Speculation mounts that Bill Clinton will stay at JP McManus’s home during Limerick visit

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“Speculation is rife that former US president Bill Clinton will stay at the family home of JP McManus in Martinstown, Kilmallock when he visits Limerick in November. The 42nd president of the US will be the guest of honour at the annual All-Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony which is to be held in the University Concert Hall on November 17 …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 30 September]

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British university students dissatisfied with feedback

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“A third of students in Britain remain unhappy with the feedback they receive from their universities, despite improved satisfaction levels overall …” (more)

[Greg Hurst, The Australian, 1 October]

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Unis to prevail over threat from online courses

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young says it is unlikely his institution will join a massive open online course provider. Professor Young talked down the possibility of joining a MOOC when he addressed a broadband in higher education conference in Melbourne on Friday …” (more)

[Julie Hare, The Australian, 1 October]

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Sinead Morris reports on the prospects of a career in scientific research in Ireland

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“… and during the week two students from Synge Street School in Dublin won joint first prize in the EU contest for young scientists in Bratislava …” (audio)

[RTÉ This Week, 30 September]

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On statistics and league tables

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Times University Guide 2013, both published within in the last couple of days, have made one thing clear. The best universities for research are not always the best universities for teaching quality …” (more)

[The History Woman’s Blog, 30 September]

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Irish famine museum opens at US university

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“The Irish famine was almost a taboo topic while he grew up in New York, John Lahey recalls. But now the Quinnipiac University president and former grand marshal of the New York St Patrick’s Day parade is determined to show the world the horror and learn from the tragedy …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 September]

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Leadership, Management and Role Models

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“This week I participated in a conversation on leadership issues in front of an audience of women leaders from the Museum world. The conversation, facilitated/chaired by Vivienne Parry, was with Professor Anne Johnson, an epidemiologist from UCL whom I had never met before …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 30 September]

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Watch out students! Your degrees may be worthless

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“We need skills-focused education that leads to industry-driven qualifications, and jobs. Reports from both Harvard and the OECD have seriously questioned the centrality of a college degree in our education system …” (more)

[Ian Dodson, Independent, 30 September]

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Investing in excellence at fourth level key to future

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“We need to be selective and ensure we invest in research where Ireland has a critical mass, and an opportunity for real economic and social return …” (more)

[Sean Dorgan, Independent, 30 September]

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Nominations for Professor of Poetry

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“I can think of a few names. I expect it will end up kind of old school though. Professor Harry Clifton will complete his term as Ireland Professor of Poetry in October 2013 and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Trust now invites nominations to fill this prestigious role …” (more)

[Emerging Writer, 29 September]

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European Commission – Bringing teaching in from the cold

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“Every year, close to four million students in the European Union enter universities and higher education colleges. They are ready to start a new chapter of their lives and hope to acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip them for future careers …” (more)

[Androulla Vassiliou and Mary McAleese, University World News, 30 September]

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The limits of North American forms of university governance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“The latest round of international rankings of universities have been announced and they are now subject to the close scrutiny of academic leaders and national government officials. Much is at stake for both groups …” (more)

[Emily Miller and Richard Skinner, University World News, 30 September]

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Why some academics publish more

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, University World News, 30 September]

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Postdocs – A voice for the voiceless

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“In universities around the world, postdoctoral students are the unsung heavy lifters. Not only do they take on much of the academic load in running tutorials for undergraduates but they are also crucial in many science and engineering research programmes …” (more)

[University World News, 30 September]

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Is the Magna Charta Universitatum still relevant?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“More than 110 academics and university administrators met in Bologna, Italy, on 21 September for the 24th anniversary conference of the Magna Charta Universitatum – a declaration on fundamental university principles that has now been signed by some 750 universities worldwide …” (more)

[Lee Adendorff, University World News, 30 September]

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Meet Frank Cronin: the adventurous NUIG student

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“You may know Frank Cronin from his youtube channel ‘glowpunk’ or from his recent appearance on the RTÉ news as the NUIG student who sleeps in a tent to save money for university …” (more)

[Aoife Turley, Studenty_Galway, 29 September]

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Third-level extravagance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2012 by steve

“The payment of unauthorised allowances of €7.5m to senior academics, the details of which we disclose in today’s paper, raises serious questions about the manner in which our universities and other third-level institutions are run …” (more)

[Independent, 29 September]

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Ed Miliband holds out hope Labour would bring down tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2012 by steve

“Ed Miliband held out hope that a Labour Government would reduce tuition fees beneath the £6,000 limit already pledged, when tackled by members of the public on Saturday …” (more)

[Laura Donnelly, Daily Telegraph, 29 September]

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USI Referendum Blog: We Can Draw One Conclusion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2012 by steve

“At the end of a long week of campaigning in the USI Referendum, we can at least draw one conclusion – that the old cliché that most people don’t care about student politics is as apt as ever …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 29 September]

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Old-school tie: Trinity vs UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2012 by steve

“Some tribal distinctions are hard to explain to outsiders: Blur and Oasis; Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael; UCD and Trinity. This week The Irish Times reported a study, undertaken by international experts at the behest of the Higher Education Authority, that advocated the merger of the latter two institutions …” (more)

[Patrick Freyne, Irish Times, 29 September]

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