Public sector workers granted some pay restoration over three phases

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There has been a successful conclusion to talks on public-sector pay which will see most public servants having their pay restored by around €2,000. According to the IMPACT trade union, this will happen over three phases between January 2016 and September of 2017 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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Funding doubts causing university ‘brain drain’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A more ‘dynamic’ higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Royal Irish Academy has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Minister for Education and Skills announces more than 500 scholarships for American students looking to study in Higher Education Institutions in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister of Education and Skills, is delighted to announce enhanced levels of supports from Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) to support the US Government’s plans to double the number of American students studying abroad over the next five years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 May]

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Delivering Impact: A Comparison of Studies on the Economic Impact of Irish HEIs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“What made the headline on the Irish Times education page this Wednesday was a report carried out by Viewforth Consulting on the economic, cultural and social impact of University College Dublin (UCD). Over the last few years, Viewforth Consulting has been a major partner working with Universities UK on the economic impact studies of UK universities …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 29 May]

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Progress reported in public sector pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks on the restoration of public sector pay broke up without agreement early this morning despite earlier optimism that a deal could be brokered. Union officials emerged from the negotiations just before 2am to say that progress had been made. Talks are to resume at 10am …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 May]

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HEA begins third-level gender equality review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A review of gender equality among third-level staff is to recommend ways to improve women’s representation at senior academic levels. The Higher Education Authority (HEA), which initiated the exercise, said gender inequality was systemic across the sector and not just NUI Galway which has been the subject of attention on the issue in recent months … ” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 May]

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NCAD Student Action march to the Department of Education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students gathered at NCAD Thursday before marching to the Department of Education in protest over fee increases, structural changes and lack of transparency around college accounts …” (more, video)

[Oisin Vince Coulter, Trinity News, 28 May]

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The peer review drugs don’t work

Posted in Research on May 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“It is paradoxical and ironic that peer review, a process at the heart of science, is based on faith not evidence. There is evidence on peer review, but few scientists and scientific editors seem to know of it – and what it shows is that the process has little if any benefit and lots of flaws …” (more)

[Richard Smith, Times Higher Education, 28 May]

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The university portrait

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“A university is the people. Sometimes it is possible to confuse the buildings as being the university, but it’s not. It’s the people. One way that we have tried to remember this is by linking people to the buildings – we name them after people …” (more)

[Mike Ratcliffe, Wonkhe, 29 May]

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Public servants set to gain €1,000 next year in pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public service staff are expected to receive a boost in earnings of about €1,000 next year under a pay restoration deal being finalised tonight. The shape of the deal being considered would suggest State employees could receive a further, similar pay boost in 2017 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 28 May]

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A bridge too far?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Scrutiny of the Government’s JobBridge scheme has continued with the release of a new study. Impact, the largest public sector trade union, has published a report on the JobBridge programme amid increasing concern among its members that it is being used inappropriately …” (more)

[eolas Magazine, 28 May]

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Irish academic to be first woman to lead Oxford University

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tramore native Louise Richardson nominated for post that paid £434,000 in 2013. Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Gender inequality ‘a systemic issue for Irish higher education’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint a panel of Irish and international experts to review gender equality in Ireland’s third-level institutions. The review is to be published within a year …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Over €3 million spent on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over €3 million has been spent so far on developing Technological Universities in Dublin, Munster and the south-east, with most of the money going on pay and professional fees. A breakdown of spending on the Technological University designation process has been supplied to the Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Scores plan for university degrees

Posted in Teaching on May 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities should show students’ achievement with points scores, as well as the existing degree grades, says a higher education advisory group. A group of university experts is proposing a system giving more detailed information alongside grades such as first or upper second class degrees …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 28 May]

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Public sector pay talks to switch to issue of pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The public sector pay talks will today switch to the issue of the deeply unpopular pension levy after significant progress was made between Government and union officials …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 28 May]

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Poor infrastructure ‘contributing to slip’ in university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are losing international competitiveness by failing to invest in digital infrastructure, such as faster broadband and online education tools, according to a new study by academics …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Are you there, State funding? It’s us, social sciences

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“We hear a lot these days, and rightly so, about the importance of the Stem disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There is broad understanding of the need for strong research in these disciplines, to deliver talented individuals and new thinking, and to underpin a vibrant enterprise sector and an informed society …” (more)

[Orla Feely, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“This month, a scientific paper by teams working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN set the record for the number of authors on a paper: more than 5,000 contributors …” (more)

[Ernesto Priego, Independent, 27 May]

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Education sector accounted for 98% of industrial disputes in Q1 – CSO

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Industrial disputes involving 27,588 workers and four firms resulted in 24,056 days of work being lost during the first three months of the year, according to the Central Statistics Office …” (more)

[Business Post, 26 May]

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