Student debt rises to £20bn

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Students studying at British universities in 2012-13 collectively owe almost £20 billion, but the level of debt has not prevented them from spending money …” (more)

[Rozina Sabur and Michael Allen, Ones to Watch, 21 February]

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USI President debates DCU affiliation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“DCU would be tarnished by association with the Union of Students in Ireland, according to Chairperson of DCU Young Fine Gael Ryan Hunt. Hunt was speaking at the hustings for the referendum on affiliation with USI in DCU yesterday …” (more)

[Aisling Kett, The College View, 21 February]

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Horsemeat found in burgers on farmer college menu

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

UK“Burgers containing horsemeat have been on the menu at a college that trains young farmers in Northern Ireland, it has emerged …” (more)

[Independent, 21 February]

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Social Media in Education

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Last week I delivered a couple of ‘Social Media in Education’ workshops as part of a Staff Development Day in LIT. Bernie Goldbach and I were scheduled to give the sessions …” (more)

[Pam O’Brien’s blog, 21 February]

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Sense of style, no lack of substance

Posted in Life on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Some female academics are apparently governed by an unspoken dress code in which scruffiness is a sign of intellectual rigour. Dress too smartly and you risk what some scholars still perceive to be the ultimate stigma: being mistaken for an administrator …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 21 February]

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North West college: Report finds ‘culture of fear’ among staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“A report into an industrial relations dispute at the North West Regional College highlights allegations of ‘a culture of fear’ among staff. The 84-page report has called for widespread changes to rebuild trust between staff and management …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 February]

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Protecting privacy online: The price of reputation

Posted in Legal issues on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Embarrassing pictures on Facebook show you dancing the hula naked at a frat party. A convicted bank robber in Texas has the same name as you — as every Google search makes all too clear. Such embarrassments would surely never befall you, dear reader …” (more)

[The Economist, 21 February]

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Online university giant gets bigger

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

International“One of the emerging giants among online universities has announced that it is signing up a further 29 universities, including institutions in the US, Europe and Asia …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 21 February]

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Future of Further Education and Training: Statements

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

Acting Chairman (Senator Diarmuid Wilson): It is my great pleasure to welcome a former Member of the House and now Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Deputy Ciarán Cannon …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 20 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he intends to review the decision that no maintenance grant is paid to new postgraduate students …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 February]

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Education Grants – Capital Assets Test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure that eligibility for third level grants will continue to be calculated on the basis of earned income, that the value of assets used to earn this income is not made part of this assessment and that children of farming families are not prevented from progressing to third level; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 20 February]

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The Value of a Strong USI in Irish HE Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“There are several USI disaffiliation referendums coming up in UCD, DCU and Maynooth and in reading some of the commentary on twitter one sentiment struck me in particular …” (more)

[Hugh Sullivan’s Blog, 21 February]

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Publicans commended for RAG Week control

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Galway gardaí have commended local publicans for their co-operation during this week’s unofficial RAG Week celebrations …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 21 February]

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How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“How can a nonprofit organization that gives away courses bring in enough revenue to at least cover its costs? That’s the dilemma facing edX, a project led by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]

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We share agony of stab victim’s family, says Nicola’s uncle

Posted in Life on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“The uncle of murdered Wexford student Nicola Furlong has issued a heartfelt show of support to the family of Australian stab victim Kenny Myler, saying: ‘We are both sharing the same nightmare’ …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Herald, 21 February]

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Gardaí picket Croke Park talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Gardaí have this morning placed a picket or ‘placard protest’ outside the building where trade unions are meeting with Government officials as part of the ongoing negotiations around an extension of the Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 21 February]

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‘The lesson sticks’ – Lecture Theatres without Lectures

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“The New England Journal of Medicine in an article entitled ‘Lecture Halls without Lectures – A Proposal for Medical Education’ (Prober & Heath, 2012) reports on an interesting study conducted in a Physics class. An undergraduate Physics course was divided into two …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 21 February]

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Teachers say maths syllabus too difficult

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“Maths teachers say the Project Maths syllabus is too long to cover in class and exams could be penalising students with literacy difficulties. They also fear that students whose schools can schedule additional maths classes could gain an advantage over others …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 February]

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Sherlock denies science role clash

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“A minister has said the Government’s chief scientific adviser (CSA) has no role in science policy and that to claim otherwise was a ‘lie’. In an online interview, since taken down, Seán Sherlock described as ‘a storm in an eggcup’ the outcry that followed the Government’s decision to appoint as its chief scientific adviser the man who also heads its science funding agency …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 21 February]

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Ian Bailey’s law masters focused on study of police accountability

Posted in Teaching on February 21st, 2013 by steve

“His legal studies may have been interrupted by some high-profile court appearances over the past three years, but yesterday Ian Bailey showed no signs of disruption when he collected his third law qualification at University College Cork …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 February]

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