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Programme 134, General Secretaries Preview Teaching Conferences

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. ASTI interview by Barry Hennessy. On this programme Barry and I ask the three general secretaries of the teaching unions to preview their 2012 conferences. We spoke to Sheila Nunan of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Pat King of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland, and John MacGabhann of the Teachers Union of Ireland.” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 8 April]

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Rising student numbers means 3,000 extra teachers needed – union

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“The trade union representing secondary school teachers has said the government will need to increase the number of secondary school teachers by about 3,000 over the coming years in order to cater for the growing population …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 April]

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Protesting students entitled to take on fat-cat academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“One would usually associate them with supporting any trade union action and opposing any cuts, but this week the national students’ body, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), did us all a service by calling for the restrictive Croke Park deal, which protects the public sector, to be renegotiated …” (more)

[Eamon Delaney, Independent, 8 April]

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Time for blue skies thinking about the future of higher education in Europe

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“Making space and time for blue skies thinking is a research dilemma of our times. Funders are typically interested in short-term results. Will it be the same for higher education when ministers from 47 European countries meet in Bucharest on 26-27 April for the 2012 Bologna ministerial conference? …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Sacha Garben, University World News, 8 April]

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Good university leadership works, research suggests

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“Across the world, university leadership has been transformed in response to calls from governments and international organisations for more effective governance. These requests reflect a broad consensus that countries must improve their national productivity and that universities play a critical role in developing the skills for global competitiveness …” (more)

[Elaine El-Khawas, University World News, 8 April]

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Debate on higher tuition fees gains momentum

Posted in Fees and access on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“In the face of the economic downturn, French higher education is beginning to debate openly the prospect of introducing higher tuition fees – but university presidents warn that the country must boost scholarships and state funding before making any change …” (more)

[Clea Caulcutt, University World News, 8 April]

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Government hands control over A-levels to universities to raise the bar on entry

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2012 by steve

“Michael Gove, the education secretary, is to hand universities the leading role in the design and development of A-level qualifications in a major rolling back of government control over the key qualifications driving university admissions …” (more)

[Brendan O'Malley, University World News, 4 April]

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