Quinn says third-level grant backlog cleared

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn today informed the Cabinet that the backlog in third-level student grants has been cleared, apart from applications missing some documentation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 February]

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Survey finds 84% read paper regularly

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“More than four out of five people in Ireland read a printed newspaper regularly, but only slightly more than one in 10 regularly read newspapers online, new research has found …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Company offers portable peer review

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Researchers waiting for their manuscript to emerge from multiple rounds of peer review as it bounces from journal to journal can easily get frustrated at the inefficiencies of the system …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News & Comment, 12 February]

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Ryanair secures order to reveal details of anonymous web posters

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Ryanair has secured a High Court order compelling eircom to disclose the identities of two anonymous parties who have been making posts about it on a pilot’s website which the airline says is ‘highly defamatory’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 February]

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Italy’s universities – the way out

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

Italy“Young Italians aren’t going to university like they used to. There are 58,000 fewer students pursuing degrees than ten years ago. This is a drop of 17% …” (more)

[euronews, 12 February]

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Employability: is it time we get critical?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Universities, government, media – we’re all in thrall to the employability agenda, says Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, but do we need wider public debate about its origins and meaning? …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 12 February]

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Student body hit out over use of debt collectors in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“The USI have condemned the current and proposed future use of debt collectors in Irish universities …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 February]

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Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the law: an evolving story

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Should comments posted on social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook be subject to the full force of the criminal law? Should bloggers be required to adhere to the same legal restrictions as journalists working in what has become known as the ‘mainstream’? …” (more)

[Kevin Steele, BBC College of Journalism, 11 February]

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Academic Freedom at Brooklyn College

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Debates about academic freedom almost always begin in confusion and end in confusion, but the recent controversy at Brooklyn College is a welcome exception to that rule …” (more)

[Stanley Fish, New York Times, 11 February]

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Taoiseach to open AIT indoor arena on Friday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Enda Kenny is due to officially open the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) international arena this Friday. The Taoiseach is scheduled to formally launch the impressive new facility at 3.30pm …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 12 February]

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Departure from USI would be ‘major blow to the organisation’ – Logue

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“President of the Union of Students in Ireland USI John Logue has stated that the departure of UCDSU from the USI would be ‘a major blow to the organization’ …” (more)

[Ronan Coveney, College Tribune, 12 February]

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Pay cut plans unrealistic, say unions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Government proposals for an extension to the Croke Park agreement would see a cut of around 10.6% for the average frontline public service worker, unions have argued …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 February]

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USI disaffiliation campaigner questions USI democracy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Chris Lee, a campaigns manager for the pro-disaffiliation campaign, has accused the USI of ignoring the democratic process through the preferendum vote, stating that the general feeling among students is that the USI is constituted of ‘300 hacks’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 February]

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NUI Galway secures funding to continue software design conversion course

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway, along with software industry partners, has secured funding from the Higher Education Authority to continue running its one-year higher diploma in software design and development …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 12 February]

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Multi-storey car park for UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“A five-storey car park is to be built close to the Clonskeagh entrance of UCD. The car park, which will have 631 spaces, is one of the main features in a new commuting facility called ‘Campus West’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 February]

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Wasting Money

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

EU“The League of European Research Universities claims to be upset about the 2 million Euros that the European Union is spending on its proposed multi-dimensional university ranking …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 12 February]

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PeerJ leads a high-quality, low-cost new breed of open-access publisher

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“We all know by now that traditional academic publishing is in an appalling mess. Locking publicly funded research behind a paywall is completely unacceptable …” (more)

[Mike Taylor, Guardian, 12 February]

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Farry announces changes to student cash support scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Northern Ireland Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has outlined changes to the scheme that supports students in school or college …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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Why introverts shouldn’t be forced to talk in class

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“Suddenly there is a lot of talk about introverts and the power of silence, in part because of a popular new book by Susan Cain …” (more)

[Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, 12 February]

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Third-level institutions cannot function in isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“The higher-education landscape has reached a tipping point. Growing international competition; increasing privatisation and the challenge posed by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) mean that on a global scale, higher education is in a state of metamorphosis …” (more)

[Jim Browne, Irish Times, 12 February]

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