Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill relating to Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI. It is important to note one of the contexts in which this is relevant. There are only five or six countries in the world that are English speaking and the English language education market is a significant market in that regard. With the pending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in some shape or form, Ireland is the principal English language speaking destination and therefore English language education destination in the European Union …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 June]

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Thoughts on Motivating and Inspiring Students

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This presentation is not designed to be an instruction manual on how to inspire/motivate third level students to commit to their studies. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to think I have all the answers. Instead, I set out to make a number of observations about the broad areas of inspiration and motivation and especially the pitfalls involved in relying on inspiration or focusing solely on making classes ‘engaging’ …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 14 June]

NUI Galway lifts ban on Christian students days before Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has lifted a lifetime ban on four Christian students in advance of a Circuit Court hearing next week. The University banned Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke and Ammi Burke for life from all student societies on 10 November 2014 …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 14 June]

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The pain of the Leaving Cert should be spread out over two years

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

Ireland“From a sample size of three, I have decided that the Leaving Cert is by far the most punishing way of getting into university. Our children were mostly home-educated and – so far – have all taken different routes to third level: A-levels, QQI-FET courses and, this June, the Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 June]

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‘Watch this space’: First sign of activity at new University of Limerick city campus site

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the public have reacted positively to the first visual sign of activity at University of Limerick’s new city centre campus site. A giant purple banner, emblazoned with the message ‘Watch this space’ and the UL logo, was erected at the former Dunnes Stores at Honan’s Quay this Thursday afternoon …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 13 June]

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Agreement reached with Teachers Union of Ireland in Waterford IT and IT Carlow on Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological University for the South East is now a step closer. A memorandum of understanding has been agreed between IT Carlow, WIT and the Teachers Union of Ireland. The deal agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission will now be put to a staff ballot next week …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 13 June]

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College party clampdown ramps up

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in UCC who engage in antisocial behaviour could have their landlord contacted by the college, according to radical new plans being explored. The plans, which were revealed at a community forum this week, are part of new attempts to clamp down on late-night partying by college students living in neighbouring areas …” (more)

[Ryan O’Neill, Cork Independent, 12 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Points System Reform

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

Ireland“Catherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent proposals (details supplied) to grant CAO points for students’ civic activity; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 June]

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Third Level Participation

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

IrelandMargaret Murphy O’Mahony (Cork South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students enrolled in higher education in each of the years 2012 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 June]

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Investigating Sexual Harassment in Universities

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

Ireland“This morning I came across a piece in the Guardian about a report from the UK Office for Students about hate crime and sexual harassment in Universities. One of the recommendations of the report is that that Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate sexual harassment …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage

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

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I am pleased to bring the Bill before the House. It will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI, the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 11 June]

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Copyright – Time to get it right

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week I posted about ‘Copyright and Third Party Data’ – there is a heightened awareness about re-using data that is not your own and that is publicly available. I will strive to acknowledge all sources of data that I use in my classes and try as far as is possible to use only data that I have permission to do so …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 11 June]

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DkIT Cleaning Staff To Get ‘Hardship’ Vouchers As Compensation For Change In Pay Frequency

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

Ireland“Cleaning staff at Dundalk IT are set to get ‘hardship’ vouchers worth up to €300 each as compensation for moving from weekly to fortnightly pay. According to a report in today’s Irish Independent, the workers demanded compensation for the inconvenience of moving to the new pay system …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 11 June]

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When my father met Gandalf: Tolkien’s time as an external examiner at UCG

Posted in Research on June 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So there I was, staring at my computer screen having just typed the words Chapter Six, when it occurred to me that the sensible thing to do was to log on to Twitter. I believe it’s called displacement activity. It appears to happen when I’m working on a novel …” (more)

[Felicity Hayes McCoy, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill chairperson vacancies on the governing bodies of Limerick IT and Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 10 June) invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies of chairperson of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and chairperson of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 June]

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Maynooth University plans new student centre on Kildare campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans have been lodged with Kildare County Council for a new Student Centre at Maynooth University. The proposal envisages two building blocks with a shared external space under a new canopy …” (more)

[Conor McHugh, Leinster Leader, 10 June]

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‘It’s 5 ft 6 so I could lie exactly width-wise in it’: This art student has created a replica of her student flat

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) are looking at the housing crisis and Brexit for inspiration with their art and design work. Their showcase will display work from 225 emerging artists and designers, with social issues like migration and climate change also being explored …” (more, video)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 June]

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No tuition fee rise for EU students starting university in NI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 8th, 2019 by steve

“European Union (EU) students starting university in Northern Ireland in 2020 will pay the same tuition fees as local students. The Department for the Economy (DE) confirmed they will be guaranteed ‘home fee’ during their courses. It follows similar announcements in England and Scotland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI, 8 June]

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TUI staff at Dundalk IT more Concerned than Ever over Institute’s Bid for Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland say their concerns regarding Dundalk IT’s application for Technological University status have only increased since a response by the institute to their recent statement expressing concern over what they describe as management’s complacency in relation to the matter …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 7 June]

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