Science Foundation Ireland Research Plan

Posted in Research on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Maria Prencipe, UCD Conway Institute, and Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, discusses the launch of Science Foundation Ireland’s annual plan that will be finding 20 research projects across a range of sectors” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 16 February]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

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

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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Trinity undercharged students €1.7m in fees due to error

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An administrative oversight led to Trinity College Dublin undercharging students €1.7 million in university fees, which the college is now looking to recover. In total 509 students were undercharged registration fees over the past three years, with some students and recent graduates now owing the university as much as €9,000 …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Rise in Leaving Cert numbers set to drive up CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A rise in Leaving Cert student numbers this year could drive up points for college entry on popular courses. It will be some months before the final candidate figures are available, but it is understood an increase of 3%, or slightly more, is on the cards. It is the first significant increase in Leaving Cert exam candidates in many years and expected to translate into more CAO applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 January]

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UCC to examine its ties with James Watson

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

Ireland“The possibility of removing a Nobel Prize winner’s name from a building at University College Cork is to be discussed at a meeting in the coming weeks. UCC could cut ties with Dr James Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, over ‘racist’ comments, following a meeting of the governing body in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 15 January]

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Students and Graduates left with Fee Debt after SUSI Mix-Up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students and graduates are faced with paying outstanding fees from previous years, due to administrative confusion over the SUSI grant. Over the past three years, students whose grants fell short of what they expected were never charged for the remainder of their fees …” (more)

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

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Squaring the circle of public-service pay a perennial challenge

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

Ireland“A former chairman of the Labour Court once recounted to me in considerable detail how a pay rise gained by a clerical grade in a public body spiralled out across equivalent public-service grades until it ended up being applied to the pay of members of the choir in Bunratty Castle …” (more)

[Bill Roche, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Sindy Joyce is first Traveller to graduate with a PhD in Ireland

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

Ireland“A Co Limerick woman who has become the first Traveller in Ireland to graduate with a PhD, said she has ‘mixed emotions’ about the accolade, as it reminded her of the Traveller community’s long struggle in accessing education …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Times, 15 January]

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City Council Calls for Provision of Publicly-Funded Student Accommodation

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

Ireland“Galway City Council is to call for the provision of purpose built, publicly funded student accommodation. Councillors unanimously passed a motion at a meeting of the local authority last evening …” (more)

[GBFM News, 15 January]

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University switches off social media to help student well-being

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

“A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own ‘digital detox’. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how ‘unrestrained social media use’ can be harmful to the mental health of young people …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 15 January]

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Is a college education worth the cost?

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

Ireland“Going to college isn’t cheap. First, there’s the cost of registration fees, currently capped at €3,000. Then students need to shell out for books, accommodation, transport, food and drink. Add in the cost of deferring full-time work for at least three years, even if the payback is better long-term employment prospects …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 15 January]

The rise of the ‘smart university’?

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago for this blog, I interviewed the then Irish Minister for Education and Science, Ruairi Quinn. He was one of those relatively rare examples of an education minister with a real understanding of and sympathy for higher education, and indeed a set of civilised and cultured values …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Halligan announce competitive call for Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Focus on skills for the workplace of the future. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD today issued a competitive call to all higher education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 January]

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USI welcomes €1 million additional funding to Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced an additional €1 million is being/has been allocated to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) for Professional Master of Education (PME) students who are experiencing financial difficulty …” (more)

[USI, 14 January]

Editorial Mutiny at Elsevier Journal

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2019 by steve

International“The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 14 January]

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Can Economics Fix Its Gender-Imbalance Problem? It’ll Take More Than Research, Women Say

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

“Erin K Fletcher, an economist with the global, nonprofit health-and-education organization Results for Development, feels so strongly about her field’s problem with sexism that she left academe. Fletcher was one of many women who spoke out last week at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, in Atlanta …” (more)

[Lily Jackson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 January]

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A Few More Entrances on Pearse St Won’t Rid Trinity of its Walled-Off Image

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has long aspired to break free from the notion that it’s an intimidating, inaccessible institution. That its campus is quite literally walled off from the hustle and bustle of the city undoubtedly contributes to this image. Though the upsurge in tourism of the past few years has brought hordes of new visitors through Front Gate, many Dubliners have never even stepped foot in the College …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Employers rate further education graduates as highly as college graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates from apprenticeships and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated as highly as graduates from universities and third-level colleges, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 700 employers carried out last year by education authorities, which is due to be published soon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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The Government’s UK Fees Pledge is Less a Solution and More a Deferral

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“By now, there remain precious few areas of Irish life over which Brexit’s spectre doesn’t cast an ominous shadow. The full extent of its implications – demonstrably unclear to the UK’s own politicians – is still a mystery, but what’s certain is that, when it comes to developing contingency plans, the Irish government has a battle on its hands …” (more)

[University Times, 13 January]

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Student teachers to receive financial aid for training costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student teachers who are struggling with the cost of tuition fees and unpaid school placements are being given access to ring-fenced financial assistance. Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that an additional €1 million is being allocated to the Student Assistance Fund for students completing professional Masters of Education courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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