Ratings at a Price for Smaller Universities

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

“… For both Irish universities, the QS exercise paid off handsomely. An official at University College Cork told The Irish Examiner newspaper that if the QS stars ‘result in attracting a single additional, full-time international student to study at UCC then the costs of participation are covered’ …” (more)

[DD Guttenplan, New York Times, 30 December]

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Irish Papers Charging for Links

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

“Irish newspapers have started invoicing agencies that link to their content. If this unwelcome industry practise creeps into academe, it could stifle the delivery of high-quality content …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 31 December]

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ Tops University’s New List of Banned Words

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2012 by steve

“As politicians try to avert the fiscal cliff, Lake Superior State University wants to ban it – the phrase at least. ‘Fiscal cliff’ tops the university’s 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 31 December]

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Varadkar warns on public sector pensions

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

“Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has called for changes to pension arrangements for staff in the public service. He was responding yesterday to plans for a new universal pension scheme envisaged by the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún and others, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Cabinet heads for split over Quinn grant plan

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

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is set to create a cabinet split in the New Year by pushing ahead with his plan to include farmland and business assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 31 December]

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College entry reform to ease points race

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

“University presidents are set to back a radical reform of the college entry system which will result in wider availability of general entry courses – and the abolition of many highly specialised first-year courses …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Calls for Ireland to ratify international convention against cybercrime

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

“The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) has called on the government to ratify an international convention against cybercrime, in an effort to ensure the protection of human rights online and to clamp down on online abuse …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 December]

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Access to books at home linked to high literacy rates among children

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2012 by steve

“Most Irish parents or guardians have at least 25 children’s books available to their children in the home, much higher than the international average …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 31 December]

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McAnallen’s fascinating colleges history

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2012 by steve

“Donal McAnallen, brother of the late Cormac from Tyrone, has set a new standard for GAA history books with his 100-year history of the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup competitions, which was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny …” (more)

[Independent, 31 December]

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Why don’t more girls study physics?

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2012 by steve

“Despite efforts to get more women into science labs almost half of Britain’s co-ed schools have no female students taking A-level physics. Are sexist attitudes still to blame – or is it a fear of being thought uncool? …” (more)

[Elizabeth Day, The Observer, 30 December]

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Where are the economists?

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2012 by steve

“The lifeblood of science is data. No matter how ingenious human beings have proved to be, scientific progress has always depended on new data being produced. If you work in science (or engineering) for a long time, you tend to get impatient when discussions take place in the absence of good data …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 December]

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Back in Austria

Posted in Life on December 30th, 2012 by steve

“I’m back in beautiful Austria this week for some skiing, this time in Niederau, a quiet village in the Kitzbuler Alps. I managed to finish my exam corrections before Christmas and decided to reward myself with a last-minute snow holiday in the Alps …” (more)

[Antimatter, 30 December]

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Bring the noise: has technology made us scared of silence?

Posted in Life on December 30th, 2012 by steve

Australia“‘When there is no noise in my room it scares me’, emails one of my undergraduate students. ‘It seems I can’t stand silence’, writes another …” (more)

[Bruce Fell, The Conversation, 31 December]

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2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web

Posted in Legal issues on December 30th, 2012 by steve

“This is not a joke. I have started with that clarification, because as you read this you will find yourself asking ‘Is this some kind of a joke?’ I thought I would be helpful and put the answer right up at the start, so you can refer back to it as often as you require …” (more)

[McGarr Solicitors, 30 December]

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Handled With Care

Posted in Life on December 30th, 2012 by steve

“… One of the little-known roles of the academic librarian is bereavement counseling: assisting families with the disposition of books when the deceased have not specified a plan for them. Most relatives know these books were the lifeblood of their owners and so of intellectual value if not great monetary worth …” (more)

[Andrew Scrimgeour, New York Times, 28 December]

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Will a Robot Take Your Job?

Posted in Life on December 29th, 2012 by steve

“Slowly, but surely, robots (and virtual ’bots that exist only as software) are taking over our jobs; according to one back-of-the-envelope projection, in ninety years ‘70% of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation’. Should we be worried? …” (more)

[Gary Marcus, New Yorker, 29 December]

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9th level Ireland – Top posts and pages 2012

Posted in Life on December 29th, 2012 by steve

IrelandHere are the top posts and pages on 9th level Ireland for 2012.  About 20,000 pageviews per month at the moment.  Happy holidays!

 

Top posts

 

Top pages

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Anseo.net Review of 2012

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

“Every December, we look back on the year and remember some of the highs and lows and celebrate some of the successes of Irish teachers. This year was a fairly difficult year for teachers in Ireland with a number of initiatives being thrown at us from the government – some good, some bad …” (more)

[Anseo.net, 29 December]

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Harvard Law offering first free online course

Posted in Teaching on December 29th, 2012 by steve

“How does a free law class taught by Harvard faculty sound? Harvard Law School is accepting applications for its first online course via edX — a new online education venture between six leading universities …” (more)

[Karen Sloan, National Law Journal, 27 December]

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New Year Honours for University Academics

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

“Two Emeritus Professors at the University of Ulster have been recognised in the New Year Honours List published today. Eileen Evason, Emeritus Professor of Social Administration was appointed CBE, while Alan Woodside, Emeritus Professor of Highway Engineering, received the OBE …” (more)

[University Of Ulster News Release, 29 December]

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