Former editor turns professor for inaugural Limerick lecture

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“It was a case of back to the future when former Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy gave her inaugural lecture as adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Limerick on Wednesday …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 28 February]

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‘You are a privileged generation’ – Barroso to TCD audience

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told an audience gathered at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) this evening that they were part of a ‘privileged generation’, despite the ongoing European debt crisis …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 February]

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TUI right to reject Croke Park 2

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said that the decision by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland to advise its members to reject the Croke Park 2 Agreement reflects the growing anger of teachers who have again been targeted by the government …” (more)

[Cork Sinn Féin News, 28 February]

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Understanding incoherence: why it is legitimately hard to accomplish clarity in academic writing

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“While it may be true that academics are sometimes prone to dense, jargon-laden prose, this is not for lack of trying, but rather part and parcel of the complexity of conveying both clarity and accuracy of sophisticated ideas …” (more)

[Rachael Cayley, Impact of Social Sciences, 28 February]

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The stem cell revolution

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Despite advances in some stem cell treatments, others are not progressing as we are often led to believe and Ireland is behind the curve on creating an environment conducive to research …” (more)

[Bette Browne, Medical Independent, 28 February]

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Historic day for Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“… There will be only a brief lull before the Grangegorman Development Agency moves construction crews in to begin work on adapting some of the old protected structures to make way for the first 1,000 students from Dublin Institute of Technology, who are due to arrive in September 2014 …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 28 February]

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Seven centres away from research excellence

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Quick diagnoses of diseases in newborns, improved ways to make medicines, harnessing the vast energy from the waves and building computers that use light to hold information. All of these exciting projects and more will be pursued by seven new research centres announced earlier this week …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 28 February]

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College president ‘failed to comply’ with rules when he spent €50,000 on hospitality

Posted in Legal issues on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“The office of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology Professor Kieran Byrne ‘failed to comply’ with college rules when it spent €50,009 on 228 lunches and other hospitality events …” (more)

[Independent, 28 February]

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Teacher unions tell members to reject new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Unions representing second-level teachers and third-level lecturers are telling members to reject Croke Park II. Executives of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) decided unanimously yesterday to seek a ‘no’ vote in forthcoming ballots …” (more)

[Independent, 28 February]

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Opposition to Croke Park II gathers pace

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Opposition to the Croke Park II proposals on public pay is intensifying in the trade union movement ahead of a key meeting today of the Impact union, whose leadership supports the deal …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Queen’s £32m medical centre to create 400 jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Four hundred jobs are being created during the construction of a £32m Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University in Belfast. Work is beginning on the site this week …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 February]

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Maintaining research integrity standards

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Research integrity relates to the performance of research to the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and integrity of the research record in publications …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 28 February]

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A question of gender at third level

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Prof Diarmaid Ferriter (Education, February 26th) describes his week. When I asked some colleagues what struck them about the article, they replied ‘he works so hard’, ‘he has a really interesting job’ and ‘he does his work very diligently’. All true …” (more)

[Molly Byrne, Irish Times, 28 February]

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We’re just looking for justice, say Furlong family members

Posted in Legal issues on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“The family of Nicola Furlong flew out to Japan last night for the trial into her killing in Tokyo last May. The father of the DCU student, who was strangled and sexually assaulted in an upmarket Tokyo hotel, has spoken of the living nightmare the family has endured …” (more)

[David Looby, Irish Examiner, 28 February]

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Please Professor, I want some more

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“How often have you handed a freshly marked paper back to an expectant student only for their face to drop as they realise they have not been awarded the grade they expected? And how often has that student then pursued you to your office, teary-eyed, to plead with you to change the grade, or to add a few marks on the sly? …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 28 February]

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Teacher unions urge no to Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Two of the country’s teacher bodies became the latest unions to advise members to ballot against accepting the terms of the Croke Park II. Both the ASTI and INTO are seeking clarifications from the Government before deciding on their recommendations to members ahead of ballots …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 28 February]

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Universities mine institutional data in search of gold

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Analysis of information on staff and students can help to improve recruitment and retention. Universities risk losing their competitive edge if they do not make better use of the information they are collecting from students and lecturers, experts have warned …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 28 February]

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UCD votes to leave student union

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Students in University College Dublin have voted to disaffiliate from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). UCD Students’ Union will no longer be affiliated with USI after 63% of voters chose to leave …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Furlong family travels to Nicola’s hotel-death trial

Posted in Legal issues on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“The heartbroken family of murdered Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong is making a tense trip to Japan for the trial of the man accused of the killing. Nicola, 21, was found strangled in an upmarket hotel in central Tokyo last May after a night out with a friend attending a concert …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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Nature Publishing Group buys into open access publisher

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2013 by steve

International“One of the fastest-growing open access publishers, Frontiers, has been snapped up by Nature Publishing Group (NPG; which publishes this blog as part of Nature.com), the company announced today …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News Blog, 27 February]

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