ASTI: Dublin teacher Takes Over Leadership of Ireland’s Largest Second-Level Teachers’ Union

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

“From tomorrow, Friday August 1st, Philip Irwin, a teacher at the High School, Rathgar, Dublin, assumes the role of the President of the ASTI – Ireland’s largest second-level teachers’ union. Philip’s key priority for the coming year is to ensure that education reform serves to enhance Ireland’s second-level education service while maintaining standards …” (more)

[ASTI, 31 July]

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Bank of Ireland offers ‘profuse apology’ for wages blunder

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

“Bank of Ireland has said that customers of the bank and other institutions who did not receive their wages today will have their cash tomorrow. Bank of Ireland said that a delay with a payments file has delayed credits going into some customers’ accounts …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 31 July]

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Some public servants waking up to find no salary in their bank account

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

“There has been a flood of complaints this morning from workers in the public service that salary payments have not been lodged as expected in their bank accounts …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 July]

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Students face massive rents of up to €1,000 per month

Posted in Life on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“As the accommodation crisis in the capital continues, new figures show the cost of rental accommodation for students has jumped 5.8% in a year. Students living in Dublin can now expect to pay from €302 for a shared room to as high as €1,013 for a one-bedroom apartment in some parts of the city …” (more)

[Danielle Stephens, Independent, 31 July]

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Review calls for greater focus on doctors’ skills rather than on exam performance

Posted in Research on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“A review of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s specialist training programmes has recommended a greater focus on practical skills and on a specialist’s ability to communicate with patients rather than on the accumulation of knowledge for exam purposes …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Fraudulent research results: how common are they?

Posted in Research on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“The recent news that two ‘ground-breaking’ papers on stem-cell research by Japanese scientists have been retracted by the prestigious science journal Nature has raised the troubling issue of fraudulent results in science once more …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Students face €8k living costs on back of rent hikes

Posted in Life on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“Rising rents are one of the biggest factors in bringing the living costs associated with attending college to over €8,000, according to compilers of a student living guide …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 July]

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Some turn away from Turnitin over price and reliability

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“Universities explore alternatives to plagiarism detection software as fees and performance criticised. Increases in the licensing cost of the plagiarism detection service Turnitin is causing concern at a number of UK universities, Times Higher Education understands …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 31 July]

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Marked differences: time for new degree systems?

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“The fact that firsts are far more common in science than arts boosts case for reform of UK system …” (more)

[Victoria Halman, Times Higher Education, 31 July]

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Employers prefer ‘soft’ skills in graduates, study says

Posted in Life on July 31st, 2014 by steve

“Employers prefer ‘soft’ skills rather than technical knowledge in graduates they are recruiting, a study suggests. A survey of 198 employers in the UK indicated, for graduates, being good at communicating, a team player, confident and analytical were all more important than having technical knowledge …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 July]

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Minister: New junior cycle will go ahead, and I’ll meet teachers later

Posted in Teaching on July 30th, 2014 by steve

“The Education Minister said the new revised Junior Cert will go ahead in September and she intends to hold talks with teachers about it. TUI and ASTI members have threatened further industrial action over the changes, which they say are educationally unsound …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 July]

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Tech university application decisions to be made by November

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

“Decisions should be made by November on whether technological university applications can be made by two planned mergings of colleges in the south-west and in Dublin. The Higher Education Authority has appointed international experts to evaluate the plans already submitted by the prospective applicants …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 July]

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Residents complain about DIT campus at Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 30th, 2014 by steve

“Residents around Grangegorman, Dublin, have accused a State development agency of breaching planning permission for the new DIT campus, just a month ahead of the arrival of its first students …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Better educated – but women miss out on the top jobs

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

“Women are not being appointed to managerial positions despite them having more third level qualifications than men, a new report has shown …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 30 July]

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McManus gives €1m boost to sports academy

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

“Billionaire JP McManus has handed over €1m to help pay for a new sports project in Kerry. The award from the JP McManus Benevolent Fund will go towards the proposed €15m Kerry Sports Academy, a joint project between the GAA and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) …” (more)

[Majella O’Sullivan, Independent, 30 July]

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Irish women more likely to have college education then men

Posted in Life on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“Irish women are more likely to be college-educated than men, but work fewer hours. The Central Statistics Office has published its report on Women and Men in Ireland for last year, which shows that men also have a higher rate of employment – and of unemployment – than women …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 July]

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Should self-citations be included or excluded from measures of academic performance?

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“There has been much discussion over how useful citation metrics, like Google Scholar’s H index, really are and to what extent they can be gamed. Specifically there appears to be concern over the practice of self-citation as it varies widely between disciplines …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 29 July]

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Higher education apocalypse or renewal?

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

“As the years and months go by the voices become more insistent that universities across the developed world are in trouble and that many of them will collapse …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 July]

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Research quality assessment tools: Lessons from Italy

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

Italy“Assessing the quality of academic research is important – particularly in countries where universities receive most of their funding from the government. This column presents evidence from an Italian research assessment exercise …” (more)

[Graziella Bertocchi and others, vox, 28 July]

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Open access: effective measures to put UK research online under threat?

Posted in Research on July 29th, 2014 by steve

“A great deal of water has passed under the bridge in the two years since the UK government reinvigorated its push towards open access – making publicly funded research papers freely available online …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, Stephen Curry and Alma Swan, Guardian, 28 July]

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