Master’s Degree Mania: Employers Win, Students Lose

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“Here’s a statistic I found surprising: Roughly 730,000 master’s degrees will be awarded this spring. And it’s estimated that another 2.2 million master’s degrees will be handed out over the next three years …” (more)

[David Callahan, Huffington Post, 12 June]

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Union Expresses ‘Shock and Anger’ after TCD Shuns Labour Court Ruling

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have expressed ‘shock and anger’ at Trinity College Dublin’s (TCD) decision not to follow the recommendations of the Labour Court in relation to three staff made compulsorily redundant in the past year …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw, Trinity News, 12 June]

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Quidditch emerges from world of magic

Posted in Life on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“Beth Crane was in Year 2 at Sydney’s Thornleigh West primary school when she discovered the world of Harry Potter and the sport of wizards, Quidditch. Like millions of other young readers, the six-year-old became entranced with the sport and its seekers, chasers, beaters and the elusive golden snitch pursued by players airborne on custom-made brooms …” (more)

[Jill Rowbotham, The Australian, 13 June]

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Raucous Oxford finalists injure University officials

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

“Oxford finalists have been warned to curb their ‘unruly and aggressive’ behaviour after university staff were injured in raucous post-exam celebrations …” (more)

[Tom Rowley and James Rothwell, Daily Telegraph, 12 June]

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Rising the rankings: how Exeter moved up the league tables

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

“In this year’s University Guide subject rankings, the University of Exeter biosciences course jumped from 25 to fifth place. James Wakefield explores how it was done …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 12 June]

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You must be on your holidays now

Posted in Life, Research on June 12th, 2012 by steve

You must be on your holidays now? I am confronted with this statement/question every time I go shopping in my village these days. Almost everyone I know is convinced that all I do is teach, and the summer holidays are mine to enjoy at my leisure. Are university academics seen the same way? …” (more)

[Cormac O’Rafferty, Antimatter, 12 June]

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Pay (less) to publish: ambitious journal aims to disrupt scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“… For a one-time $99 fee, anyone can publish a single paper a year for life (although the first dozen authors on the paper all have to sign up). $259 buys any author a lifetime membership, with the ability to publish as many papers as they choose. Bottom line: for only a fraction of the cost of a regular publication, researchers can publish as often as they want …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 June]

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‘Our goal is simple – we want to transform education worldwide’

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“… Using Cisco’s TelePresence high definition video conferencing suite, Lord David, BT and Cisco are embarking on an ambitious project. Essentially it’s a ‘new venture in online education’, where Lord David will be able to teach modules in film studies to university students all over the world, and all from the comfort of his home in Skibbereen …” (more)

[Digital Times, 12 June]

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Leaving Cert maths problems ‘must be addressed’, says TD

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“There have been calls made for the State Examinations Commission and Education Minister to assess the fairness of this year’s Leaving Certificate higher level maths exam after paper two was deemed ‘a disgrace’ by a textbook author …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 12 June]

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Google reaches agreement with French publishers and authors over digitising of out-of-print books

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

“French Book publishers and authors have dropped their six year legal challenge to Google’s programme of digitising of out-of-print works after reaching an agreement with the internet giant …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 12 June]

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Universities: Small is Beautiful

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

“Until recently it was a frequent lament of the élitist middle classes that the term ‘university’ was being promiscuously applied to educational institutions less revered than some of our traditional universities, ancient and modern …” (more)

[11KBW Education Law Blog, 12 June]

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Centralised student grant system will ease stress on students – Keaveney

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

“Labour TD, Colm Keaveney has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, that the student grant awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) has gone live …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 12 June]

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Centralised student grant system must lead to quicker payments – Power

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

“Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education & Skills Averil Power has welcomed confirmation that the new online system for student grants is now live. Senator Power has said the new system, known as SUSI, must have the back-up resources to speed up the processing and issuing of grant payments …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 12 June]

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Programme 142, Mark Candon on Being Principal of a School Serving a Disadvantaged Area

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

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme Mark Candon, who is currently on study leave from his position as principal of St. Laurence O’Toole’s CBS in Dublin, discusses the targets he set himself on appointment to the position and the successes he has had and the challenges he has faced along the way. Mark is currently studying for a doctorate at Trinity College Dublin where he is studying the school.” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 12 June]

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Online student grant system opens 7 years late

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

“An online grant application system aimed at ending delays for thousands of college students has opened seven years after first being announced. Plans for the handling of grant applications by a single awarding body were first revealed by then education minister Mary Hanafin in 2005 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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Student leadership?

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

“Ever since the mid-20th century, when students became more vocal in defence of their interests and universities started cautiously to include them in decision-making, the question has been asked as to how far this process should go. What, in other words, is a ‘student’? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 June]

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Solicitor claims gender discrimination in UCC job application

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

“A solicitor can be given a full report into his unsuccessful complaint that he was the victim of gender discrimination at a job interview, the High Court heard …” (more)

[Independent, 11 June]

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Online grant system introduced

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

“A centralised online system dealing with students grants has been introduced for those entering third-level in the next academic year. The new system, announced yesterday by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, is expected to save the exchequer an estimated €5 million annually …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Father of murdered student on way home with personal items

Posted in Life on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“A month ago single father Andrew Furlong was looking forward to the return of his daughter Nicola (21) from a year studying in Japan. Today he will arrive home in Dublin with her belongings in a few plastic bags after a gruelling four days with detectives investigating her death in a Tokyo hotel …” (more)

[David McNeill, Irish Times, 12 June]

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Defending medics in Bahrain

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

“Sir, – On June 14th, the Bahraini regime will issue verdicts on Irish-trained surgeons and will possibly return some or all of them to prison. They have already endured months of torture following their detention last March. Their calls for help fell on deaf ears for months …” (more)

[Damian Mc Cormack, Irish Times, 12 June]

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