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A Snapshot of Technology Transfer Efficiency of Irish HEIs

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 18th, 2014 by steve

“To build up the technology transfer system in the country, Enterprise Ireland in 2006 commenced a five year programme called the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative. According to a 2012 HEA report, up to €30m had been invested into the programme during 2007 and 2012 …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 17 April]

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Sharia student loans: Will Muslim students avoid paying interest on finance for higher education?

Posted in Fees and access on April 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Government is inviting responses to its consultation on whether or not to introduce a student loan that is compliant with sharia law, amid reports that the UK’s Muslim population is divided on the issue …” (more)

[Adam Withnall, Independent, 17 April]

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Science Foundation encourages ‘Stem’ subjects

Posted in Fees and access, Teaching on April 18th, 2014 by steve

“A three-year plan to increase the take-up of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects at second and third level has been launched by Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Tim O'Brien, Irish Times, 18 April]

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New Technological Universities Bill should provide for input from local authority reps: Education Committee Report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“The governing bodies of soon-to-be-established Technological Universities (TUs) should include an elected member of each of the local authorities in the principal catchment area of the University, according to an Oireachtas Committee report …” (more, download)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 17 April]

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Stressed Trinity students studying for their exams can now get ‘canine therapy’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“… The stressed students of Trinity College Dublin, who are currently in the throes of a busy exam period, are being rewarded for their hard work with some canine therapy. The former SU bookshop is to be turned into a de-stressing puppy room next Thursday, for one day only …” (more)

[TheDailyEdge, 17 April]

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State Examinations – HPAT

Posted in Fees and access on April 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the effectiveness of the HPAT examination as part of the examination qualification for entry to medicine courses; his views on recent reports that grind courses are being given to prepare students to perform better in this HPAT examination; if the HPAT examination is serving its purpose of broadening entry to medicine and ensuing a fair entrance system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 April]

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Irish Govt launches plan to woo more second and third-level students into STEM

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A new three-year strategy for Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures initiative aims to increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM subjects at second and third level by 10% by 2016 …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 17 April]

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Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“Udacity hopes the certificates it offers to people who complete its massive open online courses are worth something. Now the company plans to charge students accordingly. The company, one of the big three MOOC providers, said on Wednesday that …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 April]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 3. Duration

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“I think we need to reduce the average time that students spend at third level. This is one area where I have been accused of elitism in the past, but my basic thesis is this: far too many students are spending too much time struggling through college in an attempt to get an honours degree …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 17 April]

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NUIG research building wins architectural award

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“The Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway has won the title of Architectural Project of the Year at this year’s CMG Awards Ceremony …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 17 April]

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Debate over branding at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“It has been called ‘bland’ and ‘corporate’, its colors ‘anemic’ and its design drained of meaning. For Trinity College Dublin, a major overhaul of its official logo has not gone entirely to plan …” (more)

[Naomi Powell, Inside Higher Ed, 17 April]

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Are UK policies preventing humanities research from reaching an international audience?

Posted in Research on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“Report points to ‘serious dangers for the international standing of UK research’ in humanities and social sciences. Today marks the launch of another report on open access, a topic area that is rapidly becoming saturated …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, Guardian Professional, 17 April]

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Quinn to propose Leaving Cert with new system of grading

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A new system of Leaving Certificate grades — each 10% apart — is the most likely to be formally proposed to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn soon as part of a plan to ease pressures on students chasing points for college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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‘Good’ degree awards not always in line with intake

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A report has revealed which universities are awarding more first and upper second class degrees than would be expected based on their students’ backgrounds, raising fresh questions about the comparability of exam standards across the sector …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees and access on April 17th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Anthony Lawlor: I thank the Ceann Comhairle’s office for giving me the chance to raise this issue. Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, has been working well in this, its second year. There have not been too many problems. However, nationality and immigration status pose an anomaly in terms of selecting people for grants …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 April]

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What use are PhDs? What future do they have?

Posted in Life on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“A picture attached to a tweet I received from @mocost (and others) is profoundly depressing. It plots the number of PhD students in the US (86,000) against the average time to completion (7 years) against the current number of postdocs (estimated at between 37,000 and 68,000) …” (more)

[Shane O'Mara's Blog, 16 April]

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Sixty foreign students lose thousands as college shuts

Posted in Fees and access on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Up to 60 foreign students have been left out of pocket by thousands of euro following the sudden closure of a Dublin city language school …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 16 April]

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Language skills and the need for them

Posted in Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“The Guardian has lately been running pieces on the subject of language studies and language learning both outside and inside the university structure. The UK has a particular problem in this respect …” (more)

[IT and Data Musings..., 16 April]

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A quality education: the third-level funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“Over the past number of years, Ireland’s universities have been dropping in various world rankings. Since the beginning of the recession, government funding for Ireland’s third-level sector has been cut a considerable amount …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 16 April]

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The Future of Third Level Education in Ireland – 2. Duplication

Posted in Fees and access, Teaching on April 16th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister has mentioned the problem of duplication on a number of occasions and has confused it with the proliferation of courses available through the CAO system …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 April]

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