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Third of Britain’s elite universities still looking for students

Posted in Fees and access on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Seven out of 24 institutions in the elite Russell Group are still advertising vacancies on more than 1,000 courses days before the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Graeme Paton and Ben Bryant, Daily Telegraph, 13 September]

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“Well I think if you keep on emphasizing the commercial value and application, which of course has its place …”

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“… I think you can see from looking at where technology hot spots are globally, the economic benefit of funding science comes from supporting good science, not the science the government believes will lead to short term economic returns …” (more)

[conorjh, 12 September]

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2012 European Researchers’ Night in Ireland

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“The whole of Europe will be captivated by science on 28 September, as 320 cities celebrate European Researchers’ Night …” (more)

[Science.ie, 13 September]

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Science should be prioritised at secondary and primary level

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“In light of the recent OECD report ‘Education at a Glance’ Senator Deirdre Clune has called on the Minister for Education and Skills to increase the amount of time spent teaching science each week at primary level …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 13 September]

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Unemployedprofessor.com Has Professors Write Your Project For You

Posted in Legal issues on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Have you ever gotten an assignment and said to yourself, ‘I do NOT want to do this!’ Unemployedprofessor.com, a website for the ethically challenged, provides in such times …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 13 September]

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Academics give their verdict: reputational rankings by faculty area

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Since 2005 QS has published reputational rankings in five core faculty areas as a companion to the overall QS World University Rankings. These rankings are based entirely on the responses of the QS academic reputation survey …” (more)

[Danny Byrne, QS Intelligence Unit, 13 September]

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Government creates £2m fund for London Met students

Posted in Fees and access on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Some £2m of taxpayers’ money will be spent supporting foreign students left without a course following the sudden withdrawal a university’s licence to sponsor visas …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 13 September]

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UK unis told: get more men

Posted in Fees and access on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Universities should set targets to increase the number of male students because men are so underrepresented in higher education, the government’s new fair access regulator has suggested …” (more)

[Jack Grimston, The Australian, 14 September]

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Trinity TV in Pornography Incident, Secretary Resigns

Posted in Legal issues on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Trinity TV has been investigated by the Central Societies Committee (CSC) after a conflict over the improper usage of their society room in House Six over the summer. The investigation followed two complaints by DU Film Society, who have jurisdiction over the room which is shared with Trinity TV at their discretion …” (more)

[Ian Curran, Trinity News, 13 September]

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Australia ‘would love more Magee students’

Posted in Fees and access on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster’s Magee campus this week played host to a fact-finding mission by Christine Bryant of the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, visiting the campus’ Employability and Marketing Department …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 13 September]

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Basic and Applied Research – Again!

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Basic and Applied research is back in the news with a nice article by Graham Love in the Irish Times. I have to say I support that idea that one really needs to ask the ‘who cares?’ question about research, especially when it is funded by the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 September]

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Is MOOC more than just a buzzword?

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“With MIT topping the world university rankings, MOOCs are back in the headlines. This buzzword needs interrogation, says Bonnie Stewart, or risk acting as a Trojan horse for the sector …” (more)

[Guardian, 13 September]

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Overseas students: Change to UK migration figures planned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“The government has said it wants to develop a new way of measuring student migration in and out of the UK. Universities have been campaigning for students to be taken off immigration totals …” (more)

[Angela Harrison, BBC News, 13 September]

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Taoiseach wants more Croke Park savings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given his Ministers a week to outline further savings achievable under the Croke Park agreement in what was described as a ‘reinvigoration’ of the process but not a review …” (more)

[Mary Minihan and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Pressure on university to postpone its new higher entry levels

Posted in Fees and access on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“University College Cork (UCC) is under pressure to postpone changes to the minimum-entry requirements for a place in the college from 2014. The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) has attacked the move and is seeking a meeting with UCC …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 September]

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Beijing, Dublin college link-up approved

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Chinese ministry for education has given its approval to the joint venture between University College Dublin and Beijing University of Technology to establish the Beijing-Dublin International College in the Chinese capital this month …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Calls for reform of Junior Cert syllabus

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“More than 59,000 students received their Junior Certificate results yesterday, with the results overall in line with previous years. Nineteen pupils achieved 12 As in the exam, with 108 getting 11 As and another 259 getting 10 A grades. The numbers of those sitting the exam were up by 3.4% …” (more)

[Áine McMahon, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Low Erasmus entry due to poor language skills, says Creighton

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Poor language skills and concerns over course accreditation have resulted in a low take-up by Irish students of the Erasmus study programme, Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 September]

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Times have changed and so should the Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) recommended changes to the Junior Certificate examination with Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn considering how continuous assessment as opposed to examinations could have a greater role in the Junior Certificate …” (more)

[Noirin Walsh, TheJournal.ie, 13 September]

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Cut in teacher training colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Seán Flynn (September 6th) notes that ‘teacher training in the State is set to be transformed, with fewer colleges’, around the country, arising from the projected consolidation of institutions …” (more)

[Marian Harkin, Irish Times, 13 September]

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