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Universities to set A-levels in new qualifications overhaul

Posted in Teaching on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Examiners will be expected to enlist the help of at least 20 British universities when drafting exam syllabuses and test questions as part of a major drive to raise standards, the Telegraph has learned. All new qualifications will require a formal ‘sign-off’ from universities – particularly leading research institutions – before being sat by sixth-formers …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 18 June]

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Romanian prime minister accused of plagiarism

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Romania’s new government, still reeling from a misconduct scandal that forced its research minister to resign last month, has been hit by fresh allegations of plagiarism that strike at the very top. Prime Minister Victor Ponta has been accused of copying large sections of his 2003 PhD thesis in law from previous publications, without proper reference …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature News & Comment, 18 June]

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The Lir Building Shortlisted for Architecture Award

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2012 by steve

The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin has been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Public Choice Award 2012 …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 18 June]

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Hoping Adrian Weckler Isn’t Right

Posted in Teaching on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“I listen to Adrian Weckler, partly for opinion and partly for trend analysis. Yesterday, he dismissed two technologies we have used in our third level curriculum. We use QR Codes and Google Hangouts to improve access third level students have to supplemental material and guest lecturers …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 18 June]

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Anti-cuts university tutor begins libel action against Mail and Standard

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“A university tutor described by the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard of having a key role in violent anti-cuts protests in London has begun a landmark libel action against the two newspapers …” (more)

[Josh Halliday, Guardian, 18 June]

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Oxford University offers £22,000 to Northern Irish students

Posted in Fees and access on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Oxford University has confirmed it will be extending its student financial support package, which is the most generous in the country for low-income students, to students from Northern Ireland as well as English students …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 June]

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A professor’s cri de coeur

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Last week, David Dudley did something that surprised his colleagues at Georgia Southern University. He sent all of them an open letter in which he described – in detail – the extent of dysfunction he sees at the university …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Times Higher Education, 18 June]

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Leaving on a jetplane – International Education cuts both ways

Posted in Fees and access on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“… What does this mean for Universities in Ireland. If the best and the brightest of their potential undergraduates can now go overseas as easily as getting to Dublin or Cork, why wouldn’t they? NUIM or Notre Dame? CIT or Cornell? It’s ok. There’s be plenty of students. You can get along fine with the ones who don’t have the pluck to go abroad …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 18 June]

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Internet freedom in Ireland: apathy is not a policy

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“How does the overall Irish track record on online freedoms stack up? Taken as a whole, it strikes me that the internet is generally quite free in Ireland, but this is a result of apathy rather than policy …” (more)

[TJ McIntyre, IT Law in Ireland, 18 June]

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Universities facing fines for extra Irish students

Posted in Fees and access on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Scottish universities are facing fines as a result of a legal loophole allowing students from Northern Ireland to seek free university education in Scotland. Under legislation affecting UK residents, students from Northern Ireland were expected to pay up to £9000 a year to attend Scottish universities. However, if these students take up their right to dual citizenship with the Irish Republic, they can apply as EU students and have their fees paid …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 18 June]

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Academia, stressful? Not for me!

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“There’s been a lot of talk recently about the pressures of higher education. Actually, says one postgrad student, university life is a joy …” (more)

[Katie Beswick, Guardian, 18 June]

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How small can a university be?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Size isn’t everything but does it matter for a university? I picked up an interesting blog post from Andy Westwood, CEO of GuildHE, in which he argues that the reduction in the required number of students for the award of university title is a good decision …” (more)

[Registrarism, 18 June]

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Reputations are easily damaged, as the ESRI is finding out

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Reputations take years to earn but can be lost in a flash. I thought of this last week as I watched, with some dismay, as the Economic and Social Research Institute committed reputational suicide …” (more)

[Independent, 18 June]

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Sentencing of medics in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, ­ – A number of statements in the article ‘Irish-trained surgeon given five-year sentence in Bahrain’ (Rowan Gallagher, Home News, June 15th) merit closer scrutiny …” (more)

[Eoin O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 June]

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Protecting national archives

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan (Opinion, June 11th) cleared up a lot of issues regarding his thinking about the review of national cultural institutions …” (more)

[Virginia Teehan, Irish Times, 18 June]

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Future U: Rise of the digital humanities

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“The trends we have encountered in exploring Future U — social tech, the Web, crowdsourcing, data visualization, new tools and old concerns, the classics and the cutting edge — all seem to dovetail nicely into the nascent discipline of digital technologies …” (more)

[Curt Hopkins, Ars Technica, 17 June]

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Law on fixed-term contracts needs to be reformed

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2012 by steve

“… Contrast the recent decision of the Labour Court, where despite it being clear that certain appointments in TCD were contingent upon the continued availability of external funding which had now ceased, the Labour Court nonetheless made a ruling which rendered mutually agreed termination provisions ineffective because of the Croke Park Agreement’s outlawing ‘compulsory redundancy’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 June]

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