IFI Announces Plans to Build Major New Preservation Centre at NUI Maynooth

Posted in Research on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and film director Neil Jordan, earlier today marked the success of the recent IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund campaign with the launch of plans for a new IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation & Research Centre at NUI Maynooth …” (more)

[HT: Eoin O’Dell]
[Film Ireland, 4 April]

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What Do Professors Do, Anyway?

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“On March 23, the Washington Post ran an op-ed by David Levy, a former chancellor at the New School University, asking: ‘Do college professors work hard enough?’. He suggests that faculty at non-research institutions don’t put in enough hours for the pay they receive …” (more)

[Susan Herbst, Huffington Post, 4 April]

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President Higgins says quality of teaching should be paramount in third level education

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“In his address to USI Congress, President Michael D Higgins said that quality of teaching should be the paramount concern for Irish universities in maintaining standards in third level education …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 4 April]

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Piracy agreement must go offline – Prendergast

Posted in Legal issues on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Labour MEP for Munster Phil Prendergast vowed to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), as the European Commission announced, today, the text of its referral of the agreement to the European Court of Justice, in response to massive pressure from opponents to ACTA …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 4 April]

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Dutch, Belgian publishers mull a ‘Spotify for newspapers’

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“The Netherlands’ main news titles are collaborating on ideas for a joint payment system that would let readers buy access to each …” (more)

[Robert Andrews, paidContent, 4 April]

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One-third of Scotland’s colleges facing the axe

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“The number of Scottish colleges could be slashed by more than one-third under radical Government restructuring proposals. Five groups of colleges have either already submitted plans for mergers, or are discussing the possibility, amid accusations it is part of a cost-saving exercise that will result in staff being made redundant and courses closed …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 4 April]

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Confessions of a new head of department

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“… Expressions of congratulatory warmth were extended at arm’s length, with fearful looks, as if I’d just been found to have a contagious tapeworm. Experienced colleagues seemed desperate to avoid catching my new condition, lest their insides be gnawed away into hollow despair, as they assumed mine would be …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 4 April]

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Up to 64% of second-level schools may drop Leaving Cert subjects in 2012

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“64% of second-level schools are considering dropping one or more subjects from their Leaving Cert programme as a result of Budget 2012 education cuts, a study commissioned by the ASTI has found. The Leaving Cert subjects most likely to be dropped by schools in September 2012 are accounting, chemistry, physics, and economics …” (more)

[ASTI, 4 April]

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How to Ask a Question

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Last Wednesday I attended a debate at St Francis College in Brooklyn, at which three men engaged in a lively, literate, and deeply-informed exchange. After they finished and the moderator opened the floor for questions, the usual thing happened. The questioners by and large had no questions. Instead they offered up prolix piles of words that led nowhere in particular …” (more)

[Peter Wood, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 March]

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Mystery Surrounds SU’s Missing Million

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“UCD Students’ Union may be over €1m in debt when accounts are published on April 12, with claim and counterclaim surrounding who is responsible for, and who will be funding, the debt repayments …” (more)

[Donie O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 4 April]

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‘Everest-like’ climb of drunken student at Limerick races a viral hit

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“… And now a video of the spectacle has attracted over 42,000 views on the online video channel YouTube. The video shows the young man, wearing a hat from rum company Captain Morgan, struggling to keep upright, as he repeatedly tries to climb to a top of a small hill without falling over …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 4 April]

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Bartlett says failure to vote on USI funding policy will ‘only increase the disillusionment of Trinity students with USI’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Trinity College Students’ Union President Ryan Bartlett has criticised the decision of a majority of USI Congress to put off deciding on USI’s new policy on third level funding …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 4 April]

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DIT Faculty of Engineering on market for €2.2m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“A number of office, educational and commercial properties in Dublin city centre are being offered for sale or to let by recently formed estate agency Xavier McCaffrey. The most valuable of these is DIT’s Faculty of Engineering, DIT at 68-72 Capel Street, Dublin 1 which has a €2.2m price tag …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 4 April]

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Students call for Croke Park deal to be renegotiated

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Delegates at the Union of Students in Ireland national congress have called for the renegotiation of the Croke Park agreement. ‘The agreement has insulated the public service’, union president Gary Redmond …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 4 April]

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‘Hotels on campus’ as universities build up their image

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“Universities are spending millions on new buildings as they compete to attract students – including campus hotels, an overseas student village and better bedrooms, says a survey …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 4 April]

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So how has the US come to be a nation of high school slayings?

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“If One L Goh, the 43-year-old Korean who allegedly shot and killed seven people at a private Christian college, Oikos University, in Oakland, California, on Monday, was seeking notoriety, it did not last long …” (more)

[Jeremy Laurance, Independent, 4 April]

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Ireland’s Sopa Debate: Selected Highlights

Posted in Legal issues on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“At today’s Irish Digital Forum at The Science Gallery were from top: Sean Sherlock (junior minister for jobs and innovation), Simon McGarr (solicitor, Stop Sopa Ireland Campaign), Tom Murphy (Boards.ie) and Paul Durrant (Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland) …” (more)

[Broadsheet.ie, 3 April]

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