It is at last being recognised that private colleges make an essential contribution to higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“In the reviews by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) currently in progress on the future of higher education in Ireland, it is vital that the contribution of the private colleges is taken into consideration …” (more)

[John Kelly, Independent, 20 June]

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Do not censor science in the name of biosecurity

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“The recent controversy over research into mutated versions of the H5N1 flu virus has focused on biosecurity concerns. It is easy to get the impression that this debate has created a clear split between a scientific community that wants the research to proceed and the results to be published and a biosecurity community that doesn’t …” (more)

[Tim Trevan, Nature News & Comment, 20 June]


World’s most productive universities

Posted in Research on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“One distinctive role of universities is to produce new knowledge. Sometimes, as with Albert Einstein’s classic 1905 paper on relativity, a single insight can change the world. But in the present era of university competition, it is not wise to rely on lone genius …” (more)

[Martin Ince, QS Intelligence Unit, 20 June]


The Costs of Working in Ireland Again

Posted in Research on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“Because of the media storm last week about the Tol et al paper on working costs, myself and a few colleagues (separately) decided to read the paper to see what all the fuss was about …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Donal O’Neill and Frank Walsh, Irish Economy, 20 June]

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Programme 143, Dyslexia

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this programme Psychologist, Dr. Erika Doyle, from the Growing Up in Ireland study, explains what dyslexia is, how it can be diagnosed and what teachers can do to support learners who have the condition. She also discusses research that she has done to try and diagnose dyslexia in children from a young age.” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 20 June]


Higher Education Grants

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this issue and I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Cannon. I wish to discuss the new online grant application system and, in particular, the website The issue relates specifically to self-employed parents who have had difficulties when using this new website …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 June]

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UK move to ‘open access’ in publishing ‘misguided’

Posted in Research on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“Advocates of ‘open access’ publishing in academia say a UK report that proposes spending £60 million a year to make all publicly-funded research free to access will protect the profits of publishers at the expense of scholarship …” (more)

[Justin Norrie, The Conversation, 20 June]

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ESRI report an attempt to validate attacks on welfare recipients

Posted in Research on June 20th, 2012 by steve

“The furore around the recent ESRI paper that suggested that some 44% of workers would be better off on the dole, overlooked one thing …” (more)

[Jim O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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