Students in sit-in protest released

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“Four students, arrested for occupying a room at the Department of Social Protection yesterday, were released last night. A file has been sent to the DPP …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 November]

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Studying the league tables

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – Your Editorial (November 28th) refers to the robust response from the teacher unions regarding the publication of School League Tables. League tables, as published, feed into a mindset which regards a good teacher as one who teaches to the test …” (more)

[Clive Byrne, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Tables of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ suggest a form of educational apartheid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“The top justification for The Irish Times publishing lists of transfer rates from schools to third-level education (November 22nd and 28th) is they provide the ‘most comprehensive source of information on schools for parents’. This questionable assertion is made as if the exercise is innocent and neutral …” (more)

[Gerry Jeffers, Irish Times, 30 November]

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UCD Athletics Club demand apology for closure of the running track

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“The UCD Athletics Track was officially closed as of Monday 21st November. UCD Athletics Club Captain Richard Owens was informed of the track’s imminent closure shortly before an email was sent by Vice President for Students, Martin Butler, to students and staff informing them of the end of the ‘operational life’ of the facility due to health and safety concerns …” (more)

[Kate Rothwell, University Observer, 29 November]

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Statement of Support with USI Occupations

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“Today, Tuesday the 29th of November, several officers from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) took part in consecutive occupations of two government buildings …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 29 November]

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EIB provide €90 million for UCD campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“The European Investment Bank (EIB) will fund the development of six buildings on UCD campus, including the Sutherland School of Law, the Science Centre and student accommodation, as a part of its aim to support Ireland’s knowledge economy …” (more)

[Katie Hughes, University Observer, 29 November]

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BNP leader invitation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – ‘The Phil Society’ at Trinity College, Dublin, the oldest and one of the most prestigious debating societies in the world, recently, because of the threat of violence from extreme left organisations, was forced to cancel the appearance of Nick Griffin …” (more)

[Vincent J Lavery, Irish Times, 30 November]

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A sorry day at the track

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – Just last April, UCD made a bid for the university to be considered by international teams as their pre-London 2012 Olympic training base. Indeed Martin Butler, the Vice President for Students, assured that funding for a new running track was a ‘key aspect’ of that campaign …” (more)

[Mairéad Deevy, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Bartlett criticizes USI occupation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“SU President Ryan Bartlett has criticized the USI Occupation of governmental departments that took place earlier on this evening. Finishing their occupation in Store Street at 7pm, the USI Occupation did not go according to plan …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 29 November]

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CIT email campaign a resounding success, claims SU boss

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“Student leaders at CIT have claimed that their TD emailing campaign was a resounding success. The ‘Email Your TD’ campaign saw a total of 83,500 emails dispatched to Irish politicians during a blitz of emails …” (more)

[Donal MacHenry, StudentNews.ie, 29 November]

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Further cuts to public sector pensions planned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“The Government has announced further cuts in top level public service pensions. Ministers decided today to impose reductions of 20% in the portion of any pension that exceeds €100,000 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 November]

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A guide to self-publishing for academics and researchers: live chat

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“Self-publishing is right at the heart of the open education resources (OER) movement. Whether through self-publish sites or companies that allow you to publish on demand, there are lots of open options available for those who chose to eschew traditional publishing houses …” (more)

[Eliza Anyangwe, Guardian Professional, 29 November]

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Students briefly occupy Department of Jobs in fees protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“A number of students briefly occupied part of the Department of Jobs and Enterprise in an anti-fees protest this evening …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 November]

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New course site allows students offer feedback on college courses

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“New course rating website coursehub.ie offers students a unique way to solve the problem of undertaking a course of study at third level that turns out to be the wrong one …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, StudentNews.ie, 29 November]

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DIT latest institution to move students to Google Apps cloud

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has become the latest education body in Ireland to move all of its email and calendaring for its 22,000 students to Google Apps for Education …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 29 November]

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Surge in hard-up Galway students on the verge of dropping out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“There has been a surge in the numbers of students at NUI Galway who are on the verge of dropping out of their courses because of financial hardship, student leaders have warned. NUI Galway’s Students Union Welfare Officer, Brian Grant told the Sentinel that more than 1,300 students at the third level institute have applied for additional financial assistance …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Sentinel, 29 November]

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Strikes to hit Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“Queen’s University is set to be rocked by strikes over changes to the staff pension plan that have been described as ‘high-handed’ and could see members of staff losing £400,000 for their retirement …” (more)

[Ben Finch, The Gown, 29 November]

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Education body denies low take-up of work and study places abroad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“The Higher Education Authority has rejected claims by the European Commission that there is a low take-up of Erasmus exchange programme places by Irish students …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Learning curve for North’s universities as cheaper fees may create free-for-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s two main third-level colleges, Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Ulster, are in uncharted waters waiting to see how the radical changes to the British fees structures will affect the intake of students …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 29 November]

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University applications plummet throughout UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2011 by steve

“Universities are facing a huge slump in entrants — with applications from Northern Ireland down 16.9%, well above the UK average. Official figures reveal a UK drop of 12.9% with the largest fall of 17.1% among Scottish applicants …” (more)

[Amanda Poole, Belfast Telegraph, 29 November]

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