Update on Croke Park Talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Talks continued this week between public service employers and unions facilitated by the Labour Relations Commission. As recently as this afternoon, a meeting of the public services committee of Congress was convened to review the up to date position …” (more)

[INTO, 1 January]

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Bill Gates Says There Is Something Perverse In College Ratings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“There is a perverse metric rating system for US colleges, says Bill Gates, the world’s most generous and influential philanthropist. The problem is that it gives credit to schools that attract the best students rather than schools that take poorly prepared students …” (more)

[Luisa Kroll, Forbes, 31 January]

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Publishers and Library Groups Spar in Appeal to Ruling on E-Reserves

Posted in Legal issues on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Fair use and electronic course reserves are back in court. A keenly watched copyright case that pitted three academic publishers against Georgia State University has entered the appeals phase, with a flurry of filings and motions this week and more expected soon …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 February]

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9th level Ireland – Top stories in January 2013

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2013 by steve

Ireland32,881 pageviews in January, by 9,942 unique individuals. 82% of visits were from Ireland, 7% UK, 4% US. The most viewed stories were:

  • Another 5,000 public service jobs set for chop “Up to 5,000 further job losses are to be sought by the Government this year in a new voluntary redundancy scheme, the Sunday Independent has confirmed …” (13 January)
  • Dear brilliant students: Please consider not doing a PhD “You’re in your final year of university. You’re doing really well, you’re getting stunningly good marks and lots of praise from your tutors. You’ve probably never been so happy in your life, you’re using your incredible brain to think about really interesting, really hard problems …” (22 January)
  • Public redundancy scheme won’t make saving for two years “A targeted voluntary redundancy deal to slash the number of public servants by 4,000 will not make savings for at least two years. The new scheme, which aims to cut numbers by the end of next year, will have a once-off cost of €440m …” (23 January)
  • Retiring public staff to get €110k lump sums “The targeted exit scheme for thousands of workers is expected to cost taxpayers €440m and it will be several years before the money for the generous redundancies is recouped through savings …” (23 January)
  • HEA report now published – ‘Completing the Landscape Process for Irish Higher Education’ “In February 2012, as part of the implementation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, the HEA published its document – Towards a future higher education landscape – and invited higher education institutions to engage with the HEA in respect of the future position of each institution …” (16 January)
  • College backs down in redundancy dispute “College authorities have backed down in the long-running industrial dispute over staff redundancies in Trinity and begun re-hiring the staff laid off in late 2011 and early 2012. The move comes as a resolution to a nine-month stalemate following a Labour Court recommendation in April 2012 …” (23 January)
  • Third Level Staff “Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of persons in each university at professor grade, by university, in each of the years 2010, 2011 and 2012; where professors have retired, resigned or otherwise left universities, if they have been replaced and if so, at what grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (16 January)
  • Injunction granted to DIT academic “A senior academic at the Dublin Institution of Technology (DIT) has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing it bringing disciplinary proceedings against him …” (15 January)
  • DIT director gets injunction over disciplinary action “A senior academic at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) today secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing it from bringing disciplinary proceedings against him …” (14 January)
  • Academic found guilty of fraud on ‘unprecedented’ scale “A former academic at the National University of Singapore, or NUS, has been found guilty of fabricating more than 20 research papers published in international academic journals, the university has concluded after a major investigation …” (11 January)

Science Foundation Ireland and Teagasc team up to launch strategically important Research Funding Call for ‘The Future Agri-Food’

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“A Memorandum of Understanding, between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Teagasc, was signed today at the Teagasc Research Centre, Moorepark, Co. Cork. This collaboration agreement ‘the Future Agri-Food’, aims to strengthen and accelerate research and innovation in Ireland’s Agri-food sector which employs in the region of 150,000 people here ….” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 1 February]

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It’s CAO deadline day

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“At 5.15pm today online and paper applications for college entry will officially close. However, students can still submit late online and paper applications until 1 May …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 February]

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SFI signs agri-food agreement with Teagasc

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Teagasc aimed at strengthening and accelerating research and innovation in Ireland’s agri-food sector …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 1 February]

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Harvard College disciplines students in cheating inquiry

Posted in Legal issues on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) dean Michael D Smith this morning e-mailed a message to Harvard College faculty, staff, and students, reporting on the investigation of academic misconduct announced last August …” (more)

[Harvard Magazine, 1 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of student grant applications that have been received by Student Universal Support Ireland on a county basis; the number that have been processed, awarded, paid, refused or awaiting decision to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 31 January]

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HSE cancels deadline, opens nurse graduate scheme on a ‘rolling basis’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“The HSE HAS decided to accept applications for its graduate nursing scheme on a continuous rolling basis – cancelling the deadline originally set for today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 February]

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‘Parking problem won’t be solved in my lifetime’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Nightmare parking at IT Carlow is continuing to frustrate students and residents of local neighbouring estates …” (more)

[Lynda Connolly, Carlow People, 29 January]

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Minister Sherlock announces funding awards to support Irish participation in European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today announced funding of €300,000 to three researchers in Trinity College Dublin and Teagasc. The funding, from Enterprise Ireland, is aimed at maximising Ireland’s opportunities in accessing funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 February]

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Ministers Quinn and Cannon announce 760 new places on ICT graduate skills conversion programmes

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, and Minister for Training & Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD today announced the start of the second phase of ICT graduate skills conversion programmes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 February]

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Protest over graduate nurse recruitment scheme

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Around 200 people are gathering for a protest against the HSE’s graduate nurse recruitment scheme in Dublin …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 February]

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Head teachers urge students to pick college courses based on preferences rather than points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“CAO applicants should base their course preferences on what they want to do rather than what they think the required points will be, according to the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 1 February]

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‘Yellow pack’ nurse plan pressure grows

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Health Minister James Reilly has come under yet more pressure to bin his controversial nurse graduate JobBridge plan after the HSE again refused to confirm whether anyone has applied for the 1,000 posts …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Anger as Quinn advises troubled children to ‘talk to school cleaner’

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn drew the ire of guidance counsellors by suggesting troubled teens should talk to the cleaner or maintenance man …” (more)

[Fergus Black, Independent, 1 February]

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Record number of students apply to Northern Ireland universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“A record number of students have applied for places at one of Northern Ireland’s universities this autumn. The Universities Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) revealed that 19,587 people had applied for a place …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 1 February]

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University of Ulster plan to close crèches

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“The University of Ulster has proposed closing its crèches at the Magee and Jordanstown campuses. At least 30 jobs and dozens of nursery places could be lost if the facilities close …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 January]

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In Which I Just Can’t Get It Up to Be Freaked Out about the Liberal Arts (Or Humanities, or English, or Whatever)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“… I can’t do it anymore. The energy that it takes for me to be pissed off about these things actually takes me away from making the liberal arts – specifically the humanities, specifically literature – exciting and interesting for my students …” (more)

[Reassigned Time 2.0, 31 January]

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