Monday, 26 May 2014

Taught Masters Scholarships & Bursaries NUIM

Fees, Funding & Scholarships

 Need to find funding for your course? In support of students undertaking postgraduate study in September 2014, NUI Maynooth has launched 2 types of Masters Scholarships:

Taught Masters Alumni Scholarships of 5,000 euros - Call for Applications now open to all graduates of NUI Maynooth (including students graduating this Summer). Closing Date 16th June 2014.

Taught Masters Bursaries - Sixty Bursaries of 2,000 euros - Call for Applications now open for all BSc/BA graduates (including those graduating in 2014) in receipt of SUSI or County/City Council Higher Education grant support for their undergraduate studies - Closing Date - 16th June 2014.​
- See more at: http://www.nuim.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships#.dpuf

Monday, 19 May 2014

Trends in scholarly publishing

Trends in scholarly publishing; transcript of London Book Fair presentation - Research Information

 In his presentation at the recent London Book Fair Tom Wilkie provided an overview and update on some key trends in scholarly communication

Friday, 16 May 2014

Historic Rosetta spacecraft images target comets halo

Historic Rosetta spacecraft images target comets halo - space - 15 May 2014 - New Scientist

Rosetta launched in 2004 and was woken up in January this year after a three year slumber. Now ESA is activating its instruments and putting the probe through its paces in preparation for the final approach to the comet in August.

The craft is still 2 million kilometres away from the comet, but the pictures it took of the comet "waking up" have helped researchers determine its rotation period. It turns out the comet completes a full turn every 12.4 hours, about 20 minutes shorter than previously thought.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The impact of impact

The impact of impact - Research Information

In an article based on his presentation at the UKSG conference earlier this month, Ernesto Priego gives a researcher-focused perspective on ‘impact’



‘Impact’ is a word that is never neutral.



Researchers today are required to reach audiences inside their academic discipline and within national boundaries at the same time as reaching beyond the walls of universities and sometimes even across national and linguistic borders. In addition, there are increasing demands for student satisfaction, particularly in an age of higher education commoditisation, while at the same time there is a need for quality of both content and academic and public engagement. All of these demands impact on the time we have to do these tasks and the funds required to do it. 

The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus

Book Review: The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus by Mitchell Thomashow

In The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus, Mitchell Thomashow proposes a blueprint for making universities more sustainable. As the former President of Unity College in Maine, USA, he argues that the campus is the perfect crucible for developing ideas and action, engaging diverse communities and teaching the next generation of citizens. Jon Emmett finds a book that may not contain simple, ready-made answers to this complex question, but which is hugely engaging and accessible, and full of inspiration for approaches that could be adopted elsewhere

Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun, scientists warn

Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun, scientists warn

 The collapse of the Western Antarctica ice sheet is already under way and is unstoppable, two separate teams of scientists said on Monday.
The glaciers' retreat is being driven by climate change and is already causing sea-level rise at a much faster rate than scientists had anticipated.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Dismay as Brazil recalls Science Without Borders fellows | News | Times Higher Education

Dismay as Brazil recalls Science Without Borders fellows | News | Times Higher Education

More than 100 students on Brazil’s flagship study-abroad scheme for
undergraduates and postgraduates, Science Without Borders, have been
told to return home for failing to reach entry requirements including
English proficiency.

Low PhD stipends are recruitment ‘time bomb’ | News | Times Higher Education

Low PhD stipends are recruitment ‘time bomb’ | News | Times Higher Education

Warnings have been issued about the future recruitment of British PhD
students after the director of a doctoral training centre said he was
struggling to recruit because of research council funding cuts.

Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten. Based on the film by Charles and Ray Eames. An Eames Office Website

 Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker - with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.

Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude).

Thursday, 1 May 2014

National University of Ireland Maynooth Ranked 74th in The Times Higher Education World's Best New Universities

National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) has today been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world, and is the highest placed Irish university in the Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 rankings. NUIM is listed at 74th in the world, ahead of Dublin City University (84th). The ranking, which lists the worlds’ best 100 universities under the age of 50 years, aims to show which countries are challenging the US and UK as the next education powerhouses. Universities are ranked according to a range of criteria including research income achieved, reputation for teaching, numbers of PhDs awarded, the number and quality of scholarly papers and citations from staff and international outlook, including people and research. The top-ranked new university, for the second consecutive year, is Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, while institutions from Asia, Australia and the UK perform well. Eight European universities ranked in the top 100 are Erasmus partners of NUIM. Other partners of NUIM were included in the top 100, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore ranked in 8th place and the University of Maryland, Baltimore ranked in 60th place.