The crisis in student accommodation continues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It goes without saying that students who are not from Dublin or the surrounding area must avail of student accommodation if they want to attend DCU or any other university in Dublin such as UCD or Trinity. This necessity is already over-priced, but are the living conditions students receive worth the extremely high amount charged? For some people yes, but for many students this is not the case …” (more)

[The College View, 18 October]

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Irish Research Council Appoints Peter Brown as Director

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Peter Brown has been appointed as the new Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC), one of Ireland’s most important funding bodies. Brown, who has been Interim Director of the IRC since May 2017, will take up the role with immediate effect. He’ll replace Dr Eucharia Meehan, who left the position to become chief executive of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) …” (more)

[Kilian Tscherny, University Times, 18 October]

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More Irish women than men have third-level qualifications

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More Irish women than men had third-level qualifications in 2016, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Women represented 52.2% of all third-level graduates in Ireland in 2016 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 October]

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Magee University agrees to work with agencies to address flooding at Dunvale

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“The University of Ulster at Magee has confirmed that it’s working to find a solution over drainage issues which have affected homes in Dunvale Park. It follows flooding there in recent months with homes bordering the playing fields at the University site on the Duncreggan Road particularly affected …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 October]

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Professors’ Productivity Declines With Age, Right? Maybe Not.

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“A typical career for a tenure-track professor might look like this: Publish early and often, hit a peak after a few years, get tenure, then watch productivity decline until retirement. Given this popular perception of the scholarly arc, professors of all stripes have been evaluated at a young age by the number of published papers they produce. But a study from the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that this assumed trajectory is mistaken …” (more)

[Julia Martinez, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 October]

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The UK’s Cautionary Tale of Teaching Excellence

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“Higher education in the UK, and in England in particular, has undergone more than two decades of continuous reform, in its governance, structures, funding and quality assurance mechanisms. Among these reforms has been the imposition of research assessment as a mechanism for distributing research funds, which has acted as a huge and successful incentive to improve the quality of research …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, University Times, 17 October]

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The University Is Not a Technology

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“Andrew Piper and Chad Wellmon observe that a small subset of elite universities are disproportionately represented in the most prestigious journals in the literary humanities. This ‘epistemic inequality’, they write, ‘would surely be as undesirable as economic inequality. In fact, most of us would presume a relationship between the two’. No doubt they are closely related …” (more)

[Sam Fallon and Len Gutkin, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 October]

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Business School Hopes for Accreditation by 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity Business School has ambitions to achieve triple accreditation for its courses by 2019, when it’s due to open its doors formally to students. The school is currently only accredited under the Association of MBA (AMBA), which is just one of the three main global accreditation bodies in business education …” (more)

[Grace Darcy, University Times, 17 October]

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How could Macron’s ‘European universities’ work?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Setting out his grand vision to reinvigorate the European Union at the end of last month, Emmanuel Macron made clear he had big plans for the continent’s universities. By 2024, the French president said, Europe should have ‘at least 20’ of what he called ‘European universities’, offering students the chance to ‘study abroad and take classes in at least two different languages’ …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 15 October]

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UCD to Risk Industrial Dispute Over Doubling of Permit Parking Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s plan to double the cost of parking permits for next year could lead to another major labour dispute with some of Ireland’s biggest Trade Unions. The University wants to increase their price to €100 for the 2018/2019 academic year, then follow up with further increases to €125 in 2019/2020, and €150 in 2020/2021 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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UCD Smurfit School MBA ranked 74th best in world

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School’s executive part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) course has risen 15 places to be ranked 74th in the world. The Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA ranking, published Monday, ranks the Smurfit school as the 35th best in Europe and makes it the only Irish institution on the list …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Bill Clinton to receive honorary doctorate at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former US President Bill Clinton will be conferred with an honorary doctorate at Dublin City University this morning for his contribution to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 October]

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German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science, 13 October]

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Universities unite against the academic black market

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“On the TV show Suits, Mike Ross’s character charges a hefty fee to students to take the LSAT (law school admission test) for them. Ross has a stellar memory and a remarkable ability to take tests without getting crushed by stress – he is the perfect ‘contract cheater’. Later, Ross builds a career as a lawyer based on fake credentials, presumably from Harvard …” (more)

[Sarah Elaine Eaton, The Conversation, 16 October]

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Erasmus: A trickle that turned to a flood

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Tens of millions of deaths in the first and second World Wars were young men who succumbed on the soil of foreign countries, miles from their homes. If a driving force behind the creation of the EU (formerly the EEC) was a closer, familial Europe, then there was a clear need to create an antithetical space to the battle field where the continent’s youth could engage …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Trinity Holds Off on College Closure Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As schools across the country prepare to keep their doors closed for a second day in the face of storm Ophelia, Trinity will decide tonight whether to open tomorrow. The impact of the storm on Dublin was noticeably less severe than on other parts of the country and, so far, Trinity seems to have reported no large-scale damage to campus …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 October]

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Institutes of technology to share €200m building fund

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A total of 11 institutes of technology are to share €200m for major building projects to create state-of-the-art facilities for science, engineering and computing. The 11 projects, to be built under the Public Private Partnership programme (PPP), are designed to help drive regional development and meet skills needs in their areas …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Trinity’s Inexcusable Treatment of its Belfast Cohort

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has suffered from years of underfunding and neglect from College, something that has led to criticism from staff and student representatives in recent days. Students who pay identical fees to those in Dublin ought to be entitled to equal access to support services and should not be subjected to ongoing neglect and detachment from the wider college community …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Eleven Institutes of Technology to get extra buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects that are to be built at Institutes of Technology using Public Private Partnerships in coming years. The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 October]

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First female president of Royal College of Physicians is set to take office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is time to review the HPAT aptitude test Leaving Certificate students must pass when applying for medicine at third level in Ireland, the president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) Prof Mary Horgan has said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 16 Ocotber]

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