Archive for RIA

Royal Irish Academy launches ICT dissertation award

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities in Ireland, has announced the launch of the Annual All-Ireland ICT Dissertation Award, which awards the best post-graduate thesis in information and communication technology (ICT) …” (more)

[Doireann McDermott, Silicon Republic, 21 March]

New Academy head reaches to academics and public

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“The new president of the Royal Irish Academy, Prof Luke Drury, says it has a role to play in Ireland by fostering public debate about the future …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 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 http://www.ria.ie/Our-Work/Policy.aspx” (tweet)

[Royal Irish Academy, 28 February]

The importance of understanding the life sciences

Posted in research with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“The Royal Irish Academy has announced the publication of a series of statements focusing on the life sciences. The publications are meant to inform the public and help them develop opinions on issues such as gene therapy, diet and biofuel production …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 February]

What are we educating them for?

Posted in teaching with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a talk enabled ‘Universities in Crisis’ at the RIA. Read the speaker’s (Michael Burawoy) blog here. Apparently, universities across many parts of the world are in trouble. We are not alone …” (more)

[Pennybridged’s Weblog …, 14 January]

Academics honoured for ‘outstanding contributions’

Posted in Life with tags on 25 November 2010 by Steve

“Two of Ireland’s most distinguished thinkers were yesterday awarded the country’s highest academic honour in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the world of learning and science …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 November]

Academy warns against science cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 September 2010 by Steve

“The boost enjoyed by science in this year’s Junior Certificate lost some of its gloss as a leading academic body warned of the impact of cutbacks on the subject. Education Minister Mary Coughlan highlighted the 88% of candidates who took science as an encouraging sign for the needs of ‘smart economy’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 September]

Protection against research fraud urged by academy

Posted in research with tags , , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Ireland must introduce procedures to protect against falsification and plagiarism of research findings, according to a discussion document produced by the Royal Irish Academy. Introducing such safeguards would protect Ireland’s international reputation as a source of quality research, the academy says …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 September]

Scholars: RIA admits 24 members

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

“Twenty-four of the State’s top academics have been admitted as members of the Royal Irish Academy in recognition of their scholastic achievements. The admissions bring to 2,833 the number of members admitted to the academy, which is its 225th year …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 29 May]

Epic achievement lays milestone for Irish scholarship

Posted in research with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

Dictionary of Irish Biography, James McGuire and James Quinn ed, Cambridge University Press, £650 until February 28; thereafter £775. The production by the Royal Irish Academy of this magnificent nine-volume dictionary of Irish biography from the earliest times to the year 2002, outlining the careers of prominent Irishmen and Irishwomen, is a milestone in Irish historical scholarship …” (more)

[Charles Lysaght, Independent, 14 February]

Irish Academics and Public Debate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 December 2009 by Steve

“I had meant to blog over the weekend about a report in the Irish Times about a conference organized by the Royal Irish Academy but was beaten to the punch by President Prondzynski’s excellent blog. The Times report painted a gloomy picture about intellectual life in Ireland. Although some of the claims by those quoted in the report seemed exaggerated, I had little evidence to measure their accuracy …” (more)

[Sandeep Gopalan, Irish Law Forum, 30 November]

Silliness in Irish universities?

Posted in Life with tags , , on 30 November 2009 by Steve

“My goodness, a symposium organised by the Royal Irish Academy recently on the standing of academics in the public sphere seems to have turned into a right old whinge-fest. A report on the event and the contributions made was carried in the Irish Times, and as far as I can tell every one of them used the occasion to moan about how little they were listened to by the general public, the politicians and the great and the good. And I wouldn’t mind, except that virtually all of those mentioned are hardly ever out of the media …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 November]

Plan to weed out weaker science students sparks outrage

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A proposal to restrict the number of university science places because some students aren’t good enough for the subject has been roundly condemned. The idea, put forward by the prestigious Royal Irish Academy (RIA), suggests too many poorly prepared students are driving down university standards. The RIA also blames the situation on the abolition of tuition fees, which it says encourages too many students to apply to universities instead of institutes of technology …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 13 October]

Report smacks of elitism but raises questions

Posted in teaching with tags , on 25 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“‘Keep the underqualified out’ is the subtext of the very controversial proposal to restrict entry to university science courses to the top 20pc of Leaving Cert students. It smacks of elitism and the fact that it comes from the Royal Irish Academy – described on its website as “principal learned society in Ireland” – will confirm that view. But its discussion document raises very disturbing questions and challenges …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 June]

‘Dumbing down’ of third-level standards may harm recovery

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 24 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Ireland’s recovery is in jeopardy because of ‘falling standards’ among university science graduates who are central to the Government’s economic strategy, a damning report warns. The grim warning comes as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prepares to publish its views on the country’s economic prospects and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts rising unemployment in Ireland and elsewhere …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 24 June]

Academic ‘brain trust’ could help State recover

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Government should draw on the expertise of Ireland’s academics in dealing with the complex policy choices the country is facing, the president of the Royal Irish Academy, Prof Nicholas Canny, said yesterday. He was speaking at the admittance ceremony for 24 newly-elected members of the academy, including Noel Dorr, former secretary general of the Department of Foreign Affairs; Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service; and Geraldine Kennedy, Editor of The Irish Times …” (more)

[Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, Irish Times, 16 May]

Study centre: The Royal Irish Academy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 February 2009 by Steve

“The Royal Irish Academy has been around since 1795, supporting and advancing research in the sciences and humanities. Its royal charter declared its aims to be ‘the promotion and investigation of the sciences, polite literature, and antiquities.’ It now has 385 ordinary members and 56 honorary members, all of whom have attained distinction in scholarship and research in Ireland. Its core funding comes from the Higher Education Authority and it resides in Academy House in Dublin’s Dawson Street …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 February]