The hard slog for university gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the late 1980s I addressed a session of the annual meeting of the Conference of University Personnel Administrators – as it was then called: it is now Universities Human Resources (UHR). At the time I was a Lecturer in Industrial Relations in Trinity College Dublin, and one of my specialisms was equality and discrimination in employment. I was asked to reflect on the state of gender equality in universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 January]

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Arts degrees

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Given the recent successful record of Irish graduates with arts degrees, Conor Kileen, as quoted in Carl O’Brien’s article (January 20th), is right to emphasise their worth. He needed, however, to stress the quality requirement …” (more)

[Eda Sagarra, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Now I understand Proust better (but feel less positive about Athena Swan)

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“You know the story about Marcel Proust and the madeleine – how the memories came flooding back when he nibbled at one with a cup of tea. I always thought this was slightly ridiculous, but perhaps ageing means I now have more memories to recapture. Suddenly it all made much more sense …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 January]

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Calls for cross-party support for Magee medical school project plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

“There are calls for cross-party support to ensure the planned medical school for Derry remains on track. Local Councillor Mickey Cooper is to put forward a motion this week calling for Derry City and Strabane District Council to raise the matter with the head of the Department of Health …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 22 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes HEA Report on Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students in Ireland

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today published the Eurostudent VI study, the sixth report of its kind into how students experience university life, while visiting GMIT Mayo campus Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, Higher Education Authority, 22 January]

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Universities need less regulation and more autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When announcing the latest links between university funding and delivery of national priorities, the Government has once again shown that there is a clear need for a wider understanding of the structures and processes of transparency and accountability that are already in place in the higher education sector …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Over a third of students in Ireland face ‘severe financial problems’

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over a third of higher-education students in Ireland experience ‘severe financial problems’ according to a new study of student living conditions. About 36% of the total student population say they are in severe financially difficulty, with the problem at its most severe among older students. Over 40% of students above the age of 24 say they struggle with money …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Universities Have Had Enough Tinkering. Fund Them Instead

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tinkering around the edges and skirting the big issues has become Richard Bruton’s political forte. The Minister for Education has, for the last two years, promised immediate action on funding and said it was of the highest importance. Yet, as the government this week released a raft of reforms – including fines for mismanagement in Irish universities – it’s getting to the stage where everything and anything goes. Except for funding …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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College life offers challenge but most satisfied

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than one-third of Irish third-level students feel like ‘detached consumers’ in terms of their education. The finding is contained in sixth Eurostudent study into how students experience university life. More than 20,000 students attending third-level colleges were surveyed as part of the report. The findings show that, while 42% of students feel like they are partners in their education, almost the same amount (36%) feel like ‘detached consumers’ …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 January]

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Minister announces review of career guidance system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced a wide-ranging review of the career guidance system in second and third level institutions. In 2012, 600 guidance counsellor posts were withdrawn from the education system. Some 500 of these have been restored in the past two budgets, but there are still concerns many students, particularly those in post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses, do not have access to adequate career guidance …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 22 January]

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UL president welcomes reforms but is ‘concerned’ about underfunding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL has responded to a host of new reforms for third-level colleges announced earlier this week by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton. The promised changes include increased funding for Stem courses, financial penalties for misconduct and the delivery of more part-time, flexible and lifelong learning opportunities …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 21 January]

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The State has been accused of ‘anti-competitive’ promotion of some language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group that represents private language colleges in Ireland has filed a complaint with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for unfairly promoting certain schools …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 January]

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US universities hand out degrees with guarantees

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2018 by steve

“Students at the 27 public colleges of applied technology in the US state of Tennessee earn qualifications in such complex fields as computer-aided design, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and aviation maintenance. From this autumn, they and their employers will get something else, too: a warranty. If graduates fail state or national licensing exams in their professions, within one year, they will be retrained at no charge …” (more)

[Jon Marcus, Times Higher Education, 21 January]

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What Government Shutdown Means for Higher Ed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2018 by steve

“Congress failed to reach a last-minute agreement Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. That won’t mean immediate consequences for federal student aid recipients or institutional funding. But institutions and students depending on Education Department programs could see an impact if the shutdown drags on …” (more)

[Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed, 19 January]

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University chief confirms legal dispute with contractors but hopes for an ‘early resolution’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 20th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University bosses have confirmed to staff that it is involved in legal action with its contractors over its already delayed £250m city campus and said they are attempting to solve disputes ‘through mediation’ despite claims of a further three-year setback …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 20 January]

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Are arts degrees past their sell-by date?

Posted in Life on January 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week a number of major reports confirmed what most recent arts graduates could probably have told you without the need for costly research: they earn less than other students in the years after college. The draft findings of a Central Statistics Office study, which tracked the earnings of thousands of young college graduates over a five-year period, found that IT and computers students earned most …” (more)

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

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the pension and public pay restoration to be carried out under FEMPI, by Department and public body, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Women in stem and my 2018 list

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A previous post was obviously meant to be provocative – in a good way – but it seemed to provoke an angry response in some quarters. Anger is a big thing on social media as is taking offense (often on behalf of others) as is, most annoyingly, virtue signalling …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 January]

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Ulster University in bid to ease student fears over campus delay, insisting it’s on track

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2018 by steve

“Students are being told that a deadline for the completion of Ulster University’s new Belfast campus is still on course – despite claims it faces a three-year delay. The Belfast Telegraph revealed yesterday that the £250m campus may not open until 2022 amid ongoing disputes and legal actions against construction firms. The scheme is already around a year behind schedule …” (more)

[John Mulgrew, Belfast Telegraph, 19 January]

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IUA welcomes HEA report showing high levels of employability among university graduates

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the publication of the HEA’s report What Do Graduates Do? – The Class of 2016. This report, which is an analysis of the first destinations of the 2016 class of university graduates, shows clearly the high levels of employability among Irish university graduates ….” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 19 January]

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