DCU gets €5m to investigate violent political extremism online

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“Dublin City University has been given €5 million in European funding to head up a major international research project into violent political extremism on the internet …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 June]

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What is going on inner circles SFI

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“In the last number of weeks I have been digging in relation to the newly appointed head of SFI Professor Mark Ferguson. What I have found – seems to be slightly hidden from the Irish taxpayers. It is very subtle but yet constructive …” (more)

[Brian Flannery, Indymedia Ireland, 20 June]

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Top-up pay for college staff won’t be handed back to State

Posted in Legal issues on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“Universities who paid out €8m in unauthorised payments to senior staff will not be penalised or have to pay the money back to the State, despite them being ‘bang out of line’, it has emerged …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 24 June]

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Last ditch talks to save university’s student bar

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“UCD Student Club – once Ireland’s busiest bar – has losses of almost €100,000 and is set to close by the end of this month, unless radical cost saving measures can be agreed within days. High-level talks are to resume next Wednesday in a last minute effort to save the legendary bar, but if no resolution is found by the end of this month, it will be closed down …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 24 June]

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Students protest at ‘racist’ supervisor

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“A Cambridge University academic came under pressure to resign last night after students protested that he operates a website that features Nazi imagery, describes female immigrants as ‘exotic fruit’ and claims that black people are ‘impulsive’, with lower IQs than other races …” (more)

[Sanchez Manning, Independent, 24 June]

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Research elite warns against obsessive ‘bean-counting’ culture

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“The growth of research assessment driven by obsessive measurement and monitoring fosters a global ‘bean-counting culture’ in tertiary education that can detract from the real quality of university research, experts have warned …” (more)

[David Haworth, University World News, 24 June]

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Rankings don’t tell the whole story – Handle them with care

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“In Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently signed an order awarding official recognition to degrees from 210 leading universities from 25 countries – determined in large part by their presence in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University …” (more)

[Phil Baty, University World News, 24 June]

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Two universities from the east among five winning elite status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2012 by steve

“Five additional German institutions can now call themselves ‘elite universities’, among them Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Dresden, both in what used to be East Germany …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 24 June]

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