With New ‘Scorecard’, Obama Seeks to Give Students a Tool to Compare Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama said his administration’s release on Wednesday of a ‘College Scorecard’ would enable students and families to find institutions that would give them ‘the most bang for your educational buck’ …” (more)

[Allie Bidwell, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 February]

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IBEC calls for pension cuts in Croke Park talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Employers’ group IBEC has called on the Government to cut pension entitlements and suspend the payment of increments for serving public servants in the ongoing negotiations on extending the Croke Park Agreement …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 February]

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Education Committee assesses progress on digital literacy

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“The Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection today met Department of Education Officials for a wide ranging discussion on how digital literacy can be best embedded across the school curriculum …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas Press Releases, 13 February]

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Limerick taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting student

Posted in Legal issues on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“A student yesterday denied claims she had demanded sex from a taxi driver after he made a wrong turn. The 21-year-old was giving evidence in the trial of Abdul Mannan, aged 39, of Rhebogue Meadows who has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting her in his taxi more than two years ago …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 13 February]

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Images from the disciplinary hearing today

Posted in Legal issues on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“The three students involved in the protest against Enda Kenny were given a suspended fine of 200 euro each, a formal reprimand and are to write a letter of apology to Martin Butler, VP for students.” (piccies)

[Facebook, 13 February]

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

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 13th, 2013 by steve

Sections 1 and 2 agreed to. SECTION 3. An Cathaoirleach: ‘Amendments Nos. 1, 3 and 18 are related and may be discussed together, by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.’ Senator Sean D Barrett: ‘I move amendment No. 1 …'” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 13 February]

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To MOOC or Not to MOOC

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“MOOCs have become a media obsession. Why? In part because they are the continuation of a story that has been around since at least the 1990s and the first days of magazines like Wired and Fast Company …” (more)

[Nigel Thrift, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 February]

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UL gets funding for 100 free places on software development and cloud computing programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“The University of Limerick (UL) said today that it has received funding for an additional 100 free places on software development and cloud computing programmes under the HEA’s ICT Skills Programme 2013 …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 13 February]

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Reverence for PhDs pulls politicians into plagiarism trap

Posted in Legal issues on February 13th, 2013 by steve

Germany“A half-dozen German politicians have been accused of PhD plagiarism in the last two years. DW takes a look at why doctorate titles are in demand in Germany and why politicians and people are so keen to get hold of one …” (more)

[Conor Dillon, Deutsche Welle, 13 February]

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Wikipedia and the British Library

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“I’ve been working as the Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library for the past nine months. This is a one-year project funded by the AHRC, which aims to study the ways in which academics and specialists can engage with Wikipedia and similar projects …” (more)

[Andrew Gray, Digital Scholarship, 13 February]

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Why has Marine Le Pen been invited to Cambridge?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Chanting ‘free speech’ isn’t enough: the debating union has to answer criticisms of its dodgy celebrity invitations …” (more)

[Conrad Landin, Guardian, 13 February]

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Burma’s universities open for business but still seeking academic autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2013 by steve

Burma“With the easing of international sanctions, UK universities are re-engaging with Burma at a time when the country’s higher education sector finds itself caught between two reviews …” (more)

[Andy Heath, Guardian Professional, 13 February]

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No expulsion for UCD students who threw eggs at Taoiseach

Posted in Legal issues on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“UCD student publication The College Tribune has reported that the three students who threw eggs towards the Taoiseach during an official visit will not face expulsion …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 February]

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Royal Irish Academy of Music Officially Becomes TCD Affiliate

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have entered a new partnership, with the aim of ‘fostering academic links for the benefit of performing arts education and creative arts practice in Ireland’ …” (more)

[Owen Bennett, University Times, 13 February]

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Can we have open data without open access?

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Many of the motivations which drive open access are similar to why we want open data in social science research: making one’s research more widely available to the research community and to the wider public, producing more and better research that can be reproduced and verified …” (more)

[Velichka Dimitrova, Open Economics, 11 February]

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Jeremy Paxman ‘Savages’ University Challenge Student Tom Tyszczuk Smith

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Famous for piling the pressure on politicians, Jeremy Paxman has now turned his attention to shy students, reducing one to a quivering wreck after a ‘savaging’ on University Challenge …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 13 February]

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Sussex Uni occupation gathers momentum

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“A hundred more students have joined the occupation, which has support from the likes of Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and the Thick of It star Peter Capaldi …” (more)

[Yasmin Centeno, Guardian, 13 February]

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Should All Students Be Able to Borrow? Maybe Not, Says One Group

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation asked 16 organizations to ‘reimagine’ the financial-aid system, one grant recipient saw an opportunity. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators wanted to be bold, to raise controversial questions …” (more)

[Beckie Supiano, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 February]

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Students boycott final to challenge professor’s grading policy (and get As)

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Since he started teaching at Johns Hopkins University in 2005, Professor Peter Fröhlich has maintained a grading curve in which each class’s highest grade on the final counts as an A, with all other scores adjusted accordingly …” (more)

[Zack Budryk, Inside Higher Ed, 12 February]

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Arts students shouldn’t subsidise university science

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Are tuition fees paid by arts students being used to fund university science? If so it shows a striking lack of accountability …” (more)

[Gervas Huxley, Telegraph, 12 February]

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