Engaging and influential university teacher who studied the ‘cute hoor’ culture

Posted in Life on April 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Far from being an ivory tower academic, Paddy O’Carroll, the influential UCC sociologist and political scientist who has died aged 77, was a man rooted in the politics and culture of modern Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 April]

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Will big data transform education?

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“I think technology has great potential to transform education, but I am frustrated by how ineffective so much educational technology really is. For more on this, see my Guardian article here. Recently, I read a fascinating book about how big data could transform education, which described a lot of what I think are the more effective uses of education technology …” (more)

[The Wing to Heaven, 18 April]

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DCU academics attack Diageo’s €1m funding for drinking campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two of DCU’s leading academics have criticised the controversial Diageo-funded ‘Stop Out-of-Control Drinking’ campaign, despite the fact that it is being backed by the university …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 18 April]

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Higher Education Forum Discusses Fears for Independence of Irish Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A forum organised by the Trinity College Fellows was held in Trinity last night on the recent and forthcoming developments in Irish higher education. Under the auspices of Are Irish Universities committed to Enlightenment ideals? …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kieran McNulty, University Times, 17 April]

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Engineering as well as science plays critical role in universities

Posted in Research on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish university science academics are worried with the recent changes in the Government’s policy for funding research. In a letter to The Irish Times (March 18th) they wrote of the Government’s short-sighted drive for applied research which has a potential for industrial innovation …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Trinity College magazine says sorry for ‘drunk rape’ article

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity College magazine apologised for an article which appeared to make light of an incident where two men took advantage of a heavily-intoxicated girl …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 18 APril]

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The Evolution of a New Technological University in Terms of Policy Definition and Control of Implementation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This paper derives from a Doctoral case study completed in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2008. The main issues of the case study are still being addressed today as DIT prepares to amalgamate with the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) in 2015. The combined new institute will become a university in 2016 and is in the process of a move to a green field site. The rate and scope of these changes are challenging for all concerned …” (more)

Kelly, K and Brennan, D (2015) ‘The Evolution of a New Technological University in Terms of Policy Definition and Control of Implementation’, HEIT Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 30th March-1st April.

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Trinity College acid spill: Fire fighters in hazmat suits called to science lab at Dublin university

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fire fighters in protective suits were called to an acid spill in Trinity College yesterday. A number of units from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) attended the scene at the university after the incident in a zoology science lab …” (more)

[David Coleman, Irish Mirror, 17 April]

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On learning gain, academic subsumption and performance anxiety

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

UKONE. We are losing that University life, which bell hooks wrote about as a space and a time for self-actualisation: a capacity to live more fully and deeply. We are losing the potential to liberate the curriculum for solidarity and humanity …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 16 April]

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Confucius Institute to get free UCD lease arrangement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has agreed with the Chinese government to jointly operate a controversial new Confucius Institute on the Belfield campus until at least 2066, contracts between the two parties reveal …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 April]

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UCD’s Confucius Institute to be jointly operated and funded by China

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The brochure for UCD’s planned €7.4 million Confucius Institute could not be more enthusiastic. ‘A landmark modern building’, it reads. ‘Prominent lakeside setting. At the heart of the UCD campus. Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture.’ But many academics on campus are far from enamoured at the prospect …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 April]

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PAC to probe what went wrong in SUSI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Dail’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed ‘serious concern’ about the operation of Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) in its first year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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Higher Education Authority hits out at slow changes to universities entry systems

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘Lamentably slow’ changes by some universities to first-year entry systems have been criticised by the head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Everybody is going to university – but is it really worth it?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges continue to expand at a rapid rate, and the number of students going to university is expected to rise by a further 30% in the next decade …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 16 April]

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Valuable lessons to be learned from Susi

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It was initially hailed as a fine example of public service reform, but in its first year of operation Susi was a disaster. And it’s now clear that it was a disaster waiting to happen because of inadequate planning …” (more)

[Editorial, Independent, 16 April]

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UCC on trial in campus death

Posted in Legal issues on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Health and Safety Authority brought a case through the Director of Public Prosecutions against University College Cork and a workman yesterday, arising out of a fatal accident on campus where a member of the college’s governing body died while working near a cherry-picker machine two years ago …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner, 16 April]

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No excuses for the SUSI debacle in year one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chaos that engulfed SUSI in its first year of operation is perfectly understandable, and completely inexcusable, after reading the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Séamus McCarthy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 April]

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Irish scientists protest ‘funding apartheid’

Posted in Research on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of researchers sign letter warning of cost of focusing exclusively on business-led priorities. Science in the Republic of Ireland is being destroyed by a ‘scientific apartheid’ that reserves most competitive research funding for 14 priority areas largely chosen for commercial reasons …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 16 April]

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Students paid €4m grants by mistake

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students received grants totalling €4m despite not being entitled to the money, during the first disastrous year of the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 April]

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‘Irish ICT skills among the best’

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are among the world’s elite in terms of tech skills having risen one place to eighth in the World Economic Forum’s latest rankings. The country’s education system is also lauded in the annual Global Information Technology Report …” (more)

[Peter O’Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 16 April]

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