Two-thirds of third-level students to apply for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Almost two-thirds of all third level students are expected to apply for a student grant this year, figures indicate with the August 1st deadline for applications approaching. Susi (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2015/2016 academic year to do so now …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 July]

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A Single User Account

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2015 by steve

USA“Across our community, efforts to help users manage their identity and access personalized services are growing steadily. Academic institutions and their libraries, scholarly publishers, standards bodies, discovery services, and other intermediaries have developed dozens, perhaps hundreds, of user identifiers and accounts …” (more)

[Roger C Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 July]

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TUI response to publication of Kelly report

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TUI is opposed to the forced merger of Carlow IT and Waterford Institute of Technology. Annette Dolan Deputy General Secretary Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in responding to the publication of Michael Kelly’s ‘Engagement and Consultation Process for a Technological University for the South-East’ report, stated …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 29 July]

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WIT President says there are other options, other than merger with IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford IT says he’s doesn’t accept that a merger with IT Carlow is the only option available going forward …” (more)

[WLR FM, 28 July]

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Union members vote to back Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) who work in the public service, have voted to accept the proposed new Lansdowne Road pay agreement. The union, which represents about 1,000 staff in the health service, local authorities, education and semi-State sectors, said its members backed the deal by a margin of 52% to 48% …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Trinity archives reveal reality of 1916

Posted in Life on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The GPO a hollow shell, Eden Quay in rubble – and a wary look in the eyes of British soldiers stationed at Trinity College. Rare photographs documenting the havoc wreaked on Dublin city centre in Easter 1916 have been showcased by Trinity Library …” (more)

[Independent, 29 July]

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The future of Newman House

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Doireann Ní Bhriain reports that ‘Newman House is now to be transformed into the Ulysses Centre, a venue for the celebration of Ireland’s literary tradition’ (Weekend Review, July 25th). UCD and the people of Dublin should reject this name change, which does violence to history …” (more)

[Joseph S O’Leary, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Kelly Report an opportunity to kick-start process – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Fein’s Waterford based Senator David Cullinane noting the publication today of the ‘Kelly Report’ on the engagement and consultation process on a Technological University for the South East said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 July]

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Ireland achieves €127 million in EU Research funding

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Skills Research and Innovation, today (28 July 2015) congratulated Ireland’s researchers and companies for their €127 million success in the first year of Horizon 2020, the current EU programme funding research and innovation …” (more)

[SFI, 28 July]

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Traditional PhD supervision ‘under threat’ from commercial thinking

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“The traditional role of a PhD supervisor as an academic ‘sparring partner’ is under threat from a new business-led model of doctoral education in which students are viewed as ’employees’, a study claims …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 July]

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Southeast colleges leaders willing to resume merger talks

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Senior figures at two third-level colleges in the southeast have given positive soundings about the prospect of restarting talks on a university for the region, despite serious problems highlighted in a plan …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 July]

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Berkeley: complex investigation and legal fight ahead

Posted in Legal issues on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Where did the water come from? That’s the question. It is six weeks since the balcony collapse at an apartment block in Berkeley that killed five Dublin J-1 summer visa students and a young Irish-American student from California and injured another seven from Ireland. Investigators are turning to outside experts to figure out the source of the water that caused the dry rot and, in turn, the collapse …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 28 July]

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IT heads’ level of distrust saw discussion stall

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘Stepping stone’ approach urged to rebuild respect between ITs and restart bid for joint university. The level of distrust between Carlow and Waterford institutes of technology meant top figures from both would not even sit down together during seven months of efforts to restart their joint university bid …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 July]

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Would anyone notice if a small, old but awfully clever dog filled in a university ranking survey, and would it make a difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

International“The Australian newspaper The Age has a piece by Erica Cervini on how she allowed her dog to complete the QS academic reputation survey on the quality of veterinary schools. She doesn’t elaborate on how the dog chose the schools. Was it by barking or tail wagging when shown pictures of the buildings? Seriously though, she does have a point …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 28 July]

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President of IT Carlow welcomes findings of report into viability of Technological University for South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“President at IT Carlow Dr Patricia Mulcahy has today welcomed a report into the viability of the South East Technological University …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 27 July]

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Endorsement of technology university for SE welcome

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ibec South East, the group that represents business in the region, today welcomed the findings of a Government commissioned report that the establishment of a Technology University for the South East is viable and can be delivered within a reasonable timeframe …” (more)

[Ibec, 27 July]

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Athlone IT becomes the first college to ban smoking of all tobacco products on its campus grounds

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Smoking may be banned in the majority of public places across the country, it however has never been banned on college campuses until now as Athlone Institute of Technology has become the first third-level institution in the country to completely ban the smoking of all tobacco products on their campus …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien, TheLiberal.ie, 27 July]

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Innovation Talk: Scientific advice must not be bonded to vested interests

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Scientists are sticklers for evidence. They start with a theory, an assumption about why something is so, but then like to conduct experiments to collect evidence that helps explain what is going on. It is not enough to make an educated guess in science, you can’t assume it is a duck because it quacks and walks like one, you need evidence to show that yes it really is a duck …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 27 July]

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A University for the South East?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Following today’s report on the viability of a Technological University for the South East – despite a falling out between Waterford and Carlow ITs last year – we hear the views of some business people in Waterford and also the view from Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Carlow IT on how the relationship can be fixed and the project advanced …” (mp3)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 27 July]

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Kelly report on South East University is good news for Carlow – Deering

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering, has said that the report by Michael Kelly on the future of a university for the South East is good news as it makes the case that the project is viable and should go ahead …” (more)

[Cliona Doyle, Fine Gael, 27 July]

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