Redesigned Plans of €70 million Business School Submitted to Council

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Redesigned plans of Trinity’s new €70 million business school were presented to a series of public meetings this evening, several months after the original redesign was rejected in pre-planning consultation …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 3 July]

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Universities don’t understand how international students learn

Posted in Teaching on July 4th, 2015 by steve

UK“The UK is one of the top destinations for international students, holding around 12.6% of the global market for recruitment. But those working in higher education will know that the sustainability of this market is uncertain …” (more)

[Thushari Welikala, Guardian, 3 July]

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Public Sector Pay – Relaxation of FEMPI legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether the conditions for a financial emergency as set out in financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, legislation still apply; his plans to unwind this legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 2 July]

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Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Holland“‘We are entering a new era in publications’, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy …” (more)

[Jozien Wijkhuijs, Univers, 2 July]

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Report on WIT merger due soon

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Waterford Institute of Technology says a report on the merger is due to be published very shortly …” (more)

[WLR FM, 2 July]

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Greek scientists lose access to digital journals

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Greece“The Internet portal that provides Greek scientists in universities and research institutes with electronic journals from 27 publishers suspended many of its services on 1 July because the government has not provided the funds to keep it going …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature, 2 July]

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Primary teachers vote to accept Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Primary school teachers have voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement on restoring public sector pay by a margin of nearly two to one. The result of the ballot of 34,000 Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) members, announced on Thursday afternoon, was 64.7% in favour and 35.3% against …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Job security for early career researchers is a significant factor in helping research make an impact

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Doctorate holders’ careers are increasingly diverse and research funders have a strong interest in exploring how their investment has contributed to the career paths of the researchers supported and how their work benefits society. Funders are also looking to understand the challenges, bottlenecks and opportunities at different career stages in order to tailor policies and activities to researchers’ needs …” (more)

[Siobhan Phillips and Rhona Heywood-Roos, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 June]

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NUIG Boys Club

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Of sixteen women who applied for senior lectureship in NUIG during 2009, only one was promoted. As the resulting verdict of Dr Sheehy Skeffington’s discrimination case reverberates at NUIG, Simon Price dives into the murkier side of the Corrib university and asks what’s changed in 2015? …” (more)

[rabble, 2 July]

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‘Harry Potter’ creator’s charity to fund research at NUI Galway

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care of children. Lumos, named after Harry Potter’s light-giving spell, has commissioned the Unesco Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway to conduct research into understanding why 80% of children in orphanages have living parents, and how families can be reunited …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 2 July]

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UCD Students, Staff, and Stakeholders Say Gender Equality NOW

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“On the 22nd of May 2015 the Irish people voted for the most progressive change in equality of law in Irish history, the ‪#‎MarRef. Although 3rd level education is legitimately presented as a public good and the Irish state’s efforts since the 1990s to make 3rd level education affordable has contributed to this progressiveness in Irish society, there has not been significant and sustainable progress in the promotion of equality at institutional level within and supported by our universities themselves …” (more)

[Change.org, June]

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Degree classifications must change to stop students ‘coasting’, says minister

Posted in Teaching on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has called for changes to degree classifications, claiming that 2:1s are now so common that they allow some students to ‘coast’ and still get one …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 1 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will address concerns that the combination of rising rental prices and lack of supply of accommodation for students attending third level institutions will prohibit a large proportion of students from living within a reasonable distance of their campus next year; and her plans to address the lack of supply of student accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 30 June]

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Third Level Staff – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the damage to the reputation of the National University of Ireland by recent high profile discrimination against female academic staff and applicants at the National University of Ireland Galway, if she will back the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union’s call for an independent equality review …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Institutes of Technology – Recent Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the results of a survey of academics in institutes of technology commissioned by the Irish Federation of University Teachers and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland that shows that lecturers are spending time on language and writing skills with students to the detriment of actual teaching time and that many international students are being recruited to courses despite not meeting course requirements; her plans to address this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Minister expects more English language school closures

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she expects more English language schools in Ireland to close as reform of the sector continues. The Labour Party Minister said she and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael had jointly brought proposals to Government to ‘clean up’ the system …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Donations to the University of Limerick up to €13.5m

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gifts and donations to the University of Limerick Foundation increased by 90%, rising to €13.5m in 2014. The latest accounts filed for the company, which has raised in excess of €200m in philanthropic funding to support the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 June]

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Half of CAO applicants change mind about college course choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“About half of this year’s CAO applicants have changed their mind about their college course choices. Applicants have until have until 5.15pm today to add to, remove or change the order of their chosen courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 July]

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Man arrested after shooting of Christy Keane in UL carpark

Posted in Legal issues, Life on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A man has been arrested by gardaí investigating the attempted murder of convicted gangland criminal Christy Keane in a carpark on the grounds of the University of Limerick. The suspect, who is in his 30s, was arrested on Monday night in Limerick and is being detained for questioning at Henry Street Garda Station …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Dimbleby resigns from UCL in protest at ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Sir Tim Hunt

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“Broadcaster and writer accuses London college of rush to judgment in forcing Nobel prize-winning scientist to quit over remarks about women …” (more)

[James Meikle, Guardian, 30 June]

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