DCU President announces new Centre for Digital Learning

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

“Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University, has announced plans to establish a new Centre for Digital Learning at DCU to revolutionise the student learning experience in an increasingly digital society …” (more)

[DCU News, 16 May]

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ACTA deathwatch: profs call process unconstitutional, Europe revolts

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

“Just when you thought that everyone was content to let debates about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) simmer down, a group of American legal scholars has now submitted an open letter to the United States Senate, challenging the lack of a Congressional approval process for ACTA …” (more)

[Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, 16 May]

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Grad Tax and Free Fees Campaigns Duel on YouTube

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

“As the second day of voting in USI’s funding preferendum goes on, the battle lines have been drawn between those advocating the retention of the free fees policy and those in favour of a new approach to the funding issue. The latter have generally declared themselves in favour of a graduate tax …” (more, videos)

[University Times, 16 May]

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DSM 5 Could Mean 40% of College Students Are Alcoholics

Posted in Life on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“Are you or have you ever been a college binge drinker? Welcome to alcoholism, a diagnosis your college self could qualify for under the changes proposed to the next edition of psychiatry’s diagnostic manual, the DSM 5 …” (more)

[Maia Szalavitz, Time, 14 May]

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Third Level Remuneration

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

Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Education and Skills the different salary scales for the different grades of lecturer in the National University of Ireland Maynooth; and the increments or reductions they have received since 2008 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Grants for Postgraduate Degrees

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

Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reintroduce postgraduate grants or if there is a plan to bring in a student loan scheme to finance postgraduate studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Confucius Institutes

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

Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Education and Skills the role being played in the educational system here with the development of Chinese Confucius Institutions; the funding streams available to universities and colleges through these institutions; if he will explain the detail, role, purpose and benefit of the Confucius Institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Grants for Postgraduate Degrees

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

Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding grants for postgraduate students in the coming academic year; if he will review the decision to end maintenance payment under the student grant scheme for students entering new postgraduate courses from the 2012/2013 academic year onwards with a view to re-instating the payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Grants for Postgraduate Degrees

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

Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the grants available to Irish students who have been accepted for post graduate study at universities in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Unauthorised Allowances

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

Deputy Anne Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a breakdown of all unauthorised allowances to each of the senior academics for the 2005 to 2011 period; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Project Maths

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the engagement he has had or intends to have with teachers in relation to the progress of project maths; if teachers are satisfied with the content of the course and that their professional development is sufficient; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Petition to fly the rainbow flag at Queen’s

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

“A petition has been set up for Queen’s University to fly the rainbow flag from the Lanyon Building during the Belfast Pride parade on 4 August 2012. The petition, which currently has 76 signatures, states …” (more)

[Ben Finch, Studenty_Belfast, 16 May]

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Education minister faces copycat allegations over ‘Freudian slip’

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

“Germany’s federal Education Minister Annette Schavan faces allegations that part of her doctoral thesis may have been plagiarised. Schavan denies the claims but the University of Düsseldorf, which awarded her doctorate, is having her thesis reviewed …” (more)

[University World News, 16 May]

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The Walton Bridge petition

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

“IOP Ireland is campaigning to have the new bridge across the Liffey in Dublin at Marlborough Street named for ETS Walton – Ireland’s only physics Nobel prizewinner. If you agree, please sign our petition …” (more)

[Institute of Physics in Ireland, 15 May]

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The argument for free third level education

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

“In recent time, it has been popular to view education solely as a ‘personal investment’, and that the recipient should pay for it. This school of thought, although simplistic, is not entirely without its merits …” (more)

[Fiachra O’Raghallaigh, University Times, 16 May]

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Vote none of the above, there is another way

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

“… Free fees, cheap credit, and a graduate tax are all discussed as possible options that could combat the problem of affordability in education. All of these routes, however, have somewhat obvious drawbacks. Free fees would mean that the taxpayer sets the price of education. Cheap credit would be a problem due to a possible debt aversion amongst prospective students …” (more)

[Conor Kenny, University Times, 16 May]

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I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“Associate editor of Genomics says its publisher Elsevier effectively denies developing world access to research findings …” (more)

[Winston Hide, Guardian, 16 May]

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Ireland’s 7 scientific wonders

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“A new atlas of scientific people and places has named Ireland’s 7 scientific wonders. The ‘Atlas of Ingenious Ireland’ is an interactive online map designed to highlight local and national sites of scientific interest around the country and is part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 programme …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Business Post, 16 May]

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Massive Open Online Confusion?

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“The Future of HE? Or Massive Open Online Confusion? For the latest Imperfect University piece a few thoughts on a topic which is attracting considerable comment at the moment: the growth of the Massive Open Online Course or MOOC …” (more)

[Registrarism, 16 May]

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USI preferendum will continue after first day hitch, confirms Deputy President

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

“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) national ‘preferendum’ ran into a major technical hitch on its first day of operation after it emerged that former students had been able to vote on the poll, designed to assess current college students’ feeling towards how best to fund third level …” (more)

[StudentNews.ie, 16 May]

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