SUs feed students in crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Students’ Unions across the nation are providing free food boxes and vouchers to students who are struggling financially …” (more)

[Luke Holohan, The Edition, 4 February]

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Ian McKellen gets honorary doctorate from Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“There was a celebration in Londonderry on Sunday to honour Sir Ian McKellen. The actor was given an honorary doctorate at the Magee campus of the University of Ulster …” (more)

[BBC News, 4 February]

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Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“When Vicky Blake embarked on her PhD at Durham University eight years ago, she believed it was the beginning of an exciting research career. Now, as part of the silently growing army of teaching staff paid by the hour in British universities, she is beginning to wonder at what stage she should walk away …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 4 February]

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University experiment likely to shrink higher education permanently

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“English universities may be on the brink of an experiment that no one alive today has experienced: a significant and sustained decline in student numbers …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 4 February]

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IMPACT says longer hours needed to secure pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“The largest public service union has warned members that the Government will not agree to a new Croke Park Agreement without some element of increased working time for public servants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 February]

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Richard III discovery shows scientists playing to the media gallery

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Though Leicester University has managed how it presents its ‘king in the car park’ findings, this populism sets a worrying trend …” (more)

[Catherine Fletcher, Guardian, 4 February]

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Maybe it was inevitable that one of the new massive open online courses would crash. After all, MOOCs are being launched with considerable speed, not to mention hype …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 4 February]

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Why Google’s settlement with French publishers is bad for the web

Posted in Legal issues on February 4th, 2013 by steve

France“While Google may see its payments to French publishers as a smart move for its own short-term purposes, the deal is still being seen by many as a payment for links, and that could set a dangerous precedent …” (more)

[Mathew Ingram, GigaOm, 4 February]

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Spotted at university: crassness and cruelty

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Students created ‘Spotted’ pages on Facebook to comment anonymously on fellow library users. Now they’re a hotbed of gossip and salaciousness …” (more)

[Saema Jaffer, Guardian, 4 February]

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By opening up a distinctive space between academic research and journalism, a thriving academic blogosphere mediates between them

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“How do you feel about academic blogging? If you are reading this then, chances are, you feel reasonably well inclined towards it. However if you are an academic blogger then you will undoubtedly be aware that many people are not so well inclined. This raises an obvious question: why? …” (more)

[Mark Carrigan, Impact of Social Sciences, 4 February]

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Several Campuses Are Disrupted by Outage in Course-Management Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Course-management systems have become crucial to the everyday operations of colleges so gradually that many users may not think about it all that much. That is, until the lights go out …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 February]

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A fair system for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“More than 40% of Irish farmers – and almost 50% of the self-employed more generally – successfully claim student third-level grants for their children. By contrast, only 17% of those in the “lower professional” category get these grants …” (more)

[Independent, 4 February]

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Some thoughts on efficiency of Irish Universities …

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Despite being a multibillion euro industry Irish higher education has received scant (published) attention as to its cost or productive efficiency. This is despite the acres of space devoted to issues around the funding of education …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Business Blog, 4 February]

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MOOC Mania

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“There are all sorts of practical questions that one can ask about the MOOC concept, most of them pretty obvious and I won’t get bogged down in them here …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 4 February]

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Launch of the nice university league table

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

EU“A previous post noted the imminent arrival of the all new European non-ranking ranking. Well now it seems to be nearly complete with only a year to wait until the first ranking is produced …” (more)

[Registrarism, 4 February]

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Farmers and self-employed face clampdown over student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Farmers and self-employed business people face a five-year trawl through their accounts and assets in a clampdown on student grants, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 4 February]

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Research focus turns to ‘smart’ agriculture

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“‘Future Agri-Food’ plan will encourage researchers to work together in area of food and agriculture. Could Ireland make a name for itself in ‘smart’ agriculture? We are soon to find out …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Business schools need to find a new role

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“In his recent speech on technology and growth to Policy Exchange, the UK think-tank, David Willetts, the UK minister for universities and science, challenged the continued use of the acronym Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to describe the strength of the UK’s science and technology base …” (more)

[Angus Laing, FT.com, 4 February]

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Quinn’s means test proposals anger farmers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Farmers Association has reiterated its opposition to productive assets, such as farmland, being assessed as part of a means test for third-level maintenance grants …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 February]

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Teacher training reform on track

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2013 by steve

“Substantial progress has been made in implementing radical changes to teacher training – according to a forthcoming report from the Higher Education Authority. But the plans are meeting stiff resistance from a minority of colleges …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 4 February]

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