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Waterford IT told it will not get standalone university status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has told Waterford Institute of Technology that it will not achieve university status unless it resumes talks with IT Carlow on a planned merger …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Northern Irish universities warned over major cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“Universities in Northern Ireland have been warned that funding from the Stormont executive could be cut by up to 15% next year – triggering suggestions that thousands of student places may have to be axed. Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster have already been forced to make multi-million pound savings during this financial year …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 23 October]

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Art students send letter of complaint over facilities at Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Fine Art students say that they are unhappy with the new campus facilities in Grangegorman and demand solutions from DIT. A group of Fine Art students submitted a letter of complaint …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 23 October]

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Schools to get free access to Dictionary of Irish Biography

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy is making its Dictionary of Irish Biography available to all schools online free of charge as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorations. The dictionary, a collaborative project between the academy and Cambridge University Press, was first printed in nine volumes in 2009, involving 700 contributors and spanning over 9,700 lives …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Department urged to reinstate language programme at primary level

Posted in Teaching on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Modern Languages in Primary School Initiative closed due to concern about ‘curriculum overload’. Calls have been made for the Department of Education and Skills to reinstate a modern language programme at primary level that was shut down two years ago …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Don’t let immigration policy push students and academics away from the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“The UK has taken a bad turn in its attitude towards foreigners. I am a Portuguese national doing biomedical research for the NHS and King’s College London in collaboration with very talented staff from all over the world …” (more)

[Filipe Gracio, The Conversation, 23 October]

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‘Surprised and disappointed': IT Carlow isn’t happy about Waterford pulling out of a planned merger

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The President of IT Carlow has said she’s ‘surprised and disappointed’ at the decision by Waterford IT to pull out of a planned merger …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 October]

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Times Higher Education analysis of impact of austerity on European universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

EU“A Times Higher Education analysis of funding and enrollment levels. Statistics cover period from 2008‑09 to 2013‑14 unless stated, and are based on data from the European University Association (EUA) …” (more)

[Jack Grove, insidehighered, 23 October]

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Has open access failed?

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“At the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing in Paris last month, Claudio Aspesi, Senior Analyst at Sanford C Bernstein, raised an uncomfortable question …” (more)

[Matthew Cockerill, OUPblog, 23 October]

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Students at Queen’s University divided on Irish unity vote

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“… Students’ Union members at the university will be asked on Monday in a referendum: ‘Should Ireland be a united and independent country?’ But a counter-referendum by a group called ‘Keep QUB Neutral’ says: ‘This Students’ Union is a shared space that is inclusive for all students …'” (more)

[Nevin Farrell, Belfast Telegraph, 23 October]

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Has Waterford shot itself in the foot by pulling out of joint university bid?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Waterford has been campaigning for a university for more than 20 years, citing the high rate of unemployment in the southeast as a reason for special designation. The issue has been raised at the highest level in successive governments …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]

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South-east university proposal in rough seas

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Efforts to establish a university in the south-east appear to be floundering after Waterford Institute of Technology halted work on the required merger with Institute of Technology Carlow …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 October]

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Waterford IT bosses under fire for stalling on merger

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan will deliver a stern dressing down to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) bosses today over the shock decision by the college to suspend activities relating to a merger with IT Carlow …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 October]

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Beyond the points race?

Posted in Fees and access on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was flabbergasted at the response from Dr William R Fitzsimmons (October 22nd) to the article ‘Students are guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment’ (Education Opinion, October 14th). The so-called holistic system he speaks of is one that works in theory and may be successful in the United States. Unfortunately, this is Ireland …” (more)

[Gavin Lynch-Frahill, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Waterford IT pulls out of merger with IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Long-awaited plans for a university in the southeast have taken a fresh blow with the decision by Waterford Institute of Technology to pull out of negotiations on a bid for technological-university status …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Conor Kane, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Do Strategic Plans Result in Tangible Realities?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Today, Trinity announced its five-year strategic plan. While it is reassuring to know that the administration is still thinking that far ahead, that may be the only notable thing about this unveiling …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 22 October]

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Accused UCD Sex Attacker Back in Court

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

Ireland“A 33 year old software designer is alleged to have attacked a woman in his car on the grounds of UCD’s Belfield campus …” (more)

[Lauren Tracey, College Tribune, 22 October]

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Mediator appointed in dispute over new Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Teacher unions have agreed to mediation in their dispute over the planned new Junior Cycle, reducing the likelihood of strike action over the controversial reforms. Dr Pauric Travers, former president of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, has been appointed as an independent chairman to the talks, with the aim of resolving the dispute speedily …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Defending Trinity’s Challenge of the Admissions System

Posted in Fees and access on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Professor Patrick Geoghegan responds to an Irish Times op-ed piece and accuses it of taking a cheap shot at the students admitted by the study. When Trinity launched its admissions feasibility study it hoped to provoke a debate about the way we admit students to third-level, what is fair, and whether it might be possible to do things in a better way …” (more)

[University Times, 22 October]

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Second-level unions discuss Junior Cycle with Minister

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Delegations from the second-level teacher unions – the ASTI and the TUI – met with the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and representatives from the Minister’s Department this afternoon to discuss proposed changes to the Junior Cycle …” (more)

[ASTI, 22 October]

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