Housing crisis forcing students to put off college

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

“Students from as far away as Clare, Cork and Galway will be forced to commute to Dublin. Students are being forced to give up their dream of studying in Dublin because they cannot find anywhere to live …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor and John Drennan, Independent, 31 August]

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Indian giant Tata Group to sell Irish degrees worldwide

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2014 by steve

“Tata, the Indian conglomerate owned by Ireland’s richest man, is working on a deal to sell Irish university degrees online around the world. Tata is part-owned by Pallonji Mistry, the richest Irish citizen alive …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 31 August]

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‘I can’t take up my UCD course because I have nowhere to live’

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2014 by steve

“Rebecca Rees was ‘delighted and shocked’ when she discovered that she had secured a place in her preferred course in UCD studying French and English …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 31 August]

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Warning over EU research budget

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2014 by steve

EU“Negotiations on the European budget could result in cuts to Horizon 2020, the European University Association has warned. The EUA says it understands that draft budget proposals for 2015 recommend reducing payments for research and innovation …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 31 August]

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There’s a good reason for the private-public sector pay gap

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

“Anyone who reads TheJournal.ie now knows that, on average, public servants earn 48% more than private sector workers. This pay gap was revealed earlier this week in the CSO’s most recent earnings survey …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 August]

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Performance funding policies in higher education have had little effect on student outcomes

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

“Performance and cost efficiency concerns have taken center stage in discussions about the funding and oversight of public universities in recent years. One of the primary manifestations of these concerns is the rise of performance funding policies, or policies that seek to directly link state appropriations to the outcomes institutions generate for students …” (more)

[Amanda Rutherford and Thomas Rabovsky, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 August]

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Poll: Should all third-level campuses go ‘smoke-free’?

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

“University College Dublin (UCD) is aiming to go ‘smoke-free’, after students voted for sales of cigarettes and tobacco to be stubbed out on campus …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 August]

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CAO points and demand for courses

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

“Sir, – Much of the recent commentary on the proliferation of low-quota CAO entry routes claims that it has been driven by colleges fighting to secure high-points prestige courses …” (more)

[Gerard McHugh, Irish Times, 30 August]

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UCD could go ‘smoke-free’ after ban on cigarette sales

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

“The country’s largest university is banning the sale of cigarettes and tobacco from Monday, in a step towards becoming a smoke-free campus …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 August]

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Irish college scholarships can help to rebuild Gaza

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

“The reconstruction of Gaza is a priority for the international community. Education is central. Irish third-level institutions can contribute. Our colleges and the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, should set up Gaza scholarships …” (more)

[Ray Kinsella, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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UCC mummy in no rush back to Egypt

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

“University College Cork’s mummy could be staying here a little longer, as political unrest hits Egypt. The university is in possession of a 2,300-year-old Egyptian mummy …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 30 August]

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Young asylum seekers with scholarships ordered to move

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

“Young asylum seekers who have been awarded scholarships for further education say they are at risk of losing their places after being told by the authorities they must move from their current accommodation …” (more)

[Sinead O’Shea, Irish Times, 30 August]

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The Madness in the CAO System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“When academics look at the CAO numbers at the end of August they are inevitably delighted when the points increase for their own particular course. Why? Because they know from experience that a CAO points score is a relatively good marker for basic intelligence and, crucially, work ethic and commitment …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 August]

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Independent report recommends UCD Ball return to campus following ‘substantial loss’

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

“UCD Students’ Union (SU) have commissioned an independent report into a ‘substantial’ financial loss made by the UCD Ball 2014. UCDSU President Feargal Hynes has cited poor attendance as a primary factor …” (more)

[Cormac Duffy, University Observer, 29 August]

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Minister O’Sullivan launches consultation on ‘Foreign Languages in Irish Education’

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has today launched consultations on foreign languages in Irish education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 August]

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Floodworks planned at NUI Galway

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

“NUI Galway is seeking permission for flood prevention works to the Distillery Channel waterway which passes through the centre of the main university campus …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 29 August]

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Shocking level of graduate emigration must be addressed, says IFUT

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a new approach to promoting graduate and research jobs in Ireland, saying many highly qualified young people are being forced to emigrate because of lack of real job opportunities here …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 August]

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What Lies, beneath. Civil and public service pay, again

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

“So, public sector pay is back on the radar. The publication by the CSO of the recent public/private sector pay comparisons has given rise to the usual outpourings from the organs of media billionaires …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 August]

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College student missing in Poland found safe and well

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“An Irish student who vanished in Poland has been found safe and is now on his way home …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 29 August]

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Foreign medics fill hospital jobs as Irish doctors leave

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“One in three doctors treating patients here is now from abroad, while home-grown medics – educated at a cost of €100,000 each – are emigrating …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 29 August]

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