Uncertainty and economists’ predictions – Why economists need malpractice insurance

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“You’ve seen him lots of times on TV. He’s usually in a suit. There’s something a little haughty about him. He understands something you don’t. He’s here to explain it to you. He’s an economist and he’s here to help. (He’s almost always a ‘he’) …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 31 October]

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Students to protest at local level

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

“Students’ annual rally on key issues including fee hikes, grant cuts and graduate joblessness will not be held in Dublin this year but will go ahead at different locations at regional level …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Further cuts in education will prevent schools maintaining 28 hour tuition week – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien TD

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

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has urged Minister Ruairí Quinn to seriously consider the pre-budget submissions from stakeholders working in the Irish education sector before overseeing further cuts to frontline services …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 October]

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Maíonn suirbhé Eorpach go bhfuil an Ghaeilge i mbaol faoi bhás digiteach a fháil

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“Tá an dainséir ann go dtiocfaidh bás digiteach ar an nGaeilge mar go bhfuil easpa mais chriticiúil d’inneachar Gaeilge digitithe ann, dar le páipéar bán Eorpach a foilsíodh le déanaí. Dóibh siúd nach bhfuil mórán cur amach acu ar chúrsaí ríomhaireachta teicniúla, is é nach bhfuil an Ghaeilge á n-úsáid go forleathan sa réimse digiteach …” (more)

[Fiach Mac Domhnaill, The College View, 31 October]

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Accelerating Science

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2012 by steve

Accelerating Science is CERN’s flagship travelling exhibition. For those curious about the origins of our universe, the nature of the particles we are all made from, and the power of fundamental science. Experience the ‘Big Bang’, investigate the building blocks of life, grapple with the mysteries of the universe, explore the world’s largest scientific experiment, and discover how fundamental science has changed the world as we know it. This Exhibition is most suitable for secondary school and university level students but there will be something interesting for all ages …” (more)

[Pam O’Brien, Random thoughts of a Maths lecturer, 31 October]

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SU receive complaints over ‘sexist’ Halloween Ball advert

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

“DCU Students’ Union were forced to change the wording on their online advert for the Halloween Ball after students complained it was sexist. Last week DCUSU.ie, the SU’s website, had an image advertising tonight’s Halloween Ball, which stated a prize would be given to the student wearing the ‘sluttiest’ costume …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 31 October]

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New sixth-form maths course will focus on ‘real’ problems

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“The government has pledged funding to develop a new maths course for sixth-formers who are not studying the subject at A-level. The course will focus on using mathematics to solve real problems …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 31 October]

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A fall in standards

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

“The current economic climate is having major effects on everyone; cutbacks are widespread, taxes are increasing, and people are just generally unhappy with the present situation. The students of UCD are also starting to feel this disillusionment …” (more)

[Emer Sugrue, University Observer, 31 October]

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Napsterisation of learning: Democratisation, decentralisation and disintermediation of learning

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“… The Napsterisation of learning can be used literally, as the use of file sharing software to enable learning. In the wider sense it can be used to describe the democratisation of learning towards learners and away from reliance on middle-ground institutions, companies and teachers …” (more)

[Donald Clark Plan B, 31 October]

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And then there were five

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“Yesterday morning, the publishing world woke up to the biggest news since the launch of the Kindle. Two of the ‘big six’ publishers are merging to become Penguin Random House, the world’s largest English language publisher …” (more)

[Alex Christofi, Prospect, 30 October]

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Concern at college grant processing backlog in Westmeath

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

“Westmeath TD Robert Troy has voiced concern this week that just 20% of student grant applications from Westmeath and Longford have been processed to date …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 31 October]

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UCD surplus of €3.3m reduces deficit to €3.2m

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

“UCD’s estimated budget outturn for 2011/12 has shown that the University made a surplus of €3.3 million for the financial year ending September 30th 2012. This surplus means UCD’s overall accumulated deficit has been reduced to €3.2 million …” (more)

[Aoife Valentine, University Observer, 31 October]

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Students in crisis over grant delays

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

“NUI Galway’s Students’ Union has said it has been inundated with pleas from stricken students, who could be left without grant payments until December …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 31 October]

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NUI Galway business school sets up network for economics graduates

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

“The economics discipline in the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics has established the NUI Galway Economics Graduates Network. The network’s launch event takes place this Friday …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 31 October]

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Where will they go? Student Destinations – Global Agent Survey

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“… The first is the rise and rise of Canada as a destination. It is really impressive and this perceived attractiveness has, I believe, been confirmed in international student recruitment data. The second is the UK’s decline over the past five years but its stability in the most recent two years …” (more)

[Registrarism, 31 October]

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University is ‘just a £3,000 library card’

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

“Usmaan Amin writes for London’s The Angle on whether three contact hours a week is really worth paying thousands of pounds in tuition fees …” (more)

[Nash Riggins, Ones to Watch, 31 October]

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Student union launches campaign site targeting TDs and Senators

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

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched a new campaign website, as it prepares to hold fifteen regional protest days ahead of this year’s budget …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 31 October]

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Merging of science roles could mean conflict of interest

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

“A conflict of interest could arise from a Government decision to close the chief science adviser’s office and add this role to that of the head of funding body Science Foundation Ireland, commentators have warned …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 October]

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Students on grants face losing out on services

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

“Students still waiting for grant approval face being shut out of essential college services such as libraries and computers. The delay in approving and paying out grants may also be contributing to a rise in demand for financial help from college hardship funds …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 October]

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Hurricane Sandy Deals Powerful Blow to Colleges in Mid-Atlantic States

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“Colleges across a wide swath of the mid-Atlantic region remained closed on Tuesday, many without power, as campus officials assessed damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, which slammed ashore on Monday night, downing trees, damaging roofs, and flooding some buildings …” (more)

[Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 October]

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