10 Reasons I Love Academia

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Most people are now aware of this letter of resignation by an EPFL PhD student. The letter has had enormous impact. In the resignation, the student, who was supposedly within months of completing his PhD, outlined his reasons for his disillusionment with the culture of science …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 September]

Scientific research: Looks good on paper

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 30th, 2013 by steve

China“Disguised as employees of a gas company, a team of policemen burst into a flat in Beijing on September 1st. Two suspects inside panicked and tossed a plastic bag full of money out of a 15th-floor window …” (more)

[The Economist, 28 September]

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Gilmore: ‘Taxation isn’t the issue in relation to emigration’

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

“Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has set himself against Fine Gael claims that our ‘brightest and best’ are emigrating because tax is too high …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Open forum: Defending the Public University

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

“The DCU Section Committee will host a public forum on October 23rd to highlight and discuss the ongoing attacks on the public university in Ireland and elsewhere …” (more)

[DCU Union, 30 September]

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QQI’s Comprehensive Policy Development Programme

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

“QQI is very pleased to announce the publication of its first policy documents. The policies are the result of an extensive consultation process which forms part of QQI’s Comprehensive Policy Development Programme …” (more)

[QQI, 30 September]

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How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Academe

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

“If Congress fails to reach agreement on a stopgap spending bill and the government shuts down Tuesday, the impact on colleges, students, and university scientists would be minimal, at least at first …” (more)

[Kelly Field and others, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 September]

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Experts to meet Tralee staff after plagiarism case

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“A team of leading academics will meet staff and students of Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) next month in a research degree review prompted by the plagiarism case of the college’s former chairman …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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UCD and Trinity bidding to stub out campus smoking

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

“Ireland’s two biggest universities are considering plans to become completely smoke-free – in line with a growing international trend …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Innovation Profile: NUIG

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“What makes some organisations innovative and others not? Why do companies such as Intel and Proctor & Gamble seemingly have conveyor belts of innovative new products, while others like Digital and Wang simply disappear because they have failed to keep pace in markets they once led? …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Six Nations in Dublin for science conference

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland is hosting a working group drawn from six of the world small advanced economies to try to devise a way of measuring the impact of scientific research of small economies …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 September]

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We must find a way to hold on to our graduates

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Universities in other countries are more than happy to mop up the people we manage to drive away because of a lack of opportunities …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Universities spend average of €2.7m a year on external legal fees

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Universities have spent an average of nearly €2.7m a year on external legal fees since 2006 with up to two thirds going towards resolving staff disputes. The highest spend on external legal fees was by University College Cork where almost €2.9m of the total €4.6m legal bill in the seven years to 2012 was allocated to human resources cases …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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The other sides to our migration stories

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“Leaving aside economic necessity, we have to face the fact that a lot of emigration is opportunistic. Passing through Abu Dhabi airport recently, I eavesdropped on a conversation between two young Mayo men en route from Sydney for the All-Ireland final …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Teaching in an age of austerity

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“A chara, – As a newly-qualified (two years) secondary school teacher, I do not know what it was like to teach pre-austerity. I know only of daily life in a busy secondary school in Cork …” (more)

[Róisín Mulford, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Varadkar blames high taxes for brain drain

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

“Our ‘best and brightest’ are paying too much tax and should be given some relief to stop the brain drain, a senior minister has warned. Highly qualified younger workers are going to Canada, the US and Australia because they are getting ‘a better lifestyle, higher pay and lower taxes’ …” (more)

[Independent, 30 September]

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ASTI warns members to participate in action

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

“Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) who do not comply with its directives on industrial action – due to commence in schools this week – could face possible fines or expulsion, the union has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“… Who owns Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective? Is it the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Or the mysterious socialite Andrea Plunkett? Or does Sherlock Holmes belong to the public? This is the question currently being debated in copyright litigation in the United States courts, raising larger questions about copyright law and the public domain …” (more)

[Matthew Rimmer, The Conversation, 29 September]

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Academia should heed industry’s scientific plea

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“… In effect, to address global problems of sustainability and climate change, industry is telling academia that it does not just need scientists; it needs business leaders who can grasp the science …” (more)

[David Szymanski, FT.com, 29 September]

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Grangegorman seeks €200m private funding

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

“The redevelopment of DIT at Grangegorman will require a funding injection from the private sector, as it was announced earlier this month that €200m in private investment will be sought to help fund the project …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 27 September]

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‘Impossible’ house-hunt for students

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2013 by steve

“This year, students are facing one of the most serious housing shortages in recent memory. Nationwide the properties available to rent decreased by a third with this figure shooting to a huge 43% in Dublin …” (more)

[Aislinn McCooey, The Edition, 27 September]

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