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24 Hours in Academia

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2014 by steve

UK“I used to think that I was the only saddo still on the computer while everyone else was down the pub on a Friday night. Turns out that’s not the case …” (more)

[The History Woman's Blog, 1 November]

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Initial Comments on the US News Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2014 by steve

International“It was a bit of a surprise when US News & World Report (USNWR) announced that they were going global but perhaps it shouldn’t have been. The USNWR has been ranking American colleges since the early 80s, making even the Shanghai Centre for World Class Universities or QS look like novice …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 31 October]

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Farm family with €300,000 in the bank still got college aid

Posted in Fees and access on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A farm family with €300,000 in their bank account still managed to get a grant to send their child to college, according to revelations in a new book …” (more)

[John Spain, Independent, 1 November]

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Security too costly for National Museum of Ireland

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The National Museum of Ireland cannot afford the enhanced security recommended to protect its collection, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has warned the Government …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 1 November]

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54,000 students get green light for grants

Posted in Fees and access on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The student grant awarding body, SUSI, has, so far, approved funding for 54,000 students – and 45,000 of those have received their first payment. It is a far cry from October-November 2012, SUSI’s first year of operation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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‘Funding challenges’ at National Museum

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The board of the National Museum of Ireland has confirmed it is considering a number of options to address ‘serious funding challenges’ in 2015. The confirmation came following a board meeting …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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University plans dealt major blow

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A breakdown in relations between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT is jeopardising plans to develop a technical university of the South East …” (more)

[Gorey Guardian, 1 November]

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Happy Halloween: Actual PhDs respond to Amazon’s ‘women’s sexy PhD’ costume and it is a treat

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2014 by steve

USA“‘Though I have a PhD and a successful career as an academic, what really matters is how hot I look in my regalia’. Everyone, you can change your Halloween plans tonight because there is no longer any need to go trick-or-treating. The lady PhDs have done it …” (more)

[Jenny Kutner, Salon, 31 October]

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Ministers promise basket of gifts for German science

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2014 by steve

Germany“Germany’s universities and large science organizations have been promised a continuing windfall to help them to cope with rising student enrolment and increasing competition for grant money. Political leaders have pledged €25.3 billion (US$31.6 billion) over the next six years …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 31 October]

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TUI says ITs should be able to apply individually for University status

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2014 by steve

“The Teachers Union of Ireland says the Government must rethink its insistence on college mergers before they can gain university status. IrelandThe TUI is to formally lodge a dispute with the Labour Relations Commission …” (more)

[WLR FM, 31 October]

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Former head of UCD Hugh Brady appointed to Bristol University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Former UCD president Dr Hugh Brady has been appointed to lead the University of Bristol, ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Students paid thousands to school before closure

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Council for International Students says it believes thousands of euro was paid by students to Leinster College in the days and weeks coming up to its sudden closure three days ago …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 October]

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Nearly 75% of third-level students awarded funding

Posted in Fees and access on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Almost three-quarters of third-level students due to receive a grant this year have been awarded their funding, according to the student grant awarding body Susi (Student Universal Support Ireland) …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Reports of entry fees and service cuts for National Museum of Ireland alarming – McLellan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage, Sandra McLellan TD, has today expressed her serious concern regarding reports that the National Museum of Ireland is considering cutting its services and introducing fees to make up for the massive cuts imposed on the institution since 2008 …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 October]

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‘Fawlty Towers’ at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“IT disruption blights start of academic year. Teaching staff at WIT have complained to the Institute’s President about the ‘massive disruption and stress’ and professional embarrassment they’ve suffered since the start of the new academic year …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 31 October]

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Minister Damien English wants researchers to think big

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr Damien English TD, today launched a new initiative to identify large-scale EU funding opportunities for businesses and researchers in Ireland and nurture applications that will give big wins for Ireland …” (more)

[SFI, 31 October]

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Minister O’Sullivan concludes successful trade mission to China

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Increased focus on Chinese education market planned over the next 24 months. Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, will today return to Ireland, having concluded a seven day trade mission to China …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 October]

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Funding for Research: a Call on European Leaders to Maintain their Commitments

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

EU“… In its position on the draft budget for 2015 of 24 July, the European Council foresees a substantial decrease in the available budget for payments to projects funded by Horizon 2020, the EU research programme running from 2014 to 2020 …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 31 October]

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National Museum of Ireland staff told it faces ‘difficult options’

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) has told its 145 employees that it will be working with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to resolve financial difficulties facing it …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 October]

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A Brief History of Academics Writing Seriously About Zombies

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

USA“Academics have debunked fears of a zombie outbreak. But that certainly hasn’t stopped them from planning for one. In 2009 a Canadian research team published a mathematical model for how a zombie virus might spread …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 October]

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