Technological University for South East still part of Education Minister’s plan

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

Ireland“Minister Richard Bruton says money has been set aside in the Department of Educations budget for their ambitions to develop a Technological University for the South East. The Minister cut the ribbon on the €10m Haughton building at IT Carlow earlier …” (more)

[KCLR96FM, 20 January]

Tags: , , , ,

Obituary: Ronan Fanning

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ronan Fanning, professor emeritus of modern history at UCD, who has died aged 75, was ‘an important public intellectual’, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said this week. It is to be regretted that the country has lost him only half way through our so-called ‘decade of centenaries’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 January]

Tags: ,

Academics and Israel

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

Ireland“Sir, – The double standards on display in UCC should be obvious. While academics there call for boycotts against Israel, they seem more than happy with the UCC links to China via the Confucius Institute …” (more)

[Paul Williams, Irish Times, 21 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

€5m Square Deal for student flats

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

Ireland“The city looks set to welcome yet another large-scale student development, following the successful €5m sale of a vacant building on Washington Street. The sizeable 0.8-acre site is currently home to what used to be the Square Deal Interiors furniture store …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 January]

Tags: , ,

The Pros and Cons of Take-Home Exams

Posted in Teaching on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As an exchange student abroad this year, I’ve noted that most of my exams were in an unusual format, one that could be an interesting alternative to traditional exams for Trinity. The ‘take-home exam’ is a mix between homework and an open-book exam …” (more)

[Loic Delorme, University Times, 19 January]

Tags: ,

Third Level Staff – Promotion

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department has put in place to ensure third level institutions adhere to standard public sector promotion procedures in keeping with the Haddington Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 January]

Tags: , , ,

Institutes of Technology Funding

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

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address the ongoing funding issues regarding institutes of technology across the country and in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

Third Level Staff – Precarious contracts and poor work conditions

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Action Plan for Education will address the increasing use of precarious contracts and poor work conditions and pay in the third level institutions for lecturers and other workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

Tags: , , ,

Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to address the inequalities seen in the league tables of students’ accession to universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …”(more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

Tags: , , , ,

Security plan required for academic conference on Israel in UCC

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

Ireland“University College Cork has decided to prevent an academic conference debating the legitimacy of the state of Israel from taking place at the end of March and has advised the organisers that they have to come up with special security plans if they want the university to host it at another date …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 20 January]

Tags: , , ,

Latest public pay hikes ‘pose a challenge’

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

Ireland“The latest public pay increases have not been budgeted for and will pose a ‘significant challenge’, politicians have been told. Department of Finance secretary general Derek Moran said there are concerns about where the extra cash to fund a promised pay increase will come from …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

Tags: , ,

Academic boycott of Israel

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

Ireland“Sir, – The guidelines for the academic boycott of Israel, contrary to what Paul Williams said in his letter (January 19th), and as proposed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Council for Higher Education (CHE), make clear that ‘mere affiliation of Israeli scholars to an Israeli academic institution is not grounds for applying the boycott’. Indeed, Academics for Palestine often works with Israeli academics …” (more)

[Ronit Lentin, Irish Times, 20 January]

Tags: , , ,

Why my friend’s dog will never be Professor of Economics at Oxford, and other problems with TEF

Posted in Teaching on January 20th, 2017 by steve

“I am an enthusiastic supporter of the principal drivers of the Teaching Excellence Framework. The importance of teaching isn’t always fully recognised in universities, and good higher education is about the coming together of research and teaching …” (more)

[Colette Cherry, Wonkhe, 20 January]

Tags: , ,

Outgoing UCC President calls for major changes in the Irish health system

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

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy has called for major changes in the Irish health system in an effort to retain graduates. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Dr Murphy, a former Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and a former board member of the HSE, argued for improved training and incentives to ensure better leadership in the health service …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

Priority Questions: Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take on board concerns represented by the Union of Students in Ireland and other representative groups if an income contingent loan scheme is established on the basis of the Cassells report; his views on whether it is a viable solution to third level funding as a graduate debt of more than €20,000 will create a two-tier system of higher education, furthering inequality in society; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 18 January]

Tags: , , , , ,

Technological Universities

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

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills what is the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

Tags: , , ,

Third Level Funding – Research

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funds will be allocated in 2017 for research in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

Tags: , , , ,

Cash-for-publications is ‘common practice’

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

International“Fears have been raised over whether universities are ‘buying’ journal papers to improve their ranking after a scholar revealed that he was offered more than £35,000 to list publications under the name of a lesser-known Chinese institution …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 19 January]

Tags:

Is the end of the textbook nigh?

Posted in Teaching on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I published a textbook in 2013 (called Membrane Filtration: a problem-solving approach with MATLAB, if you really want to know). I signed the publishing deal in September 2011 and I submitted what I thought was the final draft to the publisher in November of 2012. I’d say I worked on the book on more than 90% of the days in between …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 January]

Tags: ,

Statement: Proposed conference in UCC

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

Ireland“The University Management Team at its meeting on the 16th January 2017 considered the matter of the proposed conference entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’. Members of the management team expressed their disappointment and concern that this conference came to the University’s attention through public discourse and social media and not in a formal request for approval …” (more)

[UCC, 18 January]

Tags: , , ,