Inappropriate conduct by UCD students dismissed

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An internal investigation at UCD does not uphold the student newspaper’s allegation of inappropriate conduct on a Facebook group chat. Last week, the university newspaper College Tribune stated that …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 February]

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Higher Education Needs To Be Talked About By Party Leaders

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the aftermath of the first televised debate between party leaders yesterday evening, discussion and analysis is plentiful as the nation tries to make sense of the whirlwind of campaign slogans and vitriol that characterise such events …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 12 February]

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Casual contracts are ruining universities for staff and students

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“‘If you don’t put a value on yourself, no one will.’ This was the advice I received from my friend this week about my latest offer of a casual university teaching job. It’s for one term and it pays by the hour …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 February]

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NCAD Student Action view appointment of new director with ‘absolute scepticism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NCAD Student Action have criticised the appointment of Bernard Hanratty, a former managing director at the Citigroup Bank, as the acting director of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Speaking to Trinity News, the group said that …” (more)

[Caoimhe Brennan, Trinity News, 11 February]

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Gardaí seize €8k worth of ecstasy headed for Rag Week

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than €8,000 worth of ecstasy powder, which was destined for Galway’s unofficial Rag Week, has been intercepted by gardaí. Officers stopped a car on the M6 motorway on Wednesday evening carrying an estimated €8,400 worth of MDMA …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 12 February]

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UCD Porn Ring Just Another Blow to Equality

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I wasn’t shocked. I wasn’t even that upset. I simply felt numb, and I still do. There’s a point in any battle worth fighting when even the most valiant feel they cannot go on. When women’s bodies are yet again disrespected, humiliated, shamed, and objectified, the question must be asked: will the struggle ever prove it’s worth? …” (more)

[Paige Reynolds, University Times, 11 February]

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Fianna Fáil steps back from student loan plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has stepped back from plans to introduce income-contingent loans to help meet the cost of third level education. Speaking on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the party said it was unable to get the plan independently verified and as such, the plan had been ‘set aside’ …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí and Laura Roddy, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Students relying on online notes ‘just kidding themselves’

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection recently, Irish students’ over-dependency on online notes was criticised by Dr Greg Foley, an associate dean for teaching and learning at Dublin City University …” (more)

[Marie Coady, Irish Times, 11 February]

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‘UL attempt to crush the Limerick Leader has backfired’: Niall Collins

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fail deputy Niall Collins, who raised the issues of the three whistleblowers in the Dail last year, responds to the Mazars’ review on allegations regarding UL and its implications, in a statement to the Limerick Leader …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 11 February]

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Fianna Fáil’s manifesto for Third-level Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Having taken a look through both Fine Gael and Sinn Féin’s plans for third-level education in their policy documents over the past couple of days, today it is the turn of Fianna Fáil’s An Ireland for all …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 11 February]

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Student Contribution Will Not Rise for Five Years, if Fianna Fáil Elected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In their manifesto, released today, Fianna Fáil has promised to prevent any increase in the student contribution for the next five years if elected. The party has made what appears to be a strong stance on third-level fees, accompanied by a commitment to increased exchequer funding for the third-level sector …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 11 February]

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Once again, flawed statistics put out by NUI Galway – this time in European media

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A European-wide article about gender bias in academia prominently features Micheline’s successful case against NUI Galway and the ongoing court battle of the five other women lecturers overlooked for promotion …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 11 February]

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It’s no surprise if men decide university isn’t for them

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“Male students have become a rare breed in UK universities. They were first outnumbered by women as far back as 1992 and, since then, the gender gap has increased annually …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, Times Higher Education, 11 February]

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One in six Irish teens ‘low performers’ at maths

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One in six Irish students are classified as ‘low performers’ in maths, according to an international report. The study, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday, found 17% of students in Ireland struggle with basic maths, 10% are below par in reading, and 11% are low performers in science …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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OECD and education

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was with a sense of pride in our teaching profession and our excellent education system that I read the latest report from the OECD on Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How to Help Them Succeed? Ireland, it seems, is in the top league when it comes to reducing the number of 15-year-olds who are underperforming in maths, reading and science …” (more)

[David O’Grady, Irish Times, 11 February]

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US Ambassador tells J1 applicants: do not delay

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The US Ambassador to Ireland has advised J1 jobseekers to ‘move quickly’ to ensure that they have a job before they travel. Since last year, J1 students must prove they have pre-arranged employment for the summer before being granted permission to enter the United States …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 11 February]

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Student: ‘Rent is a big issue among students’

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I’m in second year media studies in NUI Maynooth, studying Spanish as well. I’m probably your typical student where if it’s an interesting debate then I’m interested …” (more)

[Maedbh Donaldson, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Magee business case being examined ‘assiduously’ says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2016 by steve

UK“The Minister for Employment and Learning today informed the NI Assembly the Magee business case was being examined ‘assiduously’ and that the project was moving toward its ‘final stages’ …” (more)

[Derry Journal, 9 February]

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What does Sinn Féin say about Third-level Education?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Sinn Féin Election Manifesto is 58 pages long, and I took a quick look this morning about what it has to say about third-level education. Like Fine Gael’s Economic Plan (36 pages) there is actually very little mention of third-level education. Sinn Féin do however have some specific policies – they promise to abolish fees and introduce grants for postgraduate students. Good ideas I’m sure you’ll agree …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 10 February]

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@FineGael’s Long Tern Education ‘plan’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I’m not usually one for checking out political party manifestos or plans, essentially I don’t believe what they say – now matter how well-intentioned or well-meaning they are. In our electoral system where an overall majority for one party has not been achieved since 1977, everything has to be negotiated post-election with other parties …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 February]

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