IT Tralee and CIT not rowing over posts in new university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no row between IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology over senior roles in the new joint university. That’s according to the new interim president of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 20 May]

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Cork IT and IT Tralee row over senior roles in joint university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A row has broken out between Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee on the eve of the arrival of an international panel that is due to assess its joint bid to become a technological university. IT Tralee, which would make up about 20% of the merged institution, believes a signed agreement dating from 2014 entitles it to half of senior management and academic roles if the bid is successful …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Third level grant in honour of Irish Nobel prize winner

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has established a third level scholarship to honour Irish scientist and nobel prize winner Professor William C Campbell. Professor Campbell was awarded the Nobel prize in Medicine in 2015 for his development of a cure for River Blindness, which is a disease found in Africa, South America and Yemen …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 20 May]

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Trinity Appeals for Donations to Aid Search for Missing Professor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College is holding a vigil this evening for Prof Seamus Lawless, who went missing on Mount Everest. Trinity has called for donations to a GoFundMe page to fund the search mission for Prof Seamus Lawless, who went missing on Mount Everest on Thursday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 May]

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Free speech row as QUB academics accuse unionists of bid to gag them

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

“A row has broken out following complaints by unionist politicians about views expressed by lecturers at Queen’s University. The University College Union (UCU) at Queen’s has hit out at what it termed ‘wholly unfair and worryingly authoritarian attacks’ on local academics’ right to voice opinions … ” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 18 May]

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What ails the leading college of Irish athletics?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no such thing as the right way to finish a race, only the best way, and Infinite Tucker may well have found it. With a name like that who could forget him now? Caught somewhere between hope and the hope not, and the gravity which might pull him through, Tucker performed the perfect Superman dive to win a college 400m hurdles race in America last Saturday – the Southeastern Conference Championships, staged in Fayetteville, Arkansas …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 18 May]

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IT Tralee working to reduce operating deficit

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says both it and Cork Institute of Technology remain committed to overcoming challenges as part of a merger to form the Munster Technological University. It follows an article in the Irish Times claiming that external accountants have been appointed to monitor spending at IT Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 17 May]

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Unionists ‘attacking Queen’s University academics’ free speech’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

“The union that represents the majority of lecturers at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has accused some unionist parties and politicians of attacks on academic freedom. The University and College Union (UCU) said they were aimed at gagging academics, especially over Brexit …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 May]

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IT Tralee: Overstaffed, lossmaking and facing cashflow difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week politicians gathered to cut the ribbon on the Kerry Sports Academy, a gleaming new facility on the grounds of the Institute of Technology Tralee. The state-of-the-art facility – the largest sports capital project ever to have been undertaken in Kerry – boasts an international-sized indoor sports arena, hydrotherapy suite and high-performance gym …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Concern over solvency of IT Tralee as deficit set to reach €10m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities have appointed external accountants to monitor spending at the Institute of Technology Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits. The move comes at a sensitive time with plans at an advanced stage to merge IT Tralee with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to create a new technological university for the Munster area …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Enda Fitzpatrick expresses ‘hurt and disappointment’ over DCU decision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enda Fitzpatrick has expressed his ‘hurt and disappointment’ over Dublin City University’s (DCU) decision not to pursue an extension to his position as the university’s Athletics Academy director. Fitzpatrick, a former international 1,500m runner and sub-four minute miler, has held the full-time position since 2005, on a secondment basis, having previously worked as a teacher in Holy Faith secondary school in Clontarf …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan Irish Times, 16 May]

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Farmers refusing to use ‘snowflake’ vets who have no background in farming

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Farmers are refusing to take on ‘snowflake’ veterinary students who do not have a farming background. It is reported that a pig farmer in North Cork said he will no longer accommodate these students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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Should students be forced to make presentations for assessment?

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At this time or year many students are presenting their research results as part of their assessments. For many it is a traumatising experience – I regularly have nervous students in front of me who are terrified of losing marks …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 16 May]

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You don’t exist just ‘to be useful’, President tells young philosophers

Posted in Life on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland needs to guard against a reengineering of the education system under the assumption that ‘we exist to be made useful’, President Michael D Higgins has said. Attending the Irish Young Philosopher Awards 2019 at UCD’s O’Reilly Hall, the President said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 May]

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Trinity applies for permission to build kiosks in the Arts Building

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council to build ‘movable oak clad kiosks’ on the second-level floor of the Arts Building. The application states that the intended use for the kiosks is to ‘house multiple student and college related functions’, which are to include ‘clubs and societies information, charity events and sales, [and] study groups’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 15 May]

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The rise and rise of women in maths

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mathematicians, from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century. The book inspired many boys to become mathematicians. However, it seems unlikely it inspired many girls …” (more)

[Peter Lynch, Irish Times, 16 May]

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‘We’re Failing Our Students’ When It Comes to Consent, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today came out fervently in favour of consent education in universities speaking at the launch of the Systematic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Charter launch today …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 May]

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What is this ‘anti-PhD’ attitude about?

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2019 by steve

“Lately, more and more students want a non-academic job when they finish their PhD. Anecdotally, some graduates seem to be experiencing the PhD as a barrier to employment, not an enabler. In fact, I’ve heard so much negative talk about how employers react to PhD holders over the years that it seemed important to start looking at this phenomenon more closely …” (more)

[The Thesis Whisperer, 13 May]

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Technological Universities Status: TUSE

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of a technological university for the south east; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 May]

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Third Level Fees: Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether it is acceptable that a family that was forced to emigrate to Australia in 2012 due to the recession and has now returned home is liable for international fees in third level institutions here (details supplied); and his plans to ensure that this charge is changed and that persons who have had to emigrate are not affected in such a manner …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 May]

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