UUSU Vote to Remain Members of NUS-USI

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

“In a whopping 90.2%–9.8% result, Ulster University Students’ Union have voted to remain members of NUS-USI. Voting took place this week from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November across all UU Campus’. Members and Officer Board of the trilateral agreement flocked to Ulster University throughout the week to campaign in favour of the long standing membership and outline its benefits to students around campus …” (more)

[USI, 16 November]

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Women-only Professorships in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week the Irish Government made an announcement that has ruffled a few feathers: it aims to create a number of new senior positions at Professor level in Irish Universities that are open only to female candidates. I don’t know the details of how this scheme will work, but I understand that the positions will be targeted at subject (and perhaps geographical) areas in which there is a demonstrable gender imbalance and the scheme will cost about €6M …” (more)

[In the Dark, 16 November]

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Potential NUI Galway data breach puts students’ information at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have suffered a potential data breach which poses a risk to students’ names, student numbers, and exam results. In a statement issued on their website, NUI Galway announced that a USB stick was potentially used to store a confidential file containing a list of students, along with their student numbers and exam results. The USB stick has since been misplaced and its current location is unknown …” (more)

[Seán McElroy, Trinity News, 15 November]

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British universities fall behind in employability rankings as foreign institutions teach courses in English

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

“British universities are falling behind in employability rankings as foreign institutions increasingly use English. The UK’s position in The Times Higher Education’s (THE) Global Employability Rankings has declined more than any other European country in recent years …” (more)

[Camilla Turner, Telegraph, 15 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fund the third level education sector; the way in which he will address the recent years of serious underfunding of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 November]

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Trinity is only Irish college in global top 150

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is ranked 120th in a global graduate employability table, the only Irish university in the world’s top 150. The survey is based on the opinions of 7,000 recruitment and international managers from major businesses, canvassed by human resources firm Emerging …” (more)

[Independent, 15 November]

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Making college a rite of passage for everyone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Among the findings of the latest ‘Growing up in Ireland’ study, published last week, is the continuing rise in the number of mothers who expect their child to go to college. In Ireland, mothers, in particular, have a tradition of high educational aspirations for their sons and daughters, but it is worth noting that it now stands at 82% of mothers of nine-year-olds foreseeing the child obtaining a degree or higher qualification …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 November]

THE uncovers more pockets of research excellence

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on November 15th, 2018 by steve

International“I don’t want to do this. I really would like to start blogging about whether rankings should measure third missions or developing metrics for teaching and learning. But I find it difficult to stay away from the THE rankings, especially the citations indicator …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 15 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Take Back Trinity Helped ‘Transform College Life’, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has praised the impact of this year’s Take Back Trinity protests, which he said helped ‘transform college life’. Prendergast made the comments in his annual review, published this evening, and said students ‘successfully protested against a supplemental exam fee in the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 November]

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New strategies to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT Campus are revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The future of Mayo GMIT Campus is looking much brighter, according to the interim head of the college Dr Richard Thorn. Speaking to the local media today, he confirmed a number of recommendations in the Working Group Report …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 13 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The average male ‘chance’ of a professorship (looking at the ratio of men at full professoriate level to those below that) is 1:5. The average female ‘chance’ is 1:15. Men’s ‘chance’ of a professorship has varied little since 2013 and is similar across all universities. Women’s chance has improved marginally (from 1:16). However, it varies a great deal between universities (from 1:9 to 1:31) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Women-only professorial posts will work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced the Government’s intention to create up to 45 new posts to boost women’s representation in senior academic positions. These are additional professorial appointments to existing staffing provision. They are expected to cost €6 million …” (more)

[Yvonne Galligan, Irish Times, 15 November]

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DCU student avoids jail after he admits to dealing drugs on campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Hampstead House, Glasnevin, North Dublin on November 15 last year (2017). Garda Keith Morris told the court that gardaí raided the premises after receiving information about the presence of drugs on the campus. They found the drugs bagged up separately along with a weighing scales and a ‘tick list’ of names and values …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 14 November]

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Do academics need pseudonyms to protect their freedom?

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2018 by steve

“In 2012, the bioethicist Francesca Minerva published a paper she co-authored entitled ‘After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?’ The research concluded that new-borns have the same ‘moral status’ as foetuses, and ethically speaking can therefore be killed in all cases where abortion is permissible. The media picked up the argument for ‘killing inconvenient babies’, as the Guardian put it …” (more)

[Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman, 14 November]

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Concern over lack of oversight involving sale of spin-out company

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) retained less than €1 million from the €65 million sale of a spin-out company developed on its campus, according to a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The report also raises concerns over the WIT’s governing body’s lack of oversight of the sale, including issues such as changes to the institute’s equity stake and conflicts of interest involving senior staff members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Policy in numbers – what counts without counting?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

“Numbers, data, and metrics is the dominant language spoken in higher education today. Anything that can be counted is counted, and many things that aren’t already measurable are being prepared for measurement. Putting students at the heart of the system has become a relentless political project to use student data to present the economic value of a degree …” (more)

[Ben Williamson, Wonkhe, 14 November]

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Irish colleges falling behind global education peers in digital drive for student recruitment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities and colleges are falling behind their global peers when it comes to attracting students through digital marketing channels. Recent research has shown that higher education institutions here must be more flexible in adapting their online strategies to engage existing and potential students …” (more)

[Louise Kelly, Independent, 14 November]

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Former president of Waterford IT claiming damages over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college’s governing body declined to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I wonder how the young Mr Varadkar, while considering a career in medicine, would have reacted to a proposal by the Government of the day that some hospital consultancy posts in surgery were to be created for which men could not apply, while potential patients could not avoid being treated by the holders of such posts …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 November]

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