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Crossing the newspaper chasm: Is it better to be funded by readers?

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The Financial Times and New York Times are at or close to the point where subscription revenue exceeds advertising revenue. This means their paywalls are working, but it also means advertisers are fleeing — and the implications of that for the journalism business could potentially be significant …” (more)

[Mathew Ingram, GigaOM, 3 August]

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DIT welcomes Luas Broombridge announcement

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Today’s announcement from An Bord Pleanála, granting a Railway Order for a new Luas line running from St. Stephen’s Green to Broombridge, will ensure an additional and vital transport link to the new unified DIT campus at Grangegorman and a direct one-stop link to the DIT sports facilities at Broombridge, according to the President of DIT …” (more)

[Dublin Institute of Technology, 3 August]

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What do Ireland’s students really think about fees, their University education and their future?

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The trendence European Graduate Barometer surveys third-level students across Europe and their attitudes towards education, careers and other more general topics. It gives a unique glimpse into the thinking of Ireland’s current generation of students and contrasts it with their European peers …” (more)

[Mark Mitchell, gradireland, 3 August]

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Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The time has come to ask the question: When will we see the complete digital transformation of higher education in the United States? The needs for the shift to digital are painfully clear: Grades are lagging, students aren’t graduating, and those who do earn a degree often don’t have the skills that employers want …” (more)

[Brian Kibby, Inside Higher Ed, 3 August]

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Luas line link project approved

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“… The new line will also run past the new DIT campus site at Grangegorman, which was also recently granted planning permission. The government announced last month that the campus would be part of the €2bn stimulus package …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 August]

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The unemployed young academic: facing life on the outside

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Three months after finishing his PhD, one young academic is now claiming job seekers allowance and finding out that the ‘real world’ neither understands or appreciates his skills …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 3 August]

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‘Serious’ students call time on binge drinking

Posted in Life on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The pressure to get drunk at university is one of students’ major worries, a survey has found. One fifth of students polled by the market research firm YouthSight listed the pressure to drink as one of their top five anxieties about campus life …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 2 August]

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Students’ union warns loan scheme may spark fee hike

Posted in Fees and access on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Student loan schemes organised at a number of colleges could encourage the Government to increase fees, students’ representatives have warned. The Union of Students in Ireland is also concerned about small print that means any future increases in the student contribution will not be covered by the Bank of Ireland loans …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 August]

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No ethics breach found over payment of councillors’ college fees

Posted in Fees and access on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“A county councillor should repay €910 in repeat exam fees paid for by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, an investigation by the council into education payments to two councillors has found …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Illegal downloading case appealed by data commissioner to Supreme Court

Posted in Legal issues on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“A case involving Eircom’s policy of cutting off the broadband connections of users found to have been illegally downloading music has been appealed to the Supreme Court …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 3 August]

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International Campuses or International Students?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“… Developments such as international campuses (a major focus of recent discussions in the UK Government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) have the potential to bring genuine benefits to individual institutions and to the sector as a whole. They provide an opportunity to work with talented students and academics who might not otherwise have engaged with UK HE; they offer distinctive mobility opportunities for staff and students; they can provide novel research opportunities and they contribute to the global reputation of UK HE. But we should be careful not to delude ourselves that this activity is an ‘export’ in any substantive economic sense …” (more)

[Christine Ennew, GlobalHigherEd, 3 August]

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Another unpaid researcher post in UK academia, this time UCL. A shameful tradition.

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Briefly: After a similar episode with Birmingham University last month, UCL and the Anna Freud Centre are openly advertising for a 6 month researcher post, a full time job doing real work, with no pay at all …” (more)

[bengoldacre, 2 August]

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