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Minister Sherlock launches new Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today formally launched the new Irish Research Council – a merger of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 29 March]

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Minister Sherlock launches the Atlantic Corridor Conference on STEM

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today launched the Atlantic Corridor Conference on STEM Education, in Tullamore. The Atlantic Conference, which has been running since 2008, has established itself as a key event for all those interested in science and technology issues in Ireland both from an education and enterprise perspective …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 29 March]

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University drop-out rate soars by 13% in a year

Posted in Life on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“More than one-in-five undergraduates are failing to compete the first year of their degree at the worst-performing universities, it emerged, prompting fears that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being wasted on unwanted courses …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 29 March]

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RMIT academics really not happy about having to be happy at work

Posted in Life on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“Universities that compel academics to show a positive attitude risk an ‘immediate backlash’, an industrial relations expert says. RMIT University staff will fight against a new behavioural code that demands they promote positivity and show passion at work …” (more)

[Benjamin Preiss, The Age, 27 March]

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Behind the Scenes at the School Management Group

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“At a Staff Meeting yesterday it was officially announced that I’ve been ‘promoted’ to Deputy Head of School, with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. In fact it’s not so much a promotion as a battlefield commission …” (more)

[In the Dark, 29 March]

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The Irish Times and the God particle

Posted in Research on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“… However, I find the headline in The Irish Times quite inappropriate. It manages to trivialise both physics and religion, all in my name. I must say it takes a lot of the fun out of writing science for the public when editors superimpose headlines I am not comfortable with. This happens to me very often, and a journalist friend of mine tells me I am far too fussy …” (more)

[Antimatter, 29 March]

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Allowances form an integral part of teachers’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“These allowances form an integral part of teachers’ pay. Salary comprises the appropriate point of scale and applicable allowances …” (more)

[Teachers' Union of Ireland, 28 March]

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Allowances of €2.5bn paid out to teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“Teachers have been paid allowances totalling €2.5bn on top of their salaries over the last five years, figures from the Department of Education show …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 March]

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My thoughts on Irish Third Level

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“If you haven’t read any of my blogs yet than you should be aware. I like to generalize, it makes me feel good. When I generalize, it doesn’t mean it’s true for all students of any college but it’s a sizable enough number to be noticeable …” (more)

[The City Fathers, 29 March]

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Oil and Gas Exploration

Posted in Teaching on March 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied with the number of degree courses in oil and gas exploration in universities here; if he has plans to address this position; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 March]

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Third Level Fees – Students formerly resident in the US

Posted in Fees and access on March 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the policy of a university (details supplied) to charge non-EU resident fees for persons who are Irish and EU citizens who have resided in the United States of America but are classified as non-resident by the American authorities …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 March]

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Higher Education Grants – Farmers’ Sons and Daughters

Posted in Fees and access on March 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure that the eligibility criteria for higher education grants for farmers sons and daughters remains based on the yearly income of the farmer rather than the capital assets of the farm holding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 March]

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