A response to Rachel

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“I was disappointed to read Rachel Barry’s recent blog attacking my campaign’s use of argument in the UCD disaffiliation referendum. There are a number of reasons …” (more)

[no2usi, 23 February]

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RAG Week

Posted in Life on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“I remember RAG week in NUI Galway as being a time of de-stressing, not having to go to some lectures, because the professors themselves didn’t expect students to show up. But from 1988 to 1991 I was a broke student …” (more)

[Breise! Breise! Extra! Extra!, 23 February]

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RAG Week – when it began, where it all went wrong, and how to fix it

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“RAG Week is a topic that has provokes strong emotions in recent weeks, but what is RAG all about? Where did RAG Week come from? What does the future hold for RAG? …” (more)

[Daithí de Buitléir, TheJournal.ie, 23 February]

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Gardai won’t back down in protest over pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Protesting gardai have said they have no option but to hold peaceful demonstrations until progress is made over pay talks …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Independent, 23 February]

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Prostate cancer research grant for University of Ulster

Posted in Research on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

UK“Researchers at the University of Ulster have been awarded a grant of £214,000 to try to find ways to help reduce the spread of prostate cancer …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 February]

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Curse of cursive handwriting

Posted in Teaching on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… We tend to forget, unless we have small children, that learning to write isn’t easy. It would make sense, then, to keep it as simple as possible. If we are going to teach our children two different ways of writing in their early years, you’d think we’d have a very good reason for doing so. I suspect that most primary school teachers could not adduce one. It’s not just about writing, but reading too …” (more)

[Philip Ball, Prospect, 20 February]

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LRC proposes process for Croke Park deal talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Talks aimed at securing an extension of the Croke Park Agreement are expected to intensify this weekend. The Labour Relations Commission has set out its plans to deal with key issues over the next two days …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 February]

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Rocket research at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Rocket engineers at NUI Galway are developing new materials that will reduce the cost of launching rockets into space … ” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 23 February]

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The language of influence

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

International“When asked in 1898 what was the most decisive event in modern history, German statesman Otto von Bismarck is reputed to have said: The fact that North Americans speak English …” (more)

[Anne Corbett, University World News, 23 February]

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Goodbye Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“The 199-year-old St Brendan’s psychiatric hospital, in Dublin’s north inner city, is about to say goodbye to its last patient, before being redeveloped as the Dublin Institute of Technology campus …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Universities prepare to change PhD students’ status

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

Sweden“Several Swedish universities are preparing to employ all doctoral students from 2015, changing from the current system in which PhD students receive financial support that varies according to the funding source …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 23 February]

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New Croke Park blow as SIPTU rejects longer working week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Talks on a new Croke Park deal have hit another obstacle after the country’s largest union rejected government plans to increase public servants’ working week … ” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 23 February]

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Grappling with Croke Park proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – The latest proposals for extending the Croke Park agreement involve pay cuts for higher-paid public servants. This pandering to left-wing ideologues could cost the nation dearly …” (more)

[Colm Fagan, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Over 6,000 students await grant decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“More than 6,000 students are still waiting for decisions on their grant applications with just three months left in the college year, as they struggle with money issues amid assessments and end-of-year exams …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 February]

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German president calls for English across EU

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

EU“Germany’s president called for English to be made the language of the European Union as he appealed to the UK to remain a member. Joachim Gauck earned applause for his remarks in Berlin yesterday during a speech on the future of Europe …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 February]

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‘Armageddon’ in further education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – I was pleased to read Fintan O’Toole’s comment (Opinion, February 19th) that one of the requirements of a good educational service is security for teachers …” (more)

[Marie Humphries, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Medical researcher who spent a lifetime pursuing knowledge

Posted in Life on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

Madoline O’Connell: Born: May 26th, 1915, Died: February 8th, 2013: Artist and doctor, who has died at the age of 97, was interviewed for a job as a young medical researcher by Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. In her late 90s, she was exploring the complexities of information technology, surfing the internet and texting her grandchildren …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 February]

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Public sector pay falls €42.75 per week in 3 years

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“As the Government seeks further cuts to public sector pay, it has emerged that gross week earnings in the sector have fallen by almost six times more than those in the private sector …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 23 February]

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University funding plan set to cost more than it saves

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Changes to the way universities are funded in Britain will result in economic costs six times higher than any government savings, new figures suggest …” (more)

[University World News, 23 February]

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Universities and academics at odds over fees cap

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Scottish universities have been warned that they risk being seen as ‘cash cows’ if they raise tuition fees for students from other parts of the UK …” (more)

[University World News, 23 February]

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