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Private colleges are being sacrificed to please the anti-immigration lobby

Posted in Fees and access on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“High fees plus the prohibition of any part-time working by international students at private colleges have ensured the dramatic contraction of the industry …” (more)

[Geoffrey Alderman, Guardian, 12 March]

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The case against a €1 Twitter fee

Posted in Life on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“Would you pay €1 per month to use Twitter? That’s an idea that’s being floated in some quarters. The idea is that your modest subscription would clear your account of promoted tweets and guarantee a minimum level of service …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Business Post, 12 March]

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Russell Group extends membership to four more universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“York, Durham, Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London accept invitations to join elite higher education group …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 12 March]

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£25K awards open for Northern Ireland’s scientific researchers

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“NISP Connect and Bank of Ireland UK have launched the 2012 £25K awards programme which reaches out to Northern Ireland’s research base involved in pioneering innovations around the clean-tech, bio-tech, hi-tech and digital media and software sectors …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 12 March]

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Don’t cut freshers’ week, we need it

Posted in Life on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“Some universities have suggested cutting freshers’ week because of concerns over the amount of alcohol consumed. Miles Coleman makes the case for the defence …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 March]

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Bad Science

Posted in Fees and access on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“The shortsighted decision to cut maintenance grants for postgraduate students, confirmed by Ruairi Quinn last week, contradicts the Government’s policy on the knowledge economy …” (more)

[Mark Lawler, Independent, 12 March]

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A crisis in literacy levels

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – In your welcome Editorial on literacy (March 9th), you quite rightly point out the inconsistencies in the Government’s position, on the one hand expecting better outcomes while cutting back on manpower on the other …” (more)

[Patrick McEvoy, Irish Times, 12 March]

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University President: Courses No Longer Challenge Top Students

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“The President of University College Cork has claimed that high achieving students are no longer challenged by courses in Irish universities …” (more)

[Network for Irish Educational Standards, 12 March]

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€1.5bn spend to prioritise new schools

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“The Government will today outline plans for dozens of new schools as part of a €1.5bn construction programme. But a dwindling capital budget and rising birthrates in larger cities and towns mean the bulk of Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s school building fund up to 2016 will focus on new schools and extensions, rather than upgrades of sub-standard buildings …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 March]

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Cork university to honour ‘public-spirited’ people for donating bodies to science

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“University College Cork plans to hold a service later this week in memory of the ‘public-spirited people’ who have donated their bodies for the teaching of anatomy to its medical, dental and science students since 1849 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 March]

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University is about job prospects, say parents

Posted in Life on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“Only a quarter of parents believe the primary purpose of university is to broaden children’s minds, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 12 March]

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Campaign to end ‘drink-fuelled mess’ on March 17th

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“A Galway city councillor says he has won support for efforts to avoid the ‘drink-fuelled mess’ that the city has become on St Patrick’s Day in recent years …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Sick pay alert for 1,000 teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“More than 1,000 teachers were warned last year that their pay was at risk of being withdrawn if they took too many sick days …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 12 March]

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It’s an Indian spring as university celebrates its first ever Holi festival

Posted in Life on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“The sumptuous colours of the sub-continent brightened a spring day yesterday afternoon when the Holi festival was celebrated in all its rainbow-like glory. Traditionally celebrated in India on the last full moon day of winter, Holi is known as the festival of colours …” (more)

[Independent, 12 March]

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