Ulster University’s Belfast campus faces delay to 2022 amid legal actions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University’s already delayed £250m city campus could be delayed by another three years to 2022 amid ongoing disputes and legal actions against firms building it, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 18 January]

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Legislation for Technological University for South East in final stages

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Legislation to pave the way for a Technological University for the South East is in its final stages. That’s according to the Education Minister Richard Bruton who is in IT Carlow today for a special education forum …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR FM, 17 January]

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Germany fears university growth threatens apprentice tradition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“The worry that too many young people go to university – and that they would be better off learning a trade instead – is a complaint heard the world over. But nowhere does it strike as hard at the national self-image as in Germany, admired globally for an apprenticeship system credited with keeping the rate of young unemployment extraordinarily low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 January]

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Educational Attainment Of Population Is Rising Rapidly

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The educational attainment of people in Ireland is rising rapidly. Those in the 35-39 age group are over twice as likely to have a third level qualification as those in the 65-69 age group …” (more)

[Donal DeBuitleir, PublicPolicy.ie, 17 January]

USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, UCC Express, 17 January]

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Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“During academic seminars, any given question is 2.5 times more likely to be asked by a male than a female audience member. Alecia Carter reports on this research, which suggests that internalised gender stereotypes are at least partly responsible for the observed imbalance, both in men’s participation and women’s lack of it …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 17 January]

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Ulster University misses staff compensation deadline

Posted in Legal issues on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has apologised for failing to pay over £1m in compensation to 143 former employees by an agreed date. The former staff are each due to receive 90 days worth of salary after an industrial tribunal judgement …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 January]

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Has the doctoral thesis passed its sell-by date?

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2018 by steve

“The first UK doctoral student was admitted to Oxford just over 100 years ago in 1917. While the PhD (DPhil in Oxford) was a new-fangled thing for Britain, it had been introduced in continental Europe more than 100 years previously, initially in Berlin and Paris. In the USA, Yale University awarded its first PhD in 1861 …” (more)

[Andrew George, Wonkhe, 17 January]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Students to Protest Outside Hamilton Cafes

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will protest outside the Westland Eats food outlets in the Hamilton building – run by Aramark, the company criticised for its involvement in direct provision centre – in its ‘first direct action’ on Trinity campus. The protest will take place next Wednesday and is being run by the Aramark off our Campus campaign group, which aims to end Trinity’s contract with the company …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 16 January]

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UCD and UCC apply to fast track student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC) are among applications made directly to An Bórd Pleanála in a new fast-track planning system, as reported by The Irish Times. Three fast-track planning applications for student accommodation are currently active in Dublin and Cork …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 January]

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Urgent need to tackle underfunding of higher education, universities warn

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have warned of the ‘urgent need’ to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the sector, they said ambitious Government targets to become the best education system in Europe could be delivered only with increased investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Public funding of autonomous universities: living with the complexities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some years ago, when I was still President of Dublin City University, I attended a meeting between Irish government officials and university heads to discuss national higher education strategy. At one point the conversation focused on university autonomy. Everyone agree that such autonomy is vital for an internationally successful higher education system; but what exactly did ‘autonomy’ mean? It quickly became clear that each of the the two groups had a very different understanding of the term …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Overall plan not piecemeal policies needed for education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for the issuing of a comprehensive plan for development of third-level education by government instead of piecemeal announcements that perpetuate uncertainty and underfunding. The announcement by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, of financial penalties for misconduct, filing late accounts or giving misleading reports of governance issues do not constitute reform to higher-education funding …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 15 January]

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Reform of higher education funding welcome

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today broadly welcomed the significant reforms announced by Government to link higher education funding to the delivery of key national priorities. Implementation of these reforms with committed resources must be a Government priority for 2018 …” (more)

[IBEC, 15 January]

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IUA welcomes publication of Expert Panel Report on Funding Model but structural funding deficit remains

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the Expert Panel Report on the Review of the Allocation Model for Higher Education Funding. The government has set out its initial response and we look forward to working with the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority to develop the detailed implementation of these high level objectives …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 15 January]

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HEA welcomes publication of Funding Allocation Model Review and revised System Performance Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority welcomes the publication today of the Review of the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions and the Higher Education System Performance Framework 2018–2020 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 15 January]

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Cornerstone Reform of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced reforms which will link funding of higher education institutions to the delivery of key national priorities, including better alignment to skill needs of the economy, higher levels of performance and innovation, expansion of research; particularly with enterprise partners, better access for students at a disadvantage and improving lifelong and flexible learning opportunities …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 January]

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52% Cut In Research Funding For Irish Third Level Since 2016

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just €14.4 million has been allocated in Budget 2018 compared to allocations of €30.4 million and €14.4 million in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Ireland’s future economic prosperity is being put at risk by the apparent failure of the Government to adequately resource third level funding schemes, claims Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins TD …” (more)

[Hot Press, 15 January]

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Colleges misusing funds face financial penalties

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A system of financial penalties that will punish third-level colleges for misuse of public funds is being introduced later this year. It is one of a number of measures being prioritised in a reformed model for funding higher education that will be announced today by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Junior Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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