Fight Between Bouncer and Student in Supermacs, Galway

Posted in Legal issues on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“An unidentified student was filmed having a physical altercation with a bouncer on Tuesday in Supermacs on Eyre Square. It is not known how the fight started, but when the video begins, we see a bouncer under the employ of Irish fast food chain Supermacs holding one person by his collar, before turning his attention to another man in a blue t-shirt, who appears to be stepping in to help his friend …” (more)

[Stephen McGovern, College Times, 20 February]

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Stanford University raises record-breaking $1bn

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Stanford University has become the first US college to raise more than $1bn (£650m) in a year. The California institution ranked first in the 2012 Council for Aid to Education’s survey, for the eighth straight year …” (more)

[BBC News, 20 February]

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Time to Eradicate the Academic Jerk?

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“There have been several articles/blogposts recently pointing out that scientists are just like everyone else. For instance, they have emotions (see this Observer article from last week detailing the ups and downs of research life); and they get stressed …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 20 February]

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Public domain: Who owns Sherlock Holmes?

Posted in Legal issues on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Leslie Klinger knows more about Sherlock Holmes than nearly any other living scholar. Among his two-dozen books about the fictional detective is the exhaustive The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, which offers notes on the four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and all 56 of his stories …” (more)

[The Economist, 20 February]

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Technology Enhanced Learning

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Yesterday I started a Technology Enhanced Learning module – it’s a 10 credit Learning Innovation Network module that is being facilitated in LIT. I signed up for it back in September but for various reasons it has only started today …” (more)

[Pam O’Brien’s blog, 20 February]

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Journal of Chemical Education should be free

Posted in Research on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“A recent editorial in Journal of Chemical Education appeared to be a pre-emptive strike at those in favour of maintaining a print edition of the Journal, and one assumes that web-only will be encouraged in future years …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 20 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets Test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if income earned will continue to be the basis for eligibility for higher education grants; if he will reassure worried families that the value of the assets used to earn income will not form part of his future assessment plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 February]

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Third Level Fees – Debt Collection Agencies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that it has now been reported that universities are hiring debt collection agencies to pursue students over outstanding fees …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers – Farming Families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students from farming backgrounds currently in receipt of a student grant, broken down on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the average income of the farming families whose children qualified for a student grant in 2012/2013 or for the most recent year available; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 February]

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DCU using debt collectors to pursue student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Dublin City University is one of four Irish universities which engage with debt collecting agencies to pursue outstanding fees from students …” (more)

[Jennifer Holmes, The College View, 20 February]

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UCD search for debt collectors to pursue unpaid student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“UCD is currently seeking a company to pursue students over unpaid contribution fees …” (more)

[Daniel Keenan, University Observer, 20 February]

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USI to campaign on campus for re-affiliation referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Both Labour DCU and the Union of Students in Ireland are to campaign for a yes vote in the upcoming USI re-affiliation referendum …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 20 February]

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UCD Ball 2013 to be held on campus following Gardaí negotiations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“University College Dublin Students’ Union Entertainments Officer Eoin Heffernan has confirmed that the UCD Ball 2013 will take place on campus this year …” (more)

[Emer Sugrue, University Observer, 20 February]

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Topping out ceremony for Sutherland Law building takes place

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“The topping out ceremony of the UCD Sutherland School of Law took place earlier this month. The ceremony saw UCD President Dr Hugh Brady and Peter Sutherland SC, as well as various donors to the building, receive a tour of the site …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, University Observer, 20 February]

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Textbooks, Post Holders and Teacher’s Autonomy?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“I trained to become a teacher in the UK back in 2002 after ‘teaching’ for a year in Ireland when there was a huge teacher shortage and anyone with a degree could get themselves a position. Like many untrained personnel at the time, I had to guess how to teach and essentially reverted to the way I remembered being taught …” (more)

[Anseo.net, 20 February]

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Teacher unions in €125m pay battle

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Teacher unions are battling to get government negotiators to drop plans to axe their €125m-a-year supervision and substitution pay at talks on a new Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 20 February]

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What happened to arts students when the fees went up?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“They became increasingly anxious about their prospects – so universities redoubled efforts to make their graduates employable …” (more)

[Guardian, 20 February]

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Edinburgh Uni professor defends principals’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“A senior figure at one of Scotland’s leading universities has defended highly paid principals and suggested that institutions could struggle to fill top posts if salaries do not rise even further …” (more)

[Chris Marshall, Scotsman.com, 19 February 2013]

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Leaving Cert too specialised, says Dragon

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“A leading IT expert has called for a change to the Leaving Certificate to make it ‘less specialised’ and said students should be taught to problem-solve …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 20 February]

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