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Contact hours – Economics departments

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will inform Dáil Éireann of the mean and median class contact hours for professors, associate professors and senior lecturers in the departments of economics of the following third level institutions: University College Dublin, University of Dublin, National University of Ireland Maynooth, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, Dublin City University and the University of Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 14 February]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees and access on February 15th, 2012 by steve

Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which the centralised office for higher education grants will be in place; the location of same; when it will come into operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 14 February]

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New €21m School of Medicine opens at TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin’s (TCD) new School of Medicine was officially opened today by the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock. Set in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, the school got funding of just over €21m from the Higher Education Authority/Department of Education & Skills …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 15 February]

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Chomsky slams modern education: designed to control and create conformity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“In a wide ranging interview Noam Chomsky attacks education for creating conformity. ‘It does not matter what a course covers, it’s what a student discovers’, he says …” (more)

[Stephen Matchett, The Australian, 16 February]

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Why rank student cities?

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“University rankings have been stirring up debate for a good few years, but everyone knows that going to university is about more than just choosing the most famous or prestigious institution. While we all naturally base much of our decision-making on identifying the best university and degree program, the city in which you choose to spend three or four years living and studying will shape your university experience …” (more)

[QS Intelligence Unit, 15 February]

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Spanish changes are scientific suicide

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Spain no longer has a ministry of science. In the last days of 2011, its new government transferred national science policy to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, a duty for which this ministry seems most unsuited …” (more)

[Amaya Moro-Martín, Nature News, 15 February]

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Philip Nolan at IGNITE Dublin #8

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Philip Nolan gives his talk at the IGNITE night at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin in December 2011.” (video)

[YouTube, 15 February]
[HT: Conor Houghton]

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Libraries Receiving a Shrinking Piece of the University Pie

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“… The simplest explanation to describe this trend is that the library has lost its coveted position as the intellectual hub of the university; that administrators don’t think of the library anymore — after all, information that arrives on one’s desktop must be free; and that students value the library more as a quiet place to nap …” (more)

[Phil Davis, The Scholarly Kitchen, 15 February]

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British universities are in need of a teaching revolution

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Teaching in universities has often played second fiddle to research in terms of university rankings, public funding and institutional prestige. Governments and the press have often pigeon-holed institutions by research activity rather than recognising that teaching, research and knowledge exchange are integral to the role of all universities …” (more)

[Pam Tatlow, Guardian, 15 February]

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Dublin is the 8th best place in the world for students

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“… at least, according to the latest ranking by QS. They’re quiet about the method, but if you click on any of the cities, you will find what matters to them …” (more)

[Richard Tol, Irish Economy, 15 February]

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LIT Creative Multimedia

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Along with three other multimedia lecturers, I spent most of Valentine’s Day, including the dinner hour, revising Ireland’s longest-running third level creative multimedia degree programme …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 15 February]

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Capital among top student cities for education … and craic

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Dublin has been rated as one of the best student cities in the world – and ‘the craic’ has a lot to do with it. It shares eighth place with Berlin in a table topped by Paris, followed by London, Boston, Melbourne, Vienna, Sydney and Zurich …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 February]

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Copyright enforcement and the Internet: we just haven’t tried hard enough?

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“On Tuesday, Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum suggested that we don’t have effective copyright enforcement on the Internet because we just haven’t tried hard enough …” (more)

[Timothy B Lee, Ars Technica, 15 February]

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Is data misuse finally becoming a criminal matter?

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“There’s a long and ignominious history in Ireland of personal data abuse by employees in the public sector and insurance industry. Sometimes it’s a garda using phone records to spy on her ex, sometimes it’s nosiness on the part of Revenue staff …” (more)

[TJ McIntyre, IT Law in Ireland, 15 February]

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Technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2012 by steve

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames: … I welcome the publication yesterday of the criteria for the designation of institutes of technology as technological universities. Let us make no mistake about it, this is a major development which needs to be debated because there are fears to be allayed and questions to be answered. For example, will this development lead to a lowering of standards? …” (more)

[Order of Business, Seanad Éireann, 14 February]

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‘Truth’ in Science

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Reviewing papers for journals can be a chore sometimes, especially if the submission is from a non-English speaker and you spend all of your time trying to decipher what the authors are trying to say. However, it is an aspect of my job that I enjoy as it makes me think about some of the deeper, philosophical issues that arise in science …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 14 February]

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Drink driving student ‘deeply embarrassed’

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“A student who was just over the limit when stopped for drink driving by the gardaí was ‘deeply embarrassed’ by what had happened, Balbriggan District Court has heard …” (more)

[Fingal Independent, 14 February]

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German Professors’ Salaries Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“As reported today in several German newspapers (see sources below), many German professors should be getting raises next year, thanks to the complaints of a chemist …” (more)

[Chelsea Wald, Science Careers Blog, 14 February]

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EU official who resigned over ACTA explains how the treaty will result in invasive border searches of personal devices, privacy-invading dissemination of public’s personal information

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“Kader Arif is the former EU official who served as rapporteur on ACTA (the secretive copyright treaty pushed by the US Trade Rep) on Europe’s behalf. He made headlines when he handed in his report on ACTA …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 14 February]

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Colleges and universities must merge or lose funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2012 by steve

“The Education Minister is beginning to play hardball with the universities and colleges, finally. There’s going to be a cut in the number of courses around the country that are almost exactly the same …” (more)

[Denis McEvoy, JOE, 13 February]

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