Lincoln: Academic describes role as historical consultant

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“A professor at Queen’s University in Belfast has been speaking about her role as a historical consultant on the new Lincoln movie …” (more)

[Peter Coulter, BBC News, 2 February]

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U-Multirank is launched, 500 universities expected to sign up

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

EU“A new university ranking system, U-Multirank, was officially launched by the European Union (EU) in Dublin on Wednesday, bringing a new and broader approach to the assessment of universities throughout the world …” (more)

[Alan Osborn, University World News, 1 February]

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Students rate the branch campus experience

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

International“… At the start of 2012 there were more than 200 international branch campuses globally and, with 39 institutions, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was host to more branch campuses than any other country worldwide ….” (more)

[Stephen Wilkins and Melodena Stephens Balakrishnan, University World News, 2 February]

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State to freeze public servants’ annual pay rises in new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Public servants’ pay increments will be frozen for up to three years under a new government plan. The proposal will anger state employees who will have factored in the annual pay increases – worth between €1,000 and €3,000 – for years to come …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 2 February]

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Stressed students: The grant fallout

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The grants delay is causing hardship, uncertainty and a surprising reliance on cars among Galway students …” (more)

[Rosita Boland, Irish Times, 2 February]

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As review begins, 7,000 students still await grants

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“A review of the failings of the Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) grant system will focus on problems around documentation, processing and payments, with around 7,000 eligible students still waiting for their fees and grants to be paid …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 February]

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Union says only 60 nurses applied for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has said he is looking forward to reopening discussions with trade unions on a controversial nurse graduate scheme after it emerged that it has failed to attract a significant number of applicants …” (more)

[Barry Roche and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Edinburgh’s Coursera-based Moocs attract 300,000

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“More than 300,000 people have signed up to the University of Edinburgh’s free massive open online courses (Moocs) since they were first announced in July 2012, it has been revealed …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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Unions say Croke Park talks must not hit pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Unions representing gardaí, nurses and prison officers – the 24/7 alliance – met yesterday to consider the talks which have taken place with public service management over recent weeks on the Government’s plans to cut its pay and pensions bill by €1 billion …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 February]

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The death of the scientific genius?

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

THE READERS: What you said on irishtimes.com this week. Irish Times Science Editor Dick Ahlstrom wrote on Wednesday that we may never again see a genius of the likes of Einstein, Newton or Galileo …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 February]

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‘I earn more working in Penneys’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Student Aimee Darby earns more with her part-time job at Penneys than she would as a qualified nurse caring for seriously ill patients under the HSE’s new graduate recruitment scheme …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 2 February]

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University 2060: the brave new world of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

Australia“Higher education, 2060: academics are out of a job. All the brand name universities have made all their courses free online, easily doing away with one side of the teaching and learning equation. Pretty soon all the universities realised how much money they could save …” (more)

[Philip Riley, The Conversation, 2 February]

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