Lifting the veil of secrecy blanketing education in free trade talks

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

EU“Calling for full transparency, the European Parliament’s (EP) rapporteur on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations has made it clear that public services, including education, are not for sale and must be taken off the table. As discussions focused on TiSA intensify, rapporteur Viviane Reding has stressed that any agreement should follow a less is more approach …” (more)

[ETUCE, 5 March]

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NUI Galway Announces Opposition to Galway City Transport Project

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will this week submit its opposition to proposals in the Galway City Transport Project. The University, which is central to the life of the city and surrounding region, is one of the major employers in the city; it hosts a population of over 20,000 students and staff and has invested €400m over the last decade in capital development …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 5 March]

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Six Irish research institutions receive EU ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Today, the first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes to have implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will receive the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe …” (more)

[European Commission, 4 March]

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Booming population poses big headache for education chiefs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Among the shocking images of the Celtic Tiger era were children in rapidly-growing communities in north and west Dublin who, as September loomed, could not get a place in local schools …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 March]

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Maynooth University to halve number of college entry routes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University plans to halve the number of entry routes it lists on the CAO by September 2016 in a bid to give school-leavers more flexibility in their study options. The university says it will also become the first college in Ireland to offer a joint arts and science degree as part of a major revamping of its undergraduate curriculum …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Why colleges must prepare their graduates for the jobs that won’t exist for a decade

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… In a decade’s time, the students entering college in Ireland this year will only have qualified five or six years earlier. If they think they are settling comfortably into a job, they may have cause to think again. Young people graduating today can expect to work until 2060 and beyond …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 March]

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Tyndall Institute-led consortium secures €5.2m for circuit research

Posted in Research on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s largest research centre, the Tyndall National Institute, is to head a European consortium which is looking to create thermally intelligent circuits to cope with the increasing demands of data traffic …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Roads plan will destroy our campus and decades of planning, says NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… In a nutshell, NUI Galway believes that introduction of one of at least two of the routes will split their campus and destroy the careful planning in which they have engaged for generations to ensure the campus is the envy of universities across the globe. This is what NUI Galway has to say about it all: …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 5 March]

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Universities and colleges contributed more than $70,000

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

USA“New Jersey private Catholic college gave $25,000 after talk by Adams in 1998. Educational institutions have contributed more than $70,000 to Friends of Sinn Féin since the establishment of the organisation two decades ago, according to records filed with the US department of justice …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan and Erin McGuire, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Maynooth set to offer students a unique arts/science degree

Posted in Teaching on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A radical overhaul of teaching and learning at one of the country’s universities will allow students to combine arts and science subjects in the same degree …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 March]

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GMIT submits expression of interest for redesignation as Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Connacht-Ulster Alliance, which includes GMIT, has submitted its expression of interest for re-designation as a Technological University. The CUA includes Galway-Mayo IT, Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 4 March]

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Critics of quality of Irish graduates ‘wrong’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The growth of inward jobs investment in Ireland is evidence that critics of the quality of Irish graduates are wrong, says the president of Maynooth University. He will today launch a reformed curriculum aimed at producing graduates with an appreciation of many study disciplines for a changing economy and society …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 March]

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Dutch PhD candidates fear a downgrade in status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Holland“A group of PhD candidates in the Netherlands are fighting the launch of an experiment that they believe could put their employment status in jeopardy …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 5 March]

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Crisis in third-level education is coming down the line – but no one is looking at it

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“St Colmcille’s in Knocklyon, Co Dublin, represents the schools of the future in the new urban Ireland. Rural parts of the country may worry about the future of small primary schools, but in built-up parts of our expanding cities, such as Knocklyon, the schools are getting bigger in every way …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 5 March]

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50 shades of sexism in the academy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“In a blog post entitled We have come a long way but…, Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University with an interest in matters of equality and diversity, while recognising the success of the Athena project launched back in 1999 …” (more)

[Anna Notaro, University Blog, 5 March]

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Progress on new ‘technological university’ plans for Sligo IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans for IT Sligo to become part of a new ‘technological university’ cluster with Letterkenny and Mayo are ‘progressing’ well, according to the IT President. Vincent Cunnane says they expect significant announcements on these plans shortly …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 4 March]

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UCC and NUIG scientists receive €2 million each in funding

Posted in Research on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Researchers in University College Cork (UCC) and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have received about €2 million each in research funding from the European Research Council. Both awards were given for research in the ‘life sciences’ category …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 March]

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O’Sullivan warns Waterford IT over university status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has warned Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that she is not for turning on the prerequisite that it merge with another institution if it wants to achieve university designation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 March]

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How Colleges can use Social Media

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“While there can be a big focus on how social media can be a useful to SMEs and other businesses another area that can also benefit enormously is colleges. Using three case studies the various ways that third level institutes can use these tools will be shown …” (more)

[Danny O’Brien, BlueChief, 3 March]

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Stranmillis University College: Financial Viability

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

UKJimmy Spratt asked the Minister for Employment and Learning to explain the future financial viability of Stranmillis University College, now that the Executive have reinstated its premia payment, and taking into account the 2013 Grant Thornton report …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly debates, 3 March]

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