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UL set to interact more with city groups

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Limerick wants to interact effectively with community groups in the city, UL President Professor Don Barry, stressed at the launch of the Sport Changes Life Victory Scholarship Programme …” (more)

[Niamh Broderick, Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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Correction to Irish Examiner article on staff qualifications for technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“… I’m not sure if the Irish Examiner is being mischievous or careless in failing to point out these issues, but clearly, at least for the Dublin and south east institutes, it is still all to play for …” (more)

[The Norman Wyse Commentary, 6 March]

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TDs meet IT Carlow in push for university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“Amalgamating IT Carlow with Waterford IT to become a technological university of the southeast took another step forward this week. Carlow Fine Gael TD Pat Deering and his Waterford counterpart deputy Paudie Coffey met IT Carlow president Patricia Mulcahy …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 6 March]

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The Big Irish Education Aggregation

Posted in Life on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“I listened to mainstream Irish television as George Lee unpacked issues concerning Irish education while simultaneously watching a whitewater flow of teachers tweeting about how to make the best of limited resources. The TV show is three years behind the pack …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 6 March]

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The coffee police

Posted in Life on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“… Caterina is Italian and you will probably already have guessed what this might be. It relates to the time of the day when it is appropriate to drink cappuccino. The truth is she goes a bit pale, and looks as disapproving as she can muster, when any of us order a cappuccino after about 11.30 …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don's Life, 6 March]

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Has the internet sparked an educational revolution?

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“The internet is helping to reshape the very foundation education by both allowing individuals to learn from the comfort of their own homes as well as training them to be the entrepreneurial moguls …” (video)

[Matt Danzico, BBC News, 6 March]

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How exactly should universities view their students?

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“Next to the main reception desk of a university I visited a year or two ago is a large painting of a classical scene, in which a white robed teacher is addressing a group of young men. The teacher is standing, then young men are sitting around in a semi-circle …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 March]

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Colleges don’t have enough staff with PhDs to qualify as tech universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“The chances of any colleges becoming technological universities in the next few years look slim because some need to more than double their number of staff holding PhDs …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 March]

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How qualified is your lecturer?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“What qualifications are needed to work as an academic in Ireland’s third- level institutions? Do you have to have a PhD or will a Masters do? What about a simple honours degree? Well, believe it or not, it appears to depend on the institution …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 6 March]

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GAA to build hurling and camogie centre at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“GAA president Christy Cooney has unveiled plans for a GAA national hurling and camogie development centre at Waterford Institute of Technology, saying it will prove a major benefit in helping the expansion and promotion of hurling and camogie …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 March]

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Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“The working assumption across the sector – and among his senior officials – has been that Ruairí Quinn would leave Marlborough Street in the summer of 2013. There has even been some speculation that Quinn is en route to Brussels as Ireland’s EU commissioner …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 March]

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Colleges vying for tech university status lack sufficient numbers of suitably qualified staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“All four groups of colleges hoping to become technological universities are significantly short of the level of staff qualifications they need to be successful …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 March]

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Chatterbox

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“What’s the talk of education? RUAIRÍ QUINN AND HIS MILEAGE EXPENSES ‘Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has been asked to explain a second expenses claim, this time relating to a month in which he spent 22 days on holiday …’” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 March]

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The Future of British Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“Over the last 20 years, the British higher-education sector has become used to continuous change and it has adapted triumphantly, at least if we consider the sector’s current position as a world leader …” (more)

[Nigel Thrift, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 March]

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The Research Excellence Framework could kill off some departments

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“Little is known about how the new system for measuring research performance will operate, says Peter Scott, which means the stakes are high for universities …” (more)

[Guardian, 5 March]

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Blogs Need to Evolve as Social Objects

Posted in Life on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“The developer who figures out how to encapsulate individual blog posts as social objects will have the next big thing. Getting that capability means returning juice to blogs …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 5 March]

Programme 129, Paddy Madden on teaching spring, and Chinese

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. Report on introducing Chinese to Irish schools by Barry Hennessy. On this programme environmentalist and educator Paddy Madden discusses how teachers can mark springtime in their classes. He also bemoans the lack of biodiversity in planning the landscaping of newly built schools …” (more, mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 5 March]

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Bright students ‘cannot write essays’, say Cambridge dons

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“Many undergraduates are struggling to show their natural flair after being ordered to write in a highly-structured way to pass exams, it was claimed …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 5 March]

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Vote FEE (Free Education for Everyone) March 6th, 7th and 8th

Posted in Fees and access on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“… FEE is a grassroots student movement which campaigns in opposition to fees and in support of a genuinely open and public university. At QUB, we were at the forefront in the campaign against a fees hike in the North, as well as in opposition to the scrapping of EMA …” (more, video)

[YouTube, 5 March]

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Robert Boyle and The Sceptical Chymist

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“The National Library of Ireland’s new installment of their Discover exhibition, focusing on science, is called Particles of the Past. One of the centre-pieces of the exhibition is a copy of The Sceptical Chymist by Robert Boyle, published just over 350 years ago …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 5 March]

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