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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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€300k design fees for sports academy

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

Ireland“Concern has been voiced by the public spending watchdog about more than €300,000 spent by the Institute of Technology, Tralee, on consultant fees for the design of the Kerry Sports Academy without capital funding for the project being in place …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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Half of parents don’t know how to advise their children on further education

Posted in Fees and access on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A survey has found that the majority of parents want their children to progress to further education, but many struggle to offer sufficient advice …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 November]

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Half of Leaving Cert students feel unprepared for CAO form

Posted in Fees and access on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“More than half of next year’s Leaving Certificate students are feeling unprepared to complete the CAO application form for college entry …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 November]

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Logistical nightmare as schools must open while teachers strike

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The planned strike by secondary school teachers is causing a logistical nightmare for schools that will have to open even though there will be no students in the classroom …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 November]

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Half of places at top university ‘to go to foreign students’

Posted in Fees and access on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“Edinburgh University says it wants to see 50% of places go to students from outside the UK as figures show institutions are increasingly reliant on foreign fees …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Telegraph, 23 November]

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Book Review: Reshaping the University: the Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education by David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

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

UK“This book focuses on the policy of removing almost entirely public support for the payment of student fees. Although it goes into great detail regarding the emergence of the regulated market as a way of delivering higher education to growing numbers, it does so with little apparent appreciation for what that emergence has required within the universities …” (more)

[Ron Johnston, Impact of Social Sciences, 23 November]

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25.8% = 12.1% = 4.8% … if you’re the Sunday Independent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“So today the Super Soaraway Sindo has a breathless shock horror piece about academic salaries. The headline is ‘25% of university academics earn more than 100k’. Let’s see …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 23 November]

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25% of university academics earn more than €100k

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Top Irish lecturers and researchers are still among the highest paid in the world, despite alarming drop in university standards and six years of austerity budgets …” (more)

[John Drennan and Claire Mc Cormack, Independent, 23 November]

[The headline figure looks wrong. 1,093 is the number of THIRD LEVEL employees with salaries over €100,000 – in other words it isn’t restricted to universities and it isn’t restricted to academics. 4,327 is the number of UNIVERSITY, ACADEMIC staff. Saying that 1,093 is about 25% of 4,327 is arithmetically accurate but is a nonsense statistic.]

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Students wouldn’t cut drink for good of health

Posted in Life on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Relations sour over IT merger talk

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Relations between IT Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology took a turn for the worst this week as the Carlow Institute hit back at their Waterford counterparts publicly for the first time since they pulled out of a planned merger to secure a south east technological university …” (more)

[Padraig Byrne, Carlow People, 22 November]

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Watch the Debate: Should Academics Boycott Israel?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Below is the video of the debate organised by Academics for Palestine and hosted by the TCD Irish School of Ecumenics, which took place in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 12th November 2014 …” (more, video)

[Academics for Palestine, 21 November]

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Department shelves plan for teacher performance reviews

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education says it has no intention of conducting regular performance reviews of teachers and principals, despite admitting in internal documents that such a move would boost the quality of teaching …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Grade Deflation

Posted in Teaching on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Consider the data presented below. It’s a plot of the percentage of H1 and H2.1 degrees from a single third level programme over an 11 year period versus median CAO Points at entry. The lack of any correlation between the two variables is striking …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 21 November]

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SUSI stuck on grants merry-Go-Round – Seán Crowe TD

Posted in Fees and access on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to use her position and intervene directly with SUSI to fast track payments due to thousands of students waiting for their grants …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 November]

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Science blogs and online trolling: Do below-the-line comment spaces help or hurt science communication?

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2014 by steve

UK“Questions have been raised over whether allowing comments on blogs and other sites is conducive to wider understanding of science. Jonathan Mendel and Hauke Riesch present a look at how online comments, even uncivil ones, can positively benefit community cohesion and inclusive engagement …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 21 November]

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Taoiseach to launch €5m technology centre in Cork

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today launch a €5 million technology centre in Cork designed to create new business opportunities for Irish financial services and technology companies through addressing governance and compliance issues …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Higher education: A matter of honours

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2014 by steve

China“Fine porcelain, Chinese-landscape scrolls and calligraphy adorn the office of Shi Yigong, dean of the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Little about his ornamentation hints at Mr Shi’s 18 years in America, where, like thousands of Chinese students, he decamped for graduate study in the early 1990s …” (more)

[The Economist, 21 November]

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Agricultural education gives most to society, Teagasc study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Agricultural education gives a far higher rate of return to the individual and the State than other post-secondary education, new research from Teagasc has found …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 21 November]

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