TUI conference to hear from IT Tralee staff seeking protection during merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee are to debate a motion at their annual congress to protect staff in the formation of the Munster Technological University. The TUI is gathered at the INEC in Killarney until Thursday for its annual think-in …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 April]

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Trinity lecturer awarded €6k for unfair dismissal following FGM controversy

Posted in Legal issues on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A university lecturer at the centre of controversy last year over TV comments he made about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has won his unfair dismissal case against Trinity College Dublin (TCD) …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 April]

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TUI warns pay inequality will not be tolerated

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) warned the Government that while moves to increase pay for young teachers is welcome and overdue, ongoing pay inequality will not be tolerated. TUI General Secretary John MacGabhann warned delegates at their annual conference in Killarney that the Government must realise that teacher unions will not tolerate pay inequality under any circumstances …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 23 April]

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In Norway, New Model for Elsevier Agreement

Posted in Research on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

“Elsevier is expected today to announce a deal with Norway’s universities under which all the research they publish will be freely available to all, The Financial Times reported. Under the deal the consortium of Norwegian universities will pay Elsevier for the articles their faculty members publish …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 23 April]

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Government signals move to end ‘two-tier’ public service pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has signalled that it will move to end the two-tier pay system in the public service as part of future negotiations with trade unions. Two initiatives have been tabled to deal with the lower-pay arrangements for staff hired after 2011, including a phased €200 million proposal announced last September to resolve the issue by 2026 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Time to decide on third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Failure to fund higher education stores up problems for the future. It is close to three years since the publication of the report of the expert group on funding Ireland’s third level institutions. According to the Cassells Report, the sector required additional investment of €600m annually until 2021, rising to €1bn from 2030 …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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Teachers threaten industrial action if Government fails to end two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are threatening industrial action if the Government does not make a firm commitment over the coming days to restore pay equality for thousands of their members hired since 2011. The warning comes as teachers’ annual conferences get under way this week with pay rates for so-called ‘new entrants’ set to dominate the agenda …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Queen’s second in UK for students officially changing their gender

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Fifteen students at Queen’s University Belfast have requested to change their gender on official records. Almost 100 students across the UK’s top third-level academic institutions have done so at a time when universities are being accused of ‘disturbing’ failures to protect trans students from abuse …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 22 April]

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UCD develops digital-policy programmes to keep up with tech changes

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A series of qualifications to improve the understanding of officials in digital policy creation are being developed by University College Dublin with support from Microsoft. The Republic’s first academic digital policy programme is going to be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with Microsoft’s backing …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Higher Education is Headed for a Quality Cliff Edge. It Must Help Itself

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Is it time we changed the conversation about higher education funding – a conversation that to date has been a dialogue of the deaf? For at least a decade the Higher Education Authority (HEA), informally and formally, has been advising the government about the risks to quality due to recession-related resource cuts and unfunded growth of student numbers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 19 April]

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‘Frenzy’ Outside Library, As Reduced Opening Hours Leave Students Battling for Seats

Posted in Life on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students have blasted the College after the library’s opening hours were cut over the Easter weekend, with a crowd of more than a hundred left waiting outside this morning ahead of the start of exam season next Tuesday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 April]

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Increase in student numbers will put strain on third level institutions, union warns

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is warning that a significant projected increase in the number of students in the country’s third level institutions will greatly worsen the current crisis in the sector unless urgent action is taken. Next week, the TUI hosts its annual congress in Killarney …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 April]

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Ulster University spent £236k on ‘gagging’ staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 19th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University spent £226k on settlements to staff that included ‘gagging clauses’ in the past two years, it has been revealed. The BBC has reported the figure was made up of six separate payments to staff, which included non-disclosure agreements (NDA) …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 April]

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UCC buying Cork church and Sunday’s Well development site

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The sale of a church building and an adjacent development site in Cork’s Sunday’s Well is understood to be progressing between UCC and the Vincentian order. The former St Vincent’s church, built in the 1850s, went up for sale in May of last year, along with a 1.15-acre development site above the North Mall, with a combined €1.5m price guide, or €750,000 per individual lot, via estate agents Lisney …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number across all University College Dublin (UCD) programmes. The figure, which represents 55.8% of all course leavers in the university, includes students in dual honours Arts degree programmes across a wide variety of subjects …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 17 April]

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Failing A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2019 by steve

“As it is tangentially related to yesterday’s post I thought I’d comment on an article in The Times with the headline …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 April]

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Self-organising peer review for preprints – A future paradigm for scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on April 17th, 2019 by steve

International“Preprints – rapidly published non peer reviewed research articles – are becoming an increasingly common fixture in scholarly communication. However, without being peer reviewed they serve a limited function, as they are often not recognised as high quality research publications. In this post Wang LingFeng discusses how the development of preprint servers as self-organising peer review platforms could be the future of scholarly publication …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 17 April]

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UK universities pay out £90m on staff ‘gagging orders’ in past two years

Posted in Legal issues on April 17th, 2019 by steve

“UK universities have spent nearly £90m on payoffs to staff that come with ‘gagging orders’ in two years, raising fears that victims of misconduct at higher education institutions are being silenced. As many as 4,000 settlements, some of which are thought to relate to allegations of bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct, have been made with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) attached since 2017 …” (more)

[Simon Murphy, Guardian, 17 April]

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‘No rankings game’ in UCD global search for 500 staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A novel international recruitment drive by UCD to employ 500 more academic staff is well under way as part of an ambitious five-year development plan at Ireland’s largest university. There has been huge interest for the first 65 positions, which the university hopes to fill by September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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