Europe announces projects to connect researchers

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Three ambitious biological-sciences infrastructure projects costing a total of €700 million (US$1.03 billion) were given the go-ahead in Europe today. Research facilities will be built to study ecosystems’ responses to environmental change, link systems biologists across Europe and improve access to key research microbes …” (more)

[Natasha Gilbert, Nature News, 3 May]

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Listening to student opinions on STEM education

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“The recent Atlantic Corridor STEM education conference that took place in Tullamore, invited second level students to voice their own opinions about STEM education and how it might be improved. The annual conference which trialed this approach last year, proved it to be a great success. The format involves running student workshops in parallel to the stakeholder conference, with both contingents merging in the afternoon to share their thinking …” (more)

[MyScience.ie, 3 May]

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IBEC calls for national graduate internship programme

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Among its recommendations ahead of the Government ‘Jobs Initiative’, employers group IBEC said a new national graduate internship programme and a work placement programme for the unemployed should be established. Further to this, new third-level courses to help move those with construction-related skills into new areas of employment should be set up, IBEC said in its submission …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 3 May]

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The cuts culture

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“We’ve been here before, but this time it’s worse than anything we’ve experienced before. In higher education in the developed world, we are in an era of apparently never-ending cuts. Public money is being stripped out of the system, to be replaced in some jurisdictions by higher tuition fees …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 May]

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Changes at the National Library from May third

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“I got this interesting letter in the post this morning, about changes to the National Library. When a letter begins ‘with increased demand and fewer staff’ you know the kind of road it’s heading down …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 3 May]

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Higher education harmed by political system

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Until our political culture changes to something less adversarial, says Peter Scott, higher education funding will continue to suffer …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 3 May]

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Universities just cannot afford law suits

Posted in Legal issues on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Not long ago, the University of St Andrews spent more than £200,000 on legal fees in successfully defending a claim for constructive dismissal by a lecturer. He claimed he had been forced out by bullying and intolerable working conditions. But the legal fees were 10 times the amount the university might have paid in compensation had it lost the case. Disputes in academia tend to arouse powerful emotions, as the reputation of an institution or the intellectual credibility of an individual is often at stake …” (more)

[Paul Randolph, Guardian, 3 May]

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‘Our guess is that Quinn is ready to be very radical’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“After that gruelling round of three teacher conferences in three days, Ruairi Quinn took the train to Dublin from Tralee on Wednesday night. He was back in his office early last Thursday morning, ready for the next phase of his reform agenda …” (more)

[‘Teacher’s Pet’, Irish Times, 3 May]

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We should ensure there is not too much of an overlap in provision of courses

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Many years ago I was a law student. I took the Legal Science course (as it was then called) in Trinity College Dublin but if I had wanted I could have gone to UCD or UCC. Back then these were the colleges offering law. Anyone contemplating the subject today has a bewildering choice of institutions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Countdown to the Leaving cert

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Cillian Fahy, who got nine As in his Leaving Certificate, offers advice on how to maximise your points by outlining what you should and should not do during revision in the crucial run-up to the exams …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 May]

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Russell does his dad and UCD a favour

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

UCD 2 Drogheda United 1 A dramatic 88th minute goal by substitute Sean Russell gave UCD another vital three points as they climbed further out of the relegation zone with victory over bottom of the table Drogheda at The Belfield Bowl last night …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 May]

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TUI attack on State support for fee-paying schools is rabble-rousing nonsense

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“… Why did the TUI make such a mess of the whole thing when it was evident from day one, that Croke Park was the only game in town? One might have thought that they would have learnt from that debacle, and used their conference last week to engage in serious debate about the key educational issues facing us in our present crisis …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Teaching Conferences 2011

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

“In this programme I spoke to the deputy general secretaries of each of the teacher unions and asked them to reflect on the highlights of their 2011 conference …” (more, podcast)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 2 May]

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