‘Commitment will be tested further in the difficult years to come’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“In a wide-ranging speech at the Royal Irish Academy today, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD has outlined his plans for the third-level sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 30 May]

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Quinn must not Renege on College Fees Pledge – USI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“The Union of Student in Ireland (USI) has urged Minister for Education & Skills Ruairí Quinn to honour his pre-election pledge not to reintroduce third level fees. In the run up to the general election, Minister Quinn signed a USI pledge on behalf of the Labour Party stating ‘If elected, I will oppose and campaign against any new form of third level fees including student loans, graduate taxes and any further increase in the Student Contribution’. USI is calling on Minister Quinn, who today refused to rule out an increase in college fees, to honour the commitment he made …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 30 May]

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CAO points system faces review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“The CAO points system – which determines entry to third level colleges – is set to be reviewed , Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn has announced. In a major speech on higher education, he said the CAO review would be part of a major programme of education reform that also includes a recasting of both the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams. Mr Quinn predicted it would take about six years to roll out the radical reform programme he envisaged …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Cabinet ‘has not debated fees rise’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said the Cabinet has not discussed reintroducing third-level fees but warned he had not ruled anything out. The senior Labour minister, who signed a pledge before the election against student charges, said he had not come under any pressure from Government colleagues over a return to fees …” (more)

[Independent, 30 May]

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No decision yet on third level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“No decision has yet been made on the possibility of re-introducing third level fees, according to the Minister for Education and Skills. Ruairi Quinn said the issue of finance at third level would have to be addressed, but he said no proposals are being considered …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 May]

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Quinn moves on college restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“Colleges could be invited to apply to become technological universities by the end of the summer, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn will indicate in a key higher education speech this morning. In his first major policy statement on third-level education since taking office in March, Mr Quinn will address one of the most significant restructuring proposals for the sector put forward by an expert group chaired by economist Colin Hunt …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Minister to outline strategy for third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“The Higher Education Authority has begun an investigation into the funding crisis across the third-level sector – in a move which will increase the pressure for new student charges or a ‘cap’ on the number of college places available to students. The authority’s study comes ahead of a major speech by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn today …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 May]

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UCC launches Global Development Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2011 by steve

“Promoting the need for greater collaboration and co-operation between the developing and developed worlds is the focus of the new UCC Centre for Global Development. The university has committed to strengthening external engagement, maximising the impact of its research and teaching programmes for the benefit of the wider society, locally and globally …” (more)

[John Daly, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Untenuring Tenure

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“Should tenure be abolished? Naomi Schaefer Riley argues that it should. Her new book, The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Paid For, is a Navy Seal Team Six-style assault on Fortress Tenure: quick, precise, and conducted with air of finality …” (more)

[Peter Wood, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 May]

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Trinity Law Academic Appointed by Minister Bruton to Chair New Copyright Review Committee in Bid to Radically Reform Copyright in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has begun a process of reform of Ireland’s copyright regime, in an effort to maximise the potential of the digital industry in Ireland.  He has appointed Dr Eoin O’Dell of Trinity’s Law School to chair a new Copyright Review Committee in commencing that process …” (more)

[Trinity Communications Office, 29 May]

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The Effect of Student Time Allocation on Academic Achievement

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“Does it matter how students allocate their time? One would hope that students who study harder do better and that students who actually turn up for class also do better. Attendance at class is often quite low. This paper by Barbara Graves looks at this question using German data with some interesting results …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 29 May]

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Rankings spurred university reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“International rankings contributed significantly to the speeding up of France’s university reforms and paved the way for the French excellence initiative starting in 2010, according to university leaders. Professor Edouard Husson, Deputy Chancellor of the Universities of Paris and a former adviser to Higher Education and Research Minister Valérie Pécresse, said the ‘shock of the Shanghai rankings’ in 2003 generated the pre-conditions for changes …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 29 May]

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Lecturers back students’ right to wear the burkha

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“Students should have the right to wear religious attire, such as burkhas, in colleges and universities, lecturers will be told tomorrow. Leaders of the University and College Union (UCU) will pledge their support for the right of people of all faiths ‘to wear the religious head-dress and other religious attire appropriate to their faiths’ …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 29 May]

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University chief in new tribunal case

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“A Scottish university principal suspended from his post in controversial circumstances has launched a second tribunal case against his employers. Professor Bernard King, Principal of Abertay University in Dundee, believes he was discriminated against because he acted as a ‘whistleblower’ on behalf of other staff …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, University World News, 29 May]

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Academic bloggers everywhere

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“Tens of thousands of opinionated academics around the world have become internet bloggers while universities are increasingly establishing blogging sites on their web pages. Blogging has moved from being a nerdish undergraduate pastime to an accepted communication medium within the academic community …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 29 May]

Analysing influence … the personal reputational hamsterwheel

Posted in Research on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“Analysing influence has been a central part of academic life. We are very familiar with citation analysis. This is possible because the system allows that metric to be measured and it is seen to be meaningful. As new measures have become possible in a web environment they too have been taken up. See for example the ‘top of’ lists at SSRN or the elaborate set of rankings from RePEc …” (more)

[Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog, 28 May]

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Ignorance expensive, warns UCU lecturers’ union head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“The UK could become ‘yesterday’s country equipped with yesterday’s skills’ if education cuts continue, the UCU lecturers’ union leader is to warn …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 May]

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Open access and the transparency of research

Posted in Research on May 29th, 2011 by steve

“It has been a busy week for research. The UK Research Councils (RCUK) and HEFCE announced plans to work together on open access.  JISC’s Executive Secretary, Dr Malcolm Read, gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into peer review, alongside Mark Patterson from the Public Library of Science, (a leading open access publisher) and in Denmark, there have been meetings at the ministry with the European Commission holding a public hearing on access to scientific information next Monday in Luxembourg …” (more)

[Neil Jacobs, JISC, 26 May]

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The very latest higher education idea: pay students to drop out

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2011 by steve

“Here’s an interesting initiative: Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel is offering $100,000 each to 20 students willing to leave university for two years to start their own companies. And why do this, rather than offer the incentive to graduates? Because Mr Thiel believes that ‘ideas can develop in a start-up environment much faster than at a university’. Indeed he is report to want to ‘question the idea of higher education’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 May]

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Quinn order on qualified teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2011 by steve

“Schools have been instructed to prioritise the hiring of qualified teachers over unqualified and retired teachers from September. ‘Extremely limited circumstances’ in which schools can employ unqualified teachers were outlined in a circular issued by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn yesterday …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 28 May]

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