Teachers are biting back …

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Since the beginning of the Croke Park Agreement the public sector has lived up to and upheld their side of the deal. Minister for Public Sector and Reform Brendan Howlin and his Government colleagues have admitted this on countless occasions …” (more)

[TJ Clare, 7 February]

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What do you do with a BA in anything?

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“… But if you genuinely seriously suggest that an arts degree is a waste of time – that a three- or four-year course of academic study involving research and study and writing and learning is a waste of time – then. Oh. Then I get grumpy …” (more)

[Claire Hennessy, 5 February]

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Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner confirms deletion of Facebook facial recognition data in the EU

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Both the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) and the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany have independently confirmed today that all Facebook facial recognition data of European Union citizens has been deleted by the social network …” (more)

[Darren McCarra, The Sociable, 7 February]

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University Times threatened with legal action over Iona Institute articles

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2013 by steve

Trinity News has learned that the University Times has been threatened with legal action by the founder of the Iona Institute, David Quinn. The newspaper is accused of publishing two allegedly defamatory articles in early January …” (more)

[Ian Curran, Trinity News, 7 February]

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We don’t all have to agree on what public engagement means in order to get involved

Posted in Research on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“When it comes to public engagement, many advocate for ‘shared definitions and frameworks’. Nick Mahony explores what the obstacles are to achieving this in practice and why the debates are likely to de-escalate any time soon …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 7 February]

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Five Ways to Defeat Automated Plagiarism Detection

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Increasingly, unethical authors and predatory publishers are learning new tricks to make it more difficult to detect plagiarism in their writings and published articles. Here are five methods they are using to defeat automated plagiarism detection programs …” (more)

[Scholarly Open Access, 7 February]

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The MOOCs that ate themselves

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“… As MOOCs have become mainstream and high profile there is increasing pressure on them to be very high quality, robust and efficient. There is a good deal of brand reputation now invested in them …” (more)

[The Ed Techie, 7 February]

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Most of What You Think You Know About Grammar is Wrong

Posted in Life on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“… It’s a great story, but it’s a myth. And so is that so-called grammar rule about ending sentences with prepositions. If that previous sentence bugs you, by the way, you’ve bought into another myth. No, there’s nothing wrong with starting a sentence with a conjunction, either. But perhaps the biggest grammar myth of all is the infamous taboo against splitting an infinitive …” (more)

[Patricia O’Conner and Stewart Kellarman, Smithsonian Magazine, February issue]

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Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“… The purpose of the Bill is to extend the remit of Science Foundation Ireland to enable it to fund applied research in addition to its existing remit to fund oriented basic research. The Bill also provides for other amendments to the functions of the foundation, including the refocusing of the research themes to be funded by it …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 7 February]

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Benchmark for Irish education system must be other aspirant knowledge economies, not the past

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Today we are competing for talent on a global basis, and while we are on the right path, we need to move faster and benchmark our education system against the other aspirant knowledge economies, like Singapore and Finland …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 6 February]

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American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“In what could be a major step toward bridging the gap between massive open online courses and the credentialing system that they are supposed to ‘disrupt’, the American Council on Education on Thursday endorsed five MOOCs for credit …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 February]

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Postgraduate courses ‘social mobility barrier’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“The cost of postgraduate university courses could become an extra obstacle to social mobility, warns a study from the Sutton Trust charity …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 7 February]

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Students and responsibilities

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – How depressing that neither your original contributor (‘To be honest: A parent writes’, Education, February 5th) nor your respondent (February 6th) seems to have very high opinions of young adults …” (more)

[Léan Ní Chléirigh, Irish Times, 7 February]

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NI universities earn £100m through businesses links

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Universities in Northern Ireland earned more than £100m last year through links with businesses and the community. A report from the department of learning and employment said Queens University and the University of Ulster outperformed other parts of the UK …” (more)

[BBC News, 7 February]

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Computers essential to advances in research

Posted in Research on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Will computers ever be able to do mathematical research? Computers have amazing power to analyse huge data-bases and carry out extensive searches far beyond human capabilities …” (more)

[Peter Lynch, Irish Times, 7 February]

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University student marketing spend up 23%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“UK universities increased their spending on marketing to potential students by nearly a quarter in the run-up to the introduction of higher fees, a Times Higher Education investigation has found, yet suffered a 7.4% fall in applications …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 7 February]

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Universities pull out of EU’s ‘unjustifiable’ U-Multirank

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2013 by steve

EU“A group representing some of Europe’s leading universities has withdrawn its support for a new ranking system funded by the European Union, warning that it could pose ‘a serious threat’ to higher education …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 7 February]

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RCUK takes open-access green targets off fast track

Posted in Research on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Policy continues to worry academics despite research councils’ concession. Research Councils UK’s confirmation last week that it will not fully enforce its new open-access policy for five years has failed to assuage the concerns of universities, academics and publishers …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 7 February]

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City of Culture on the Foyle shored up by banks of scholarly talent

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“A university campus will take centre stage as a city looking to put its troubled past behind it celebrates being named the UK’s first City of Culture. Londonderry is home to the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 7 February]

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Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications

Posted in Research on February 7th, 2013 by steve

“Academics are — slowly — adopting the view that publicly funded research should be made freely available. But data released yesterday suggest that, given the choice, even researchers who publish in open-access journals want to place restrictions on how their papers can be re-used …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News & Comment, 6 February]

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