Doctorates on the double: Ireland’s PhD holders multiplying

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of people in Ireland with doctorates has doubled in the past 10 years, in line with State policy to improve the country’s research credentials. Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows 28,759 people had doctorates at the time of Census 2016, a rise of 31% since 2011 and of 99.5% on 2006 …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 24 November]

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Ulster University facing ‘critical’ funding cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) faces ‘critical’ funding cuts from the Department of the Economy (DfE) over the next two years. The warning comes in a letter from the university’s vice-chancellor to the leaders of Northern Ireland’s political parties and the secretary of state …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 24 November]

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University of Limerick president lifts suspension on whistleblowers and offers widespread apologies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has lifted its suspension of two whistleblowers who had been suspended with pay for almost two and a half years. The move follows a fortnight on from the publication of the HEA’s Thorn report, a wide-ranging document on the controversies into the governance and HR of the university …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 23 November]

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Big social disparities in terms of education, says CSO

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Major societal and geographical gaps in educational achievement have been highlighted in the latest release of figures from Census 2016. The data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows a continuing decline in early school-leaving, as highlighted already this week in a Department of Education report on school completion …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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UL lifts suspension of whistleblowers whose claims sparked inquiry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) is to lift the suspension of two whistleblowers whose allegations helped spark an independent investigation into malpractice claims at the college. The two women, who worked in the university’s finance section, have been suspended on full pay for the past two-and-a-half years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 November]

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UL lifts suspensions on two whistleblowers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has lifted the suspensions imposed on two whistleblowers who raised issues about irregular practices at the university. The suspensions have been lifted on staff known only as B and C by UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Higher Education Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the Department of the Taoiseach’s strategy statement and its commitment to meet the demographic challenges in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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More women hold third-level qualifications than men, Census shows

Posted in Life on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women in Ireland are better educated than their male counterparts, according to the latest data on educational participation in Ireland. New figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Thursday show a substantial overall increase in the level of educational achievement in the country, growing steadily over the last two and a half decades …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Institutes of Technology: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the working group established to examine the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Third Level Fees – Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the criteria and number of years residency required for students to access the payment of fees when entering third level courses in view of the fact that many young persons are returning home having been abroad during the recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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NUI Galway response to Open Letter fails to refute anything Micheline wrote!

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s response in the media to Micheline’s Open Letter is very interesting and worth studying carefully. Galway Bay FM and the Connacht Tribune both reported that NUI Galway stated there is ‘no connection whatsoever’ between their unsuccessful applications and the legal cases of four colleagues …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 22 November]

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Man accused of sexually assaulting Tinder date at UCD ‘like a monster’, woman tells court

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman has told a court that a man she met through Tinder was like a ‘monster’ when he allegedly attacked her in his car. The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault of the foreign national at UCD campus, Belfield, south Dublin on July 23, 2014 …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 22 November]

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87.8% of students believe consent workshops should take place every year

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“87.8% of students who attended the consent workshops organised by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) stated they believe the workshops should take place ‘every orientation’, according to feedback gathered by the Union …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 22 November]

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University Funding to be linked to Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Universities in Ireland will now risk losing funding if they fail to promote a sufficient number of women into higher roles, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has announced …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen, University Observer, 22 November]

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Niall Torris: Increase in Postgraduate Fees is ‘Cynical’ and ‘Cowardly’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Officer Niall Torris has come out strongly against rising postgraduate fees calling it a ‘very cynical move’ by UCD. Speaking to the Tribune Mr Torris said …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 November]

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Ulster University’s £250m Belfast campus a year behind schedule

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

A £250m building project by Ulster University (UU) that will bring thousands of students into Belfast city centre has been delayed once again. The university had planned to open its new Belfast Campus by late 2018, but this newspaper can reveal that it will now not be completed until late 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 22 November]

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Surgical training and the RCSI

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Damian McCormack’s description (November 20th) of surgical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as a ‘monopoly’ that ‘degrades the quality … of the end product’ because it has no competition from other Irish universities and medical schools is an interesting perspective …” (more)

[Noreen O’Carroll and David Smith, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Smoke-Free Zones a Success, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… The introduction of no-smoking zones in Trinity has been heralded as a success by members of the Tobacco Free Trinity Committee. The committee’s latest report, seen by The University Times, cites an average 81% decrease in smoking in the areas now categorised as smoke-free zones …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, Univiersity Times, 21 November]

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Man accused of Tinder sex assault at UCD campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A man has gone on trial charged with the sexual assault of a woman he met on Tinder at the campus of University College Dublin. The 36-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a woman at UCD campus, Belfield, in south Dublin, on July 23, 2014 …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 22 November]

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