NUIG students given answers with economic exam paper

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is investigating an issue which arose with an exam paper this week.The university has not confirmed the nature of the problem, but according to Galway Bay FM, the answers to the questions were included on the paper …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 8 December]

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Brexit may hit college funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brexit could make life tougher for Irish colleges instead of bringing in more research funding, the chair of University College Cork’s governing body has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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‘Other options’ on high college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The chairwoman of the Oireachtas committee which will make the crucial recommendation on whether students will be expected to pay back higher college fees insists that other options will also be considered …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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‘Snob value’ pushing school-leavers to universities – professor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who are totally unsuited to higher education are being shoehorned into universities by their parents due to a ‘snob value’ over apprenticeships and training, according to senior academics …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 December]

‘Don’t dress like Kim Kardashian’ – Belfast university bans cleavage and short skirts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

“Students at Queen’s have hit out after the university issued a graduation ceremony style guide banning short skirts and cleavage – telling women not to dress like Kim Kardashian …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 9 December]

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Libraries ‘becoming invisible’ to junior scholars

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“A report detailing the rise of the Google search among young academics has prompted debate about the future of libraries. The research, funded by the Publishing Research Consortium, looks at the attitudes to publishing of early career academics and suggests that libraries have ‘little to offer’ the next generation of academics …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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Forging links outside Europe post-Brexit ‘not realistic’

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“The UK government’s expectation that academics can suddenly forge new international research collaborations in the wake of Brexit are unrealistic and ignore the fact that scholars have already built such links where they are beneficial …” (more)

[John Elmes, Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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What does retirement mean for academics?

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“My first boss, the chairman of my department when I was a young lecturer, was Wilfrid Harrison. Even though there was approximately 40 years’ difference between our ages, I would have described Wilfrid as a friend …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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Irish medicine and the House of Saud

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The activities of Irish postgraduate training bodies in countries with poor human rights records, notably Saudi Arabia, are prompting questions within the medical profession …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 8 December]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which a technological university differs from existing universities or institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Third Level Funding: Funding per capita

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Róisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 94 of 24 November 2016, if he will provide a breakdown of funding per capita for each third level institution …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the core State funding awarded to Waterford Institute of Technology in each of the years 2007 to 2016 to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Technological Universities – Funding Model

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the new funding model that will pertain to technological universities; if they will be allowed to borrow; if they will be allowed to access European Investment Bank funding; if they will receive baseline funding for research and development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Stability and Equity Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is giving consideration to the introduction of a stability and equity fund for institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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NUIG president backs divestment of university’s €3.4m fossil fuel shares

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students at NUI Galway (NUIG) have welcomed a commitment by the university’s president, Dr Jim Browne, to back divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 7 December]

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USI: Student loans place unfair burden on students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student loans for university fees are not the best way to fund higher education. The representatives of over half a million students will address the Oireachtas committee on Education and Skills today, on the need for government investment in the sector …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 December]

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Feeder schools list reveals scale of social inequality as pupils from fee-paying schools dominate high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The annual list of feeder schools shows the number of students who are progressing to higher education from individual secondary schools. As a measure of academic performance, it is a blunt instrument …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 December]

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The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill: guiding principles and the eligibility of academics

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice has today published the Scheme of Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2016 to deliver on the commitments in the Programme for a Partnership Government to reform the system for judicial appointments …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 December]

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University employee jailed for explosives found ahead of Prince Charles’ visit

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A man arrested on explosives charges in the run-up to the State visit of Prince Charles has been jailed for five and a half years. The Special Criminal Court previously heard evidence that gardai found explosive device components in Donal Ó Coisdealbha’s locker at his workplace, Maynooth University …” (more)

[Independent, 7 December]

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Gender gap emerges in maths and science in Irish secondary schools

Posted in Teaching on December 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The gender gap is widening when it comes to science and maths in secondary schools, with boys performing significantly better than girls in the subjects …” (more)

[Joyce Fegan, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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