Man who rammed car through Trinity gates not guilty by reason of insanity

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 69-year-old man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has been found not guilty of criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity …” (more)

[Jessica Magee and Liz Farsaci, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Why not give back to students their marked examination scripts?

Posted in Teaching on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“Well, the examination period is over and we’re now in that curious interregnum in the academic year that lasts until graduation, when we get to congratulate students properly and send them on their way into the big wide world. I hope the weather is a bit cooler for that event …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 July]

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Third Level Expenditure: University College Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a copy of the funding statement from University College Cork for 2015 and 2016 that is provided by the college to his Department showing the way in which the resources provided by his Department to the college have been utilised; the way in which this information is examined by his Department prior to commencing the Estimates process for 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Students win £1.5m pledge from UCL after five-month rent strike

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“Student campaigners today declared ‘a major win’ after a five-month rent strike in protest over costly accommodation prices came to an end. The protest group UCL Cut the Rent has reached a deal with the university after 200 students withheld their rents – which range from £154 to £276 a week …” (more)

[Alfie Packham, Guardian, 6 July]

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Anthropologist studies why professors don’t adopt innovative teaching methods

Posted in Teaching on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“An anthropologist who had the unenviable task of sitting through academics’ meetings and reading their email chains to find out why they fail to change their teaching styles has come to a surprising conclusion: they are simply too afraid of looking stupid in front of their students to try something new …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 6 July]

First UK-EU branch campus post-Brexit under consideration

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“Collaboration between King’s College London and a leading German university is set to result in the establishment of the first offshore campus of a UK higher education institution to be set up on the Continent in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the European Union …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 6 July]

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Education role created ‘for political expediency’ says FF spokesman

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to ‘clearly define’ the role of the Minister of State for higher education following the appointment of Mary Mitchell O’Connor to the role in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Stop Using PowerPoint, Harvard University Says It’s Damaging Your Brand And Your Company

Posted in Teaching on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“PowerPoint, the much maligned and misused presentation platform, is harming people’s perception of you and your brand, according to new research from Harvard University. The research team at Harvard conducted a double-blind study …” (more)

[Paul Armstrong, Forbes, 5 July]

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Man who drove into Trinity gates pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Posted in Legal issues on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 69-year-old man accused of ramming his car through the front gates of Trinity College has pleaded not guilty to criminal damage and road traffic offences by reason of insanity at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court …” (more)

[Jessica Magee, Irish Times, 5 July]

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