Trinity Loses Third HR Director in Three Years, With Aer Rianta Director Named as Replacement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has lost its third HR director in nearly as many years. The departure of Kate Malone, one of the College’s most senior officers, comes as Trinity navigates an industrial dispute and threats of strike action. Malone, who took on the role in October 2015, leaves Trinity in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the College’s three trade unions …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 23 September]

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Could Brexit cause problems for Irish universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The effects of Brexit and the consequences it will have on third-level students are still only emerging. Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have wide ranging ramifications for university life both at home and abroad …” (more)

[Daniel Forde, University Observer, 23 September]

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UL boss convenes meeting over €2m payouts

Posted in Legal issues on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An audit of nearly €2m worth of severance payments has led the University of Limerick’s new president to call for an extraordinary meeting of its highest decision-making body. UL paid out a total of €1,903,833 in settlements to 57 former employees within the past decade. All universities are obliged to notify the Department of Education and Skills before any severance terms are approved …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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UCD wants to fast-track plans for thousands of student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD wants to fast-track planning permission for more than 3,000 student beds under Government measures aimed at ending the housing crisis. The university has formally signalled its intention to bypass normal procedures by applying directly to An Bord Pleanála for the substantial on-campus development …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 23 September]

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National Maritime College signs German deal

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A major deal struck by the National Maritime College could signal Ireland’s arrival as world-leaders in safety training for personnel involved in the offshore gas and oil exploration sectors. The National Maritime College of Ireland, and its joint venture Irish partner SEFtec, have landed a major contract to build a marine safety training centre in Germany …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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Irish parents blamed for high rate of overqualified workers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Parents’ ‘obsession’ with ensuring their children progress to third-level is a key reason why Irish workers are among the most overqualified in Europe for the jobs in which they are working, it has been claimed. Latest figures show that about one in three workers in the State are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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NUIG academic secures injunction halting investigation

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway has secured a High Court injunction halting what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to ‘sabotage’ a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 22 September]

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University of Limerick paid out €1.9m to staff in severance deals, FOI shows

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick paid out more than €1.9 million in settlements to close to 60 former employees within the past decade, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show. UL refused to comment on how many of those packages it sought sanction for in advance from the Department of Education and Skills, which it is obliged to notify before any severance is approved …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 22 September]

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Employers Giving Lectures – whatever will they think of next?

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Katherine Donnelly writes in yesterday’s Irish Independent in an article entitled ‘DCU invites employers in to lecture its students’ about an interesting idea to get employers to ‘to deliver master classes to undergraduates about the realities of the fast-changing workplace’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 22 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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College settles gender case with female lecturer

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has reached a settlement with one of five female academics who have been pursuing gender discrimination cases over a promotions process in 2009. The development comes as mediation failed to resolve the college’s long-running dispute with four other women whose cases have been going through the courts …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 September]

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Research Funding Data

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SMEs that have undertaken applied research in conjunction with a funded agency or institution under the aegis of her Department in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase student funding over the next four years to at least the average rate of other high income western European EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Fees: Cost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2018 for abolishing all third level fees, both capitation and tuition, for under graduate and post graduate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Report finds Irish male graduates earn €80,000 more in their lifetime than female graduates

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Irish male graduate will earn, on average, €80,000 more in this lifetime than a female graduate, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report has found. The report, which contains data on the state of education in countries around the world, also highlights a gender imbalance in a number of fields of study …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 21 September]

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Universities Shouldn’t Fear Investigatory Powers, Says HEA Head

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Powers to investigate Irish universities, mooted by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in July, would be used in a ‘sophisticated’ manner, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told The University Times. The powers, which Bruton hopes to introduce in amendments to the 2015 Technological Universities Bill, caused significant unease in the higher education sector when announced …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 September]

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Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan

Posted in Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

“European science organisations have raised the alarm over a European Union committee’s proposal that could force academics to pay or seek permission when quoting from colleagues’ work. The warning is a sign that researchers are getting caught up in the copyright battles ongoing between the European Union and US tech giants such as Google …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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STEM: from harmless acronym to dangerous idea?

Posted in Research, Teaching on September 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Before I start I want to mention something about the School of Biotechnology because it has had an impact on a lot of my thinking around STEM. The signature programme of our school is the BSc in Biotechnology …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 21 September]

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