Minister disputes Sopa comparison

Posted in Legal issues on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Concerns that a ministerial order on copyright mirrors the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) in the United States ‘are not based on fact’, Minister of State Seán Sherlock has insisted. Mr Sherlock said the US proposals could not be introduced in the EU, where the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights had to be applied …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran and Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Public safety outweighs academic freedom, committee rules

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“… In an article explaining its conclusions, published jointly in Science and Nature today, the committee says ‘revolutionary’ advances in scientists’ ability to manipulate microbial genomes have brought the life sciences to a ‘crossroads’ similar to that faced by physics in the wake of nuclear weapons research in the 1940s …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 31 January]

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Former student becomes the boss at IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“A former student of IT Carlow has now taken over the position of president of the institute. Carlow woman Dr Patricia Mulcahy, who studied at the IT, has stepped into the top job after 12 years as head of development at the college …” (more)

[Clare Minnock, The Nationalist, 31 January]

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SOPA Box – debating the future of the internet in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Ahead of this evening’s Dail debate on the statutory instrument that amends the Copyright Act 2000, two of the leaders behind the Stop SOPA Ireland petition – Michele Neylon and TJ McIntyre – answer Siliconrepublic.com’s questions on impending changes to Ireland’s copyright laws …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 31 January]

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The first indication that the Presidency of Michael D Higgins will be wasted by his supporters

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“… And yet, this speech set down a fundamentally different approach to higher education than the one we’ve been following. So, is it to be the mantelpiece and periodic dusting until it’s safe to bin the work or is there another approach? I think there is and I think that socialists and other progressives had better get their thinking caps on …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 31 January]

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Researchers boycott publisher; will they embrace instant publishing?

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Many scientists were miffed by the introduction of the Research Works Act, which would roll back the US government’s open access policy for research it funds. Some of that annoyance was directed toward the commercial publishers that were supporting the bill. That, combined with a series of grievances about the pricing policies of one publisher, Elsevier, has now led a number of scientists to start a boycott …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 31 January]

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Man’s body found in campus river

Posted in Life on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“The body of a man has been recovered from a river at the University of Ulster (UU) in Coleraine. He was taken from the water near Cromore Road, behind a building on the campus …” (more)

[Independent, 31 January]

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Applications to Scottish universities show tuition fee divide

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Scottish universities have seen a dip in the number of applicants from England and Northern Ireland, but a rise in applicants from other EU countries, who, like their Scottish counterparts, will not be charged tuition fees …” (more)

[Kirsty Scott, Guardian, 31 January]

IT heads propose Munster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Just last week, the five institutes of technology (ITs) in Ireland’s border, midlands and west (BMW) region announced their plan create a technological university there. Now the heads of the ITs in Limerick, Tralee and Cork have also announced their plans to create a Munster Technological University (MTU), with the aim of strengthening the region’s educational prowess and enhancing links with local industry …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 31 January]

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Three more ITs to seek ‘technological university’ status

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Three Institutes of Technology have given education minister Ruairí Quinn a new headache – by announcing their intention to come together and merge into a new technological university …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 January]

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Society journals and the Research Works Act

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Much has been said about the RWA, and the involvement of big name publishers. Less discussed, but very important for many scientists, is the role that scientific societies and their journals have, and the impact of current or future publishing practices …” (more)

[Reciprocal Space, 31 January]

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Mature students are the first casualty of higher tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Applications from older students are in decline as fewer people feel able to risk their future on a course that can cost thousands …” (more)

[Fiona Wood, Guardian, 31 January]

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Munster institutes seek to become tech university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“The institutes of technology in Cork, Limerick and Tralee are to apply to become the Munster Technological University. The amalgamation would make them one of four groups of institutes of technology hoping to form the technological university (TU) sector …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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A lecturer rejects the idea that his is a cushy job

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“When I read last week’s article from a parent of a first year college student, I felt both angry and embarrassed. As a lecturer I am tired of my profession being impugned as a cushy number though I’m disappointed it’s still so misunderstood …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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Three Munster ITs want to unite as a large university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Three institutes of technology in Munster yesterday announced details of plans to create a new entity with technological university status. Cork Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology wish to form the Munster Technological University under proposals outlined in the Government’s National Strategy for Higher Education …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“Five candidates remain in the hunt for the secretary general post in the Department of Education. But curiously there is no real front runner …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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University plan promises wider choice of courses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“A wider course choice and greater international recognition could be among the results of the creation of a Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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Why train doctors just to see them go?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“I once asked the Secretary of Comhairle na nOspidéal how many of its 50 reports had been enacted in full. The answer was simple: none. I was therefore surprised when the Higher Education Authority (HEA) decided to enact the report Medical education in Ireland: a new direction, known as the Fottrell report …” (more)

[Shaun McCann, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Third level holds key to our recovery

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“In University College Cork last year, Nobel Laureate, James Watson predicted that in the 21st century countries will only be as strong as their universities …” (more)

[Michael Murphy, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Commenting freely

Posted in Life on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“In the age of the internet, the aristocracy of commentary has been deposed. You can, if you are so minded, turn to the leader writers of the old newspapers to get a perspective on what is happening at home and abroad, but you could just as easily turn to an interactive website …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 January]

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