Queen’s academic Tony Gallagher unaware of ‘phantom book’

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“A senior academic at Queen’s University, Belfast, says he is unaware of references to a non-existent book that he is said to have jointly edited. Professor Tony Gallagher is a pro vice-chancellor at Queen’s …” (more)

[Maggie Taggart, BBC News, 30 June]

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Royal Society signs deal with SFI for research fellowships

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“The Royal Society in the UK and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have signed an agreement whereby Ireland’s leading young scientists will be awarded a prestigious research fellowship by the Royal Society with the best early career researchers from the UK …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 30 June]

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The first female student of Trinity College Dublin

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

“While Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 with the Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I, women couldn’t actually study there until 1904. Certainly, there was a belief among some in authority within the university right up until that point that the admission of female students was strongly undesirable …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 30 June]

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University College Cork drops motto from crest

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

“… The University – founded in 1845 – has long has had the motto of Where Finbar Taught Let Munster Learn. However it has been noticed latest version of the Crest leaves out that wording, the change occurred sometime since July 2012 and many are unhappy that the motto has been removed …” (more, video)

[David O’Sullivan, TheCork.ie, 30 June]

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20% of students are now in ‘serious financial difficulty’

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“The numbers going to college continue to rise, but almost one in five Irish students say they are in serious financial difficulty. The sense of well-being among Irish students is also a cause for concern. These are among the findings of a major, 10,110-student survey across Irish third-level colleges …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 June]

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Call for earlier Leaving Certificate results

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

“Leaving Certificate results should be released earlier to help aid the student accommodation crisis, the President of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) has said …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 30 June]

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New teaching institute sparks religious row

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

“A row is brewing over plans for a new multidenominational Institute of Education at Dublin City University, which will train Catholic and Protestant teachers together for the first time …” (more)

[Sarah Mac Donald, Independent, 30 June]

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School principals calls for audit of teaching resources

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

“School principals have called for an audit of teaching resources as new figures published today confirm the number of primary school pupils has surged by almost 10,000 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 June]

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System is seriously creaking under a growing appetite for learning

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

“The number of people in full-time education in Ireland is at its highest level – and rising – at more than one million. School rolls for the past year tell us there were 536,317 primary pupils and 367,178 second-level pupils, including PLC students. Figures for third level are awaited, but will be around the 170,000 level …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 June]

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ICT in Education conference 2014

Posted in Teaching on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“The 10th ICT in Education conference took place on Saturday 10th May. As in previous years CESI hosted a TeachMeet on the previous evening, and, as always, it provided attendees with a relaxing evening of catching up with old friends and new …” (more)

[Pam O’Brien’s blog, 29 June]

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Name recognition challenge in science arena for NUI Galway

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2014 by steve

“No delegate surveyed last week at Europe’s largest science conference, the Euro Science Open Forum, correctly named NUIG or UCC …” (more)

[Galway News, 29 June]

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The gender gap remains in tech and science – and it’s hurting companies

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

“The tech industry globally suffers from a lack of female participation. Here in Ireland, it is thought that about 25% of those working in research, tech and science are women. That falls to single figures when it comes to – for example – developers and programmers …” (more)

[Ann O’Dea, BusinessETC, 29 June]

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US and Canadian academics demand changes to Confucius Institutes

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

China“University professors in the US have joined Canadian counterparts in urging universities to cut ties with Confucius Institutes unless the agreements that bring them to campus are re-worked to guarantee academic freedom …” (more)

[South China Morning Post, 25 June]

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Dogs and academic economists

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2014 by steve

“Bock, as ever, puts his clammy palsied finger on the button. His truthiness shines like the face of a party hack eating a bag of chips after a summer evening canvass of a concrete estate. Modest as he is, and erudite to boot, he hides his true message in a layer of allegory, metaphor and literary allusion …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 June]

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RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy won’t follow Dobbo into the classroom

Posted in Teaching on June 29th, 2014 by steve

“Presenter Mary Kennedy is thrilled that colleague Bryan Dobson has nabbed a top university job – but she said she won’t ever be going back to school …” (more)

[Lynne Kelleher, Independent, 28 June]

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Graduate cost up to €100k

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2014 by steve

“The total cost of a medical graduate is estimated to be in the region of €80,000 to €100,000, the Department of Education and Skills has said. Most undergraduate students pay a student contribution …” (more)

[Gary Culliton, Irish Medical Times, 27 June]

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Cursive Is an Endangered Species

Posted in Research, Teaching on June 28th, 2014 by steve

“Over the past decade or so, something big has been happening in public schools throughout the United States: Instruction in cursive writing has all but disappeared, cut from curricula as schools bring more technology (and keyboarding) into the classroom …” (more)

[Valerie Hotchkiss, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 June]

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Procurement of Goods and Services by Irish Universities: A Spatial Analysis

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2014 by steve

“In an increasing number of ways could the economic impact of universities be examined, an issue this blog has previously discussed. Nevertheless, one of the ways which has widely been adopted by many scholars is an economic model called the Keynesian multiplier …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 27 June]

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INM sells education division including Independent Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2014 by steve

“Independent News & Media has sold off its education division to a company controlled by members of the Cork-based Barry family …” (more)

[Independent, 27 June]

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Education league tables having ‘detrimental’ effect

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2014 by steve

“The global focus on university league tables and comparative data between schools is having an ‘increasingly detrimental’ effect on education, a conference at NUI Maynooth heard today …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 June]

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