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Students urged to submit grant applications

Posted in Fees and access on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“The body that administers the third level grant system has urged students to submit applications before the 1 August deadline. Student Universal Support Ireland, better known as SUSI, says it operates under a very tight processing time frames between May and October …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 July]

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Around Retail Giant Amazon, University Presses Tiptoe and Whisper

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“Customers adore Amazon for its ability to deliver almost anything almost instantly. Publishers’ feelings about the online retail giant are a lot more complicated. They love how it can boost book sales …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 July]

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Top university switches master’s to English

Posted in Teaching on July 24th, 2014 by steve

Germany“One of Germany’s top universities wants to ditch German and switch almost all of its master’s programmes to English in the next six years, prompting fears that the academic standing of the German language is under serious threat …” (more)

[Felix Reimer, The Local, 24 July]

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Laura Harmon and Jan O’ Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“USI President, Laura Harmon and the new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan met today to discuss the key issues affecting students in higher education …” (more)

[USI, Facebook, 23 July]

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£9K fees: now it’s exceptional not to charge them

Posted in Fees and access on July 24th, 2014 by steve

“To the list of history’s spectacularly inaccurate predictions, one more can now be added. Just under four years after former universities and science minister David Willetts insisted that higher education institutions would charge £9,000 tuition fees only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 24 July]

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Opinion: Ireland should be at forefront of modern science – Ireland should join CERN

Posted in Research on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Turn on your television, or your radio, and tune it to an empty station where you can’t receive any signal. See all those black and white dots scattering around the screen, or hear that faint hiss in the background? …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 July]

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Top civil servant would ‘welcome debate on making it easier to fire public sector workers’

Posted in Legal issues on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The top civil servant in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has said that he would welcome a debate on making it easier to dismiss public sector workers …” (more)

[Lise Hand, Independent, 23 July]

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3rd level research: He who pays the piper calls the tune?

Posted in Research on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Greg is taking a well-earned break from this blog and his DCU research and lecturing duties. I’m guest writing on the hanging question in his last post: why should the state fund educational research? …” (more)

[Joe MacDonagh, educationandstuff, 23 July]

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Scientific Misbehavior in Economics: Unacceptable research practice linked to perceived pressure to publish

Posted in Research on July 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Upholding research integrity depends on our ability to understand the extent of misconduct. Sarah Necker describes her landmark study on economists’ research norms and practices. Fabrication, falsification and plagiarism are widely considered to be unjustifiable, but misbehaviour is still prevalent …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 23 July]

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Not fit for women (or men)?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Around this time of year many universities will have been holding graduation ceremonies. And as the graduands approach the stage, it will have been noticeable that in some disciplines they were predominantly of one gender …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 July]

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‘Universities Will Be Forced To Engage’ – The Rankings Game

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Contributing Editor Jack Leahy examines the deep impact that international university ranking systems, despite their inadequacies, can have on third level institutions …” (more)

[University Times, 21 July]

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Opinion: When you think of a sex worker, you might never think of someone like me

Posted in Life on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“Ireland is not a fun place to be a young, unemployed student. We face astronomical college fees. We are expected to take up forced labour schemes or emigrate. Our mental health system is lacking the vital services it requires to serve its main purpose …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 21 July]

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Second Skull Found Outside Trinity as Dig Continues

Posted in Life on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“Recent construction in front of Trinity College Dublin’s main gate has led to the discovery of human skeletal remains. The uncovering of the remains on July 16 has caused the construction for the Cross City Luas Line to be temporarily halted as the site is excavated …” (more)

[Kayle Crosson, University Times, 21 July]

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HEAnet to roll out mobile broadband service for second and third level

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“HEAnet has signed a three-year deal with Eircom-owned Meteor that will see the mobile operator offer tailor-made mobile broadband packages to more than 180,000 third-level students in Ireland. The package will also be offered to more than 24,000 third-level staff …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 21 July]

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UL gets €1m for students to study abroad

Posted in Fees and access on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“The University of Limerick has been awarded more than €1m in Erasmus funding, the highest amount allocated to any Irish third-level institute, to boost skills and employability of young people across Europe …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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Privatisation of student loan book to be scrapped

Posted in Fees and access on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“The £12bn privatisation of the student loan book in England and Wales is to be scrapped, Business Secretary Vince Cable has said. Mr Cable, who can take the final decision as the Secretary of State responsible for higher education, revealed the planned sell-off had been scrapped …” (more)

[Ian Johnston, Independent, 21 July]

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Book Review: The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University

Posted in Teaching on July 21st, 2014 by steve

“In The War on Learning, Elizabeth Losh analyses recent trends in post-secondary education and the rhetoric around them. In an effort to identify educational technologies that might actually work, she looks at strategies including MOOCs, the gamification of subject matter, remix pedagogy, video lectures, and educational virtual worlds …” (more)

[Susan Marie Martin, Impact of Social Sciences, 20 July]

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Benchmarking Journals via Google Scholar

Posted in Research on July 20th, 2014 by steve

“How can arts and social science faculty show their quality to be just as high as STEM? One of the things that becomes clear when you spend any time engaged in the promotions or hiring process of universities is that there is an increased drive towards metrics …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 19 July]

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€250m to be spent on student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2014 by steve

“Up to €250 million will be spent on building student accommodation in Ireland, by Irish and foreign investors, in the next five years, according to a survey by estate agent Knight Frank …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Funding higher education

Posted in Fees and access on July 20th, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Patrick Davey (July 17th) makes a helpful observation that the English funding model for universities is not clearly suited to our own higher education institutions. However, his view that the English model has led to a ‘dependence on overseas students’ is questionable …” (more)

[Brian Hughes, Irish Times, 18 July]

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