Developers sought for €200 million DIT campus at Grangegorman

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

“The National Development Finance Agency is looking for a developer to build a €200 million campus at Grangegorman for the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Cheating scandal forces aspiring lawyers to re-sit final exams

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

Australia“In a cheating scandal of unprecedented proportions, more than 160 final-year law students at the University of Tasmania are being forced to re-sit their exams …” (more)

[Danielle McKay, ABC News, 30 August]

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Academy Fight Song

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2013 by steve

“This essay starts with utopia – the utopia known as the American university. It is the finest educational institution in the world, everyone tells us …” (more)

[HT: Steve Schwartz]
[Thomas Frank, The Baffler, August 2013]

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Allegation of breach of examination rules – right to fair procedures

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

Ireland“The applicant in this case is in her third and final year as a student at the Athlone Institute of Technology. She attended the premises of the respondent on the 13th December, 2012, to sit her third year exam in Financial Management on the 13th December, 2012. The examination was scheduled to take place at 9.30 …” (more)

Dunne J, Zhang v. Athlone Institute of Technology [2013] IEHC 390

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PhD: so what does it really stand for?

Posted in Life on August 30th, 2013 by steve

“If PhD students are the working class of academic research – and paid accordingly – what needs to change? Recently, during some particularly thorough literature research, I stumbled on a list of alternative interpretations of the acronym PhD …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 30 August]

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Education cuts could be up to €100m

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

“The level of cuts to the education budget in 2014 could be anything from €44m to €100m, according to Ruairi Quinn, the education minister. With less than seven weeks to the October budget, Mr Quinn said he will not know for another month how much he has to save from his €9bn spending …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Education so precious it should be spared Budget axe

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

“Back in what now seems like another lifetime, the pundits were busy trying to figure how it had all gone right for the Irish economy. Yes, it is hard to believe now that little over a decade ago gurus from around the world were puzzling out the reasons for Ireland’s new-found economic prosperity …” (more)

[Independent, 30 August]

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‘Here the opportunities are endless. If I went home I’d be on the dole again’

Posted in Life on August 30th, 2013 by steve

“After two years of fruitless job searching, Jamie Ralph left Ireland for London last February. The 25-year-old from Tuam in Co Galway had just graduated from University College Cork with a Masters in politics. He had spent the previous year doing unpaid internships and looking for permanent work …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Must try harder: minister needs to plan properly

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

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s admission that he must cut €100m from the education budget may come as a surprise to us but it should not have come as a surprise to him …” (more)

[Thomas Molloy, Independent, 30 August]

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Class sizes to soar as Quinn aims for €100m in cutbacks

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

“Children are returning to the biggest primary school classes in more than a decade – and it could get even worse after the Budget, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has warned …” (more)

[Michael Brennan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 30 August]

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Move from current religious instruction in Catholic schools may begin by 2014

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

“The complex process of divestment from traditional religious instruction in Catholic schools is to be explored with a view to beginning to introduce a change by 2014 …” (more)

[Louise Roseingrave, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Why is Sydney University on strike? Because students are not our ‘clients’

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

Australia“The ongoing commodification of higher education is just one facet of the disastrous hijacking of universities by corporate ideology. We are fighting this …” (more)

[Nick Riemer, Guardian, 30 August]

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Higher education: Universities challenged

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

“The cab driver boasted that his daughter had just graduated. But then he admitted that her journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin had cost $140,000. Since journalism is an ill-paid job that requires no formal qualification, this sounds like a waste of money …” (more)

[The Economist, 30 August]

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Animal House college becomes temperance leader

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

“… The campaign began at Dartmouth College, the Ivy League institution that inspired the 1978 frat house comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House. It forgoes the futile tradition of education sessions at orientations for new students, in favour of a more individualised, practical response …” (more)

[Jon Marcus, Times Higher Education, 29 August]

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World’s first collaborative cancer research centre to open in Ireland

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland will be the location of a world first in cancer research, it was announced today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 August]

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The benefits of going to a private college? List them again …

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“There was a short piece in the SBP a while back on the ‘benefits of going to a private college’. It’s odd, in a few hundred words one would think that such benefits could be outlined clearly, but apparently not …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 29 August]

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Dutch multinational to open research centre in Dublin

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Dutch photonics company FAZTech Research is to open a global research centre in Dublin with the potential to create 25 jobs …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Language learning: the shaky future of study (and work) abroad

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Unless the government develops a coherent languages strategy, student mobility is threatened, says Anne Marie Graham …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 28 August]

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The lamentable lack of female professors: Promotion and self-promotion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Women may fail to win chairs because they do not cite themselves enough. One of academia’s deficiencies is that, though its lecture halls and graduate schools are replete with women, its higher echelons are not …” (more)

[The Economist, 29 August]

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Are business schools graduating the wrong leaders? If so, the GMAT may be to blame

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Are business schools graduating the wrong leaders? If so, the GMAT may be to blame. This is a report in the Washington Post of some research by coauthors of mine …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Business Blog, 29 August]

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