Referendum on re-affiliating with the USI to be held in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“… DCU previously held a referendum on USI membership in 2010, and although only 10% of students cast their ballot, a large majority voting against joining the student representative body …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 6 February]

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Students can’t Google everything: Why knowledge matters

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Michael Gove, secretary of education in Great Britain, certainly has a flair for oratory. In his most recent speech, he accused his political opponents of favoring ‘Downton Abbey-style’ education (meaning one that perpetuates class differences), he evoked a 13-year- old servant girl reading Keats …” (more)

[Daniel Willingham, Washington Post, 6 February]

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Five colleges misreported data to US News, raising concerns about rankings, reputation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Tulane University officials were preparing to send statistics to US News & World Report for its annual graduate school rankings when they noticed something peculiar in early December: sharp drops in admissions test scores and applications to their business school …” (more)

[Nick Anderson, Washington Post, 6 February]

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Do students understand plagiarism?

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“In a world of Wikipedia and internet-based essay-writing companies, it’s never been easier for students to plagiarise their work. But as German education minister, Annette Schavan, found out today, it’s also never been easier to get caught …” (more)

[Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 6 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the name of the company that designed the Student Universal Support Ireland online student grant application system; and his plans to make further improvements to the system …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 February]

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U-Multirank and the brave new world of academia

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Last week I attended a conference run as part of the Irish EU Presidency. It had a rather obtuse name ‘Rankings and the Visibility of Quality Outcomes in the European Higher Education Area’ which for most people is an automatic soporific. The problem is that it should make most of those in academia and in other areas sit up and attend …” (more)

[Charles Larkin, Irish Business Blog, 6 February]

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RAG Week appeal to publicans

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“A local third-level institution has issued an appeal to local bars and nightclubs, asking them to refrain from ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ during unofficial RAG Week celebrations in the city …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 6 February]

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Is an MBA worth it without a salary boost?

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, Financial Times research revealed that the salary-boosting power of having an MBA has been slashed. At the same time, the fees for pursuing a degree have risen substantially. So is there any point in getting an MBA? …” (more)

[FT.com, 5 February]

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INMO reaffirms ‘total opposition’ to Croke Park pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“The organisation that represents nurses and midwives has reiterated its total opposition to pay cuts under the Croke Park extension …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 February]

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Students and responsibilities

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – I was saddened to read the remarks of the mother who believes that ‘University students need structure’ (‘To Be Honest: A Parent Writes’, Education, February 5th) …” (more)

[Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Irish Times, 6 February]

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What use is an arts degree?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – It was most refreshing to read your arguments in favour of studying a degree in the arts (Education, February 5th). Students who are filling out a CAO form at 17 years of age are already under great pressure …” (more)

[Martin Brady, Irish Times, 6 February]

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FG backbencher claims grants system a problem for farmers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael TD John Deasy has called on ‘senior figures’ in his party to ‘stop pretending’ they are unaware of problems the farming community has with proposed means-testing of third-level grants …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Times, 6 February]

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I’ll drink to that: researchers to spend a year exploring our pubs

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Researchers from an English university will spend a year studying the Irish pub. The study is funded by the Vintners Federation of Ireland, which is worried by the closure of 1,100 pubs in the past five years, many in rural communities …” (more)

[Paul Wilkinson, Independent, 6 February]

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Calling all university federation pioneers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University (IFUT) had its beginnings in a meeting of academics from UCD, TCD, UCG, UCC and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, held in Galway in 1963 …” (more)

[Bernard McCartan, Irish Times, 6 February]

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The making of a MOOC at the University of Amsterdam

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

Holland“The guest entry below was kindly submitted by Arie K den Boon (PhD), visiting professor of the Department of Communication Science and organizer of the first MOOC of the University of Amsterdam …” (more)

[GlobalHigherEd, 5 February]

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Online exam grinds boom fuelled by lower cost e-learning

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“New technology is fuelling a boom in the online grinds market for Leaving Certificate students. A smartphone or tablet computer may be all a student needs to access the growing choice in exam preparation courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 February]

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