University of Limerick’s latest on-campus accommodation rates described as ‘unfair’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick’s on-campus accommodation rates have risen by almost 40% in the past four years, a price hike which has been described as ‘unfair’ by students. The university released its 2020/2021 accommodation rates this week ahead of the annual ‘lottery process’, which thousands of students hoping to attend UL enter in the next few weeks to secure a room …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 23 February]

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Lecture recordings mean fewer students are turning up – does it matter?

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“In 2017, a business lecturer posted a photo on LinkedIn showing a completely empty university classroom, 15 minutes after the class had been scheduled to start. This is not an isolated incident. Anecdotally, lecture and tutorial attendance has been declining steadily in Australian universities and faculties for many years …” (more)

[Natalie Skead and other, The Conversation, 23 February]

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Northern Ireland colleges and universities hit by rates hike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“Colleges and university campuses are facing higher rates than luxury hotels, supermarkets and football stadiums, Sunday Life can reveal. The potential increase in their annual bills may also hit Stormont’s education budget, according to a department spokesperson …” (more)

[Christopher Woodhouse, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Rethinking Laser Pointers

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2020 by steve

“Are you giving a talk to cats? No? Then you should probably put the laser pointer away. Laser pointers are perhaps the most abused visual aids in lectures and conference presentations. Yes, I know that they’re a lot of fun to use, but when you’re giving a talk, it’s not about you – it’s about your audience and how to effectively communicate your work to them …” (more)

[Carolyn Trietsch, Inside Higher Ed, 23 February]

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‘This is just the tipping point’: The cost of being a student in Ireland has skyrocketed in the past decade

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The cost for students to rent on campus in Irish universities has almost doubled over the past decade, with protests held earlier this week at UCD against further planned increases. The university plans to increase rents by the maximum amount allowed, 4%, in each of the next three years …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 23 February]

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Graduates without a vote

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir – Changes to the Constitution which governments initiate seem costly exercises in throwing shapes; they’re often not implemented. But now that the Senate elections are nearly upon us, there’s an opportunity to make them take remedial action. In 1979, we passed (92% for) a referendum …” (more)

[John Colgan, Independent, 23 February]

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UCD and rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was disappointed to read that the president of UCD said the students had reacted ’emotionally’ to large rent increases for UCD student accommodation (News, February 21st). An emotional response does not take from the validity of the students’ claim that the rent increases are unreasonable, and it appears that the students have good reason to be emotional …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 22 February]

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DCU students launch Cut the Rent campaign following 4% rent increase announcement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) launched a Cut the Rent campaign yesterday, following the announcement of a 4% rent increase for on-campus accommodation. This hike in accommodation price follows similar rises in University College Dublin (UCD), University of Limerick (UL), and NUI Galway, which garnered outrage from students already struggling with high accommodation prices and the highest university fees in the European Union …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 21 February]

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Trinity to advocate for UK to remain in Erasmus programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has announced a commitment to advocating for the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the Erasmus+ programme. In a email sent to all staff and students, Julia Carmichael, Trinity’s Chief Risk Officer (CRO) wrote that ‘we at Trinity will be at pains to show over the coming months that it is in the interests of the UK to continue the academic relationship it has with EU countries, particularly Ireland’ …” (more)

[Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 21 February]

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‘We’ll do whatever we have to do’ – students’ unions promise to protest until accommodation hikes are reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions promised to protest until student accommodation hikes are reversed by universities. The National Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has confirmed to Independent.ie that campus protests will continue until next week. Students have taken to the streets in response to their respective universities raising campus accommodation rents for the coming academic year, 2020/2021 …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 21 February]

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Plans To Increase Cost Of UCC Accommodation Will Lead To Intense Financial Pressure For Some Students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“That’s the view of UCC Students’ Union who say they’re prepared to strike if a 3% rent increase impacting almost 1,300 students is not rolled back. The University confirmed this week that it plans to raise rents at its accommodation centres for the next academic year due to what it says is an increase in the cost of security, maintenance and refurbishment …” (more)

[Red FM, 21 February]

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Cork city’s biggest student accommodation complex may open in summer 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork city’s biggest student accommodation complex could be open as early as next summer. The 629-bed development on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant site on Carrigrohane Rd has taken a significant step forward the announcement of a contractor who has targeted a completion date of summer 2021 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, BreakingNews.ie, 21 February]

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Petition: Freeze the Rent

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There is a proposal to increase rent in Trinity College Dublin student accommodation by 4% (the maximum cap allowed under Rent Pressure Zone Legislation). This will disproportionately affect students from lower income backgrounds, students with disabilities and international students. Students are not cash cows and should not be treated like them …” (more)

[change.org, 20 February]

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UCD statement on student rent increases begs more questions than it answers – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on UCD to clarify its position on the student accommodation rent increases. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘The statement issued by UCD yesterday in response to the student protests against a 12% increase in rents over the next three years begs more questions than it answers …'” (more)

[Sinn Fein, 21 February]

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The EU will not tolerate cherry-picking by the UK

Posted in Research on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“UK academics love the ERC, but selective participation in Horizon Europe is unlikely to be on the table, says John Womersley. Right at the end of the UK prime minister’s recent parliamentary statement on British intentions during the next 11 months of negotiations with the European Union comes a brief sentence on which the UK’s research and higher education communities are pinning great hope …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 20 February]

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Calls for Derry medical school grow as Swann admits impact of Brexit on staffing ‘unknown’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“The Health Minister cannot say how Brexit will impact on NHS staff numbers as he faces a crippling workforce crisis. Robin Swann said it is not possible to give an accurate assessment of the potential number of vacancies that will arise in the health service as a result of the UK leaving the EU …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Read-and-Publish Open Access deals are heightening global inequalities in access to publication

Posted in Research on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“One of the most significant impacts of Plan S (the drive to initiate an open access transition in scholarly publishing) has been to accelerate interest in national level read-and-publish deals. Whilst these deals have streamlined open access provision in the Global North, Jefferson Pooley argues that they lock in and exacerbate existing inequalities in scholarly publishing, by establishing and entrenching a two-tier system of scholarly publishing based on access to funds needed to meet publishing charges …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 21 February]

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How RCSI became a university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In December, the Education Minister Joe McHugh tweeted a picture from his office with the message, ‘Sign-off. Putting pen to paper on university status for @RCSI_Irl after a 235-year history’. It was a signature moment for RCSI, which could finally call itself a university in Ireland after years of lobbying. It had met the criteria under a new legal process …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 17 February]

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Belfast’s students backing university staff as 14 days of strikes begin over pay and pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“Students joined forces with university staff in Belfast yesterday as staff started 14 days of strike action. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University were among those calling for action yesterday on pay and pensions …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Student reaction to rent hikes ‘emotional’, says UCD president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Dublin have reacted ’emotionally’ to a proposed increase of on-campus rents by 12 per cent, university president Professor Andrew Deeks has said. On Thursday students held a sit-down protest outside a meeting of the university’s governing authority over proposals to increase rents over the next three years by the maximum allowed under rent cap laws …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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