DCC’s decision on student units defies any logic

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, Dublin City Council sent back two planning applications for student accommodation near the new DIT Grangegorman campus in Dublin 7. Combined, the two private developments would have added about 1,000 new purpose-built student units. In justifying its decision, the council made two interesting – ok, baffling – points …” (more)

[Ronan Lyons, Independent, 24 April]

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The Ebook R/Evolution – Not as Easy as It Seems

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“Earlier this month at the 12th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference, the evolution of the ebook and its place in the library and scholarly community was an undeniable sub-theme – one that left me thinking any revolutionary vision for ebooks has been greatly stymied by disconnects between end-user perspectives and the agendas of scholarly resource suppliers …” (more)

[Lettie Conrad, The Scholarly Kitchen, 24 April]

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Ryanair spends €1.5m to fund academic post at Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ryanair is spending €1.5 million over five years to fund a new professor of entrepreneurship position at the business school in Trinity College Dublin. The role will commence next September and Trinity says the academic will ‘drive and direct entrepreneurship and innovation’ at Trinity Business School and elsewhere in the university …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Public service staff could get 6% pay rise over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is prepared to award some 300,000 public sector workers a pay rise of 6% over three years as part of a deal on their remuneration. It is also expected to seek significant reform of the pensions for State employees as part of forthcoming talks. Senior Government figures anticipate public servants receiving an annual pay rise of around 2% over three years …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 April]

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If the UK wants to remain a key global player after Brexit, the intake of foreign students must be protected

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“In the wake of last month’s triggering of Article 50, the tumultuous prospect of a hard Brexit has been widely speculated on. Sources say the economy has fared surprisingly well since the referendum, with growth both in the manufacturing and service sectors. But evidence suggests its effects have already begun to hit higher education …” (more)

[Dave Wheeler, Independent, 23 April]

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Why I didn’t march for science

Posted in Research on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This is the age of Science Communication. Science communication used to conjure up images of the BBC’s Horizon programme (when it used to be good) or of Carl Sagan talking about ‘billions and billions of suns’ or, if we go back far enough, of Jacob Bronowski talking about the Ascent of Man. These days, though, science communication has become big business …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 23 April]

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Figuring out the challenges of being a scientist and a mum

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to give a talk at an event about the challenges of being a woman working in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem). However, not only am I a woman working in Stem, I’m also a parent working in Stem, and this event started at 6pm, clashing with a meeting at my child’s school …” (more)

[Jane Stout, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Book Review: Academic Conferences as Neoliberal Commodities by Donald J Nicolson

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“While rarely interrogated for the role that they play, academic conferences form a significant part in the construction of an academic career. Any aspiring, or indeed expiring, academic has at some point presented at, or attended, a conference …” (more)

[Fawzia Haeri Mazanderani, Impact of Social Sciences, 23 April]

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Builder of Berkeley balcony collapse complex has licence revoked

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“The US construction firm which built the apartments in Berkeley, California where five Irish students and an Irish American woman died after a balcony collapse in June 2015 has had its building licence revoked. The California State Contractors License Board on Friday reached a settlement with Segue Construction to remove its contactor licence …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 April]

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