New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Brexit: Queen’s University staff paid early due to uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University in Belfast are to be paid their salaries three days early this month due to ‘ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit’. QUB staff are usually paid on the final working day of every month. However, because of fears about the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, this month’s payment date was brought forward to Wednesday, 27 March …” (more)

[Laura McDaid, BBC News, 24 March]

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Trinity editor in bug row ‘gutted’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The editor of a student newspaper at Trinity College Dublin has described her disappointment at attempts to cut the paper’s funding following its reporting of alleged ‘hazing’ at an all-male society on the campus …” (more)

[Niamh Horan, Independent, 24 March]

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Universities to be fined for handing out too many top degrees, education secretary threatens

Posted in Teaching on March 24th, 2019 by steve

“Universities will be fined if they hand out too many first and 2:1 degrees to be fair to ‘hard-working students’, the education secretary is threatening. Damian Hinds said a big leap in the two top awards – to 78% of degrees, up from 67% at the start of the decade – amounted to ‘grade inflation’, rather than rising standards alone … ” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 24 March]

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Future of UT funding to be decided in April referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have called a referendum on the issue of the University Times’ (UT) funding, which will be held during the last week of term. The referendum was triggered by a petition signed by over 500 students, which calls for the salary and on-campus accommodation given to the UT Editor to be cut, alongside a cut in production costs to €3,000 …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, University Times, 22 March]

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Moynihan calls for overhaul of leaving cert appeals process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Cork TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals mechanism after it emerged one high-profile case last year cost the State almost €70,000. Cork North West Fianna Fail TD Michael Moynihan has said the current appeals process was ‘deeply flawed’ and that revising it would result in huge savings for the State …” (more)

[Bill Browne, The Corkman, 23 March]

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Revelation of the Knights Hazing Was Clearly in the Public Interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is a truth universally acknowledged that, where there are two lawyers, there will be at least three legal opinions. In the same way that there are two sides to every story, there are two legal arguments in every case. And where there are matters of public controversy, there can be at least as many legal views on them as there are lawyers commenting about them …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, University Times, 22 March]

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Prioritising the basics in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If there aren’t enough places in third level to meet demand I can understand why there are those who think the answer is to put more money into the sector (‘Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners’, News, March 22nd) …” (more)

[Patrick G Burke, Irish Times, 23 March]

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The University Times’ legal defence is fundamentally flawed

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On March 15 2019, the University Times published an article alleging the Knights of the Campanile were implicated in an on-campus hazing evening. On March 19 2019, the newspaper published a note to its readers about its reporting methods, in particular their decision to enter a student residential building …” (more)

[Neville Cox, Oran Doyle and David Kenny, University Times, 21 March]

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The decline of knowledge

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The road between Dublin and Galway is not the most exciting so it is always nice when there is something stimulating on the radio. The other day, as I was travelling, the time flew by, such was the quality of the discussion on both the Sean O’Rourke show on RTE1 and the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 22 March]

Professor at Presbyterian College sacked over remarks on radio vows to fight his dismissal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

“A professor who was sacked by Union Theological College (UTC) after comments he made in the media has said he will fight against the ruling. Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked for the Presbyterian-run institution in Belfast for 22 years, is understood to be the first theological professor to be sacked by the Church … ” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 22 March]

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Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There will not be enough college places over the coming years to cope with a demographic bulge unless there is more State investment in higher education, campaigners have warned. Third level students and lecturers across college campuses staged lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight a ‘growing crisis’ in higher education funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Fund the Future Rally Draws 200 for Higher Education Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students gathered this afternoon in Front Square calling on the government to invest more money in higher education, with walkouts taking place on campuses all over the country as part of the Union of Students in Ireland’s (USI) Fund the Future campaign …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 21 March]

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Nearly 25% of English universities in deficit last year, figures show

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Nearly one in four universities in England were in deficit last year, according to an official compilation of data that suggests more financial difficulties could be on the way. The number of universities in England with operating deficits in 2017-18 increased to 32, compared with 24 the year before and 10 in 2015-16. Across the UK, the number reporting deficits rose to 47, compared with 40 in 2016-17 …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 21 March]

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Trinity College launch investigation after university newspaper admits secretly recording students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has launched an investigation after a college paper admitted secretly recording students for an article. There are calls for funding to be pulled from The University Times after it reported the details of an initiation ceremony for an all-male, invite-only, sporting society …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Third-level education institutes call for a better cycling infrastructure in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Seven third-level education and research institutes in Cork, attended by some 48,000 staff and students, have united to call for better cycling infrastructure. The heads of each of the institutions, attended by some 48,000 students and staff, have co-signed letters to Transport Minister Shane Ross and Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority, urging them to prioritise funding to deliver the Cork Cycle Network Plan and extend the range of the city’s successful bike share scheme …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Students and staff at third level campuses to walk out of lectures this afternoon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at third level campuses will walk out of lectures this afternoon to shine a light on the growing crisis in higher education funding. Major demonstrations will take place on the main campuses of UCC and CIT as part of the ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, with students set to walk out of classes at 1pm. Students from several other third level institutions will also strike at lunchtime …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Belfast theological college professor fired over BBC radio comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

“A professor at Belfast’s Union Theological College (UTC) has been fired due to comments he made on a radio show. Reverend Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked at UTC for 22 years, was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ by a disciplinary panel of the Presbyterian Church, who run the college, the BBC reports …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Delivery of student accommodation surges as housing crisis rumbles on

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation projects are accounting for an increasing share of residential development activity as reflected in research conducted in conjunction with Construction Information Services (CIS). It shows that 6,060 bed-spaces were built in 22 student projects in Dublin, Cork and Galway between June 2016 and February 2019 …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 21 March]

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