UL President does not know how much former students owe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The President of a university – which is using a debt collection company to recoup outstanding fees from former students – has admitted he does not know how much the college is owed …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 11 February]

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TUI may pull out of Croke Park talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has signalled that it may pull out of the current talks on an extension to the Croke Park agreement if the Government tables proposals that would result in pay cuts or job losses …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Students must act, or watch university privatisation become irreversible

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“In the corridors of power, the idea of free education has in 10 years somehow become an almost unutterably radical demand …” (more)

[Michael Chessum, Guardian, 11 February]

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WIT to offer free ICT conversion course targeted at job seekers

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“A new graduate course in computing is set to start at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in March, with the aim of equipping job seekers with ICT and software development skills …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 11 February]

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UL president says he does not know who much college is owed in outstanding fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The President of the University of Limerick has said he does not know how much the institution is owed in outstanding fees after it emerged the college is using a debt collection agency to recover monies owed …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Limerick Post, 11 February]

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The Law School Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2013 by steve

International“Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation …” (more)

[Hillol Nag, QS Intelligence Unit, 11 February]

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In Downsized EU Budget, Mixed News for Research

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2013 by steve

EU“The news from last week’s EU budget summit is decidedly mixed for scientists. On Friday, leaders of the European Union’s 27 member states agreed for the first time to make cuts to the union’s overall long-term budget …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, ScienceInsider, 11 February]

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Wrecking toilets and punching each other? Just a normal night out for Cambridge students

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Students vomiting and urinating all over the floor in restaurant toilets and punching each other in the teeth – it might sound like a story involving Oxford’s Bullingdon Club, but it is actually just another night out for a Cambridge drinking society …” (more)

[Tom Peck, Independent, 11 February]

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What College Rankings Really Tell Us

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Last summer, the editors of Car and Driver conducted a comparison test of three sports cars, the Lotus Evora, the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and the Porsche Cayman S …” (more)

[Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, 11 February]

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Colleges must take ‘humane’ approach with debt collectors, says children’s minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has urged colleges to take a ‘humane’ approach when hiring debt collectors to chase student fees …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 11 February]

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The Era of the Plausible

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Much of what we do these days is driven by plausibility rather than being truly evidence-based; something of an irony in this scientific age. For example, the persistence of many alternative medical treatments is due to there being an air of plausibility about them …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 February]

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Students hit out at debt collectors chasing fees

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has hit out at some universities for hiring debt collectors to chase down student fees …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 February]

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The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The dissertation is broken, many scholars agree. So now what? Rethinking the academic centerpiece of a graduate education is an obvious place to start if, as many people believe, PhD programs are in a state of crisis …” (more)

[Stacey Patton, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 February]

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Update on U-Multirank

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2013 by steve

EU“Using data supplied by institutions is not a good idea for any international ranking. Apart from questions of reliability and objectivity, there is always the possibility of ‘conscientious objectors’ disrupting the ranking process by refusing to take part …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 February]

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College lecturer awarded £7,500 for ‘humiliating’ suspension

Posted in Legal issues on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“A Londonderry lecturer has been awarded £7,500 by a Fair Employment Tribunal because she was suspended from work in a ‘humiliating’ way …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 February]

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Universities hiring debt collectors to chase down student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The biggest university in the country is hiring a debt collection agency to pursue students over outstanding fees. The move by University College Dublin (UCD) follows in the footsteps of the University of Limerick (UL), which, the Irish Independent has learned, is already using an agency to collect money …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 11 February]

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DCU chief calls for digital learning strategy

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland risks being left behind in the ‘online education revolution’, according to the president of Dublin City University. Prof Brian MacCraith has made the case for a new ‘digital learning strategy’ as the world’s universities embrace new technologies …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Farmers face up to thorny issue of third-level grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Education under fire over plan to include value of capital assets in means-testing procedure …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 11 February]

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How To Annoy Your Professor: The Poll

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Here it is: the poll based on your responses to my request for annoying questions and behaviors related to student-professor interaction. This was admittedly a one-sided request as it focuses entirely on annoying things students do …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 11 February]

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What makes an academic leader?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2013 by steve

Sweden“In comparison with business and political leaders, leaders in academia appear different (and I use mostly the Swedish/European case as example for my ideas). At least in Swedish universities, academic leadership is collegial and limited in time …” (more)

[Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Inside Higher Ed, 10 February]

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