Talks on University of Ulster job losses to resume

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“Discussions involving staff at the University of Ulster over the extent of proposed job cuts are expected to resume later. According to the university, up to 200 posts are expected to go as part of a rolling programme of job losses over four years …” (more)

[Kevin Magee, BBC News, 7 March]

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Research update March 2012

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“… Getting a paper published is always a pleasant experience no matter how often one hits the mark. Different academics have different approaches: the very best in the field, people like Rene Stulz publish lots and in very high quality journals. I tend to publish lots but in lower quality but still decent journals …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 7 March]

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ICT in primary curriculum – an enabler for economic recovery?

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“The Government announced last month that all second-level schools are to get high-speed broadband by 2014. They failed to offer any similar commitment to primary schools where, according to a recent survey by IPPN, 23% of schools’ broadband connections are unreliable …” (more)

[Seán Cottrell, Education Matters, 7 March]


Trinity student FBI claim is top hacker is released by Gardai

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“A suspected hacker wanted by the FBI and arrested over cyber plots by online anarchists Anonymous and LulzSec has been released without charge …” (more)

[Ed Carty and others, Independent, 7 March]

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Europe’s €80 billion plan to boost research and innovation

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“With a proposed budget of €80 billion (US$105 billion), the European Commission’s new Horizon 2020 plan complemented the approach being taken in most of the European Union’s member states to increase investment in research and innovation as the routes to future growth, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU commissioner for research, innovation and science, told a national conference in Canberra …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 7 March]

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FBI indicts Irish students over global hacking conspiracy

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“The FBI has named two young Irish men as members of a six-man group said to lead a global computer hacking organisation, in indictment papers in a New York court …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 7 March]

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College invitation to Strauss-Kahn angers women

Posted in Life on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“A women’s group annoyed that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will speak at Cambridge University has invited the lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault to speak there on the same day …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 March]

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Student detained as part of crackdown on hacking

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“One of two Irish students, named in a US court as being sought in connection with an international investigation into computer hacking and telephone intercepts, was being questioned by the gardai last night …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 7 March]

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Copyright Consultation Process anything more than PR Exercise?

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Innovation Sean Sherlock’s move to consult with interested parties after signing into law his controversial Copyright Order has all the hallmarks of a PR exercise designed to confuse the issue and deflect criticism …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 6 March]

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Access is more than a ramp

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“Luke Kelly Melia is 13 years old and in primary school in Cavan. Well he was in school until he got an assistance dog and the school refused to allow him bring it to school. I first read about Luke in January and had not heard anything since and thought the matter had been sorted. However I was informed today that he is still not allowed to bring the dog to school …” (more)

[Maman Poulet, 6 March]

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