Oxford University apologises after false claim in ‘selection by wealth’ battle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“The director of graduate admissions at Oxford University has had to apologise in court to a student suing one of its colleges for ‘selecting by wealth’ after offering inaccurate evidence …” (more)

[Daniel Boffey, The Observer, 16 February]

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Entrepreneurship research in Ireland

Posted in Research on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“So with all the government fuss about the innovation island and the innovation economy, with all the (lip service?) paid to empowering entrepreneurship and with the push to make Irish universities into powerhouses of entrepreneurial enablement, nobody seems to have looked at the question: are we doing any research in the area …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 16 February]

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Increasing the stay rate of international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2013 by steve

International“The knowledge economies of OECD countries require highly skilled people, whom they will lack due to ageing populations and falling interest among young people in sciences and engineering. Immigrants with the requisite skills are needed to fill the gaps …” (more)

[Hans de Wit and Nannette Ripmeester, University World News, 16 February]

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Stop polarising the MOOCs debate

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“The academic conversation on MOOCs is starting to polarise in exactly the talking-past-one-another way that so many complex conversations evolve: with very smart points on either side, but not a lot of recognition that the validity of certain key points on one side does not undermine the validity of certain key points on the other …” (more)

[Cathy Davidson, University World News, 16 February]

U-Multirank aims to improve HE, not sell newspapers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

EU“Is Times Higher Education worried about competition to its world university ranking from U-Multirank? It looks like it from the tone of its reporting on the new European ranking initiative launched in Dublin at the end of January …” (more)

[Jordi Curell, University World News, 16 February]

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Internationalisation opens up new debate on purpose of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

International“Internationalisation is shifting the way we think about higher education. As a paradigm, it has its own language, logic, strengths and weaknesses, as well as supporters and dissenters …” (more)

[Abu Kamara, University World News, 16 February]

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Roles and functions of higher education councils

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

International“Since the mid-1980s there has been a growing trend in developed countries to establish semi-autonomous government agencies. Their creation has usually been linked to new public management and concomitant demands on governments for greater efficiency, responsiveness, transparency and accountability …” (more)

[Tracy Bailey, University World News, 16 February]

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College rejects call for tougher teacher entry level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“A leading education college has shot down a proposal to demand higher Leaving Cert grades for primary teaching – saying it would actually cause a drop in standards …” (more)

[Independent, 16 February]

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Taxi driver jailed over Rag Week sex assault

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“A man who sexually assaulted a 19-year-old student who fell asleep in his cab during Rag Week is no longer permitted to work as a taxi-driver …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 16 February]

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Public service Sunday pay to be targeted

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is seeking to significantly scale back premium payments for public service staff in a bid to save about €170 million …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Exacting economist who built up the ESRI

Posted in Life on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Dr Kieran Kennedy was director of the Economic and Social Research Institute from 1971 until 1996. An outstanding applied economist, he was one of three experts recruited by then taoiseach Charles Haughey in 1982 to formulate his plan The Way Forward …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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UCD professor lands key food safety advisory role

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“A no-nonsense food scientist has been appointed chairman of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Professor Mike Gibney from University College Dublin’s Institute of Food and Health is taking up the non-executive position chairing the board …” (more)

[Aideen Sheehan, Independent, 16 February]

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Education must focus on needs of employers, says Ruairí Quinn

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

EU“Education across the EU needed to be more in tune with the needs of employers, EU education ministers agreed yesterday. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who chaired a meeting of ministers, said education had a vital role in tackling the Europe-wide issue of youth unemployment …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Eminent contributor to life and learning at Maynooth

Posted in Life on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Patrick J (Paddy) Corish from Ballycullane, Co Wexford, entered Maynooth College in 1938. He remained a resident for a record 72 years, making a distinguished contribution to life and learning at Maynooth over that period …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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Academic staff claim dismissed by union

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Academics have hit back at controversial claims Scottish universities are being ‘swamped’ by staff from elsewhere …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 16 February]

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Calling for Reform in the Financial Times‘ MBA Program Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Late last year the Financial Times contacted me to complete their annual MBA survey, which just came out at the end of January. The self-reported alumni data constitute a large percentage of a school’s overall score. I couldn’t submit it though. I feared my answers would harm my top-ranked school, IE Business School …” (more)

[Adam Pervez, Huffington Post, 15 February]

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Are tougher visa rules putting Indian students off UK?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“The number of Indian students studying in the UK fell for the first time the last year, many say due to changes in visa rules …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 15 February]

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Obama’s higher education views

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“As a back-up to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, the White House has released The President’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a Strong America. A much commented-on sentence in a section with the challenging title Holding colleges accountable for cost, value and quality reads …” (more)

[Changing Higher Education, 15 February]

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University students pay £550,000 fines in a year

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Universities across the UK issued disciplinary and administrative fines totalling more than £550,000 to students last year. Freedom of information requests from the Guardian have shown students were fined a total of £551,237.30 for offences such as smoking, drunkenness, and unauthorised parties in the last academic year …” (more)

[Paul McClean, Guardian, 15 February]

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College President Raises Concerns About Obama’s College Scorecard

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“Greater transparency about higher education is needed for America’s families, as they make decisions about where students will go to college …” (more)

[Catherine Hill, New York Times, 15 February]

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