FOI reveals new information about CSA role

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“The role of the Chief Scientific Adviser has no mention of science policy and is potentially under-resourced as revealed by Freedom of Information documents accessed by ScienceCalling …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 19 February]

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2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject: What’s Coming Up?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

International“QS is about to publish the World University Rankings by Subject for the third time. They will be more comprehensive and detailed than ever …” (more)

[QS Intelligence Unit, 19 February]

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Marine Le Pen sparks protest on Cambridge visit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Hundreds of students gathered outside Cambridge University’s prestigious debating society on Tuesday to protest a speech by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose visit sparked an outcry among anti-fascist groups in the country …” (more)

[Sophie Pilgrim, France 24, 19 February]

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Disrupting Higher Education – I

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin today hosted a symposium in the Science Gallery on Online Higher Education – Disrupting Higher Education – to stimulate discussion about technology-enhanced learning …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 19 February]

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An Embarrassing Rant by the Minister for Research and Innovation

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Over the last few days, we have had the opportunity to hear Minister Sherlock’s interview on Science Calling (before the audio files were subsequently removed). In a petty tone, Sherlock delivered condescending answers to interviewer, Maria Delaney …” (more)

[Paul A Higgins, Love Irish Science, 19 February]

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The case for blue-collar work: College no longer guarantees success

Posted in Life on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“I have a graduate degree, and I work two part-time jobs. One is teaching writing at a university; the other working at a supermarket. People don’t believe me when I tell them I make more money per hour bagging groceries than I do lecturing on literary techniques …” (more)

[Patricia Park, Guardian, 19 February]

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Student grant changes will discriminate against farming families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“The Government has confirmed to Fianna Fáil that it is pressing ahead with changes to the assessment criteria for student grants next year. It means that farm assets will now be included in the means-testing for third level grants …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 19 February]

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Public order arrests made in Galway

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“A number of people were arrested in Galway last night on public order offences. The arrests coincide with the city’s ‘Unofficial Rag Week’ …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Universities should see alumni as a talent pool not a money pot

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Is every university proud of the careers and employability service it is providing? Is it working for every different type of student and graduate? Does it reflect the ever changing world of work? If it is a comprehensive service, is it actually being used? …” (more)

[Alastair Creamer, Guardian Professional, 19 February]

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Graduate attributes me arse

Posted in Life on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“DCU is committed to its students acquiring six attributes on graduation. Each graduate should be: Creative and Enterprising; Committed to Continuous Learning; …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 February]

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Galway students gather for ‘Donegal Day’

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Gardaí have said there is a highly visible policing presence in Galway today, with hundreds of students expected to converge on the city centre for ‘Donegal Day’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 February]

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Stop Calling It ‘Digital Humanities’

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“A persistent criticism of the digital-humanities movement is that it is elitist and exclusive because it requires the resources of a major university (faculty, infrastructure, money), and is thus more suited to campuses with a research focus …” (more)

[William Pannapacker, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 February]

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U-Multirank: In Trouble Already?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

EU“The European Union’s new €2 million ranking system for universities has run into trouble almost as soon as it was launched …” (more)

[John O’Leary, QS Intelligence Unit, 19 February]

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Ranking Colleges by ‘Desirability’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“This weary planet might not need yet another set of college rankings, but new models keep popping up. The latest is a rating of colleges based on their ‘desirability’, as determined by the choices applicants make …” (more)

[Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 February]

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Gardaí step up patrols for ‘rebel’ Rag Week influx of students

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Gardaí in Galway have stepped up patrols in the city centre this week in response to the organisation of an unofficial Rag Week which has not been recognised by the authorities or students’ unions at either of the city’s two third level colleges …” (more)

[Ciaran Tierney, Connacht Sentinel, 19 February]

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‘Number of people arrested’ in unofficial Rag Week celebrations in Galway

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Gardaí have confirmed that a number of people were arrested overnight in connection with public order offences in Eyre Square in Galway …” (more,video)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 February]

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Hyperlinking should not infringe copyright, say academics

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2013 by steve

EU“Posting a link to copyrighted content should not be regarded as a communication of that work to the public, a group of leading academics has said …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 19 February]

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Should ‘real’ students do an online course on the side?

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“What can you get from a mooc – that’s a massive open online course – other than a chance to attend lectures in your pyjamas? …” (more)

[Kalia Rosa, Guardian, 19 February]

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Hayes: Some savings have to come from public pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“The junior finance minister, Brian Hayes, has not ruled out introducing legislation to make savings of €1bn on the public sector pay and pension bill, if there is no agreement on an extension of the Croke Park Agreement …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 February]

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Finnish lessons for Irish education?

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Finland is acclaimed as one of the rare countries that has managed to build a school system where all children learn well and most schools succeed. It has no private schools; study time is low compared with other countries and a master’s degree is the minimum qualification for a teacher …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 19 February]

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