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Former head of UCD Hugh Brady appointed to Bristol University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Former UCD president Dr Hugh Brady has been appointed to lead the University of Bristol, ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Students paid thousands to school before closure

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Council for International Students says it believes thousands of euro was paid by students to Leinster College in the days and weeks coming up to its sudden closure three days ago …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 October]

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Nearly 75% of third-level students awarded funding

Posted in Fees and access on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Almost three-quarters of third-level students due to receive a grant this year have been awarded their funding, according to the student grant awarding body Susi (Student Universal Support Ireland) …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Reports of entry fees and service cuts for National Museum of Ireland alarming – McLellan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage, Sandra McLellan TD, has today expressed her serious concern regarding reports that the National Museum of Ireland is considering cutting its services and introducing fees to make up for the massive cuts imposed on the institution since 2008 …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 October]

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‘Fawlty Towers’ at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“IT disruption blights start of academic year. Teaching staff at WIT have complained to the Institute’s President about the ‘massive disruption and stress’ and professional embarrassment they’ve suffered since the start of the new academic year …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 31 October]

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Minister Damien English wants researchers to think big

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr Damien English TD, today launched a new initiative to identify large-scale EU funding opportunities for businesses and researchers in Ireland and nurture applications that will give big wins for Ireland …” (more)

[SFI, 31 October]

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Minister O’Sullivan concludes successful trade mission to China

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Increased focus on Chinese education market planned over the next 24 months. Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, will today return to Ireland, having concluded a seven day trade mission to China …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 October]

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Funding for Research: a Call on European Leaders to Maintain their Commitments

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

EU“… In its position on the draft budget for 2015 of 24 July, the European Council foresees a substantial decrease in the available budget for payments to projects funded by Horizon 2020, the EU research programme running from 2014 to 2020 …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 31 October]

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National Museum of Ireland staff told it faces ‘difficult options’

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) has told its 145 employees that it will be working with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to resolve financial difficulties facing it …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 October]

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A Brief History of Academics Writing Seriously About Zombies

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2014 by steve

USA“Academics have debunked fears of a zombie outbreak. But that certainly hasn’t stopped them from planning for one. In 2009 a Canadian research team published a mathematical model for how a zombie virus might spread …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 October]

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Academics and Social Media – What’s the Right Balance?

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“This week I came across an article written two years ago by Tanya Roscorla, Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media, in which she gives the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ educators should make digital connections on-line. My first reaction was ‘only 15 minutes?’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 31 October]

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Staff found college was ‘ransacked’ after it closed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An English-language college which shut its doors due to a ‘weak financial situation’ has been ‘gutted’ of computing equipment, according to ‘blind-sided’ staff …” (more)

[Brian Byrne, Independent, 31 October]

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The Irish Times to launch metered paywall on its website

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2014 by steve

IrelandRoy Greenslade, Media commentator, discusses digital paywalls following news the Irish Times will launch a metered paywall next year (audio).

[RTÉ - Morning Ireland, 31 October]

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Seven ‘great’ teaching methods not backed up by evidence

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2014 by steve

UK“What makes ‘great teaching’? It’s a complicated question, made more difficult by trying to measure how teachers make decisions in the classroom and what impact those decisions have on what pupils learn …” (more)

[Steve Higgins and Robert Coe, The Conversation, 31 October]

Students from wealthy backgrounds in Northern Ireland eight times more likely to have a degree: study

Posted in Fees and access on October 31st, 2014 by steve

UK“Students from more wealthy backgrounds in Northern Ireland are around eight times more likely to have a degree than those from less privileged homes, according to a study …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 31 October]

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Brands of Nonsense

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2014 by steve

Australia“A little while ago, the University of Warwick was in the news for all the wrong reasons. Its longstanding legal firm, SGH Martineau, put up a blog post suggesting that universities should take action against ‘insubordinate’ academics with ‘outspoken opinions’ …” (more)

[John Quiggin, Crooked Timber, 31 October]

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UCD scientist’s work ranks among top-cited research papers

Posted in Research on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“DNA sequence analysis paper among most cited publications ever in Nature magazine. A research paper on a programme designed by an Irish scientist is among the 10 most frequently cited research publications of all time, the international science journal Nature magazine has revealed …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Lecturers seek rethink on technological universities plan

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

Ireland“TUI says insistence on mergers ‘is more related to rationalisation’ than academic merit. Lecturers at institutes of technology are urging the Government to rethink its insistence on college mergers before they can gain university status …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Do scholars need ‘performance free’ time and space?

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2014 by steve

UK“Michael Power considers the implications of academics being monitored in ever more and increasingly disparate aspects of work …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 30 October]

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UCD academic’s paper among most cited ever

Posted in Research on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A scientific paper by a Dublin based academic has been listed by top academic journal Nature in the top ten most highly cited research papers ever. The 1988 study by Professor Des Higgins, who is Professor of Bioinformatics at the UCD Conway Institute set the international standard for DNA sequence analysis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 October]

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