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TUI rejects call to replace Transition Year

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has rejected a call by Friends of the Elderly to replace the Transition Year with a community service year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 March]

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Student choice is a myth – and it’s immoral

Posted in Fees and access on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“The emphasis in higher education on student choice is immoral. It loads upon immature participants all the responsibility and risks of making the wrong choice …” (more)

[Roger Brown, Guardian, 19 March]

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Maintaining research independence in a political world

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“How can academics contribute expertise that feeds into the development of policy without compromising their independence, asks Professor Peter Urwin? …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 19 March]

Mathematics and science education: a modest proposal …

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“It’s generally agreed that for a whole variety of reasons there is a crisis in terms of Irish scientific and mathematical education, resulting in students going into universities who struggle with the move from a more rote learning to a more scientific reasoning based learning approach …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 19 March]

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Foundation calls for action on stem-cell legislation

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Irish Stem Cell Foundation has warned that current restrictions on research in Ireland are preventing inward investment in the bio-tech sector …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 March]

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Are recruitment agents an express train without brakes?

Posted in Fees and access on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“The use of commission-based international recruitment agents is the accepted norm in Australia and the UK while it continues to create waves among American higher education institutions, as evident from a recent meeting of National Association for College Admission Counseling …” (more)

[Rahul Choudaha, University World News, 18 March]

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GMIT meets over low morale at institute

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology says it is ‘consulting with staff’ in its business school following a three-hour meeting between staff and management last week on issues relating to low morale …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Where science meets business

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“Since 2001 DIT’s Hothouse has created 179 sustainable businesses, attracted over €90m in equity investment and generated 1,055 jobs. The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is regularly cited among the top 3% of higher education institutions globally for research and innovation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 March]

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Delay to start of upskilling course for maths teachers

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“An upskilling course for maths teachers who have no qualification in the subject has been delayed. It is not expected to start until this September, a year after it was announced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Scrap ‘self-indulgent’ transition year, urges elderly lobby group

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“In what might be seen as the first salvo in an inter-generational war, Friends of the Elderly has called for the scrapping of transition year. The organisation, which provides 400 volunteers to befriend elderly people living on their own, described the senior cycle ‘gap year’ as ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘a luxury we can’t afford’ …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Project Maths plan adds up

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – As a student following the Project Maths syllabus in Fifth Year, I feel Kate Mockler’s letter (March 5th) focused on the negatives in Project Maths, whereas there is much more to consider …” (more)

[Kate Reidy, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Proposal Excellenzzzzzzzzz

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“When I am asked to review a grant proposal by a program director at NSF (doesn’t matter which program), I almost always say yes. There have been a few cases that I can remember when I was sent a proposal quite far out of my field of expertise …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 19 March]

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Elsevier, the Research Works Act and Open Access: where to now?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“If Elsevier calculated that its withdrawal of support for the Research Works Act (RWA) would neutralise the arguments stirred up around academic publishing, I think the company is mistaken. I certainly hope so …” (more)

[Stephen Curry, Reciprocal Space, 18 March]

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Report: 51% of web site traffic is ‘non-human’ and mostly malicious

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2012 by steve

“Web site analytics packages record what real people do on a site but most web site traffic comes from other computers often with nefarious intent …” (more)

[Tom Foremski, ZDNet, 13 March]

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