Private-college students refused grants despite being eligible says union officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students eligible for SUSI grants are being denied their funding due to their intention to pursue education at a private college, Griffith College student union officer Michael McNamara has said. Students intending to Griffith College Dublin, Cork and Limerick have been denied SUSI funding, despite eligibility for the grant …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 July]

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Have 1 in 5 UK academics fabricated data?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“A small survey of UK academics suggests misconduct such as faking data and plagiarism is occurring surprisingly often. The survey — of 215 UK academics — estimated that 1 in 7 had plagiarized from someone else’s work, and nearly 1 in 5 had fabricated data …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 1 July]

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ASTI members set for Dáil protest as Haddington Road Agreement expires

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“From today ASTI secondary school teachers and members of the GRA may face significant pay freezes. The penalties, which include the non-restoration of pay cuts and the non-payment of supervision fees, can be imposed under legislation known as FEMPI …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 July]

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DCU to rename half its buildings after inspirational women

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is to rename all its buildings – with 50% of the newly-christened buildings to be named after women …” (more)

[Brigid O Gorman, Silicon Republic, 1 July]

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‘It seemed too good to be true’ – UCD student tells of €4,400 accommodation scam

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student has spoken of how she and her friends were conned out of more than €4,000 by a fraudulent accommodation scam …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 30 June]

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DkIT chaplaincy battle will see all colleges have to hire by public tender

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. The new ruling follows a review which will be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 30 June]

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Third-level college chaplaincies to be open to lay people

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lay people will be entitled to apply for State-funded chaplaincy posts in third-level colleges under changes aimed at ensuring they meet public sector recruitment rules. This follows a review to be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority that raises concern about the arrangements used in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 June]

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How much do chaplaincy services cost each third-level institution?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. This follows a review to be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Erasmus programme with UK to continue for at least two years despite Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“The European Commission says student exchange programmes between the Republic of Ireland and Britain will continue for at least another two years until the UK formally leaves the EU …” (more)

[Elaine Power, Newstalk, 29 June]

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Legislative Programme – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the report (details supplied) into funding of the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration – Union Membership

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFrank O’Rourke (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills how he will treat non-union members with regards to the announced pay cuts and withholding of payments and increments from Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland members, who are now outside of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, LRA; if he will consider non-union teachers as having accepted or rejected the LRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Academia and gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Higher Education Authority has published its national review of gender equality among higher education staff compiled by the expert group chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. It is hard-hitting and wide-reaching …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Teachers and gardaí face sanctions over Lansdowne Road agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“About 30,000 gardaí and second-level teachers now seem likely to have financial sanctions imposed on them by the Government, including a loss of incremental pay rises, from the end of this week. Minister for Education Richard Bruton yesterday said he considered the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) had repudiated the Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 June]

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CAO countdown: Demand builds for construction graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“No sector fell further or faster during the economic downturn. Today, thanks to a growing economy, the construction industry faces a much different dilemma: how to address a looming skills shortage. School-leavers fled from any courses linked to the sector – which of course bore the brunt of the economic collapse …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 June]

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UCC goes back to the soil with on-campus food project

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the first university in Ireland to grow their own food for use on campus. College caterers KSG Catering has established an 8 acre farm on the outskirts of the city which will supply fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to some 20,000 staff and students from September …” (more)

[Paul Melia, Independent, 29 June]

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UCD alerts gardaí to ‘theft’ of world timbers collection

Posted in Legal issues on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A forestry campaigner is refusing to return a rare collection of 800 world timbers which he borrowed from University College Dublin on the basis that it has ‘languished in the dead-end of a corridor’ on campus for decades. The university has contacted gardaí …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 June]

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NUI Galway to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms on campus from September

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is set to install gender-neutral bathrooms in each building on campus in the next academic year. ‘The bathrooms will be rolled out across the campus from September onwards to ensure that each main building has a bathroom that is all gender accessible’, the Students’ Union said today …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 28 June]

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How will British science survive Brexit?

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2016 by steve

UK“Science and tech are two industries most likely to be affected by Brexit. British science and tech companies were overwhelmingly in favour of remaining. A Brexit survey run in March by Nature found that of the 907 UK researchers who were polled, around 83% believed the UK should remain in the EU …” (more)

[Hasan Chowdhury, New Statesman, 28 June]

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ASTI accepts invitation to talks with Education Minister Richard Bruton in dispute over Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and productivity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The secondary teachers’ union, ASTI has accepted an invitation to talks with Education Minister Richard Bruton in their dispute over the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) on pay and productivity. The 17,500-member union has rejected the LRA and, on foot of that, voted to stop working the 33 so-called Croke Park hours from September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 June]

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