Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements

Posted in Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities’ use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in sexual harassment cases involving staff and students is allowing alleged perpetrators to move to other institutions where they could offend again, according to academics, lawyers and campaigners …” (more)

[Sally Weale and David Batty, Guardian, 26 August]

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Religious identity a determining factor in DCU primary school teaching courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University will offer two alternative pathways to students wishing to enter a primary school teaching course this year, with a determining factor in the review process being whether or not an applicant is of a Catholic, Protestant or other religious background …” (more)

[The College View, 26 August]

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Student accommodation crisis requires more than soundbites from government ministers – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the government to act to resolve the accommodation crisis facing thousands of students. Teachta Nolan said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 August]

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Medical school entry and HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While forms of aptitude testing have certainly been in use for some time, there is a lack of evidence to suggest that the predictive value of such an aptitude test has had a positive impact on the selection of medical students and future doctors …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Maynooth trainees to be supervised during meal times

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A closer eye will be kept on how Maynooth’s seminarians spend their time from now on as part of a stricter regime being introduced in the wake of the gay dating app scandal. The Irish Independent has learned that all trainee priests will now be required to eat their evening meal in the college …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 26 August]

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Work starts on student complex in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Demolition work has begun on the former Coca-Cola Bottling plant on the Carrigrohane Straight Road to make way for a new student apartment complex. It is planned to construct 92 student apartments in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 25 August]

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Church must view decline of outdated seminaries as a chance for renewal

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The trustees of Maynooth – the 17 most-senior Catholic bishops – agreed this week to work on a new policy to protect whistle-blowers at the national seminary. It comes after a wave of allegations, many of them anonymous, of homosexual relationships between seminarians …” (more)

[Michael Kelly, Independent, 26 August]

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Kylemore Abbey sets the scene for Notre Dame’s newest campus

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The north American University of Notre Dame has marked the opening of its new campus in Connemara with a tribute to High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly and Mother Abbess Máire Hickey of Kylemore Abbey …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 25 August]

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U of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

USA“Looking for safe spaces on campus or trigger warnings on a syllabus? Incoming students at the University of Chicago have been warned they won’t find either in Hyde Park. They all received a letter recently from John Ellison, dean of students …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 25 August]

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Brexit: UK considers alternative options to EU research association

Posted in Research on August 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“British universities will not immediately press the government to seek associated country status in European Union research programmes after Brexit, but will instead explore all options to find a politically acceptable solution amid signs that Theresa May wants to end the free movement of people between the UK and the EU …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 25 August]

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Church leaders admit ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at college amid gay dating app Grindr row

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 25 August]

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‘Sad tale of bigotry’: Employment at Queen’s University scrutinised

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“No sooner had the new 1989 Fair Employment Act, compelling employers in Northern Ireland to ensure equal opportunity for all, been passed into law than the British government was faced with a damning report on employment practices at Queen’s University Belfast …” (more)

[Éamon Phoenix, Irish Times, 25 August]

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DCU to rename half its buildings after inspirational women

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is set to rename half of its buildings after women, Dr Christine Loscher announced at Inspirefest last week. As part of the campus redevelopment plans that are being implemented across the Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and All Hallows’ campuses, all of the University’s buildings are to be renamed …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 August]

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Future of Maynooth seminary in balance as number of student priests plummets

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI’s SWAT team of apostolic investigators swooped on the national seminary in Maynooth in search of immorality. A year later, a summary of their findings was published …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 25 August]

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Stem graduates ‘are qualified for just about any job’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While there is certainly a growing need for graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects from a range of growth sectors across the economy, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson believes there are compelling reasons beyond direct job opportunities for students to consider courses in this area …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 25 August]

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University of Notre Dame to officially open Kylemore Abbey Education Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Notre Dame’s new Education Centre at Kylemore Abbey will be officially opened tomorrow (25/08). Over one hundred senior academics and management from the Indiana based institution are set to travel to Connemara to take part in the ceremony …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 August]

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Failure rate in maths indicates distorted education policy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Conflicting policies within Government are causing distortions in the higher education access process, adding complexity and even confusion to a system that should be quite straightforward …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Plans Remerge for Ten Story High UCD ‘Gateway Project’ by Stillorgan Entrance

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ambitions for an eight to ten story high ‘Gateway’ building by the Stillorgan entrance have been revived by UCD in the college’s campus development plan for 2016-2026 launched yesterday. The Gateway project was a plan to develop a massive superstructure along UCD’s main entrance on the N11 Stillorgan slip road …” (more)

[College Tribune, 24 August]

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Studying medicine and the HPAT test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – HPAT has long been criticised by various groups for being unverified and unreliable, but what is the alternative? If HPAT is scrapped, the points required for medicine will skyrocket …” (more)

[Edward Boyapati, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Where Are Europe’s Unemployed Graduates? via @StatistaCharts

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As many young people are contemplating starting out on three or four years in College, I’m sure many are wondering what their prospects for employment will be when they graduate. Based on figures from Eurostat, the wonderful folks at Statista have produced an infographic showing how each country in Europe ranks for employment rates among graduates …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 24 Augut]

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