Shackleton Lounge opens in UCD to foster innovation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin has opened the Shackleton Lounge, a new purpose-built space aimed at acting as a catalyst for innovation …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 31 January]

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Sherlock to consider merits of CERN membership

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today (Thursday) announced that he will consider the merits of Ireland joining CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in the context of an overall review of Ireland’s membership of international research organisations …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 31 January]

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What do Irish economists think and teach?

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“In late 2013, Stephen Kinsella and I undertook a survey of Irish economics and finance academics. We asked a bunch of questions on what they felt was core and not in the subject, on how things had changed in teaching over the last 5 years …” (more, downloads)

[Brian M Lucey, 31 January]

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Irish academics get lavish pension top-ups as private pensions struggle

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“In a graphic illustration of the gulf between the cosy arrangements made for insiders in the Irish system in contrast with the lot of many Irish private sector workers, it has been revealed that during the recent years of crisis, 2012-2013, ministers who themselves avail of one of the world’s best pension schemes linked to current earnings, secretly approved pension top-ups …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 31 January]

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UCDSU exit was ‘anti-democratic’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“DITSU president Glenn Fitzpatrick has criticised UCD student Samuel O’Connor for his high-profile disaffiliation from his student union. O’Connor won the right to leave UCDSU in December, in protest against the union’s pro-choice stance on abortion …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 31 January]

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Gender balance of third-level staff needs review

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“DIT’s top level staff could soon have no full-time female representation, with Professor Ellen Hazelkorn to be seconded to the HEA and a new director to be brought in for Research and Enterprise …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 31 January]

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Increased university costs and admin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“One of the common themes you’ll see when people complain about rising university costs is the increased cost of administrative staff. This is usually portrayed as simply greed, or laziness on the part of universities …” (more)

[The Ed Techie, 31 January]

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Obama Questions Value of Art-History Degrees

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“President Obama left some in higher education feeling slighted on Thursday, when he said during a speech in Wisconsin that young people could make more money in skilled manufacturing than with art-history degrees …” (more)

[Nick DeSantis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 30 January]

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Taoiseach ‘Not Welcome’ say UCC Sinn Féin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“UCC Sinn Féin is set to protest against the visit of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny Friday morning. The theme of the protest is ‘The Shirts off Our Backs’ …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 30 January]

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DCU ranked among ‘top 50 under 50’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“Dublin City University has been ranked amongst the top 50 universities in the world established less than 50 years ago. This is the third year running that DCU has landed in the ‘Top 50 under 50’ league table produced by QS University Rankings …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Masters level programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reintroduce third level grants for Masters level programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 29 January]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Education and Skills the measures he will take to improve the performance of Student Universal Support Ireland in dealing with grant applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 January]

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Higher Education Institutions – Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology – merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information on the reasons Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology is not participating in the current higher education restructuring discussions with Tallaght and Blanchardstown institutes of technology and DIT; his views on the future of Dun Laoghaire institute in the overall scheme of higher education restructuring …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 January]

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Higher Education Institutions – Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will guarantee that Dun Laoghaire institute will not be privatised; his views on private funding interests for the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 January]

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Student Retention Rates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students who withdrew from third level colleges during their first year in 2010, 2011 and 2012; the amount this cost the Exchequer in State fees and third level grants; and of these students the number re-registered in subsequent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 28 January]

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Neglecting the core business of undergraduate education

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“Despite the demands that are increasingly being placed on universities, their core ‘business’ is the education of young people, especially at undergraduate level. But the economic collapse, the globalisation of education and the ongoing obsession with international rankings, makes it inevitable that universities place a large emphasis …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 January]

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The Top Young Universities In The World, According to QS Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

International“Universities from Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea took the top five positions in this year’s QS Top 50 under 50 rankings …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 30 January]

[The only Irish institution in the ranking is DCU, now 44th (down from 40th last year). Full data here.]

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Stephen Hawking professorship in cosmology a ‘threat to meritocracy’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“… The donation is ‘structured to circumvent the salary structures of the university in order to guarantee an outsized payment to the chair-holder’, says a leaflet circulated by some members of Regent House urging voters to reject the plan …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 30 January]

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Sean Flynn RIP

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“The Education Editor of the Irish Times, Sean Flynn, has sadly died after a long and serious illness that he faced with great courage and good humour …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 January]

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Tributes to Seán Flynn, a journalist of the ‘highest integrity’

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2014 by steve

“The death of Seán Flynn was greeted with sadness yesterday by a large circle of admirers in the worlds of politics, journalism, education and trade unionism …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 30 January]

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