Thursday Polling A Farcical Situation – USI

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has slammed the Fine Gael/Labour Government for setting the polling day for the upcoming Presidential Election & Referenda on a Thursday. Yesterday, Minister for Environment Phil Hogan TD signed the Polling Day Order unfairly scheduling polling to take place on a Thursday, on October 27th, which will prevent thousands of students from being able to cast their vote …” (more)

[USI, 31 August]

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The measure of blogging in academic publishing

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“Lenny Cassuto defends comments made in our live chat on academic publishing and explains why he thinks print still trumps blogging for academics trying to establish themselves …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 31 August]

NUIG to create future rugby stars

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“NUI Galway has announced the establishment of a Rugby Youth Academy to cater for teenagers in Galway. The Youth Academy is an integral part of the existing University Rugby club, which was formed in 1874, and is a founder member of the IRFU …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 31 August]

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Libya: New regime plans to reopen universities soon

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“Libya’s new government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), has said it plans to restart higher education this coming month. But the country’s universities remain unsure when doors will actually reopen for students. Many universities across the country have been closed or operating shoestring services, since Libya’s rebellion started in February …” (more)

[Megan Detrie, University World News, 31 August]

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Web marketing grows, but universities urged not to abandon personal approach

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“A major survey of online marketing to prospective international students has found that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is unlikely to succeed, and that, for universities, a web presence is not a substitute for face to face interaction …” (more)

[Andy Wright, Times Higher Education, 31 August]

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So when does academic publishing get disrupted?

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“… But as author and academic George Monbiot points out in a recent piece in The Guardian, there is one large publishing market that not only remains undisrupted but continues to produce huge returns for those who control it: the publishing of academic journals. Why has this market been able to resist the tide of change sweeping through the rest of the industry, and what will it take to finally disrupt it? …” (more)

[Mathew Ingram, Gigaom, 30 August]

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Quinn in the dark as maths crisis deepens

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has admitted for the first time he doesn’t know the number of unqualified second-level maths teachers – five months after asking experts to find out …” (more)

[Louise Hogan and Breda Heffernan, Independent, 31 August]

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Town wants Book of Kells back

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has been told the town of Kells in Co Meath ‘wants the Book of Kells back’. A new forum comprising local people from the medieval town yesterday started a campaign to have TCD release one of the four volumes of the Book of Kells and allow it to go on display in Kells …” (more)

[Elaine Keogh, Irish Times, 31 August]

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More than 75% accept first offer as second round goes in the post

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“At the close of round one at 5.15pm on Monday last, the CAO reported that it had received a total of 37,171 acceptances in that round. This represents around 75.23% of the 49,408 applicants who received an offer in round one …” (more)

[Independent, 31 August]

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Coaxing university leaders into the social media

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“I spent yesterday at the annual conference of CASE Europe – the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on blogging and tweeting by university heads. That, I might say, is a space I am used to being in on my own …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 August]

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Quinn needs to get answers

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“According to its website, the functions of the Department of Education include the ‘key elements of policy planning, quality assurance, resourcing, regulation and evaluation’. It would seem obvious that, to carry out these key functions, the department would need comprehensive information from the schools …” (more)

[Independent, 31 August]

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Death of Trinity historian McDowell aged 97

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“The death has taken place of prominent historian, author and Trinity College Dublin academic Robert Brendan (RB) McDowell at the age of 97. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and in 1932 went to Trinity …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 August]

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Limerick library is an ‘irritant’, says college president

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2011 by steve

“A major €20m library is the next project in Mary Immaculate College’s ambitious capital budget plan, president Peadar Cremin said this week. The college’s library is ‘completely inadequate’ for the college’s needs and is an ‘irritant’ to the student body, he said …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 August]

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At least 45 university departments occupied by their students in Greece, gearing up for another winter of discontent

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

“Only days after the new education bill was voted into law, bringing sweeping changes to Greece’s higher education system (immense funding cuts, abolition of the academic asylum etc), students on the ground have been organising their response …” (more)

[From the Greek Streets, 30 August]

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Rents near UL and LIT rise by 8.7%

Posted in Life on August 30th, 2011 by steve

“With Leaving Certificate results recently released, rents in the vicinity of Limerick’s third level institutes have risen significantly since last year, but remain lower than accommodation near other colleges and universities in the country …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 30 August]

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University rejects fresh Kells bid

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

“Ireland’s top university has rejected renewed efforts in the 40-year battle to have the priceless Book of Kells returned to its home town. Trinity College Dublin has dismissed the latest attempts by campaigners to strike a deal to share the world-renowned ancient manuscripts …” (more)

[Independent, 30 August]

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The Future of Higher-Education Internationalization

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

“Across the world, higher education has experienced dramatic changes in recent years. There is no doubt that it should be viewed in the global context and not solely from a domestic point of view. Internationalization of higher education is no longer just about the mobility of students and signing of international memoranda of understanding …” (more)

[Francisco Marmolejo, WorldWise, 30 August]

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Gender gap in spatial abilities depends on females’ role in society

Posted in Life on August 30th, 2011 by steve

“One of the issues that has prevented the full participation of females in math and the sciences is the persistent belief that males have innate math skills that are superior to those of females. Even as studies show that the math gap disappears in countries with greater gender equality, it seems to persist in higher education, which allows it to be transmitted to new generations …” (more)

[John Timmer, Nobel Intent, 30 October]

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Meath town seeks return of Book of Kells

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

“A campaign has got under way in Kells to secure the return of one of the four volumes of the famous Book of Kells. Campaigners say that the Co Meath town is the rightful home for at least some of the book. However, Trinity College in Dublin where it is currently housed has already rejected the town’s request …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 August]

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Resisting the policy shifts: a manifesto for HE staff

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

“A group of university staff has produced a manifesto for universities with demands placed on the government and HEIs. Des Freedman explains why …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 30 August]

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