UCC should not be honouring Barroso – Liadh Ní Riada

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“Sinn Féin EU candidate for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has criticised the decision of University College Cork to award an honorary doctorate to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso when he visits the campus next week …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 February]

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Open meeting re Irish membership of CERN

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Institute of Physics in Ireland would like to invite members of the physics community to a meeting in the Royal Irish Academy to discuss a response to the recent announcement by Minister Sean Sherlock of a review of Ireland’s international engagement on research and innovation, with particular attention to the costs and benefits of joining CERN …” (more)

[Institute of Physics in Ireland, 28 February]

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Teachers and lecturers ‘do most unpaid overtime’

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“Teaching professionals who work unpaid overtime put in an extra 12 hours a week on average – the highest of any profession, a new study claims …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 February]

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Why Sligo, Cork and Galway deserved a RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“Once again, RAG weeks in Sligo, Cork and Galway have reignited the age old question: Are students the pillars of the economy or a drain on it? Signs were put up around Cork city all last week, warning students that Rag week is not welcome in the area, and to take their business elsewhere …” (more)

[Laura Flaherty, Campus.ie, 26 February]

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Notes on ‘academic blogging’

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“I had a fun day on Tuesday, as my friend Stuart White had invited me to speak at a conference on ‘academic blogging’, to be precise ‘Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age’ at Oxford …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 27 February]

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One student’s vote decided if this Dublin college would rejoin USI

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“Students at Dublin City University have this evening voted to re-join the Union of Students in Ireland. The referendum on membership of the student representative body was passed by just one vote …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 27 February]

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University of Ulster gets £150m loan for campus projects

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to lend the University of Ulster £150 million (€182.4m) to support major campus development projects across its campuses in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 February]

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Barroso honour ‘laughable’: protests expected as austerity architect to get UCC honour

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“The decision to award an honorary doctorate to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso in UCC next week has been described as ‘laughable’ and is likely to draw protests from people who oppose the EU’s financial policies …” (more)

[Cork Independent, 27 February]

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Third Level Staff Recruitment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the staffing shortage in the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 February]

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Third Level Funding – Future Financing

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which he will receive the Higher Education Authority report on funding third level education …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 February]

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Higher Education Institutions Expenditure – Sustainability Report

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Higher Education Authority report on the sustainability of the higher education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 February]

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The Casualisation of Labour in Third Level Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“Provisional results from a survey carried out by the newly formed Third Level Workplace Watch indicate that third-level institutions are to the very forefront of the shift towards precarious employment in Ireland today …” (more)

[Micheal Flynn, Irish Left Review, 27 February]

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Sean Dorgan appointed new chairman of Irish Management Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“Former IDA CEO Sean Dorgan has been named as the new chairman of the Irish Management Institute IMI. Dorgan succeeds Dr Phil Nolan, who completed his term as chairman of the IMI board in late 2013 …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 27 February]

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Married student’s grant assessed on parents’ pay

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2014 by steve

“A married woman has been told her college grant application has to be assessed on the income of her parents who she no longer lives with …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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University rankings, 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“Always a controversial topic, the latest university rankings by QS have been published. More details here. The aim is to identify the top 200, meaning something of an abrupt stop once they get to 200 …” (more)

[Ronan Lyons, The Irish Economy, 26 February]

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Switzerland downgraded by EU on research involvement

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2014 by steve

EU“Swiss-based researchers will no longer be able to apply for European Research Council grants following its referendum decision to restrict immigration from other EU member states, the European Commission has confirmed …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 26 February]

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No chance of RAG Week return

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“Galway’s Students’ Unions have poured cold water on a call to bring back RAG Week after Supermac’s supremo Pat McDonagh chipped in on the debate this week …” (more)

[Conor Harrington, Galway Independent, 26 February]

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Is there a STEM crisis in these islands?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“Quacquarelli Symonds have published the QS world university subject rankings. One particular aspect of these tables has been noted in both the UK and Ireland …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 February]

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UCD Smurfit School celebrates 50 years of the MBA

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is this year celebrating 50 years of the master of business administration MBA at UCD …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 26 February]

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Global rankings reveal Irish universities strong in humanities but weak in science

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2014 by steve

“Irish universities are performing at a much higher level internationally in arts and humanities than in science and technology, according to the latest in a series of rankings for the sector published today …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 February]
[The QS Ranking is here; for Irish data see here]

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