Why we should keep and abolish the Seanad; Sean(s), Science and Senators

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Sometimes a debate comes along in the upper house that is worth listening to. Usually, and this is I think, down to the (limited) franchise, this comes from the university senators …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 17 February]

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Gun Advocates Push for More Access on Campus

Posted in Legal issues on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Public colleges and universities have become a major front in the nation’s debate over guns as gun-rights advocates press to expand the right to carry concealed weapons, a campaign that gained steam after the 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech …” (more)

[Richard Pérez-Peña and Susan Saulny, New York Times, 16 February]

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EU research budget ‘faces 12% cut’

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2013 by steve

EU“The EU’s overall research budget could be cut by 12% unless agreement is reached on protecting it. And the cut could be even deeper if budget reductions demanded by the European Council are not applied evenly across the board, the head of the European Research Council has warned …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Public sector low-income earners face overtime cut

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Middle and lower-income workers in the public sector will see their core pay cut if they don’t agree to taking cuts on overtime and allowances as part of the new Croke Park deal, the Government has warned …” (more)

[Independent, 17 February]

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James Reilly: The boycott of nursing jobs is ‘ill-judged’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Health James Reilly has criticised graduate nurses for not taking up lower-paid jobs with the HSE and said their boycott of the controversial recruitment scheme is ‘ill-judged’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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Fulbright scholar believes Irish fees are ‘inevitable’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“LIT lecturer and Fulbright scholar Daragh Naughton believes that the introduction of third level fees is ‘inevitable’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 17 February]

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Informal talks due on Croke Park extension

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Informal talks between government officials and public sector unions are due to take place today on extending the Croke Park Agreement on public service pay and conditions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 February]

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Nursing scheme undermines role

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“Madam – As a first year nursing student, I must admit that upon hearing the details of the Government’s new ‘nursing graduate scheme’, I questioned whether my career choice was wise or not …” (more)

[Independent, 17 February]

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Beware the student employability agenda, debate hears

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2013 by steve

“The promotion of student employability by universities is ‘a problem’ and the growing power of the student voice amounts to ‘surveillance’ of lecturers, an academic has warned …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 February]

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