Technological University can benefit local economy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has said that the creation of a new Technological University, with the consolidation of the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee, can be a boost for both third level education and enterprise in the Cork and entire South West region …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 31 May]

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Trinity College launches Computer Science Initiative for the 21st Century Classroom

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin today announced a three year partnership with Google to develop a new project aimed at transforming computer science in Irish schools …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 31 May]

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Students charged over Fine Gael website hacking

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Two college students arrested on suspicion of computer hacking have been charged with criminal damage to the Fine Gael party website …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 May]

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Students turn to gambling and medical trials to fund university

Posted in Life on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Survey of 2,300 students finds 80% do not have enough money to live on, with one in five turning to gambling to find extra funds …” (more)

[Harriet Meyer, Guardian, 31 May]

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Students must wait five more years for merged institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Proposed new technological universities (TUs) will take up to five years to come into being. They will be formed through mergers of existing institutes of technology as part of plans to reshape higher education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 May]

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Technological universities? A view from the South-East of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“The question of technological universities has come to the fore again in Ireland this week. According to an article in Thursday’s Irish Times, the Cabinet has accepted proposals from the Minister for Education and Skills to form three new technological universities …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, University Blog, 30 May]

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Quinn’s reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“What’s in a name? Why not an ‘institute of technology’, rather than a ‘university’? What matters, surely, is the standard and type of education provided. Except that the State’s 14 ITs have long perceived a prejudice against their graduates …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 May]

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ITs cleared to become ‘technological universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“The number of third-level institutions in Ireland will be reduced from 39 to 25 under major education reforms rubber-stamped by Government. Details agreed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and supported by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, propose that the changes be implemented within the next five years …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 31 May]

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Chief of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland defends Bahrain campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“The chief executive of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has told his staff that the college rejects accusations that its Bahrain campus is not fit for accreditation by the Irish Medical Council due to abuses that have taken place …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Women with first-class degree ‘earn no extra money’

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Women who get a first-class degree earn no more for their extra effort than those with a 2:1, a study suggests. The Centre for Economic Performance researchers say men who obtain firsts see their wages boosted by about 6% – an average £1,780 a year …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 30 May]

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Higher education set for structured consolidation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Amalgamation and consolidation will become central to the provision of higher education in the coming years. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has begun a process of collaboration across all sectors of the third-level system …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 30 May]

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There Is No Gene for Finishing College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“A couple of years ago, Daniel J Benjamin, a behavioral economist and associate professor at Cornell University, noticed a disturbing trend in genoeconomics, the nascent discipline that seeks to tie human genetics to traits relevant to the social sciences, like risk aversion, happiness, or even self-employment …” (more)

[Paul Voosen, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 May]

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Further progress for South East Technological University – Coffey

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has said that further progress has been made in delivering a technological university for the South East following the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn’s instruction to the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Deborah Sweeney, Fine Gael, 30 May]

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Climate change, The Economist and The Irish Times

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2013 by steve

The Irish Times have kindly published an article of mine on climate change today. Two apparently contradictory facts have recently become apparent that I thought worth discussing in my regular column on the IT Science Page …” (more)

[Antimatter, 30 May]

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Scottish independence: University fee structure ‘legal’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“Students from the rest of Britain could still be charged university fees in Scotland after independence, according to legal advice seen by BBC Scotland. Lawyers advising Scottish universities say this would not breach European law …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 May]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Earning in excess of €200,000

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 106 of 22 May, 2013, the number of persons who are earning in excess of €200,000 who are not an academic medical consultant; if he will provide details of their role or position and the reason the public service salary cap does not apply in these cases …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 29 May]

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Cullinane welcomes announcement of technological university for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“Senator David Cullinane has welcomed the announcement made today by the Minister for Education that WIT is to be designated a technological university for the South East …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 May]

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Minister Sherlock positive on prospects for end-June agreement on EU research investment programme of up to €70bn

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“The prospects for securing agreement on the EU’s multi-billion research investment programme Horizon 2020 remain good, according to Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 30 May]

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Clune welcomes major reorganisation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has today announced a major re-organisation of the country’s higher education sector that includes provision for the creation of new Technological Universities …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune, 30 May]

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Reform of Higher Education could lead to University for Tallaght – Maloney

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“Deputy Eamonn Maloney TD, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, of a major reorganisation of the higher education sector, that includes provision for the creation of new Technological Universities …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 30 May]

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