Judge orders preliminary hearing in NUIG discrimination case

Posted in Legal issues on July 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A judge has granted an application by National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) for a trial of preliminary legal issues before a full hearing of actions by four female lecturers. They are alleging gender discrimination in a competition for promotion …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 26 July]

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Student fees could rocket to over £6,000 in Northern Ireland if government funding not provided, warns Queen’s

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student fees in Northern Ireland could rocket past the £6,000 a year mark if the government fails to stump up the cash needed, it has been reported …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 July]

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Universities getting better on consumer law issues, but work still to be done, says CMA

Posted in Legal issues on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Awareness among universities of their responsibilities under consumer protection law is increasing, although some poor practices remain, the UK’s competition watchdog has found …” (more)

[Out-Law.com, 26 July]

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With New Joint Campaign, TCDSU and UCDSU Call on Homeowners to Rent Rooms to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new €8,000 campaign by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU), in partnership with the accommodation website Daft.ie, will encourage homeowners to rent out rooms to students in an attempt to provide a short-term solution to the accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Róisín Power, University Times, 26 July]

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Student fees: Universities could charge £6,300 a year, Queen’s says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2016 by steve

UK“Student tuition fees in Northern Ireland could rise to £6,300 a year, Queen’s University in Belfast has said. It said students should pay between £5,200 and £6,300 depending on the level of government funding available. Students currently pay £3,925 to study at Northern Ireland universities …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 26 July]

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Opinion and academic credentials

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Tony Forde (Letters, July 18th) asks if academics should be allowed to write letters under the flag of their institute, especially when their opinions relate to their faculty’s field …” (more)

[Joseph Terry, Irish Times, 26 July]

Senator denies claims over Limerick IT role

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Former mayor has denied claims she tried to cling onto a high-profile job on the board of LIT after she was elected to the Seanad. A number of councillors have alleged Maria Byrne had sought to remain on the governing body at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), and other roles, despite her April election …” (more)

[Nick Rabbits, Limerick Leader, 26 July]

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Trinity’s Treasures Can Often Be Wasted Potential

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity houses an impressive collection of valuable items: a vast collection of paintings that includes a Picasso, a little-known but world-class taxidermy collection, some fascinating oddities in the Museum Building, popular sculptures including Arnaldo Pomodoro’s ‘Sfera con Sfera’ outside the Berkeley Library, and the world-famous Long Room and the items housed within it …” (more)

[Loic Delorme, University Times, 25 July]

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Students already feeling the effects of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As the short-lived contender for the leadership of the Conservatives in Britain, Andrea Leadsom will go down on the wrong page of history for proclaiming that motherhood would make her a better Brexit era prime minister than her childless rival, Theresa May …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 July]

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Grealish urges government to ‘bail out’ Irish students hit by Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has called on Education Minister Richard Bruton to subsidise any Irish student in the UK who finds themselves facing thousands in student fees as a result of hikes likely to be introduced because of Brexit …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 25 July]

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To Properly Engage with the ‘Trinity Bureaucracy’, We Need to Understand Its Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The state of our university is often criticised. Whether it is cuts to services or a grindingly slow bureaucracy, Trinity is often the butt of frustration and scorn from students and staff. Indeed, The University Times has never been slow to point out and criticise decisions of the Trinity administration …” (more)

[University Times, 24 July]

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CAO applications: higher education is not the be-all and end-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Latest CAO figures show record numbers of school-leavers have applied for places in higher education institutions this year. Ireland now has the highest proportion of young people with third-level qualifications across the EU. It is an impressive achievement and signals the aspiration of a new generation to reach its full potential …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 July]

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Students Need to be Treated as Key Stakeholders Within Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A look around at how different colleges in this country treats students reveals just how unclear the relationship between the student body and the governance of our institutions really is …” (more)

[University Times, 24 July]

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Tyndall National Institute reports revenues of €31.6m

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Tyndall National Institute in Cork has reported revenues of €31.6 million for 2015, down slightly from €31.8 million the previous year. In its annual report the research institute says it received €3.4 million in Government grants, up from €2.9 million the previous year, while its research generated €26 million in income. The contribution from University College Cork was €2.15 million …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 July]

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New study raises fresh questions about public pay

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on July 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The economic crisis that hit Ireland from 2008 will remain in the national consciousness for a long time to come. The causes and consequences will no doubt be studied for many years. A brand new study …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 24 July]

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After ‘Unacceptable’ Demands From College, DIT Students’ Union Left Without Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After rejecting a new funding structure proposed by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) that would allow the College to internally audit DIT Students’ Union (DITSU), DITSU is to be left without funds for at least three months, and with an uncertain funding future beyond that …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 23 July]

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NUI Galway tries to prevent High Court cases revealing why the female lecturers were not promoted in 2009

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday last, NUI Galway applied to the High Court seeking a pre-trial hearing of the cases being taken by the four female lecturers who are suing NUI Galway on the basis of gender discrimination in the 2008/9 round of promotion to Senior Lecturer …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 22 July]

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Third Level Fees – Registration Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the annual yield from the annual student registration fee at third level from 2010 to 2016 in tabular form …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 21 July]

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Higher Education Institutions Staff – Post-Graduate Scholars

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he plans to take decisive action to ensure that postgraduate students who are hired as academic staff are afforded the necessary working conditions, incorporating pay and duration of contract, to deliver high quality education to students; if not, if he will put plans in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter…” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views that, in Dublin, the shortage of accommodation together with the cost of available accommodation is resulting in a pattern of non-progression to third level, especially for students from outside of Dublin who wish to attend third level in the capital; his plans to make some National Asset Management Agency owned properties available for affordable student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 July]

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