Sherlock: CSA is a non-issue

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Minister Séan Sherlock said there wasn’t a huge backlash over the abolition of the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser and added ‘it’s a non-issue’ in an interview with Science Calling …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 18 February]

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Maire Geoghegan-Quinn: EU must innovate and adapt or be left behind in the new world order

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“We live in a rapidly changing world. That is self-evident. But if Europe does not adapt to this ever-evolving global landscape, we are going to lose our competitiveness. The naked reality is that emerging countries such as India, China and Brazil are innovating across a whole range of new and exciting products, services and processes …” (more)

[Independent, 18 February]

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On Globalisation and the University

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“In his Globalization: nine theses on our epoch, William Robinson argues that ‘activists and scholars have tended to underestimate the systemic nature of the changes involved in globalisation, which is redefining all the fundamental reference points of human society and social analysis, and requires a modification of all existing paradigms’ …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 18 February]

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Students equate cheap courses with poor quality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Thousands of the cheapest university places are not being filled following the introduction of varied fees due to potential students worrying that their cut-price status means the courses are not worth the money …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 18 February]

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What if the cure is worse than the disease?

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“… Unfortunately, using distance learning and MOOCs to cut the cost of instruction is like cutting off an arm when the patient’s leg is infected with gangrene because that’s not the site of the problem …” (more)

[Jonathan Rees, More or Less Bunk, 18 February]

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Leadership in higher education: this much we (don’t yet) know

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“New research uncovers a persistent belief in, and demand for, inspirational university leadership but an equally deep vein of resistance from the sector …” (more)

[Jacky Lumby, Guardian Professional, 18 February]

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Grand designs at UCD science block

Posted in Life on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“SSome artists paint on a grand scale, with canvases over three metres across. But James Earley goes grander still. He has just completed an art work 40 metres long and over two metres tall outside the science block at University College Dublin …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 Febnruiary]

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New Appointment for Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Professor Sir Peter Gregson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast has been appointed Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, the UK’s only all graduate university …” (more)

[Queen’s University Belfast, 18 February]

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Norman: tech should be ‘invisible’ in learning

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Let’s face it we all have problems in using technology and software. My own pet hate is screen projectors, I’m sure you can name a few …” (more)

[Donald Clark Plan B, 18 February]

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Costs of new fees system outweigh the benefits, Million+ warns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“The short-term benefits to the government of increasing student fees in England will be outweighed 6.5 times over by the long-term costs of the new system, according to a new report …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 18 February]

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Why Lectures Aren’t Dead and How to Deal With Difficult Lectures

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“What makes a lecture work for you? Is it like a dance? What special quality makes your favourite lecturer top of your list? I saw one person lecture a few times and it was clear how excited they were about the subject …” (more)

[TheUniversityBlog, 18 February]

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Why is Academic Writing So Bad?

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Over at the new, independent Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan has been hosting an interesting thread on why academic writing is frequently abysmal. As someone who tries hard to make even my academic writing clear and accessible and who tries to instill that value in my students, I’ve followed the thread with interest …” (more)

[Stephen M Walt, Foreign Policy, 15 February]

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Edinburgh Uni under fire over dead dogs from USA

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“A leading Scottish university has been condemned by animal rights advocates after it emerged it bought dozens of dead ­animals from a US company for dissection without knowing why they were euthanised …” (more)

[Martyn McLaughlin, Scotsman.com, 17 February]

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Validation vs. Filtration and Designation – Are We Mismarketing the Core Strengths of Peer Review?

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“We throw around the term ‘peer review’, but like so many terms, it’s often used without fully understanding what it signifies …” (more)

[Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 18 February]

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Minister Sherlock puts innovation centre stage in Brussels to boost Irish jobs and growth

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD today chaired the first meeting of the Competitiveness Council during Ireland’s EU presidency …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 18 February]

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CERN membership off Ireland’s agenda

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“It is clear that CERN membership is well and truly off the Government agenda following an interview with Minister Séan Sherlock …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 18 February]

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Policy speak with Minister Séan Sherlock

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Irish and European science policy was on the agenda when Science Calling caught up with Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, in his office in Kildare Street recently …” (more, audio)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 18 February]

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Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Students regularly drop out of massive open online courses before they come to term. For a professor to drop out is less common. But that is what happened on Saturday …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 February]

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Comments on the EC Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Last month the European Commission launched its Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan which is a blueprint for the development of an entrepreneurial culture across Europe …” (more)

[Thomas Cooney, Irish Business Blog, 18 February]

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Talks to look at more hours but less overtime

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is expected to propose increasing the number of hours worked by staff in the Civil Service at talks today on an extension to the Croke Park agreement. They are also likely to look for reductions in overtime …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 February]

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