INMO, CPSU and IMO leave Croke Park extension talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) has walked out of the Croke Park extension talks …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 February]

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Memoir delves into university stalking

Posted in Life on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“The memoir of a creative writing tutor stalked by a former student turned ‘verbal terrorist’ is attracting widespread attention. In 2003, James Lasdun was teaching on a graduate writing programme in New York …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 24 February]

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SIPTU: More than ‘hot air and windy rhetoric’ required for Croke Park agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“SIPTU have hit back at the recent protest by the ’24/7 Frontline Service Alliance’, saying that it will take more than ‘hot air and windy rhetoric in basketball arenas’ to reach agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 February]

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Plans to revive Limerick city nearly complete

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“… After lying largely vacant for six years, the site was purchased by Limerick City Council for €12.5m last year. He said discussions with Limerick Institute of Technology with regarding to occupying part are at ‘an advanced stage’, amongst other interested tenants …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 24 February]

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The big misunderstanding about MOOCs

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“Hard as it is for me to keep up with the spread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education and the sizable issues accompanying how they are organized, taught, and what students take away from the experience, I have learned a few things from taking one course …” (more)

[Larry Cuban, Washington Post, 24 February]

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Legal mix-up stalls UCD president hunt

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“The race to become president of Ireland’s largest university, UCD, has been delayed by at least a month due to a major legal complication caused by changes to pension laws …” (more)

[Independent, 24 February]

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Public servants face minimum 37-hour working week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“… The Commission is to engage over the next 24 hours with the parties in third level education to finalise an equivalent proposal for that sector. The executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers met this morning and instructed General Secretary Mike Jennings to convene an emergency meeting of the executive …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 February]

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New Croke Park deal to see Cabinet take pay cut

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte yesterday confirmed that he and his cabinet colleagues will take another pay cut as part of the new Croke Park deal, aimed at delivering €1bn in extra pay savings by 2015 …” (more)

[Independent, 24 February]

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Irish Knowledge Economy: Sources of Funding

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“In previous two posts, I have covered the broader trends for R&D spending in Ireland over 2007-2012 and more specific trends in terms of R&D-related employment …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 23 February]

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Public sector talks – update

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“The Teacher unions met this evening at the conclusion of today’s talks. The Government plans on pay, increments, supervision and substitution and hours remain under discussion. Talks on all these matters will continue into Sunday 24th of February and beyond …” (more)

[ASTI, 23 February]

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How Many PhDs Actually Get to Become College Professors?

Posted in Life on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“Not every PhD student aspires to a career as a tenured college professor. But in plenty of fields, particularly the humanities, spending your life buried up to your elbow patches in books and papers is the gold standard of success …” (more)

[Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic, 23 February]

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A question of money

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“It’s our money – we can spend it how we like. During this campaign the YES side have increasingly attacked our campaign team for bringing up the Library, Bar and Copy Print Bureau as alternatives for the €120,000 we spend on USI each year …” (more)

[no2usi, 23 February]

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