Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks

Posted in Teaching on July 16th, 2019 by steve

International“The world’s largest education publisher has taken the first step towards phasing out print books by making all its learning resources ‘digital first’. Pearson said students would only be able to rent physical textbooks from now on, and they would be updated much less frequently …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 July]

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The Government’s Inertia on Cassells Is Now Bordering on the Absurd

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was around this time three years ago that the Cassells report – a groundbreaking review of potential higher education funding strategies – was officially released. Three years later, and still the government has failed to act. There’s been talk. Committees have convened. Options have been discussed. But the government has consistently failed to deliver on the report’s most crucial recommendation: action …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 15 July]

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DCU president to lead HSE’s ‘rapid review’ into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

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

Ireland“The President of DCU is to lead an ‘immediate rapid review’, commissioned by the HSE, into the latest Cervical Check controversy. Professor Brian McGrath was appointed as the independent external chairperson for the review after it emerged that 800 women did not receive their smear test results because of an IT glitch at a US lab …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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Will female-only professorships make the difference?

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

Ireland“Gender balance in higher education institutions is on the way, but not fast enough. This, in a nutshell, is the argument for female-only professorships. But will they make a difference? The recent report of the gender equality taskforce concluded that, based on current trends, it could take 20 years to reach a situation were 40% of professors are women …” (more)

[Muireann Lynch and Selina McCoy, Irish Times, 15 July]

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Dearth of Travellers at Third-Level is an Indictment of Universities

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

Ireland“When Trinity PhD student Patrick McDonagh, a member of the Travelling community, called this week for the creation of a seat for Travellers in the Seanad, he made an important point. McDonagh argued that implementing a route to political representation for Travellers would ‘mark the beginning of what would still be a long journey to giving Travellers a role in the State, in proportion to our place and population within it’ …” (more)

[University Times, 14 July]

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EU Verdict on Cassells Report Not Expected Until 2020

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

Ireland“Ireland’s third-level institutes will have to wait until April 2020 to hear the verdict of EU analysis on the Cassells report, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. The report, which sets out three options for the future funding of Ireland’s higher education sector, has been with the European Commission since January 2019, when the government applied for economic advice on the report …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 14 July]

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RTÉ Insists Articles Paid for by Universities Are Not Sponsored Content

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ has netted as much as €271,000 from publishing articles written by universities without identifying the articles as sponsored content, according to a report in the Sunday Business Post today. RTÉ allows academics from universities to write articles for its website as part of an initiative called Brainstorm …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 July]

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Former president Mary Robinson appointed professor in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Former president Mary Robinson has been appointed Adjunct Professor on Climate Justice in Trinity College. The President has taken up the role after resigning as Chancellor of the university at the start of June …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 12 July]

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McHugh Quizzed Again On Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said reducing student contribution charges by a third would cost the government over €76 million, while taking €500 off the charge would set the Department of Education back €38 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 July]

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Appointments to the Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills invites applications from the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Academic Community to fill 3 vacancies on the Irish Research Council. Candidates must demonstrate in their application evidence of the following at an appropriately senior level: …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 12 July]

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‘Student resistance in the classroom – Functional‐instrumentalist, critical‐emancipatory and critical‐functional conceptualisations’

Posted in Teaching on July 13th, 2019 by steve

InternationalAbstract: The paper provides a systemic literature review and a typology of texts that discuss student resistance in the classroom in Higher Education. Analysing 134 empirical and conceptual studies published between 1988 and 2018 for how student resistance is conceptualised, this review identifies three approaches: functional‐instrumentalist, critical‐emancipatory and critical‐functional. Presenting the three approaches in more depth, the article points to the main tenets, like supposed reasons for and suggested ways of handling student resistance. In the final part of the analysis, the paper discusses the typology in light of the current institutional background of Higher Education, including the managerial university and ambivalences of critical education. Finally, the article offers future research directions.

Ingo Winkler and Irma Rybnikova, Student resistance in the classroom – Functional‐instrumentalist, critical‐emancipatory and critical‐functional conceptualisations, Higher Education Quarterly. First published: 12 July 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12219.

SUSI grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students who received a SUSI grant for the 2017/2018 academic year; the cost of the provision of the SUSI grant for the year; and the estimated cost of a 1%, 5% and 10% increase in the SUSI grant …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the results of the economic analysis of the Cassells report on third-level funding referred to the European Commission will be made available …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of a reduction of €100 to the student contribution at third-level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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University applications from Northern Ireland fall

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

“There has been a slight fall in the number of 18 year olds in Northern Ireland applying to go to university. That is according to figures just published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Almost half (46.9%) of all 18 year olds in Northern Ireland applied to UCAS by 30 June 2019, a fall of 0.7% from 2018 …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI, 12 July]

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RCSI set to get university status 235 years after it started training surgeons

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 years after it started training surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to become a university following passage of reforming education legislation. The legislation increases the powers of the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) the agency which has responsibility for quality and qualifications in further and higher education …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 11 July]

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PhD student has monthly grant cut by €400 over Google Maps calculation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A PhD student will have her monthly grant cut by €400 after a shorter route to her university was calculated via an unnamed road on Google Maps. Niamh Dillon, who is in the second year of her PhD at the University of Limerick, will see her Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant cut after the awarding body calculated a shorter distance for her to travel to university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 11 July]

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Visually impaired students hope technology can help make college ‘possible’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘We don’t need easy, because nothing is going to really be easy for us, we just need possible’ said Niamh Donnelly, student ambassador of the Maynooth University Access Programme. The third year law student was quoting from her favourite film Soul Surfer …” (more)

[Sarah Mooney, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full-year cost of reducing the student contribution rate by €250, €500 or €1,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Non-Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full-year cost of decreasing the non-adjacent rate of third-level grants from 45 km to 24 km; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 July]

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