University Revokes German Research Minister’s Doctorate

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2013 by steve

Germany“The German minister for education and research finds herself this evening with no university degree. After a long-running investigation into accusations of plagiarism in Annette Schavan’s 1980 PhD dissertation, the University of Duesseldorf today revoked the German minister’s doctoral degree …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, ScienceInsider, 5 February]

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EU research funding must be protected, Russell Group warns

Posted in Research on February 5th, 2013 by steve

EU“Leaders of the Russell Group of research intensive universities have added their voices to the clamour calling for the European Union’s research and innovation funding to be protected. It comes ahead of a European Council meeting in Brussels on 7 February where heads of state plan to finalise the EU’s budget for 2014 to 2020 …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 5 February]

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Sir Ian McKellen charms Derry audience at Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“The acclaimed and award winning actor Sir Ian McKellen has said he is ‘privileged’ to have received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster as he shares their ethos …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 5 February]

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DCU Student Speaks Out, ‘Labour are betraying their principles yet again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“Remembering back to 2011 and the Labour Party Manifesto, there is one particularly interesting paragraph on page 60 outlining the party’s position on access to third level education …” (more)

[Clare Daly TD, 5 February]

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Email: To Zero or not to zero … that is one of the questions …

Posted in Life on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“When discussions commence about the topic of productivity, inevitably the topic of email overload is soon a focus of discussion …” (more)

[Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians, 4 February]

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Call for expression of interest for the selection of experts for Horizon 2020 advisory groups

Posted in Research on February 5th, 2013 by steve

EU“We would like to inform you that the call for expression of interest for the selection of experts for Horizon 2020 advisory groups was launched yesterday at 12pm …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 5 February]

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Richard III, history and the pressing needs of a modern university …

Posted in Research on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“I don’t know if you watched it, but C4 had a documentary on the uncovering of Richard III last night. R3, it seems, may have been more significant as a fictional character in Shakespeare than as a significant monarch in the history of the English state …” (more)

[Mick Fealty, Slugger O’Toole, 5 February]

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SU Presidents publicly oppose Universities Act reform

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“The Presidents of five of Ireland’s universities’ students’ unions have released a statement opposing the amendments proposed to the Universities Act from 1997.The amendments in question, proposed by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, would see the government take control of staff levels and pay …” (more)

[Aoife Valentine, University Observer, 5 February]

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Merger talks escalate between UCD and NCAD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) has entered into talks with University College Dublin about the possibility of the merger of the two colleges …” (more)

[Aoife Valentine, University Observer, 5 February]

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Head to Head: Should UCD disaffiliate from USI?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“With students gearing up to vote on whether UCDSU should stay affiliated with USI, Evan O’Quigley and David Farrell outline the arguments for and against going it alone …” (more)

[Evan O’Quigley, University Observer, 5 February]

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Admission to postgraduate course – vexatious litigation – restraining order

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“… Vast amounts of court time here in Ireland and in Luxembourg have been expended. Immense costs on the part of the defendants have been incurred. As stated in the above judgment, all this effort and time is in respect of what boils down in the end to a case of hurt feelings. It seems to me at this stage that the plaintiff has become obsessed with this futile process. In truth, he is probably the first victim of it. The enormity of the preparation he has put into each and every one of the applications made reveals a kind of sisyphean syndrome in which he is forever doomed to press this futile case onward …” (more)

[Hedigan J, Kelly v. University College Dublin [2013] IEHC 23]

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Smarter buying could save NUIG €12m a year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway could make budgetary savings in the region of €12 million annually with savvier procurement practices, according to an unpublished report …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Sentinel, 5 February]

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University students need structure

Posted in Teaching on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“This time last year my daughter was heading in to the last few months of study for the Leaving Cert. She was a diligent and committed student, and very focused on what she wanted …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 February]

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Demand for college places high but down on last year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“Demand for a college place remains high, although slightly behind what it was this time last year. According to the CAO, the centralised agency for processing applications, there were 71,186 applications by February 1, the normal annual closing date …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 February]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“How will the Government respond to the demand from the International Monetary Fund that a student-loan scheme be introduced within two years? …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 5 February]

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ICMSA: Unjust to include farmland in means test for college grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“ICMSA president John Comer says it is unjust to include farmland in means tests for third-level college grants when public sector pensions are not assessed. The dairy leader said farmers will resist any proposals to replace the current income-based model with a new capital assets-based assessment …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

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The Leaving Cert is not the only way to measure ability

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“The decision by Trinity College Dublin to trial a model of college entry from 2014 that does not hinge solely on academic results is welcome …” (more)

[Clive Byrne, Irish Times, 5 February]

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What use is an arts degree?

Posted in Life on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“Esoteric philosophers, unemployed writers and ready-made civil servants: just some of the stereotypes of arts graduates. So what use is an arts degree today? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 5 February]

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University to honour Oscar-winner

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“A home-grown Oscar-winning director leads the cast of notable achievers set to be honoured by the University of Ulster this year. Belfast movie maker Terry George, whose short film The Shore won the Academy Award last year, will receive an honorary doctorate from the institution …” (more)

[Independent, 5 February]

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FG TDs rebel over plan for farm assets in means testing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael backbenchers are rebelling against Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s latest plan to include farm and business assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 February]

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