Digging up our Belfield of dreams

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

“In the 25 years since tearing around the final bend of the track and then somehow snatching the bronze medal nothing else has come close. There are more important things in life than getting to stand on the medal podium at the Irish Schools Track and Field Championships, but not in that moment there wasn’t …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Closure of All Hallows is a loss to third-level education as well as to church

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2014 by steve

“Paddy McNamara, now deceased, left formal education at primary level and did his Leaving Cert after retirement. He then studied for a BA, and at 80 became the oldest graduate ever from both All Hallows and DCU …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Quinn urged to resolve row on junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2014 by steve

“A parents’ leader has called on teacher unions and Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to resolve the dispute over junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 May]

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Economist Morgan Kelly among new members of RIA

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Once shunned by the political establishment, UCD economist Prof Morgan Kelly was today accepted into the bosom of academia. The man who called the property crash was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy along with 14 other candidates, boosting the membership of the 229-year-old institution to 482 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Trinity is the first in Ireland to Secure Funding under New EU Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has led the way in Ireland, securing the first funding award under Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. An award of €175,000 has just been granted to the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 30 May]

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Why Emma Watson’s Graduation Is Important for Teenagers

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

“When I think of mega-successful childhood actors and celebrities, there’s one thing I don’t typically think of: college. And it isn’t without lack of reason, either …” (more)

[Jackson Barnett, Huffington Post, 30 May]

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Ireland ‘at risk’ of falling behind in digital learning

Posted in Teaching on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Film maker and education reformer David Puttnam says Ireland has ‘about four years’ to roll out a digital learning strategy or it will fall behind developing countries …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Knowledge Transfer Ireland – Partial, Error ridden and Naïve

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Knowledge is only useful if people know it exists. So it is great to see Knowledge Transfer Ireland established, to start to allow organisations and individuals to seek out the knowledge in Irish third level institutions. At least, it would be if it worked. It doesn’t …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 May]

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Quality mark will regulate language schools

Posted in Legal issues on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“An educational quality mark to be in place by the end of the year should ensure below-standard colleges for international students can no longer stay in business, the Dáil has been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Masterplan to get from Los Angeles to Grangegorman

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

“Although he has worked on multi-million dollar architectural projects around the world, James Mary O’Connor had never toiled professionally in his hometown until recently when an exciting new development brought him home to Dublin …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Protecting Archives in light of Boston Tapes Controversy

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“I recently asked the Minister for Education about the security of academic research in third level institutions in Ireland in light of the recent controversy surrounding the legal challenge to research at Boston College …” (more)

[Clare Daly, United Left Alliance, 29 May]

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English Language Training Organisations

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

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to ensure that international students left stranded as a result of the recent closure of a number of international language schools can continue their education and be recompensed for the cost of discontinued courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 29 May]

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Minister Quinn invites teachers unions to talk on junior cycle reform, ASTI welcome the invite

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education has invited the two secondary school teachers unions to enter talks on the new Junior Cert cycle. The ASTI have welcomed the invitation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 May]

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Ireland should follow the Danish model of science communication

Posted in Research on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“More than 90% of people believe – if the straw poll conducted on this site recent is accurate – that communication is essential for a scientist to be successful in his career. This result fits all the anecdotal evidence that is available …” (more)

[Seán Duke, Science Spinning, 29 May]

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Entrepreneurship shortfall targeted by €500,000 graduate fund

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“Enterprise Ireland has launched a new half-million euro fund to try and encourage graduates to start-up their own business. The EI Competitive Start Fund was launched by jobs minister Richard Bruton today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 May]

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What happens when universities treat students as customers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2014 by steve

Time has a revealing opinion piece on how universities develop when they try to emulate big business and join the rankings arms race …” (more)

[DCU union, 29 May]

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Minister Quinn to invite teacher unions to talks on new JCSA

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, is to invite the two second level teacher unions to talks relating to the new Junior Cycle Student Awards, which are being phased in from September to incoming first year students …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 May]

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Major language school warns staff of ‘extremely difficult’ financial position

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“The turmoil in the English language school sector has spread to one of the country’s most reputable institutions where teachers have issued strike notice over pay cuts …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 May]

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ASTI: ‘Reform the Junior Cert but don’t abolish it’

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“ASTI President Sally Maguire today delivered the signatures of almost 10,000 teachers to the Department of Education and Skills in Marlborough Street, Dublin. The petition is signed by 9,921 teachers who are opposed to the Minister for Education and Skills’ plans to abolish the Junior Cert …” (more)

[ASTI, 29 May]

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Academics at British university object to giving student evaluations too much power

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“Academics at the University of Surrey are considering a vote of no confidence in their vice chancellor, Christopher Snowden, over a new teaching evaluation method based on student satisfaction scores. Under a staff assessment program introduced this term, lecturers are expected to achieve at least 3.8 points out of 5 in module evaluation questionnaires …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Inside Higher Ed, 29 May]

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