Open Access needs terminology to distinguish between funding models

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“In the wake of the Finch report, one of the most frequent cries from academics, particularly at the early career phase, was one of despair. The endorsement of Gold OA meant, mostly to them, that they would have to budget for publication funds in their applications. In short, Gold meant gold; currency …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, 31 August]

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Celebrity Academe

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“… But has celebrity culture now started to bleed into academe? I think that the answer is undoubtedly, ‘yes’. But I am not sure to what degree and with what effects. I can think of three different ways in which celebrity culture manifests itself as a part of academe …” (more)

[Nigel Thrift, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 August]

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London Metropolitan University students ‘have until December’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“Some 2,600 foreign students affected by the London Metropolitan University visa ban have been given until at least 1 December to find a new course …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 August]

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New Regulation for Students Residing in Ireland Before 2005

Posted in Legal issues on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“New arrangements have been announced by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for international students who have spent more than 7-years studying in Ireland …” (more)

[New Communities Partnership, 28 August]

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Reilly: Croke Park must be renegotiated

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The Health Minister James Reilly has said he will not be able to make necessary savings next year unless the Croke Park Agreement is renegotiated …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 31 August]

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London Metropolitan University is there to educate, not police

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“Since when did the survival of London Met, or any other university, depend on their ability to control the UK’s borders? …” (more)

[Nadine El-Enany, Guardian, 31 August]

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LIT to hold Innovation Showcase for businesses at Dell’s Limerick campus in October

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“Over 150 companies are set to demo their wares at an Innovation Showcase organised by Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) that will be held in Dell Ireland’s Limerick campus on 4 October next …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 31 August]

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Latin rebirth in schools

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The Holy See has aligned itself unwittingly with the likes of London mayor Boris Johnson, an enthusiastic proponent of the classics, in calling for Latin to be given greater contemporary relevance and for more teaching in schools and universities …” (more)

[Nick Squires, Daily Telegraph, 31 August]

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London Met: a student’s view

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The news that London Met has been stripped of its Highly Trusted Sponsor status came as a surprise to some. But it’s the inefficient way in which the university and UKBA have dealt with the situation that I find most shocking …” (more)

[Daniel Dworecki Domingues, Guardian, 31 August]

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Defending access to third level as a universal right!

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The opening of the pre-budget season has seen the return of veiled and not-so-veiled debate between the coalition partners in the pages of the newspapers. Fine Gael and Labour are going to great lengths to create the impression that they are fighting hard for ‘their’ constituencies …” (more)

[Paul Murphy MEP, 31 August]

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Ending Honorary Authorship

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“Credit for scientific research contributions must be clearly and appropriately assigned at the time of publication. This task has become increasingly complicated because of the number of different laboratories and coauthors involved in many studies …” (more)

[Philip Greenland and Phil B Fontanarosa, Science, 31 August]

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German university calls whistleblower’s emails ‘dangerous’

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“In an unusual move, a German university has issued a statement calling into question ‘the scientific honesty’ of a whistleblower, and suggesting that his emails were ‘dangerous’ …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 31 August]

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NI review ordered of GCSE grades

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“A review of GCSE English grades awarded to students in Northern Ireland has been ordered. Stormont Education Minister John O’Dowd asked regulators to look at the issue as the controversy over grading boundaries in England continues …” (more)

[Independent, 31 August]

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CAO and the like

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“There has been a lot of heat around this summer, not climatically – at least here – but in the media regarding points, skills acquisition, language, appropriate degrees etc. Long used to there been a proliferation of expertise regarding such matters in my own field of criminal justice, I am somewhat bemused to hear Morning Ireland journalists and others now quite adept at conversations regarding the merits of project maths …” (more)

[Caroline Fennell, creative Head space, 31 August]

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What is the value of a science PhD: Is graduate school worth the effort?

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“… After crunching the numbers and talking to about a dozen people with science doctorates, though, I’ve concluded that for everything these accounts get right, they get just as much wrong. In short, science PhDs are just about the last group of people the media should be worrying about. Let me explain …” (more)

[Daniel Lametti, Slate, 31 August]

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London Met decision: ill-judged, badly timed and poorly executed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“This summer, the London Olympics and Paralympics have showed the UK at its best – a progressive and global centre open to the world. And yet, with the announcement from the UK Border Agency that London Metropolitan University had its licence to sponsor international students revoked, thousands of young people have this week come to see a very different side to our country …” (more)

[Liam Burns, Guardian, 31 August]

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The Shanghai Rankings 4

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The publications indicator in the Shanghai ARWU simply measures all science and social science publications in the ISI Science and Social Science Indexes over the previous year. The Arts and Humanities Index is excluded …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 31 August]

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Waterford IT chartered €4,200 flight for one person

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology chartered a flight for one person from Waterford to Dublin at a cost of €4,200, according to a report into spending between 2004 and 2011 at the third level college …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 August]

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TD queries marking of Project Maths in Leaving

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The controversy over the new Project Maths course has deepened after a Fine Gael TD questioned the marking of this year’s Leaving Cert exam paper …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 31 August]

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College plans to develop drink and drug-free accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“Drink-free student accommodation and more reporting of cheap alcohol promotions are among plans to widen action against the harmful effects of alcohol by University College Cork. Around 3,500 new students at the college in the coming weeks will be targeted with a number of ongoing initiative …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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