper while the distinguished academic, author and bowtie-wearing broadcaster, Prof Brian Farrell, carried on with his work. The former associate professor in the Department of Politics ‘will have been delighted at the appointment of his son’, according to a UCD insider …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 20 October]

Academics in politics

Posted in Life with tags , on 2 February 2009 by Steve

“… The Chronicle suggests that ‘hundreds’ of academics may end up in government or government agencies under the Obama administration. Such a strong academic presence in government is not something we expect here, in part because the career path for politicians is wholly different. Most front line Irish politicians graduate to that status from local government, whereas in many other countries there is much greater diversity. But it is worth noting, in observing the formation of government in the US, that by comparison Irish academics tend to be far removed from those levers of power …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 February]

Universities not run by lefties, Senate inquiry finds

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 December 2008 by Steve

“Australian universities are not controlled by left-wing academics hell bent on brainwashing students, a Senate inquiry has found. The previous coalition government established the inquiry into allegations of academic bias, a week before it lost control of the upper house earlier this year. But Labor senators dominated the committee, and its final report states that there is no evidence of bias in the nation’s universities. ‘The committee’s finding is that in view of the relatively tiny number of submissions received, from the hundreds of thousands of students who are said to be affected, there can be no basis for arguing that universities are under the control of the Left,’ committee chair Gavin Marshall wrote in the report. ‘If there is a Left conspiracy to influence the direction of the nation’s affairs and its social and economic priorities through the process of subverting a generation of undergraduates, this is not yet evident.’ When tabling the report, Senator Marshall said the inquiry was a waste of time …” (more)

[Australian Higher Education, 4 December]

Political bias in the universities?

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 September 2008 by Steve

“At a recent function I was attending a fellow guest expressed the view that public money given to universities was sometimes spent on disseminating partisan political views. It was no secret, he suggested, that universities were dominated by academics with left-wing views, and that these academics were being paid to indoctrinate impressionable students. I asked for an example of this dangerous phenomenon, and he proceeded to name a lecturer in the university from which he had graduated, and who is indeed a socialist. I pointed out to my fellow guest that, in the same university department at that time, there had been three lecturers with well known conservative views. Ah, but you can’t count those, he said, perhaps not entirely logically …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 September]