Archive for Tom Garvin

Academic freedom discussed

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“As the national press descended upon Merrion Street to hear Brian Cowen deliver his resignation last Saturday, a very different gathering was taking place in the Gresham Hotel. Academics from around the country met to discuss opposition to the implementation of the Croke Park agreement and public sector pay and reform, which they perceive to be an attack on academic freedom …” (more)

[Barra Roantree, University Times, 24 January]

The Idea of a University: an Essay in Support of Professor Tom Garvin’s Thesis of Grey Philistines Taking Over Our Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“Professor Tom Garvin’s eloquent and critical essay ‘Grey philistines taking over our universities’ is cogent, timely, and also necessary reading at this critical juncture in Irish higher education. His remarks, which invite widespread discussion and debate, are not only applicable to education at University College Dublin, but for education in the round …” (more)

[Jim McKernan, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 24 May]

Renewing the Republic

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – It is to be hoped that the discussion arising from the stimulating article by Prof Tom Garvin, (Opinion, May 1st), will continue and develop into a profound and hopefully constructive analysis on the mission of the university in our society today. Such a debate is sorely needed …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 11 May]

A ‘grey philistine’ on why Prof Tom Garvin is wrong

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“One thing I certainly couldn’t complain about is a lack of media interest in universities. Over the past couple of weeks there have been news items and published comments on our higher education institutions, and all this has spilled over into social networking sites and blogs …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 11 May]

Are the grey philistines really in charge?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 May 2010 by Steve

“Recently there’s been an exchange in the Irish media about the decline of intel­lec­tu­als in uni­ver­sit­ies and call­ing into ques­tion whether uni­ver­sit­ies are still fit for pur­pose given their fund­ing and man­age­ment struc­tures. The fun­da­mental ques­tion seems to me to be far deeper …” (more)

[SimonDobson.org, 8 May]

Renewing the Republic

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 8 May 2010 by Steve

“Madam, – Like Tom Garvin (Opinion, May 1st) I have been dismayed by the politically driven revolution transforming Irish universities over the past decade. Prof Garvin is, famously, one of the most hard-nosed as well as most sophisticated political writers on the island, making the charge that he is simply nostalgic for a lost ‘golden age’ a foolish as well as a weak defence …” (more)

[Tom Dunne, Irish Times, 8 May]

Cowards, the lot of us?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 May 2010 by Steve

“So then, after all the excitement of Tom Garvin’s piece in the Irish Times last week, along comes Kevin Myers in the Irish Independent to lend some support. But his support is I think a little off message …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 May]