All-nighters are a fact of life for struggling students

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The idea for this column came from two-and-a-half weeks of having three to six hours sleep a night. Don’t worry though, I caught up on all my hours before I wrote it, but still, I’ll let you be the judge of why we students suffer so much from a lack of sleep …” (more)

[Jenny Darmody, Herald, 14 February]

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How college is going

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Being back at university studying mathematics more or less for the hell of it is actually quite an interesting experience. The whole independent study thing is hard from time to time, but what’s hardest about it is you have to do actual rent paying work around it and somehow, study is more fun on occasion …” (more)

[Musings …, 14 February]

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Foreign tongues aren’t wagging

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The British Academy has warned of a ‘vicious circle of monolingualism’ in the UK after applications for undergraduate language courses fell for the second year in a row …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A university librarian who is being sued after writing a critical blog post about a scholarly publisher is finding support from professors and librarians around the world …” (more)

[Jake New, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 January]

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Ronald Dworkin, Influential Legal Scholar, Dies at 81

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Ronald M Dworkin, an influential scholar and public intellectual who was known for his theory that moral integrity should guide legal decisions, died on Thursday in London, according to an obituary in The New York Times …” (more)

[Nick DeSantis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 February]

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Researchers develop computer-based system to help identify people at risk of suicide

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A research group at NUI Maynooth’s Department of Psychology has developed a computer-based system with the aim of helping healthcare professionals identify people who are at risk of committing suicide …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 14 February]

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Limerick taxi driver guilty of sexually assaulting student

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A taxi driver has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a student in his taxi as he was bringing her home from a night out in the city centre. Abdul Mannan, aged 39, of Rhebogue Meadows, Dublin Road had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the then 19-year-old in the Castletroy area of the city on February 7, 2011 …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 14 February]

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Two cultures, or none?

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“… Anti-science attitudes are far from unusual among the Arts & Humanities fraternity, even in the supposedly enlightened environment of a University, which I think is a real shame …” (more)

[In the Dark, 14 February]

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Galway students still waiting on grant payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Thirty-one Galway students are still waiting on grants to be processed by the new centralised system. The figure was confirmed by Labour TD Derek Nolan this week …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 14 February]

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Leicester ‘milks’ Richard III discovery

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Critics say university’s announcement should have gone out to peer review, not a press conference. When the University of Leicester dug up a car park to search for the body of a long-lost English king, they brought forth more than just the skeleton of Richard III …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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The research impact agenda must translate measurement into learning

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Funders and the wider research community must avoid the temptation to reduce impact to just things that can be measured, says Liz Allen of the Wellcome Trust. Measurement should not be for measuring’s sake; it must be about contributing to learning …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 14 February]

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Will Moocs fail to give students help they need?

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Educators question limited student support, tired approach and for-profit aims. Massive open online courses (Moocs) fail to support students, offer outdated pedagogy and should not be run by for-profit companies, a conference has heard …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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Google must act quickly on libellous Blogger posts, says appeal court

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Google may have to act quicker to remove potentially libellous posts from its Blogger platform following a court of appeal ruling in London. The court ruled that a gap of five weeks between a complaint being made and the removal of allegedly defamatory comments on a blogpost could leave it open to a libel action …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 14 February]

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Is Europe Evolving Toward an Integrated Research Area?

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

EU“… We use methods from network science and econometrics to perform a comparative analysis across time and between EU and non-EU countries to determine the ‘treatment effect’ resulting from EU integration policies. Using non-EU countries as a control set, we provide quantitative evidence that, despite decades of efforts to build a European Research Area, there has been little integration above global trends in patenting and publication. This analysis provides concrete evidence that Europe remains a collection of national innovation systems.” (pdf)

[Alessandro Chessa and others, 13 February]

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A deal on the horizon

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

EU“After almost 26 hours of intense debate last week, European leaders have finally agreed on the total European Union (EU) budget for the period 2014–20. Scientists can breathe a sigh of relief — but concerns cannot be dismissed just yet …” (more)

[Nature News & Comment, 12 February]

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Maritime college expands training

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The National Maritime College of Ireland is set to develop further this year with the provision of training programmes and consultancy services in the Middle East and Asia, it has emerged …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Third university hires debt-collection agency

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A third Irish university is using debt-collection agencies to recoup outstanding student fees …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 14 February]

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Students praised for behaviour during Rag Week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Gardaí have praised UCC students for their behaviour during Rag Week as the focus swings back to fundraising for charity …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Are computers breaking our hearts?

Posted in Life on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“We are now in an age where many people spend most of their time with a computer on a daily basis than they do with their significant other, according to a new infographic that looks at how time spent on a computer can cause stress in relationships …” (more)

[Tina Costanza, Silicon Republic, 14 February]

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Willetts ‘should have done open-access homework’

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Ministers should avoid making policy ‘on the basis of their summer reading lists’, a senior sector figure has cautioned. The remark by James Wilsdon, professor of science and democracy at the University of Sussex, came after confirmation that the cost-benefit analysis carried out by the government prior to unveiling its open-access policy only examined the likely cost of the various options to the Exchequer …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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