Messing with Trinity – cultural vandalism?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“I was at a special screening of the new Muppet movie recently and before the film started, the general manager of Disney Ireland gave a little speech in which she mentioned that part of the movie was set in Dublin …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 31 March]

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Being Human: Weakness, Mental Health, & Academia

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“My story of mental health and my PhD experience begins with a story about my physical health. I was about four weeks into the second quarter of my first year of graduate school when I suddenly found myself in the emergency room with crippling pain in my abdomen …” (more)

[Mara Suttmann-Lea, Dr Nadine Muller, 31 March]

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USI to announce collaboration with SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“SIPTU president Jack O’Connor will launch an historic new USI-SIPTU agreement, giving all USI members access to, and the support of SIPTU in their workplace …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 31 March]

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Nature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors to Waive ‘Moral Rights’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work …” (more)

[Megan O’Neil, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 March]

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Four reasons to stop caring so much about the h-index

Posted in Research on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“The h-index attempts to measure the productivity and impact of the published work of scholar. But reducing scholarly work to a number in this way has significant limitations …” (more)

[Stacy Konkiel, Impact of Social Sciences, 31 March]

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Trinity changes direction to run open-door policy for industry

Posted in Research on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin is revamping the way it does business with businesses. Under its latest guise the university’s corporate link between research and the business world will take on a far more informal role …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Corporate-backed research is ‘surprisingly valuable’

Posted in Research on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Private corporate investment in academic research has more of an impact and produces more downstream gains than state investment, according to research from the US …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Rebranding Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – The University of Dublin may very well be right to remove the Bible from its crest and replace it with an ‘open book’. The step is no doubt intended to be more ‘inclusive’ …” (more)

[Fergus Ryan, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Reform of junior school cycle driven by glaring faults

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Significant reform of junior cycle education is currently under way. This has been informed by research on how young people learn and on the impact of educational policies in other countries, and by evidence on what is happening now in Irish schools …” (more)

[Frances Ruane and Emer Smyth, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Academia is disconnected from the real world

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Through a recent survey to more than 40 chief executives, published by Duke Corporate Education in 2013, chief executives have revealed the top skills they are looking for in business school graduates …” (more)

[Terence Tse and Mark Esposito, FT.com, 31 March]

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Teens develop drink habits before college years

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2014 by steve

“Students starting university have already developed disturbing patterns of alcohol use, according to the head of student health at University College Cork. Michael Byrne said that drinking was become ‘more and more prevalent’ among incoming students …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Rebranding TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2014 by steve

“I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this rebranding. Part of me says great, look at things with a fresh eye. A greater part of me says that it’s a monstrous waste of time and money (about €100k we are told) …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 March]

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Ireland can play major role in online education revolution

Posted in Teaching on March 30th, 2014 by steve

“MOOCs will do for education what iTunes did for music and Ireland’s universities can and should be a major player, argues Dragon’s Den’s Peter Casey …” (more)

[Independent, 30 March]

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A Labour government ‘would cut tuition fees by at least £3,000 a year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2014 by steve

“Ed Miliband is expected to announce that a Labour government would cut university tuition fees by at least £3,000 a year, it was claimed last night …” (more)

[Adam Lusher, Independent, 30 March]

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Welcome to your new crisp, modern and impactful TCD. I mean TCTUOD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2014 by steve

“OK, time to ‘fess up. I also have presided over university rebranding exercises. The first of these was in 2001, when we introduced the new logo and brand for Dublin City University …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 March]

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Is nothing sacred? Trinity scraps Bible from its crest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2014 by steve

“The winds of change at Trinity College Dublin have not only swept in a new name for the university in official communications, but have blown religious symbolism out of the college’s ancient crest …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 March]

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TCD changes colour to avoid clash with ‘value’ brands Ryanair and Ikea

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2014 by steve

“The changes at Trinity College Dublin in relation to its new brand name and image extend not just to religious symbolism with the Bible on its crest being replaced by an open book. The college has also decided to move away from the blue and gold colour scheme on its shield …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Measles alert after two Galway students diagnosed

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2014 by steve

“A measles alert was issued yesterday after two Galway students were found to have the highly contagious disease. Measles can cause serious complications, especially in children …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 29 March]

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Family of ‘gifted student’ Patrick Halpin was given false hope

Posted in Life on March 29th, 2014 by steve

“The family of a ‘gifted and talented’ student who disappeared during a college trip to London was given false hope about him being alive when mistakenly told he had boarded a plane home to Ireland …” (more)

[Jennifer Cockerell, Irish Examiner, 29 March]

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Rebranding universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – I was almost reaching for my calendar to check for the beginning of April when I read of the rebranding of the ‘University of Dublin, Trinity College’ to ‘Trinity College, the University of Dublin’ …” (more)

[Theo Ryan, Irish Times, 29 March]

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