Open University ranks No 1 European university in Google’s most searched universities

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

EU“Google has revealed that The Open University has been ranked as the No 1 European university and No 3 in the world in its worldwide search rankings. The OU was the only university in the top 20 with a base in Ireland. It has 2,500 Irish students currently registered on various courses and qualifications …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 30 September]

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University of Ulster faces immediate £3m budget cut, staff told

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

“The University of Ulster has told staff it will have to make an immediate budget cut of £3.15m as a result of financial pressures at Stormont. That cut amounts to just under 4% of the university’s day-to-day costs …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 30 September]

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The Problem with Global Reputation Rankings

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

International“I was in Athens this past June, at an EU-sponsored conference on rankings, which included a very intriguing discussion about the use of reputation indicators that I thought I would share with you. Not all rankings have reputational indicators …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 30 September]

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Tory conference: ‘Many universities aren’t teaching anybody anything’

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2014 by steve

“Many non-Oxbridge universities are ‘not teaching anybody anything’ and there is ‘dangerously complacency’ about the problem, according to a panelist at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 30 September]

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Minister: We’ll have to make tough decision on college funds

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

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has said that decisions need to be made about the future funding of higher education in Ireland. But she said she would await the report of an expert group set up by her predecessor Ruairi Quinn, which is due to issue its final findings by the end of 2015 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Having a degree in Ireland adds about €350,000 in lifetime earnings, says OECD

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

Ireland“Irish graduates enjoy the highest income return from their degrees of all member states in the OECD, a conference on third-level funding has heard …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Minister coy over future of third-level funding

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

Ireland“The newly installed minister for education, Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan, today ducked the chance to lay out a vision for the future funding of third-level education in Ireland. In a speech this afternoon at an Irish Universities Association (IUA) symposium …” (more)

[James Wilson, Trinity News, 29 September]

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Irish higher education and the quest for something better

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

Ireland“During my ten years as an Irish university President, one of my recurring and deeply frustrating experiences was encountering politicians who had persuaded themselves that the university sector received too much funding, wasted resources and needed more control to resolve this problem …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 September]

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Third-level education system needs ‘structural changes’

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

Ireland“More structural changes in the higher education system are needed as well as decisions on who funds it, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has told university leaders. She said reforms must continue …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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Minister for Education Hopes to Protect Student Grant in Budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, ‘[hopes] to achieve the protection of the student grant again as part of the upcoming budget’, she has announced …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 29 September]

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Cog Notes: Dublin ITs steam ahead in university race

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

Ireland“A progress report on the bids by several institutes of technology for university status comes before the Higher Education Authority this week, but already clear front-runners are emerging. The collective bid by Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght is steaming ahead …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Unthinkable: Are elite students just excellent sheep?

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2014 by steve

USA“Today’s elite students are technically gifted but risk-averse and typically stressed, says former Yale professor William Deresiewicz. Former Yale professor William Deresiewicz has sparked a fiery debate in the US about the point of higher education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Appropriate spending a high priority for Education Minister, she says

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

Ireland“Appropriate spending in publicly funded higher education institutions is a high priority for Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan despite claims from college presidents that universities and institutes of technology are ‘over-regulated’, the Minister has said …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 30 September]

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USI rejects contribution fee proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Laura Harmon, has demanded colleges stop treating students as the soft route to more cash. She has rejected calls for an increase in the student contribution to higher education …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 29 September]

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IUA Funding Symposium address by Minister Jan O’Sullivan

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

“Good afternoon to you all, I am delighted to have been invited by the Provost on behalf of the Irish Universities Association to address this important symposium on university performance and sustainability. Today you are hearing from a range of national and international prestigious speakers on a variety of perspectives on the funding and regulation of universities …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 September]

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Trinity professor to receive €1.2m research fund

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“A professor of brain research at Dublin’s Trinity College is to receive €1.2m in funding over six years to study the systems that support memory in the brain. Professor Shane O’Mara is the first Irish-based recipient of a Senior Investigator Award …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 September]

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The Technology in the Classroom Dilema

Posted in Teaching on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“A couple of years ago I decided to no longer ask students to turn off laptops or to put down screens in computer labs. I also don’t insist on mobile phones and tablets being switched off – only that they be put on silent. My attitude nowadays is that the computer is a learning tool that can add value to a class for a student …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 29 September]

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USI prepares for battle as Budget threatens fee hikes and grant cuts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“Following the recent education forum organised by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) as part of its ‘Education Is’ national campaign, the president of USI, Laura Harmon, was keen to explain the points of this year’s USI pre-budget submissions …” (more)

[Niamh Geoghegan, Campus.ie, 29 September]

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‘The Role and Contribution of Universities’

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

“Colleagues and Distinguished Guests, It’s my honour, as this year’s chair of the Irish University Association, to welcome you to this symposium, and to give the opening remarks. Today, we look at issues of competitiveness, performance, regulation, governance, and financing focused on the Irish higher education sector …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin, 29 September]

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Provost expresses support for student fees, defends industry links

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“Provost Patrick Prendergast this morning defended student fees and backed Irish universities’ industry links at the Irish Universities Association (IUA) symposium in the Royal College of Physicians. In the opening speech of the day-long event …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 29 September]

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