A dangerous censorship takes hold on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A very unhealthy censorship of freedom of expression on university campuses is spreading like a contagion across the UK, imported from the US, and is now starting to affect Ireland. The overall idea is to protect students from exposure to ideas and arguments they might find disturbing …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 1 May]

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CIT staff stage protest at job interviews

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Cork Institute of Technology yesterday continued their opposition to management’s plan to hire a student counsellor by protesting at the job interviews for the post. Paul Rothwell, TUI branch chairman, and fellow union members protesting at Cork School of Music, Union Quay. The staff, members of the Teachers Union of Ireland, object to the proposed appointment because they say the qualifications sought in the advert for the position do not meet standards set by a nationwide agreement …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 30 April]

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The Neo-Liberal Axe Falls Heavy at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2016 by steve

UK“Senior management at Queen’s University Belfast have taken the unprecedented decision to close their BA Sociology, and BA Anthropology degree pathways. The final intake of students will arrive in September 2017, and remaining registered students will be ‘taught out’ by the current group of staff …” (more)

[Sam Price, The Last Round, 29 April]

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Black market in academic papers is spooking publishers

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2016 by steve

International“A colleague of mine recently posted a plea on an open forum asking for someone with access to please send her a copy of a journal article. This colleague works at one of the premier research institutions in the European Union which has an annual budget of over €100 million …” (more)

[Dana Ruggiero, University World News, 29 April]

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‘Elite’ universities have a narrow vision of the world

Posted in Life on May 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Many ‘elite’ institutions recruit from a narrow range of class backgrounds and give students a blinkered perspective on their future prospects …” (more)

[Alice Whelan, Trinity News, 30 April]

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DCU plans €230m expansion across four Dublin campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced a €230 million plan to expand its presence across four separate campuses on the city’s northside. The planned developments will see its student population grow towards 20,000 with the construction of a new student centre, sports facilities, on-campus accommodation and new digital teaching spaces …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

OH NO! ‘Time to ditch the college lecture?’

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I read with interest today an article in the MPR News site by Eric Westervelt entitled ‘This educator says it’s time to ditch the college lecture’. It refers to Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman who tells us that the traditional lecture is ‘long overdue for revision’ – largely on the grounds that students learn very little from a lecture …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 28 April]

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Two Theories About University Governance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Canada“I recently had a chat with a colleague about a piece I wrote a few years ago called ‘Time for a New Duff-Berdahl’. And over the course of the conversation we came up with two theories about university governance in Canada (and elsewhere I suppose). Theory #1 is that we have a governance problem because we have lost the culture of informal engagement within universities …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 28 April]

60 GMIT staff face chop in cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Up to 60 staff of GMIT face the chop in a ‘downsizing’ plan to save money, the Galway City Tribune has learned. Confusion reigns on the Dublin Road campus as to the exact number of employees of the college whose contracts will be terminated or not renewed over the next 12 months …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 29 April]

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Development plan to transform DCU will cost €230m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is unveiling an ambitious €230m capital development plan today that will physically transform the fast-growing university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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O’Sullivan to appeal directly to teachers in exam reform row

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has delivered a stinging attack on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) over how it does its business with members …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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Accountancy exam paper dispute referred to EU court

Posted in Legal issues on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine whether a man’s accountancy exam paper counts as personal data …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 April]

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Department of Education warns teachers about rejecting extra hours

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of secondary schools will close and teachers face losing thousands of euro in pay if the biggest teachers’ union votes to cease working agreed hours, the secretary general of the Department of Education has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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JobBridge and creating employment

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Impact report on the discredited JobBridge scheme gives us food for thought on what the role of the State should be in ending unemployment (‘JobBridge scheme out of control, warns union’, April 25th). The State tends to be portrayed as having a merely facilitative role in creating jobs …” (more)

[Osal Kelly, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Students chasing honours maths bonus risk being out of their depth

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who take higher-level maths in a bid to get bonus points for college are at risk of being out of their depth, a major new report warns. ShareSome students who made the jump to ‘honours’ maths in the Leaving Certificate took the wrong decision, according to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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Concern at ‘basic skills’ of many Leaving Cert maths pupils

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert examiners have expressed concern at the lack of basic skills of some students sitting the higher level maths paper. In a report published on Thursday by the State Examinations Commission, it says a significant minority of candidates are struggling to complete simple procedures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“In the years following the global financial crisis, the academic study and teaching of economics has come in for a bashing. In fact, it has faced the kind of fundamental criticism rarely directed towards entire disciplines. The apparent failure of economists to predict, let alone prevent, the 2008 crash has led to accusations that conventional economic teaching cannot adequately explain the complex dynamics and risks of modern economies …” (more)

[Daniel Cullen, Guardian, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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