Academic tenure and university statutes

Posted in Legal issues on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“The Statutes of a university constitute its basic law. For example, when the Charter of Elizabeth, dated 3 March 1592, founded Trinity College Dublin as the mother of a University, it afforded the College the power to adopt and amend Statutes to regulate its internal affairs …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 August]

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Functions of an Undergraduate Module

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Given the time of year and given that one of my functions here in UCD is to provide the undergrad behavioural economics curriculum forgive me another random post on what we are actually supposed to do in the undergrad domain. Below is the result of scribbling on a piece of paper in an attempt to get motivated for this year’s endeavours …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 31 August]

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Tyndall CEO welcomes Forfás report on Nanotechnology

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Professor Roger Whatmore, CEO of Tyndall National Institute, UCC today welcomed the Forfás report on Ireland’s Nanotechnology Commercialisation Framework 2010-2014 …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 31 August]

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Courses unfilled during record CAO year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Despite a record year for applications to the CAO, courses at many of the country’s third level institutions remained unfilled, according to reports …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 31 August]

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Primary Digressions

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“… Primary and Secondary education is not something I know a lot about, but I should. It’s the big machine on which tertiary education sits, mining and refining brains and souls to be fed into the Tertiary system and there recast, by some magic, as functioning adults. The systems move in lockstep, with much of secondary education twisted to get people through the entry requirements to University …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 31 August]

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Nothing less than university status for WIT acceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“The Government has been put on notice that nothing less than full university status for WIT will be acceptable in the report pending from the National Strategy Group for Higher Education …” (more)

[Marion O’Mara, Waterford News and Star, 31 August]

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Leaving Cert student earns almost €3,000 from selling notes

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“An enterprising Leaving Certificate student has earned almost €3,000 from selling his study notes online …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 31 August]

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The Emmys and Academics

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“… One of the characters, played by John Goodman, is Creighton Bernette, an English professor at Tulane. I have long bemoaned the stereotypes of academics in literature and film. We are generally portrayed as sex-crazed bumblers who seem obsessed with knifing one another in the back. To be sure, I have known my share of sex-crazed academics and bumblers and I have my share of scars on my back. I also have known many other kinds of academics, and Creighton Bernette is one of them …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 30 August]

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30 Ways to Rate a College

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“The lines below connect raters to each of the measures they take into account. Notice how few measures are shared by two or more raters. That indicates a lack of agreement among them on what defines quality. Much of the emphasis is on ‘input measures’ such as student selectivity, faculty-student ratio, and retention of freshmen …” (more)

[Alex Richards and Ron Coddington, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 August]

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University architecture shapes up for a revolution

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Learning Landscapes, a research project into the relationship between students, lecturers and researchers and the buildings they use, aims to bring a new creativity to campus design …” (more)

[Jonathan Glancey, Guardian, 31 August]

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More foreign students sought

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Staff from top Irish universities are jetting off on a trade mission to the US in a bid to attract more fee-paying international students. Foreign students in Ireland currently inject €430m a year into the ailing economy – €192m in fees to cash-strapped educational institutions and the remainder in living costs, such as accommodation …” (more)

[Louise Hogan, Independent, 31 August]

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Measuring higher education quality

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Ever since the quality of higher education started to become a matter of concern in society, people have been struggling with the idea of how, if at all, quality could be measured. There has tended to be an assumption that quality assurance could only be real if there were metrics involved …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 August]

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36,400 snap up first round CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“The number of college places available for applicants awaiting good news is likely to be less than previous years after almost 36,400 people took up first round offers …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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NIH stops its own human embryonic stem cell experiments

Posted in Legal issues, Research on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“In a move not unexpected, but still shocking, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Monday halted human embryonic stem cell experiments being conducted by researchers on its own campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The directive, communicated to researchers by Michael Gottesman, the agency’s Deputy Director for Intramural Research, came one week after a federal judge issued an injunction temporarily halting federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research …” (more)

[Meredith Wadman, The Great Beyond, 30 August]

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Class Interaction and Problem Based Learning

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“Am currently debating both with myself and others as to the relative merits of different approaches to supplement lecture courses and traditional tutorials and problem sets, in particular to create classes where the students are very motivated to perform and go beyond the basic materials …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 30 August]

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O’Keeffe announces graduate programme

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation has announced details of a new programme aimed at placing college graduates with export-led firms. Batt O’Keeffe said the scheme would create job opportunities and boost exports …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 31 August]

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How to accept your second-round offer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2010 by steve

“College admissions offices all over the country are busy today, as admissions officers reconcile their CAO round-one acceptances with the number of places on each course …” (more)

[Independent, 31 August]

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Maynooth SU and USI Tell Minister Batt O’Keeffe to ‘Get Real’ about Graduate Unemployment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2010 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the lackluster Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe, to ‘get real’ about graduate unemployment before it is too late …” (more)

[Maynooth Town, 30 August]

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Mac or PC – Should researchers care?

Posted in Research on August 30th, 2010 by steve

“I have been using a Macbook for the last three years. My subjective experience (n=1) has been neutral. It has better battery time than any other laptop I have owned, which is great. But I have not really noticed a definable advantage other than that for someone like me, who mainly uses Office, Firefox, Mail and STATA as my daily tools …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 30 August]

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Fear of fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 30th, 2010 by steve

“There was an interesting opinion piece in yesterday’s Sunday Tribune, in which the writer, Shane Coleman, considered that some of our current national difficulties stem from the fact that we focus on trivial things or things that we can do nothing about, fearing to address those that really matter and which could and should be tackled. He raised third level fees as one of these …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 August]

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