Trinity PhD workers rights group to be established

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity PhD workers rights group is being established to advocate for the recognition and protection of working rights of PhD students in Trinity and other Irish universities. Among the group’s central aims are the recognition of PhD students as workers, with contracts and full employee and collective bargaining rights; an end to unpaid teaching; and PhD stipends based on the living wage …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 18 October]

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Junior Cycle reforms row threatens to ‘implode’ in schools and cut class time

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Junior Cycle reforms are threatening to ‘implode’ in schools, with warnings that pupils face losing  significant amounts of tuition time if a long-running row is not sorted. At the heart of the dispute is the timing of meetings designed to underpin the quality of new classroom-based student assessments, known as CBAs …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 October]

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Student Grant – Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the discussions he has had with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to ensure comprehensive transport services for a radius of at least 45 kilometres from towns and cities with third level institutions in view of the fact that under 45 kilometres his Department, through SUSI, only pays the adjacent rate grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Student Accommodation and the Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of additional provision made for student accommodation in budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to develop a strategy to address the falling university rankings …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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College sweethearts return as UCC plans to name historic bridge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Generations have walked over it and soon it will have a name, as University College Cork (UCC) today plans to brand the historic bridge at its ceremonial gate as the Alumni Bridge. The crossing, which was completed in October 1929, leads to the university from Western Road …” (more)

[Greg Murphy, Irish Examiner, 18 October]

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Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

“Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials and personal circumstances, research indicates. The study, of 2,270 academics at 24 top UK universities, found the men reached more senior levels than the women, even after parenthood was accounted for …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 17 October]

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The President of Waterford IT says the City needs a master plan that includes the expansion of the institute

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Professor Willie Donnelly says the Institute which is aiming to become a technological university will have to expand. There was talk in recent years about WIT acquiring the former Waterford Crystal in Kilbarry however, owner Noel Frisby plans to redevelop the site …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 17 October]

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Funding announced for creation and expansion of technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced the allocation of funding aimed primarily at the creation and expansion of technological universities here. TU Dublin, which comprises the former Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institutes of Technology, has received €3.8m from the almost €15m fund, a portion of which also goes towards the promotion of cross-border third level projects …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €14.25m in higher education landscape funding with emphasis on the development of Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (18 October 2019) announced funding of €14.25 million to higher education institutions. The €14.25m fund was allocated under the Higher Education Authority 2019 call for submissions for higher education landscape restructuring, consolidation and collaborative projects …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Junior cycle reform needs consensus

Posted in Teaching on October 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Colm O’Connor in his article ‘History “special status” forces big reversal of Junior Cycle reform’ (Education Analysis, October 15th) finishes with the following astute observation: ‘Deep reforms require a compass bearing, and for this, it seems clear that a national consensus must first be achieved …'” (more)

[Sean Keaveny, Irish Times, 18 October]

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UL Student Health Centre issues advice to take against mumps and flu risks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Due to increased mumps activity on University of Limerick campus, the Student Health Centre has issued advice on Wednesday afternoon for students. In an email sent campus-wide, Clinical Nurse Manager Claire Kearns said that there has been a number of mumps cases on college campuses in Ireland and this is due to a possibility of a low uptake of the relevant vaccine in the 1990s …” (more)

[Kathleen O’Sullivan, Limerick Voice, 16 October]

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Technological Universities Status – Cork IT and IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanism by which a Cork Institute of Technology will not take on the debts of IT Tralee in the event that they merge to form a new university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 October]

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Fellows Divided on Provost’s Warning that Trinity May Cut Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Fellows are divided over an idea mooted by Provost Patrick Prendergast that could see the number of Irish students admitted by the College fall dramatically in the coming years, with some rejecting it for ‘moral reasons’ while others argue it is ‘only option available’ to a College in rankings freefall …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 October]

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Two more institutes of technology come together with aim of becoming a technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two more institutes of technology are coming together with a view to becoming a technological university (TU). Limerick IT and Athlone IT are forming a consortium to develop a Technological University for the Mid-West and Midlands …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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Is the lecture dead?

Posted in Teaching on October 16th, 2019 by steve

“Once ubiquitous, the lecture-based model of disseminating information and instruction is evolving rapidly. But we may still be too early in these evolutions and the research projects into their outcomes, to fully write off the lecture, although many – including vice chancellors – are already advocating this …” (more)

[Duncan Peberdy, Wonkhe, 15 October]

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Trinity Bypassed Board on Last-Day Response to Higher Education Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the College Board were not consulted on Trinity’s last-ditch submission to the government regarding proposed reforms that could see the governance structures of the College reshaped radically, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 October]

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ASTI warns against senior cycle reform until Junior Cycle changes are evaluated

Posted in Teaching on October 15th, 2019 by steve

“Major curriculum change at senior cycle level should not take place until there is a comprehensive review of the impact of Junior Cycle changes, a teachers’ union has warned. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is consulting with parents, students and teachers as part of an ongoing review of the senior cycle …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Trinity purchased over 17,000 live animals for research between 2016 and 2018

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has purchased 17,038 live animals for use in research between October 2016 and September 2018 for use in biomedical studies, with a drop of nearly 40% in the number of animals purchased in 2017/2018 compared to the previous year …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 15 October]

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Limerick Institute of Technology to form technological university consortium with Athlone IT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has moved a step closer to developing a new technological university (TU) for the Mid-West region. LIT has announced that it is forming a consortium with Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) to form a new TU in the Mid-West and Midlands …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 October]

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