(1) The Conference of Heads of Irish Universities (CHIU) has finally changed its somewhat unwieldy name to the Irish Universities' Association (IAU), or Cumann Ollsceala Eirean. IAU's new revamped website is now also available at www.iau.ie
(2) One of the first publications from IAU is its report entitled, "Reform of 3rd Level and Creation of 4th Level Ireland: Securing Competitive Advantage in the 21st Century" which is available as a PDF file by clicking here.
(3) The Céifin conference took place today and yesterday in Ennis, Co. Clare. Entitled, "Filling the Vacuum," it explored issues in community and voluntary work (http://www.ceifin.com/conf2005.html). CKI (NUI, Galway's Community Knowledge Initiative) was one of the sponsors of the event and was well represented by most of the team, which also had some time with President McAleese and impressed her with their work. Mary Surliss also gave one of the main presentations on the "Living Scenes" project. A more detailed report on the whole event will appear in a forthcoming CKI newsletter.
(4) Our videoconference based seminars have continued with a recent presentation on Learning Objects and Digital Repositories by Charles Duncan of Intrallect Ltd. The event is viewable at http://videostream.nuigalway.ie/ecomp3 using Windows Media Player and more info (including slides, etc) will be available on the CELT website (www.nuigalway.ie/celt)