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25% of Dubliners Have More than Two Legs!

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Sunday Independent this past week published an article whose headline claimed: 25% of university academics earn more than €100,000. This is what we in the academic business refer to as a lie …” (more)

[Ernie Ball’s Blog, 26 November]

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Unpaid bills complicate EU science budget crisis

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2014 by steve

EU“A political impasse and a mounting pile of debts pose a threat to research in Europe. Just as the European Commission unveiled a €315 billion plan to spur investment and economic growth, science funding in the European Union (EU) is on the brink of a crisis …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature News & Comment, 26 November]

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No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 November]

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Poor language skills of Irish workers barrier to export market growth – Sinnamon

Posted in Life on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Irish people’s language skills are one of the main obstacles to Irish companies getting the most out of the growing Chinese market, Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon has said …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 26 November]

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Open access is tiring out peer reviewers

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2014 by steve

International“As numbers of published articles rise, the scholarly review system must adapt to avoid unmanageable burdens and slipping standards, says Martijn Arns …” (more)

[Nature News & Comment, 25 November]

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Dublin tumbles in list of world’s top student cities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dublin has slipped dramatically down the list of top cities in the world in which to study, according to a new report …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 26 November]

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Teachers stand firm on marking as strike looms

Posted in Teaching on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ahead of next week’s planned one-day strike, second-level teaching unions have said they are willing to enter talks on the Junior Cycle — but only if their concerns about training and resource levels and the requirement to assess their own students are addressed …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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After Protest Outside Hamilton Building, Mary Lou McDonald Cancels Visit to Trinity

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has cancelled her visit to Trinity this evening. A group, in support of abuse victim Mairia Cahill, had gathered outside the Hamilton Building to protest her visit …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Micheline Sheehy Skeffington v. NUI Galway

Posted in Legal issues on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The case concerns a complaint by Ms Micheline Sheehy Skeffington that National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) discriminated against her on the grounds of gender regarding access to promotion to Senior Lecturer contrary to Section 8(1)(d) of the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011 [hereinafter referred to as ‘the Acts’] …” (more)

[13 November 2014, Equality Tribunal]

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Protest Against Mary Lou McDonald’s Trinity Visit Begins on College Green

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A group has gathered on College Green to protest the visit of Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, to Trinity. The protest follows a similar protest in Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) last week …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Business schools may close or merge, say industry insiders

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

International“The lion’s share of management academics believe that some business schools will fail and others need to merge in order to survive, as online technology disrupts the industry …” (more)

[Della Bradshaw, FT.com, 25 November]

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Opinion: Third level tuition fees should be reintroduced – here’s why

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The decline of Irish universities in the latest international league tables is hardly surprising given the decline in funding of third level education over the past six years. Between 2008 and 2014, spending on third level education has fallen by 32% …” (more)

[Sean Byrne, TheJournal.ie, 25 November]

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UCD president: put your trust in universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The president of University College Dublin (UCD), Professor Andrew Deeks said the question of funding and the employment constraints on higher education in Ireland ‘needs to be sorted’ …” (more)

[Independent, 25 November]

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Higher education investment and the role of the state

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“A few days ago several thousand people took to the streets of London to protest against higher education cuts, tuition fees and student debt. The protestors carried placards and heard speeches that called for free higher education, the end of student debt and progressive taxation. It is unlikely that their cocktail of complaints and demands will be taken on board …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 November]

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Half of parents unsure how to advise children about college

Posted in Fees and access on November 25th, 2014 by steve

IrelandHalf of parents do not believe they know enough to advise their children about what course or area of study to pursue at college. Despite being the biggest influence on prospective college students, parents struggle to provide adequate career guidance for their children, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 November]

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Teacher unions under pressure within schools to call off strike

Posted in Teaching on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are coming under pressure from school principals to rethink their opposition to junior-cycle reforms a week ahead of planned strike action. A number of secondary-school principals have challenged the ASTI and TUI to justify their dispute …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Lack of interest ‘a key factor’ in low third-level attendance

Posted in Fees and access on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Lack of interest may be a bigger factor than financial barriers in low third-level attendance in some areas, a study on college awareness suggests. Less than one-in-six people aged 18 to 20 from Dublin 10 and Dublin 17 go on to third-level according to research published in August by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), compared to a 51% national average …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 November]

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UK anti-terrorism plans include university ban on extremists

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

UK“New powers to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses are to be included in the counter-terrorism Bill to be published on Tuesday, British home secretary Theresa May has announced …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 November]

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WIT still says No to Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has reiterated its support for the suspension of all activities relating to a merger with IT Carlow, but pledged to work with the Government and Higher Education Authority HEA in ‘exploring alternative options’ …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 24 November]

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Making mistakes in class – the case against recording lectures

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“There are several advantages to recording lectures: students who miss a class can watch/listen to a lecture on-line, it is useful for students with disabilities, it could be useful for revision, and might also help students who learn best as visual learners … ” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 24 November]

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