UCD Ball will not take place this year

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… safety concerns were raised by Gardaí relating to previous balls held on campus. Gardaí also insisted on a full campus closure, which the statement claims that the University were not willing to provide …” (more)

[Cormac Duffy, University Observer, 30 March]

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Irish universities rank high in research output – EU study

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions in Ireland are performing well against their European counterparts in research output and developing links with industry, according to global rankings published today. However, the EU-sponsored U-Multirank suggests Irish universities are falling behind the curve in ‘teaching and learning’, as well as developing internships and other bridges to employment …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Mixed opinions as European Union-funded ranking effort enters second year

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2015 by steve

EU“The European Union-sponsored U-Multirank releases its second annual ranking of global universities today. With 31 indicators across five dimensions – teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement – the U-Multirank project aims to rank a diversity of types of universities on a wider range of measures than do the traditional global rankings …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, insidehighered, 30 March]

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More students from urban areas being awarded third-level grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More students in urban areas are getting grants after the second year of the centralised processing agency SUSI. Massive changes in the geographical spread of student grants are even more pronounced this year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Northern Ireland students set to benefit from revised CAO points system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The seven universities in the Republic are set to introduce new admissions procedures that will make it easier for school-leavers from Northern Ireland to gain entry. Under the plan, which will apply to college applicants from September 2016, the Central Applications Office (CAO) points awarded for an A* grade in the A-Level exams will rise from 150 to 180 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Encouraging data on third-level grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SUSI, the single national grant awarding authority, had an inglorious entry on to the Irish stage as it struggled to pay grants to students. Happily, those early stumbles appear over and SUSI has now delivered intriguing data on who gets college grants …” (more)

[Editorial, Independent, 30 March]

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City bypass ‘potentially disastrous’ for NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A bypass route dissecting NUI Galway’s lands would be ‘potentially disastrous’, the university’s President has warned. Dr Jim Browne said that two of the routes in particular would be ‘very dangerous’ – because they would cut through the sports pitches or run parallel to the Quincentenary Bridge …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 29 March]

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University’s track record in establishing industry partnerships grows

Posted in Research on March 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has a long track-record of excellence in manufacturing industry collaboration. This is reflected in its success in establishing world-leading industry partnerships such as the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC); Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre; …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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LSE threatens student protesters with legal action to end occupation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“The London School of Economics has threatened its students with legal action after they refused to end a sit-in demonstration. Protesters have camped out in one of the university’s main meeting rooms for nearly two weeks, with a range of demands about privatisation, tuition fees and diversity …” (more)

[Martin Williams and Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 29 March]

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Gender discrimination, Dublin City University style

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There was, quite properly, a massive outcry about the very intrusive health questionnaire from NUIG. However, what has crept under the table without any debate as far as I can see is a series of adverts ‘for women only’ …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 March]

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At NCAD, Protests Resulting from the Trappings of a Shift in Ideology

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A shift in ideology and the resulting student disillusionment has thrown the future of contemporary art in Ireland into a suspended state, following protests of student groups and alumni from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 28 March]

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The war against humanities at Britain’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia, a war whose repercussions will be felt down through the generations. Long one of Britain’s global success stories, our universities are under attack by an austerity-obsessed government looking to maintain the excellence of our institutions at a fraction of the cost …” (more)

[Alex Preston, The Observer, 29 March]

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Teachers to get permanent employment rights after two years under new measures

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New procedures giving teachers permanent employment rights after two years in the job, rather than three, have been published by the Department of Education. Welcoming the measures, which are based on the recommendations of an expert group on part-time employment, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 March]

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WIT staff set to strike over merger

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Any hope of a potential merger between Waterford IT and IT Carlow to form a South East Technological University was dealt another blow this week as academic staff at WIT voiced their opposition …” (more)

[Padraig Byrne, Carlow People, 28 March]

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Institutes of Technology: Waterford IT and IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the projected cost of the proposed merger between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology; if parallel management structures will be retained at each institute after the merger; the projected cost of retaining parallel management structures at each institution; the amount that has been spent to date by each college on due diligence on the proposed merger; the amount the State will contribute to the cost of the proposed merger; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Written answers, 26 March]

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Government must act to help with cost of third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I am a mother of five children. I work in the public service and my husband is a sub-contractor. I have two children in college and I am writing to make people aware of the financial burden that third-level education is putting on parents …” (more)

[Independent, 27 March]

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Never too late to learn from your mistakes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUIG president Jim Browne tells Education Correspondent Niall Murray his institution is keen to rectify gender imbalance in senior positions as part of its assault on global rankings. Despite recent success in international rankings, NUI Galway has made most headlines in recent months over ongoing controversy about a lack of promotions for female academics …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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TUI serve Waterford IT with notice of strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The first stage of the industrial action will consist of a directive issued to academic and research staff not to co-operate with any merger activities. In a recent ballot 94% voted in favour of taking industrial action …” (more)

[WLR FM, 26 March]

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NUIG regret over ‘terrible damage’ and PR disaster

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway has spoken of his regret at the ‘terrible damage’ caused to the university’s reputation by the debacle over its invasive occupational health questionnaire …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 27 March]

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Student dies after falling down flight of stairs on University College Cork campus

Posted in Life on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A university student died yesterday after falling down a flight of stairs. The man, believed to be aged 23, plummeted from a height at the Kane Science building in University College Cork …” (more)

[Adelina Campos, Irish Mirror, 27 March]

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