Trinity likely to be hardest hit by disruption to flow of students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The flow of almost 3,400 students across the Border may reduce significantly following Brexit, according to analysis by UK and Irish higher education authorities. In the Republic, Trinity College Dublin would be most vulnerable to a reduction in number on the basis that it is the most popular choice for undergraduates resident in the North …” (more)

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

Tags: , , , ,

Over 1,000 students affected by hour-long exam delay

Posted in Teaching on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over 1,000 students have been affected by an administrative error at an exam in the RDS Simmonscourt venue this evening. The incident is still ongoing, with a student present estimating that around 70% of students had re-entered the venue at 6.15pm …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 13 December]

Tags: ,

Common Room members celebrate staff as forced redundancy looms

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club gathered in the club tonight to celebrate its 43-year history, ahead of the 21st December deadline for its closure. Speaking to a packed room on Wednesday evening, Chairman of the Club’s committee, Prof Wolfgang Marx thanked attendees for their ‘solidarity with the Common Room’ …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 13 December]

Tags:

UCC names new bridge after philanthropist Tom Cavanagh

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has named its new pedestrian bridge after philanthropist Dr Tom Cavanagh – the second campus structure to bear his surname. Dr Cavanagh, who graduated from UCC with a commerce degree in 1951, went on to have a successful career in the motor industry, and founded his first philanthropic trust in 1987, has worked tirelessly for the university for decades …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

Tags:

IUA dismayed at attacks on university autonomy and academic freedom in Hungary

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is dismayed by the latest developments in Hungary involving attacks on university autonomy and academic freedom, resulting in the Central European University (CEU) moving a large part of its activities out of Hungary from the 2019-20 academic year …” (more)

[IUA, 13 December]

Tags: ,

Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if language schools will be required to provide evidence of financial viability to ensure that closures such as that of a college (details supplied) is not allowed to happen again in view of the fact that non-EU students applying for visas to study English here must produce bank accounts and evidence of financial viability; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 December]

Tags: , , ,

Trinity to Become a Smoke-Free Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College Board today approved the introduction of a smoke-free campus, after a successful two-year pilot, years of campaigning and a Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU) vote this year that showed students were overwhelmingly in favour of the move. There are now just three smoking zones on campus …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 12 December]

Tags: ,

Systemic reforms and further consultation needed to make Plan S a success

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, published an initial response to Plan S, an initiative for open access publishing supported by a consortium of research funders. The ALLEA statement welcomes the ambition of the proposal and identifies a number of challenges to be considered by funding agencies in order to prevent perverse incentives and unintended consequences in the scientific publishing sector and the research evaluation system when moving towards open access …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 12 December]

Tags: ,

Controversy over University of Ulster’s plans to erect Irish language signs on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“A move by University of Ulster to erect Irish language signs across campus has been labelled as a ‘political stunt’ by the Ulster Young Unionists. A University of Ulster Students’ Union (UUSU) council meeting was held in mid-November where a new bilingual signage policy was agreed. This would see Irish language signs replacing existing signage over time across the university’s four campuses in Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Derry …” (more)

[Catherine Gallagher, The College View, 12 December]

Tags: ,

Ten Education Questions for 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Here are some questions I’d like to have answers to in 2019. Guest posts welcome as long as your argument is backed up with evidence. 1. Are graduates really better ‘critical thinkers’ than school-leavers? …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 12 December]

DCU exams to be held before Christmas break from 2020

Posted in Teaching on December 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The DCU academic calendar is on the road to change in 2020 when semester one exams will take place before the Christmas break as opposed to afterwards, according to DCU Students’ Union VP for Academic Affairs Callaghan Commons …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, The College View, 12 December]

Tags: ,

Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

Tags: , , , ,

‘Changing demographics of scientific careers: The rise of the temporary workforce’

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: Contemporary science has been characterized by an exponential growth in publications and a rise of team science. At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of awarded PhD degrees, which has not been accompanied by a similar expansion in the number of academic positions. In such a competitive environment, an important measure of academic success is the ability to maintain a long active career in science. In this paper, we study workforce trends in three scientific disciplines over half a century. We find dramatic shortening of careers of scientists across all three disciplines. The time over which half of the cohort has left the field has shortened from 35y in the 1960s to only 5y in the 2010s. In addition, we find a rapid rise (from 25 to 60% since the 1960s) of a group of scientists who spend their entire career only as supporting authors without having led a publication. Altogether, the fraction of entering researchers who achieve full careers has diminished, while the class of temporary scientists has escalated. We provide an interpretation of our empirical results in terms of a survival model from which we infer potential factors of success in scientific career survivability. Cohort attrition can be successfully modeled by a relatively simple hazard probability function. Although we find statistically significant trends between survivability and an author’s early productivity, neither productivity nor the citation impact of early work or the level of initial collaboration can serve as a reliable predictor of ultimate survivability.

Changing demographics of scientific careers: The rise of the temporary workforce, Staša Milojević, Filippo Radicchi, and John P Walsh. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA published ahead of print December 10, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1800478115.

Tags: , , ,

The future of research between Ireland and the UK in a post-Brexit world

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mags Walsh, Director of the British Council in Ireland, has contributed this piece about the important relationship between the UK and Ireland from a research perspective. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They aim to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 11 December]

Tags: , ,

International Students Made Up 10% of Scholars This Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 10% of the students who were awarded Foundation Scholarships this year were international students, down from the 16% who received the honour in 2017, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times. In 2017/18, around 16% of students are non-EU students …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 11 December]

Tags: , ,

USI protests absence of Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, 13th December the Union of Students in Ireland amongst their member organisations and Conradh na Gaeilge will protest the absence of any Gaeltacht Grants at Third Level for student teachers. Students will meet outside Leinster House at 1pm …” (more)

[USI, 11 December]

Tags: , , ,

Public-sector pensions worth 80% more than those in private sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public-sector workers receive about nine times more pension tax relief per person, on average, than those in the private sector, new figures show, as pressure from the pensions industry mounts to retain the current generous tax relief regime in an effort to shore up private retirement savings …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 10 December]

Tags: ,

Gender Action Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the 2016 National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutes and the ‘exceptionally slow’ progress that has followed a Higher Education Authority (HEA) Expert Group report, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has introduced a Gender Action Plan that will create 45 female-only professorships …” (more)

[eolas, 10 December]

Tags: , , , ,

UL pledges to pay executives’ €1.2m pensions from private funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

Tags: , , , , ,

Employers to have key say on allocation of education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Employers and big business will have a key say in where hundreds of millions of euro in education investment will go over the coming years, according to internal Government documents. Last October, the Government announced details of a new five-year €300 million ‘human capital initiative’ for higher and further education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

Tags: , ,