UCC issues 1,500 booklets to promote good relations between students and local residents

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As ‘Freshers’ Week’ gets underway at University College Cork (UCC), new information booklets encouraging students to respect their neighbours have been distributed to the surrounding areas of the university. Ahead of first-year orientation this year, 1,500 information booklets promoting good relations between students and local residents have been distributed throughout the surrounding areas of the university on College Road …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 September]

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Education ‘is all about money and who you know’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The huge gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in education is laid bare in the most detailed research ever on how postcodes determine life chances. It reveals how children from the most affluent areas are 10 times more likely to score high CAO points and to have their pick of prestigious third-level courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 September]

Former Trinity lecturer accused of plagiarism by student

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Adebola Adedimeji, a former Trinity lecturer, failed to defend his work in court after being accused of plagiarism by his former thesis supervisee, Annette Rochford. Rochford, a clinical nurse specialist, has accused Adedimeji of presenting her research as his own on two separate occasions …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 8 September]

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Magee Provost understands and shares frustration over expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2019 by steve

“The Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus Malachy O’Neill said he understands and shares the frustration locally over the decades-long delay to securing a major expansion that would see Derry become a university city …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 8 September]

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On SUSI Grants, Trinity Has Put Vulnerable Students in a Tricky Situation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In January, when news first broke of a mix-up between SUSI and Trinity’s Academic Registry that cost the College €1.7 million in unpaid fees, nobody was very happy with Academic Registry. At the time, it seemed staggering that the College unit with specific responsibility for fees had failed to notice a shortfall worth hundreds of thousands a year …” (more)

[University Times, 8 September]

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‘Contest models highlight inherent inefficiencies of scientific funding competitions’

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Author summary: The grant proposal system compels researchers to devote substantial time to writing proposals that could have instead been used to do science. Here, we use the economic theory of contests to show that as fewer grants are funded, the value of the science that researchers forgo while preparing proposals can approach or exceed the value of the science that the funding program supports. As a result, much of the scientific impact of the funding program is squandered. Unfortunately, increased waste and reduced efficiency is inevitable in a grant proposal competition when the number of awards is small. How can scarce funds be allocated efficiently, then? As one alternative, we show that a partial lottery that selects proposals for funding randomly from among those that pass a qualifying standard can restore lost efficiency by reducing investigators’ incentives to invest heavily in preparing proposals. Lotteries could also improve efficiency by compelling administrators to de-emphasize grant success as a primary measure of professional achievement. If lotteries are politically untenable, another remedy would be to fund researchers based on their previous research successes, although in such a way that avoids establishing barriers to entry for junior scientists or scientists from historically underrepresented demographic groups.

Gross K, Bergstrom CT (2019) Contest models highlight inherent inefficiencies of scientific funding competitions. PLoS Biol 17(1): e3000065. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000065.

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Trinity Working With Chinese Universities Accused of Cyber Crime

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is reportedly collaborating on research with Chinese universities that have been linked to cyber crime and international espionage. The Sunday Times today reports that Ireland’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is financing research collaborations between Irish universities – Trinity, University College Dublin and University College Cork – and two Chinese universities accused of cyber attacks …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 8 September]

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