Oh no, not again – another heckler’s veto in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… I don’t have time to write a considered post about this right now, but I could not let it pass unremarked, so I will content myself for the time being with noting: oh no, not again.” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, cearta.ie, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin event involving Israeli ambassador cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An event at Trinity College Dublin involving the Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker has been cancelled following a protest. Mr Boker was due to speak at a talk organised by the Society for International Affairs (Sofia) …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 21 February]

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Never mind the rankings, THE has a huge database

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2017 by steve

International“There has been a debate, or perhaps the beginnings of a debate, about international university rankings following the publication of Bahram Bekhradnia’s report to the Higher Education Policy Institute …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 21 February]

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Trinity College Dublin staff to ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 700 non-academic staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute over access to permanent contracts. The workers, who are represented by Siptu, include security guards and administrative, maintenance and library staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Is our education system effective?

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The last round of PISA results suggested that we should be pretty proud of our education system here in Ireland. But a couple of recent studies suggest that maybe we’re not as ‘effective’ as we might think …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 February]

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UCC Welcomes New President: Patrick O’Shea

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC welcomed a new university president in February 2017, Professor Patrick O’Shea, who replaced Dr Michael Murphy following a ten-year stint in the prestigious role. Professor O’Shea, the fifteenth President of UCC, graduated with a degree in physics from the university, and went on to become Vice President and Chief Research Officer at the University of Maryland before returning to Cork …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 20 February]

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Approval for student housing to free up rental spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two student accommodation schemes given planning permission in Dublin could free up rental space for almost 500 people in the capital. Almost 200 students may be accommodated near Dublin Institute of Technology’s growing Grangegorman campus. The latest Daft.ie figures show average rents jumped nearly 15% in Dublin last year, reaching €1,664 a month for a three-bed house …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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TEF 1, TEF 2 and a complex game of snakes and ladders

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Why does it look like more than 30 eligible English institutions are not entering TEF 2? And why did six eligible institutions actively opt out of TEF 1 – a competition that required them merely to continue existing? …” (more)

[Mark Leach, Wonkhe, 20 February]

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Oxford University considering French campus amid research funding concerns after Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Oxford University is considering opening its first foreign campus in direct response to the UK leaving the European Union. The former director of the French ministry for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed French authorities and institutions were working to bring the UK’s most revered universities to France and said officials had also spoken to representatives from the University of Warwick …” (more)

[Harry Cockburn, Independent, 20 February]

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University of Limerick issue warning for all students before ‘RAG week’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rag week is about to begin in Limerick and the students union has issued guidelines on how to behave. With heavy drinking the standard procedure at Rag weeks the students union has set out a number hefty fines for breaking the guidelines …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, Irish Mirror, 18 February]

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New Report Profiling Assessment Practices in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The National Forum is delighted to share a new report profiling assessment practices across Irish higher education. The report, available here, aims to inform the current enhancement theme of the National Forum by profiling documented assessment practices across a sample of 30 undergraduate degree programmes …” (more)

[Teaching & Learning, 30 January]

University on red alert after student killed by meningitis

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

Ireland“Students are on alert for the potential signs of meningitis after a deadly strain is believed to have claimed the life of one of their university classmates …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 18 February]

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UCC student dies after contracting meningitis

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

Ireland“A Cork student died today after contracting meningitis. In a statement, University College Cork (UCC) said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

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Northern Ireland leads way on university applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“Northern Ireland has enjoyed the highest application rate to universities across the UK this year, statistics show. Around 48% of youngsters had applied to a university course by the main January 15 deadline, followed by England (37%) and Wales (32%) …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 17 February]

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Four Mega-trends in International Higher Education – Economics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“If there’s one word everyone can agree upon when talking about international education, it’s ‘expensive’. Moving across borders to go to school isn’t cheap and so it’s no surprise that international education really got big certain after large developing countries (mainly but not exclusively China and India) started getting rich in the early 2000s …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 17 February]

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Students still keen on J1 opportunity despite Trump

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

Ireland“Irish students have vowed to press ahead with their J1 visits to the US despite many finding President Donald Trump’s policies ‘worrying’. Students said they were wary when Mr Trump threatened to ‘terminate’ the J1 programme that allows Irish students work in the US …” (more)

[Chai Brady, Independent, 17 February]

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ASTI schools to lose out on hundreds of extra teaching posts

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of voluntary secondary schools where teachers are members of the ASTI are set to lose out on additional teaching posts from next autumn due to a dispute over education reforms. Up to 550 additional full-time teaching posts are to be allocated to secondary schools from next September …” (more)

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

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Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the action being taken to support schools in which less than 65% of students continue education to third level, to ensure more of these students can continue to third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Student Accommodation – National Strategy

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of meetings he has had with relevant parties in developing the national student accommodation strategy, which was assigned to his Department under the rebuilding Ireland housing plan, action 4.7, to be delivered in quarter 2 2017; the name of each person he has met in developing the strategy; the organisation each represented; and the date the meeting took place …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Science Foundation Ireland – North-South Collaboration

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SFI awards that have been made to HEIs for collaborations between the North and South under the CSET, SRC, PICA and PIYRA programmes; the details of the awards for the years 2015 and 2016 showing which HEIs and research teams benefitted from these awards, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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