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University cannot become ‘free for all’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“With the government planning to abolish student number controls in English universities, will the prestige of university be lost? …” (more)

[Jess Williams, New Statesman, 23 September]

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Higher education websites unsuitable for special needs students, says report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A new study has found that poorly-designed Irish higher education websites could be contributing to significant dropouts among students with particular disabilities because they cannot access certain assignment services …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 23 September]

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Education as a public good?

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A major private corporation (Grant Thornton) tells us that equity firms should be getting into the business of education given that ‘the higher education sector is considered to have all the trademarks for further private equity interest and investment’. So education is simply an area for investment and private profit making …” (more)

[Ronnie Munck, Education Is ..., 23 September]

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Teaching Entrepeneurship Revisited (Guest Post)

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

Entrepreneurs are made, not born; but not all can be made entrepreneurs. The ever open-minded, and non-ideological, Greg Foley has accepted my offer of a blog commenting on his recent post on entrepreneurship, in which I would like to add to some of his contentions …” (more)

[Joe McDonagh, educationandstuff, 23 September]

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Queen’s University Belfast slips nine places in table

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has fallen nine places in a national newspaper’s guide for students. Last year Queen’s was ranked at 29, entering the top 30 of the Sunday Times university guide for the first time in a decade, but this year its position has slumped to 38 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Whose ideas are they anyway?

Posted in Research on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Do our academic creations belong to us? Should we think of them as property? Amidst debates about how to cite properly, and circulating fears of ideas being stolen, do we risk losing touch with wider questions about how ideas emerge and develop, and the limits of provenance? …” (more)

[Davina Cooper, Critical Legal Thinking, 23 September]

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Universities need scholarship that is more confusing – and more exciting

Posted in Research on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Free-ranging thinkers of earlier times, unconfined by university appointments, reflected on whatever they felt like …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 23 September]

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USI calls on students who destroyed San Francisco apartment to pay up

Posted in Legal issues on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students in Ireland has called on the students who destroyed an apartment in San Francisco to compensate the landlady …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 September]

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New Minister For Education To Take Part in #EdChatIE

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD has agreed to be a special guest in the weekly #EdChatIE Twitter chat next Monday, September 29th …” (more)

[Seomra Ranga, 22 September]

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Information overload

Posted in Legal issues on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“No reasonable person can be opposed to the idea of freedom of information: the idea that bodies in receipt of public money should be accountable and should be required to release information about how it is spent and how decisions are taken …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 September]

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Last German state to do away with university tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

Germany“All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge. ‘Tuition fees are socially unjust’, said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg …” (more)

[The Australian, 23 September]

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Scottish scientists look to a more independent future

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Despite ‘no’ to independence, a promised push for decentralization could benefit research in Scotland and other UK regions …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature News & Comment, 22 September]

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Eat, Sleep, Slave, Repeat: Insight into the Exploitation of Ireland’s Student Workers

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“I’m sitting at the kitchen table of my family home drafting my first letter of resignation. As a Junior Freshman I’ve had my fair share of firsts this year: first time living away from home, first time navigating the social and academic jungle that is University and of course, my first PAYE taxed job …” (more)

[Katie Meegan, University Times, 22 September]

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Erasmus impact study – key results published today!

Posted in Fees and access on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

EU“… The study had two core aims. The first aim was to identify the effects of Erasmus mobility programme on skills enhancement, employability and institutional development of the individual students. The other main focus was on examining the impact of Erasmus staff/teaching mobility … ” (more)

[Hedda, 22 September]

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College rankings can’t be ignored

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“According to the QS league table, Trinity College Dublin, in 71st place, remains the only Irish university in the top 100. It has dropped 10 places while University College Cork tumbled even more precipitously to 230th, down from 210th …” (more)

[Kyran Fitzgerald, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Access to third-level education for women should be improved

Posted in Fees and access on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“In 21st century Ireland women are still being excluded from access to third-level education …” (more)

[Marguerite Doyle, Independent, 22 September]

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Contracts ‘may limit options for students’

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Moves to improve job security for teachers could end up limiting second-level students’ subject choices, a school management leader has warned. The recommendation of an expert group on fixed -term and part-time teaching was welcomed by teacher unions last week …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Interview: Minister Jan O’Sullivan

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The only logical way to open an interview with the Minister for Education and Skills is to discuss the higher education funding question. Jan O’Sullivan’s predecessor, Ruairí Quinn, made perhaps the most categorically stupid election pledge right outside Front Arch in 2011, close to eight weeks before he became Minister …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 21 September]

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What’s Wrong with Conferences?

Posted in Life on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“September is customarily a busy month for conferences, often with too many interesting ones that clash. What makes for a good meeting? Exciting talks, which you haven’t heard before (so not just lazy wheeling out of the usual suspects by the organisers); lively discussion; comfortable beds, quiet corridors and good food …” (more)

[Athene Donald's Blog, 21 September]

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Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“You’ve probably heard the old stereotypes about professors in their ivory tower lecturing about Kafka while clad in a tweed jacket. But for many professors today, the reality is quite different: being so poorly paid and treated, that they’re more likely to be found bargain-hunting at day-old bread stores. This is academia in 2014 …” (more)

[HT: Brendan Guilfoyle]
[Matt Saccaro, Salon, 21 September]

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