Education Minister promises more use of technology in schools

Posted in Teaching on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“Preparations to implement a new Europe-wide education programme are beginning following a meeting of EU ministers today. The education ministers met in Brussels – chaired by Ruairí Quinn – and made conclusions on the ‘Rethinking Education’ report …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 February]

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Fourth-time lucky for US open access bill?

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“A bill that requires free public access to articles resulting from federally-funded research was introduced into the US congress yesterday, delighting supporters of open-access …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News Blog, 15 February]

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Taxi driver convicted of sex assault on sleeping student

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“A taxi driver who took advantage of a young woman who fell asleep in his car has been found guilty of sexual assault. Abdul Mannan (39), Rhebogue Meadows, Limerick, had denied sexually assaulting the first-year college student (19) in Limerick on February 7th, 2011 …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Fresh controversy at GMIT over exam appeals

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“The trade union representing lecturers at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has formally complained that senior management within the third level institute has breached guidelines in its handling of students’ appeals of exam results …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 15 February]

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Sex assault cab driver was allowed to keep his licence

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old student was allowed to keep his licence by a district court judge despite objections from a senior garda officer …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 15 February]

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Government to specify plans to cut nurses’ pay

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is expected today to set out specific proposals to cut premium payments to nurses and other healthcare workers and introduce a longer working week as part of an extension to the Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Graduate teachers struggle to get jobs as retirees rehired

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“Retired teachers are being employed on long-term contracts in primary schools, while unemployed graduates struggle to find work. This is despite a pledge by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to end the scandal …” (more)

[Independent, 15 February]

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Oxford University college faces financial discrimination claim

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“A court is to hear the case of a postgraduate student who says he was turned down by an Oxford University college on financial grounds …” (more)

[BBC News, 15 February]

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Postgraduate access row

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“The number of Scots studying postgraduate courses has fallen sparking fears for the future of the economy. New figures show the total number of Scottish postgraduate students studying north of the Border declined by nearly 2% in 2011/12 from 9570 to 9395 …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 15 February]

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Defiant Belfast student who threw eggs at Taoiseach Enda Kenny avoids being expelled from university

Posted in Legal issues on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“A student from Northern Ireland who threw eggs at the Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a visit to University College Dublin has escaped expulsion – but remains defiant …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Belfast Telegraph, 15 February]

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Claim universities swamped with non-Scottish staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2013 by steve

“Scotland is at risk of losing control of its universities as departments are ‘swamped’ with staff from elsewhere, an academic has warned in a controversial article …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 15 February]

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