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Irish Federation of University Teachers makes the case for state funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for increased investment in higher education as a way to drive economic growth …” (more)

[Liam Hunt, Trinity News, 19 September]

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Times and Sunday Times 2015 University League Table Top Placings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“A quick look at the top 25 in the all new Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking for 2015. Full details can be found on the Sunday Times website (£) …” (more)

[Registrarism, 19 September]

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New Cambridge students to attend compulsory sexual consent workshops

Posted in Legal issues on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“As freshers arrive at Cambridge University next month, on their packed timetable of welcome meetings, matriculation photographs, punting trips and city tours there will be one extra date for their diaries …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 19 September]

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News Analysis: UCD introduces first stage of campus wide smoking ban

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Cian Carton takes a look at what the ban on the sale of tobacco products in UCD may have in store, along with an observation upon the referendum policy of UCD Students’ Union …” (more)

[University Observer, 19 September]

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Call for contributions: The Social Dimension in European Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

EU“The conference The Social Dimension in European Higher Education will be held in Vienna (Austria), on February 25-27, 2015. The conference aims at creating a discursive forum for peer learning in the field of the social dimension …” (more)

[Hedda, 19 September]

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Scottish referendum results: Majority of Scottish academics relieved at result

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“The majority of Scottish academics will have greeted the ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum with a sigh of relief …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 19 September]

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Scotland

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Exactly three and a half years ago I arrived in Scotland to take up my post of Principal of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. At the time there was a minority SNP government in Edinburgh, but within weeks the Scottish elections delivered an overall majority for Alex Salmond …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 September]

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Physician, Heal Thyself: A brief manifesto on kindness in academia and the tyranny of legitimacy

Posted in Life on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Under the rouse of rigour and seriousness, professional norms in academia often preclude kindness. Jason Laker looks at the issue systemically in an effort to uncover why being kind and supportive to each other should be seen as surprising …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 19 September]

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The OECD Report and Teacher Bashing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“The most recent OECD report on educational indicators received some coverage in the media but one would think from that coverage that the only issue of concern to the OECD was teachers’ pay …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 September]

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Scottish universities respond to ‘No’ vote

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Universities Scotland will ‘continue to work closely’ with the Scottish and UK governments on funding and policy following today’s referendum result …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 19 September]

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology begins disciplinary proceedings over plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has confirmed that it has initiated disciplinary proceedings, following an external investigation into plagiarism at the college. It has also denied that any emails were deleted or evidence destroyed which were relevant to the investigation …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 September]

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ASTI and junior cycle

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“A chara, – Joe Humphreys in his ‘Cog Notes’ column (September 16th) is very wide of the mark when he describes the position of ASTI and TUI on the Framework for Junior Cycle document as a ‘rejectionist stance’ …” (more)

[Philip Irwin, Irish Times, 19 September]

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NUI Galway in joint stem cell project with Mayo Clinic

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway and the Mayo Clinic in the US plan to collaborate on clinical trials using regenerative medicine, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutes …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 September]

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School bodies back longer time frame for junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“All three groups representing second-level schools say they support delays to some assessment by teachers of their junior cycle students — to help resolve an ongoing dispute …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 September]

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Teaching posts and JobBridge

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Any optimism about our ‘economic recovery’ is surely tempered by listening to debates on national radio about whether or not qualified teachers should be paid €50 on top of their social welfare payment for a full week’s work …” (more)

[Maeve Haplin, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Minister: JobBridge internships should not be used to fill vacant posts

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Education Minister said no real jobs should be replaced by JobBridge internships. Jan O’Sullivan’s comments come after it emerged that some primary and secondary schools are using the work scheme to fill vacancies, including teaching and special needs assistant positions …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 September]

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DCU and DAA International To Establish Dublin Aviation Institute

Posted in Research on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) and DAA International have come together to establish the Dublin Aviation Institute, a new joint venture designed to deliver global leadership in aviation education and research …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 18 September]

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Tyndall and TSSG targeting €82m in funding and 10 spin outs with internet of things partnership

Posted in Research on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“Tyndall National Institute and Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will seek to draw down €82m of funding available through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and create 10 spin outs …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 18 September]

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References, Please

Posted in Research on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“In the age of the Internet, do we really need footnotes to reference quotations we have made in the text? For a book to be taken seriously, does it have to take us right to the yellowing page of some crumbling edition guarded in the depths of an austere library, if the material could equally well be found through a Google search? …” (more)

[Tim Parks, New York Review of Books, 18 September]

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New Junior Cycle will lead to fall in education standards, warns ASTI President

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“ASTI President and Dublin teacher Philip Irwin has warned that the abolition of the State examination at Junior Cycle will undermine education standards …” (more)

[ASTI, 18 September]

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