Business case presentation a step forward for the expansion of Magee

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

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the presentation of a business case for the expansion of Magee to the Minister of Employment and Learning Stephen Farry. Ms McLaughlin said, ‘The expansion of Magee is central to the economic regeneration of the entire North West region …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 December]

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Time for student gardaí to train on a regular third-level campus

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

Ireland“A tough year for An Garda Síochána: The Garda Inspectorate Report recommends that the foundation education and training of student gardaí should be radically changed …” (more)

[Tom Clonan, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Brain drain: Increase in college graduates going abroad for work

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The numbers of college graduates emigrating is continuing to rise, despite improving job opportunities at home …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 December]

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Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Computer science students are most likely to be snapped up by employers after graduation, and also to earn more, the Higher Education Authority’s annual survey of graduate prospects shows …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Opinion: Are we devaluing degrees?

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Twenty-five years ago, a degree was a ‘big deal’. Fifteen years ago, a master’s degree was a ‘big deal’. In 15 years’ time, will having a PhD be the norm? …” (more)

[Gary Keogh, TheJournal.ie, 21 December]

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Higher education sector is developing global graduates

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The publication of the First Destination Return (FDR), a survey of graduates carried out by higher education institutions in Ireland, continues to show improving employment for graduates in courses such as Level 8 honours degrees, graduate diplomas, master and doctoral degrees …” (more)

[David Foster, Independent, 22 December]

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One in four graduates who found work had emigrated

Posted in Life on December 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Strong evidence of a brain drain has emerged from a survey of Irish graduates showing new entrants to healthcare and teaching are especially likely to emigrate …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Junior Cert row set to spill over into 2015

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The row over changes to the Junior Certificate between Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and teacher unions looks set to spill into 2015 with no talks arranged. The independent chair of talks that collapsed last month had an initial meeting yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Greater co-ordination needed to ensure university gender equality, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Following the recent gender discrimination award to a lecturer in NUIG, Joan Donegan, deputy general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for co-ordinated action by all universities to ensure equality for women at senior lecturer and professorial level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 18 December]

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Game-playing of the REF makes it an incomplete census

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2014 by steve

UK“Research assessment is only partly reliable as an indicator of the real quality of the work going on in higher education. It has a dual character. On one hand it is rooted in material facts and objective methods …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, The Conversation, 19 December]

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NUIG president fails to agree to 3 conditions and informs women that the university is seeking legal advice

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“On the morning of Dec 16th the petition and the signatories up till that date were presented to the governing body of NUI Galway. It seems they had an extended discussion on the matter of gender balance in senior posts and the problems with the last two promotion rounds …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 18 December]

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Parents urged to help pupils with their CAO choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students feel that fitting in is more important than their future career prospects when choosing college courses, according to a survey of nine third-level institutions. Parents are being called on to talk to Leaving Cert students over the Christmas period to discuss course choices ahead of the CAO deadline on February 1 …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 19 December]

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When Dick meets Mick … the future of WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“In the coming weeks, the new chair of WIT Dick Langford will meet with Mike Kelly, the Minister for Education’s special nominee to get the Waterford IT and IT Carlow merger back on track …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 18 December]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland medical campus in Bahrain is accredited

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland programme in Bahrain has been accredited by the Irish Medical Council for a period of five years following a recent general inspection of the facility …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Queen’s University Belfast among the UK top 20 for crucial research

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

UK“Queen’s University in Belfast has been declared one of the top UK higher education institutions for research. A nationwide assessment has placed Queen’s in the top 20 for research quality and impact …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 18 December]

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Surveyors warn of ‘acute shortage’ of qualified professionals in property industry

Posted in Life on December 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The property industry is experiencing an ‘acute shortage’ of qualified professionals to fill vacancies created as the sector recovers, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) has warned …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Science Foundation Ireland Remit

Posted in Research on December 17th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he is taking to ensure that Science Foundation Ireland continues to fund basic fundamental scientific research; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 17 December]

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Spot the difference: Do you know which of these is Trinity’s new logo?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“After many months of deliberation and discussion, Trinity College Dublin has revealed its new logo to the world. The re-branding sees a change from to royal blue-and-gold design to a more modern blue-and-white …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 December]

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Higher Education Institutions: LIT Ennis Learning Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2014 by steve

IrelandMartin Conway (Fine Gael): I would like to go back 20 years to the early to mid-1990s when a competition was run and sponsored by Eircom to establish an urban town as an information capital of Europe. Ennis in County Clare beat off stiff competition from about six or seven other towns to win that competition and it became an IT capital, certainly of Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 December]

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Bible retained in new Trinity logo

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The clasped bible scrapped from the revised Trinity logo criticised by staff and students in March has been reinstated as part of new visual identity proposals passed by Trinity board members today …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 17 December]

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