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Project Maths

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“The Project Maths initiative has been in the press recently and the response has been largely negative from the Irish Times letter writers, including a couple of students. Being naturally conservative on matters educational – I’m a member of the Norman Tebbit ‘get on your bike and study’ club – my natural instinct was to be very sceptical of the whole Project Maths thing …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 March]

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St Patrick’s Day: The Most Irish Colleges

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“It’s time to drop green food coloring in your drink, listen to Dropkick Murphys, and head to the nearest parade. You guessed it – it’s almost St Patrick’s Day! Just over half of Americans are planning to celebrate St Paddy’s Day this Saturday, and college students are no exception …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 16 March]

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What do universities actually gain by improving league table performance?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Visions of a premiere league football system for universities became probable reality with the news that Exeter, Durham, Queen Mary and York are to join the Russell Group. Every conversation I have with a senior university executive these days includes news of their latest endeavours to hike their institutions up the league tables …” (more)

[Kim Catcheside, Guardian Professional, 16 March]

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Eight arrested in Holyland unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Eight people were arrested overnight in the Holyland area of Belfast for a range of anti-social behaviour. Police officers and representatives of the University of Ulster and Queen’s were in the area from Thursday evening …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 March]

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Public Higher Ed Tuition: Students Footing More Of The Bill

Posted in Fees and access on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“The ‘public’ component of public higher education is rapidly eroding, with public colleges now getting more than 43% of their revenues from student tuition as opposed to state and local taxpayers, compared to less than 30% as recently as a decade ago …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 16 March]

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Applications to Irish Universities from the UK

Posted in Fees and access on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“A while back Jim Monaghan of these parts raised the issue of applications from the UK in Irish universities and third level institutions. Apparently there’s been a significant increase in the past twelve months, which bears out what Jim suggested might be the case …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 16 March]

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Some thoughts on academic research and academic teaching

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Over the last number of years the publication of the times higher education University rankings has prompted a veritable orgies of introspection amongst Irish higher education analysts and participants. Once again the news is not great …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 16 March]

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Essential Reading on Copyright Math for @seansherlocktd

Posted in Legal issues on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“I follow Deputy Sean Sherlock, hoping that some part of Ireland’s creative community’s concern about copyright will rub off on the politician. As part of this educational campaign, I sincerely hope Deputy Sherlock sets aside six minutes to watch Rob Reid outline copyright math on YouTube …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 16 March]

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Oxbridge professor of economics: ‘Women are the super troopers’

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Joris Luyendijk hears an educator’s candid views of the students under his tutelage …” (more)

[Guardian, 16 March]

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Academic Commuting

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“I’ve always been a huge fan of college towns. I like the mix of ages, the vast array of cultural activities, the proliferation of coffee shops, the college green. I was excited about the likelihood of a future spent in adorable college towns think Williamstown, Massachusetts …” (more)

[Bronwen Everill, PhD Octopus, 16 March]

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A crisis in literacy

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – As pointed out by your Editorial (March 9th), a coherent approach to improving the numeracy and literacy standards of the population of Ireland is required …” (more)

[June O'Reilly, Irish Times, 16 March]

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Project maths plan does not add up

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – If you look at the papers for project mathematics on the Department of Education website, and this is a very worthwhile exercise, you will notice a huge reduction in areas such as calculus and linear algebra …” (more)

[Cora Stack, Irish Times, 16 March]

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Mental health and higher education: ‘I won’t let depression hold back my academic career’

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“An academic who periodically suffers from bouts of depression describes his experiences and the mechanisms he uses to cope …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 16 March]

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Social media profiles hitting job applicants

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“One in every five technology executives are rejecting job applicants due to the candidates’ social media profiles, a new survey has found …” (more)

[Celine Harding, Business Post, 15 March]

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Universities need the guts to break this Faustian pact with research

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“As long as university academics claim privileged public sector status, the agony of their bondage to the state will continue …” (more)

[Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 15 March]

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Four New, Really Bad Scholarly Open-Access Publishers

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“This week, thanks to several tips, I have discovered four questionable, scholarly open-access publishers and added them to my list …” (more)

[Scholarly Open Access, 15 March]

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