Man arrested after shooting of Christy Keane in UL carpark

Posted in Legal issues, Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A man has been arrested by gardaí investigating the attempted murder of convicted gangland criminal Christy Keane in a carpark on the grounds of the University of Limerick. The suspect, who is in his 30s, was arrested on Monday night in Limerick and is being detained for questioning at Henry Street Garda Station …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Dimbleby resigns from UCL in protest at ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Sir Tim Hunt

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“Broadcaster and writer accuses London college of rush to judgment in forcing Nobel prize-winning scientist to quit over remarks about women …” (more)

[James Meikle, Guardian, 30 June]

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GMIT probe ‘raised more questions than answers’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has agreed to probe further the expenditure of €436,000 by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) on a plagiarism investigation. Fianna Fáil TD, John McGuinness said it was ‘incredible’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 29 June]

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Doing it in style?

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Most academics get to where they are without receiving professional advice. By that I mean, they may have mentors, departments heads, supervisors and all such helpful folk; but they won’t tend to turn to a professional consultant in planning or developing their careers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 June]

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Limerick drug dealer Christy Keane stable after shooting

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The attempted murder of convicted drugdealer Christy Keane in Limerick yesterday took place just weeks after gardaí expressed fears of a re-emergence of gangland criminality which blighted the city for years. The 54-year-old brother of murdered crime boss Kieran Keane was shot a number of times shortly before 6.45am after he was ambushed in one of the car parks on the grounds of the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 30 June]

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UK gains its first-ever female black university leader

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“The UK has gained its first-ever female black university leader in the form of Baroness Valerie Amos. In its most recent statistical report, the Equality Challenge Unit found almost 70% of senior academic managers are white males – with nearly 16% of this group at professor level …” (more)

[Aftab Ali, Independent, 29 June]

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Students’ union calls for youth vote to be taken seriously

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Political parties have been urged to take the youth vote much more seriously. ‘Young people do vote, so you need to represent them’, Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Laura Harmon said as the union launched its proposals to improve the voting registration system …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Appeal after man shot as he ran from masked men in University of Limerick car park

Posted in Legal issues on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí investigating a shooting in at a University of Limerick car park this morning are appealing for anybody with information to come forward. A man in his 50s is currently in a serious condition in hospital after the attack at around 6:50am …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 June]

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‘Optimising Resources in Irish Higher Education’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“How resources are organised and used is a critical consideration in the funding decisions of any organisation. This paper presents an account of the higher education sector based on an examination of changes in funding and investment, emerging policy and practice, and examples and evidence from within the sector. The paper affirms the achievements of the sector but also points to challenges and areas for further improvement …” (more)

[Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education, 26 June]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 soon in force

Posted in Legal issues on June 29th, 2015 by steve

IrelandThis Act is now being brought into force, on 1 July, by the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2015 (SI 268/2015). From that date, qualifying institutions will be able to make applications to use the title ‘university’ outside the state, despite not being entitled to it for domestic purposes. For more detail on the Act see here.

Christy Keane critical after Limerick university shooting

Posted in Legal issues on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A well-known convicted criminal is critically ill in hospital after he was shot in a car park on the grounds of the University of Limerick on Monday morning. Christy Keane (54) a brother of murdered Limerick gangster Kieran Keane was shot at least four times in a car park outside the UL Sports Arena …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Maths And Science Skills Of Irish Students

Posted in Teaching on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The OECD Universal Basic Skills report (2015) compares the maths and science abilities of 15-year-old students in seventy-six countries. This note examines Ireland’s performance relative to other high-income OECD countries. Ireland’s performance is above average but significantly behind the top performing countries …” (more)

[Colm Farrell, PublicPolicy.ie, 29 June]

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How Does the University Press Remain Relevant?

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2015 by steve

USA“My attendance at AAUP this year was cut short because of a family obligation back home, but in the time I was there, I got to talk to a number of people, all laboring conscientiously for their respective organizations and all of whom believe that their work is important, financial constraints notwithstanding …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 June]

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Half of students have used cannabis

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of third-level students have recently smoked cannabis and almost a third have recently taken ecstasy, research indicates. Almost all of the 2,700 students surveyed — across more than 30 institutions — drink alcohol and a third said they engaged in binge drinking every week …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 29 June]

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Third Level Charges: Increase in Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her Department’s estimates for the amount of extra revenue that will accrue to universities, colleges and institutes of technology in 2016, as a result of the increase in the student contribution fees to €3,000 for free-fee students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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JobBridge rules broken by 84 firms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over 80 companies have been ‘red flagged’ for allegedly abusing the JobBridge scheme. Under the scheme, unemployed people are offered an internship of six or nine months with a host company with a view to getting back into the workforce …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 27 June]

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Passionate advocate of women in science

Posted in Life on June 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mulvihill, who has died aged 55 following a brief illness, was a pioneer of science journalism and science communication and a passionate advocate for women in science …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 June]

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What the Landmark Ruling on Gay Marriage Means for Higher Education

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2015 by steve

USA“The US Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. What will the effect be on higher education? For most colleges, not much. But for others — in particular, Christian colleges — the ruling beckons toward an uncertain future …” (more)

[Meg Bernhard and Mary Ellen McIntire, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 June]

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Berkeley: Students thought sloped balcony was intentional

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Legal papers show two students at a party in Berkeley last week say they saw a balcony sloping unusually before it collapsed, killing six Irish students. However, they initially believed the slope may have been an intended design rather than a sign of deterioration in the structure …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Why are librarians hesitant to CANCEL ALL THE JOURNALS?

Posted in Research on June 27th, 2015 by steve

International“There’s lots of discussion out there right now in the twitter and blog world concerning Bjorn Brembs’ call to librarians to jumpstart the mass migration to Open Access by essentially unilaterally cancelling all the journals they subscribe to. This act would force the hands of all the various players in the ecosystem to immediately figure out how to make Open Access work. Which is a great idea …” (more)

[John Dupuis, Confessions of a Science Librarian, 26 June]

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