Cork IT says ‘no basis for concern’ over allegations of misspending

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has strongly rejected allegations of financial irregularities and misspending made by an anonymous whistleblower. The institution has been under scrutiny since last March …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 January]

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UCD Smurfit school rises 18 places to 73rd in Financial Times MBA rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has risen 18 places to 73rd in this year’s Financial Times Top 100 Global Full-time MBA Rankings. The school ranked 22nd in Europe, up three places on last year …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 January]

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Plans for university are facing ‘significant challenges’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a technological university (TU) in Munster face ‘a very significant challenge’, higher education chiefs have warned. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) are working towards a merger, with a view to becoming one of the new-style technological universities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 January]

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Students overpaid €4m in grant money by SUSI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Just €32,000 recovered by grant body who paid the money in error. Third-level students were overpaid more than €4m in grant money during the 2012/13 academic year, it has emerged …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland aims to build on progress of 2014

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has published its annual plan for 2015 as well as a review of key milestones and achievements during 2014. The coming year will see the organisation focusing on growing and linking existing research centres with industry and international collaborators …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Worries over €6.7m cost of merging Cork and Tralee ITs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An expert panel assessing the bid for a technological university in Munster has criticised plans by the merging institutions to retain parallel management structures at added cost …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 January]

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The Day the Purpose of College Changed

Posted in Life on January 26th, 2015 by steve

USA“After February 28, 1967, the main reason to go was to get a job. The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts. High taxes threatened ‘economic ruin’, said the newly elected Ronald Reagan …” (more)

[Dan Berrett, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 January]

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Library owed 67k in unpaid fines, TCD confirms

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College is owed €67,920.91 in library fines, Trevor Peare, head of Readers’ Services, has confirmed. The figure was cited in a recent Irish Independent investigation …” (more)

[Clare Droney, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Minister for Education: We will forget nothing, learn nothing

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“About two weeks ago, as letters started to arrive home in children’s lunchboxes, parents started raising issues with the Department of Education’s project to take children’s data (racial, psychological assessment, special needs, religion, PPS number and so on) and store it until they were 30 …” (more)

[Simon McGarr, Tuppenceworth.ie, 25 January]

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Ulster University’s Magee expansion ‘crucial’ for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“The expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus in Londonderry would be an economic ‘game-changer’ for the area, a leading Derry businessman has said …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 January]

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2,500 students owed millions in college closures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At least 2,500 foreign students are each owed refunds of between €600 and €6,000 by 10 private colleges which have closed down over the past year. A Sunday Independent investigation today reveals the extent of the student visa controversy …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 25 January]

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‘College took my money, even though it had been suspended’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Harvard graduate Alyne Da Costa lost thousands when she fell victim to a college …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 25 January]

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Demonstration for Gender Equality to Take Place on January 30th in NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Despite widespread backing for gender equality reform amongst staff, the launching of a campaign by students backed by 25 societies and continued bad publicity, the management of NUI Galway continues to ignore the demands for change …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 January]

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Galway conference: Is the mandatory retirement age of 65 discriminatory?

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Legal rights for the elderly are being discussed at a conference in NUI Galway today. The event has been organised by the Mental Health Rights Group and the Employment law association of Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 24 January]

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Junior Cycle assessment

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Raymond Lynch wants teachers to accept the responsibility for assessing students’ work (January 22nd). They do, but not for purposes of external certification …” (more)

[John White, Irish Times, 24 January]

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How do teachers in other countries assess students?

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teacher unions return to talks next Thursday in a bid to avert further strike action over the reform of the junior cycle. Opposition has zoned in on the issue of school-based assessment …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Horizon 2020 funding raid a ‘great concern’

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

EU“A group of European research and education organisations have expressed their ‘great concern’ over plans to take funds from the Horizon 2020 budget to provide money for a strategic investment fund …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 23 January]

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Minister O’Sullivan Launches Trinity Research Centre for Higher Education Policy

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new research centre focusing on higher education policy was recently launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, in the Trinity Long Room Hub …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 23 January]

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Teaching Social at Third Level

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I have taught social media since 2006 when our Clonmel cohort represented 30 of the first 150 Irish on Twitter. Every semester I try to amp up our results and this year our focus should result in a playbook others might enjoy using …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 23 January]

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Hundreds protest for St Mary’s College

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Hundreds of students, teachers, school principals and politicians turned out at a rally at St Mary’s University College in west Belfast yesterday to express their support for it remaining in operation …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 January]

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