Handedness and earnings: the evidence

Posted in Life on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“The paper I blogged about yesterday was a depressing one for left-handers but here is the good news: they get paid more, ceteris paribus. If they are male, that is. For females, its the other way around …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 12 April]

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Yes, there’s a numeracy crisis – so what’s the solution?

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“There’s been plenty of commentary recently on the ‘numeracy crisis’ threatening the economies of many developed nations, including Australia …” (more)

[Jon Borwein and David H Bailey, The Conversation, 13 April]

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World Bank decides to make its research open access

Posted in Research on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“… Perhaps it is the persistence and extravagance of its detractors, but for whatever reason, the World Bank is taking steps toward greater transparency. It announced yesterday that it would be instituting a new ‘Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products’ beginning July 1 …” (more)

[Curt Hopkins, Ars Technica, 12 April]

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UCD Students’ Union in debt of €1.42m, seeks up to €900,000 in refinancing

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

“UCD Students’ Union have released their full financial accounts at Students’ Union Council, which is currently on-going. The report of the SU’s accounts, which was presented at Council, has revealed that as of June 2011, the Union was €1.42 million in debt …” (more)

[University Observer, 12 April]

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The business-side of world university rankings

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

“Over the last two years I’ve made the point numerous times here that world university rankings have become normalized on an annual cycle, and function as data acquisition mechanisms to drill deep into universities but in a way that encourages (seduces?) universities to provide the data for free …” (more)

[GlobalHigherEd, 12 April]

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Academic publishing: Open sesame

Posted in Research on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“Publishing obscure academic journals is that rare thing in the media industry: a licence to print money. An annual subscription to Tetrahedron, a chemistry journal, will cost your university library $20,269; a year of the Journal of Mathematical Sciences will set you back $20,100 …” (more)

[The Economist, 12 April]

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Prendergast hails move to delete online piracy deal

Posted in Legal issues on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“Labour MEP for Munster Phil Prendergast has today hailed the decision by Labour’s Group in the European Parliament to reject the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in an upcoming vote in the European Parliament …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 April]

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Huge honour for Waterford as new scholarships named after Ernest Walton

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

“The scientific achievements of the County Waterford man who was first to split the atom along with John Cockcroft have again been honoured with a new scholarship scheme in his name. The new bursaries, which will recognise high achievement for students who are from disadvantaged families and attending DEIS schools, are to be named after Ernest Walton …” (more)

[Ciara Conway, Labour Party, 12 April]

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Bodleian and Vatican digitise 1.5 million ancient texts

Posted in Research on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online. The two libraries announced the four-year project after receiving a £2m award from the Polonsky Foundation …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 April]

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When a Hazing Goes Wrong

Posted in Life on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“In the early-morning hours of that Friday in February 2011, at around 3 am, George Desdunes and another Cornell sophomore were sitting on a couch blindfolded, their wrists and ankles bound with zip ties and duct tape …” (more)

[Michael Winerip, New York Times, 12 April]

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A (free) roundup of content on the Academic Spring

Posted in Research on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“Got wind of the Academic Spring but not sure what it’s all about? We round up the news and views on what might prove to be the biggest revolution in academic publishing. As far back as 2004 the seeming contradiction of publicly-funded research made only available at prohibitive cost through journals, has attracted the attention of HE leaders and policy makers …” (more)

[Eliza Anyangwe, Guardian Professional, 12 April]

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London Metropolitan University mulls alcohol ban for ‘conservative Muslim students’

Posted in Legal issues on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“London Metropolitan University is considering banning the sale of alcohol from some parts of the campus because a ‘high percentage’ of students consider drinking ‘immoral’, Prof Malcolm Gillies said …” (more)

[Matthew Holehouse, Daily Telegraph, 12 April]

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Minister rules out cuts to teacher allowances

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

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn yesterday appeared to reassure teachers their allowances would not be cut in any public service review when he acknowledged allowances were currently considered part of their pay …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 12 April]

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5 Things We Learned Yesterday

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

1. Teachers don’t like being lectured – especially by Ruairí Quinn: If there’s one thing likely to enrage teachers it’s being told by a Minister they don’t appreciate the depth of our economic crisis …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Quinn to tackle anti-gay discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 12th, 2012 by steve

“The law that allows schools fire or refuse to employ a teacher for being gay could become history under plans announced by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 April]

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Delegates hope cool reception teaches Quinn a lesson

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

“What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn managed to elicit a warm reception from Teachers’ Union of Ireland delegates in Tralee when, despite bringing the same message as his predecessor Mary Hanafin that there was no cash in the coffers, he told them Ireland owed them a debt for their sterling work …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 12 April]

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News from Australia

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

“There is now a website MyUniversity that allows anyone to compare Australian public universities for attributes such as staff qualifications, student to staff ratio, graduate employment and so on. Of course, the value of the site will be little better than the quality of the information uploaded …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 April]

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Construction of Sutherland School of Law begins

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

“Heavy machinery arrived at the building site of the Sutherland School of Law last week, marking the commencement of the School’s construction …” (more)

[University Observer, 11 April]

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USI preferendum on third-level fees postponed

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

“The Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) ‘preferendum’ to decide what the national student stance on third-level education payment should be was postponed from last week’s Congress until the next National Council …” (more)

[University Observer, 11 April]

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The true facts about teachers’ salaries

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

“In Monday’s lead story ‘1,500 teachers earn over €115k a year’ (Irish Examiner, Apr 9) you left out quite a few pieces of crucial information. The figures quoted are before the pension levy …” (more)

[Barry Hazel, Irish Examiner, 11 April]

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