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Dominique Strauss-Kahn bundled into Cambridge speech after protesters daub graffiti

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Mr Strauss-Kahn was rushed into the building by security guards, who scuffled with photographers and a demonstrator. The Frenchman, who resigned as head of the IMF in May last year after being charged with attempted rape, gave a private speech about global economics to hundreds of student members of the Society …” (more)

[James Orr and Matthew Holehouse, Daily Telegraph, 9 March]

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CAO figures a challenge to education system

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Data released today by the Central Applications Office (CAO) showing an increase in applications for science courses will come as sweet music to educators, politicians and businesses looking to plug Ireland’s technology skills gap …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 9 March]

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Why universities need to think more creatively about graduate employability

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“The new student fee regime, regardless of whether positioned at £9,000 or otherwise, is focusing the mind of many in universities. By reviewing the published tactics of some middle-ranked universities, most seem to be seeking to retain or grow their AAB/A+ numbers through offering excellence scholarships of different financial amounts and against varying criteria …” (more)

[Zahir Irani, Guardian Professional, 9 March]

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LIT university a ‘long-term strategy’ says president

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Limerick Institute of Technology has insisted that its proposal to establish a technological university is a ‘long-term strategy’ and that it is putting in place measures to ensure that staffing qualifications will meet the requirements of such a proposal …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 9 March]

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Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Mandarin Chinese will not be added to the list of languages taught to Irish teenagers at second level – because government funding shortages mean the list cannot be expanded …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 March]

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What is knowledge mobilisation and why does it matter to universities?

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“This emerging framework aims to connect research with public policy and practice. David Phipps explores the opportunities it offers institutions and academics …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 9 March]

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NUI Maynooth’s IVI expands to the US east coast

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“NUI Maynooth-based Innovation Value Institute (IVI), creator of the IT-CMF framework for CIOs and IT managers, has expanded its operations to the US east coast with the establishment of a chapter in New Jersey …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 9 March]

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Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Or get out at least until there is a better system? I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – ‘We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!. Except the truth is our patrons want a lot of things we can’t give them …” (more)

[Bobbi Newman, Librarian by Day, 7 March]

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Surge in science demand welcomed

Posted in Fees and access on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“A surge in demand for positions on third level science courses has been welcomed by the Science Foundation of Ireland. Figures released by the Central Applications Office show an 18% increase in applications across the board …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 March]

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University fees tipping point reached

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Tuition fees and education contracts took over from funding body grants as the most important income source for UK universities in the last academic year, according to the latest statistics …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 9 March]

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Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries

Posted in Research on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project. But what that means for the company’s long-term investment in the work remains unclear …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 March]

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Debt, hierarchy, and the modern university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“… the British version which has evolved from nominally democratic modes of governance to extremely hierarchical ones within a generation. When I started my career, institutions were funded by a block grant from government, which they were largely free to do with as they wished, and departments often functioned (with disciplinary variations) according to a combination of exchange and communism …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 9 March]

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Cambridge debating society stands firm on Dominique Strauss-Kahn invite

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“The Cambridge debating society has issued a robust defence of its decision to invite Dominique Strauss-Kahn to address students ahead of his controversial appearance at its union tonight …” (more)

[Katie Hodge, Independent, 9 March]

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DoJ warning means one thing: E-book prices are coming down

Posted in Legal issues on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“The rumblings about Apple and the possible anticompetitive nature of its deal with book publishers over ‘agency model’ pricing have turned into an all-out roar, with the news that the Department of Justice has warned the various parties about an impending antitrust lawsuit …” (more)

[Mathew Ingram, GigaOM, 8 March]

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The Journal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2012 by steve

(1) WHAT THEY SAID DURING THE 2011 ELECTION CAMPAIGN Enda Kenny pledged to abolish Irish as a compulsory subject for the Leaving Cert. In the Fine Gael manifesto, the party wrote …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 March]

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Demand for science courses up

Posted in Fees and access on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“The good news this morning is that figures just released by the Central Applications Office (the body that administrates college applications in Ireland) show that interest in science courses has increased significantly …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 9 March]

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Strong demand to raise points for science courses

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“The latest figures from the CAO demonstrate how arts and business courses – the twin pillars of the college admissions system – are both in decline. With an estimated 100,000 unemployed graduates, students and their parents are switching focus to different disciplines with much better job prospects …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Hitting education spending is a dunce’s game

Posted in Life on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“I recently attended a rural economic development programme in Massachusetts and North Carolina, courtesy of Boston College and the US State Department. We spent a week in each state, examining how economic development policies are promoted locally …” (more)

[Jim Power, Irish Examiner, 9 March]

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Surge in tuition fees sees major spike in UK CAO applicants

Posted in Fees and access on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Rising college tuition fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have led to a significant increase in the number of UK students applying to attend colleges in the Republic of Ireland …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 March]

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Ultimate Education Disrupter from Apple

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Apple’s Siri will disrupt education more than any other technology in this decade because it’s getting smarter and deployed faster than people appreciate. Siri is a talking encyclopedia …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 9 March]

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