Horizon 2020 budget cut by over 12%

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

EU“A predicted cut to Europe’s research programme, Horizon 2020, occurred as the final budget figures were released by the European Council in Brussels this evening. The budget has been reduced by over 12% according to the meeting’s final conclusions …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 8 February]

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Liberal Arts Majors Didn’t Kill the Economy

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Is our college students learning? Rarely is the question not asked nowadays. Graduates now face a tough labor market and even tougher debt burdens, which has left many struggling to find work that pays enough to pay back what they owe …” (more)

[Matthew O’Brien, The Atlantic, 8 February]

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No easing of Croke Park stance after debt deal, says Kenny

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out easing the reforms demanded by the Government in any new Croke Park Agreement as a result of yesterday’s promissory note deal. The Taoiseach insisted that a new Croke Park deal is part of the Government’s plan to reduce Ireland’s deficit to below 3% by 2015 as was the agreement with the troika …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 February]

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Student Grant Changes Discriminate Against Farming Families – McConalogue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“The Government has confirmed to Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue that it is pressing ahead with changes to the assessment criteria for student grants next year …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 8 February]

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Europe’s leaders slash research budget

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

EU“It’s bad news for the European Union’s massive research programme. In an acrimonious meeting of the European Council to decide the EU’s general budget for 2014-2020, leaders of the Union’s 27 member states slashed the €77.6 billion research budget …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature News & Comment, 8 February]

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Students occupy Sussex University in protest against privatisation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Students have occupied part of a university building in opposition to plans to outsource catering and estate management services …” (more)

[Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 8 February]

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An academic press sues a librarian, raising issues of academic freedom

Posted in Legal issues on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Librarian questions quality of a publishing house. Librarian publicly criticizes said press on his personal blog. Two years later, librarian and current employer get sued for libel and damages in excess of $4 million …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 8 February]

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‘Academia is a very well kept secret’

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Finding the motivation for a PhD later in life is not easy, says Jeannie Holstein, but it provides the time and space to obsess about your interests …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 8 February]

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The Changing Landscape of Global Academic Communication

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“It is fascinating to see how academic communication is changing around the world. A new generation of scholars is using online tools to grapple with issues of public concern. In the past, the communications choices were fairly simple …” (more)

[Nigel Thrift, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 February]

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Impact factors, research assessment and an alternative to REF 2014

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“There is growing concern that the contentious journal impact factor is being used by universities as a proxy measure for research assessment. In light of this and the wider REF2014 exercise, Dorothy Bishop believes we need a more transparent, fair and cost-effective method for distributing funding to universities than the REF approach allows …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 8 February]

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How do you fix a problem like education?

Posted in Teaching on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“I’ve blogged a couple of times before about my frustration with the education is broken rhetoric. To be clear this doesn’t mean I think everything is rosy and we carry on as we are, but I think it’s too simplistic and doesn’t really get us anywhere …” (more)

[The Ed Techie, 8 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason students in receipt of a bursary from a college are still entitled to a full third level maintenance grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the number of appeals to the student grant appeal board for the 2012/13 academic year; if he will provide the information in respect of decisions appealed in respect of each grant awarding authority; if he will further provide a breakdown of these appeals in relation to the number of decisions in respect of each grant awarding authority that were confirmed or amended; the total amount of grants approved by the student grant appeals board; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide in tabular form an up to date breakdown of third level students on a county basis who have had their maintenance grant application accepted by Student Universal Support Ireland but have still to receive payment; the number of students who have appealed the decision of SUSI and are awaiting the outcome of that decision; and the numbers of students who are still waiting to have their appeal heard …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 February]

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Breakdown: Horizon 2020 budget set to be reduced

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

EU“The European science and research fund, Horizon 2020, is set to be reduced by €9bn according to the latest budget agreements …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 8 February]

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Prosecutors sum up in Furlong case

Posted in Legal issues on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Prosecutors in Tokyo have demanded a four-year prison term for one of two American men accused of luring Irish woman Nicola Furlong (21) to her death in a central Tokyo hotel last year …” (more)

[David McNeill, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Third-level body insists DCU was not targeted in eligibility ruling

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“The secretary of Comhairle Ard Oideachais, the body that oversees third-level GAA, has reiterated that no individual colleges or universities are being targeted by regulations brought in two years ago which have precluded Cork’s Aidan Walsh from playing with DCU …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 8 February]

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Coveney makes three appointments to Teagasc for five-year term

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“Brendan Gleeson, Dr Karina Pierce and Tom Tynan have been appointed to the Teagasc authority for a five-year term by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Stem-cell therapy scams ‘preying on the vulnerable’

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“The promise of stem-cell therapy remains a beacon for many people with a range of diseases – but too many Irish patients are falling victim to scams …” (more)

[Independent, 4 February]

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