On ignoring access considered essential for integration of the DIT with the local community

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

Ireland“Dear Editor, I want to draw your attention to a blatant breach of a decision made by An Bord Pleanála regarding the new Dublin Institute of Technology Campus at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Pirooz Daneshmandi, Village, 30 November]

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Indian giant gives lifeline to struggling universities

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“India’s richest company is forging a deal to transform Ireland into the world’s first stop for e-learning and earn millions for the country’s floundering universities …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 30 November]

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Public sector/private sector pay divide is ‘now at 50%’

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

Ireland“As the latest CSO data on earnings show, differences in trade union power, staff age and workforce composition help to explain a huge gap between public and private sector pay: average private sector weekly earnings now stand at €605 compared with public sector earnings of €905 …” (more)

[Marc Coleman, Independent, 30 November]

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QUB students urged to make themselves heard at ‘Stop Del Cuts’ campaign rally

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

UK“Following the recent revelation that prospective students may face stiffer competition for places at Northern Ireland’s two universities next year, the Students Union at Queen’s are this week stepping up their ‘Stop Del Cuts’ campaign to reverse the proposal …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Queen’s Radio, 29 November]

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‘Not proven’ jobs are on the line as DIT prepares for merger with ITT and ITB

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

Ireland“TU4 Dublin Programme Coordinator, Mike Murphy has said that it is ‘not proven’ that there will be cuts to staff numbers after DIT’s merger is completed with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. The programme coordinator, speaking to the Edition about DIT’s bid to become a technological university, said that the college is in ‘no way, shape or form’ seeking to have larger class sizes …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 29 November]

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WIT snub TU4Dublin’s independent chair

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

Ireland“The independent chair of TU4 Dublin, Michael Kelly has been snubbed by WIT after being sent to rescue the planned WIT and IT Carlow merger by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 29 November]

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DIT spends €70,000 on advertising for open day

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

Ireland“DIT has spent €70,000 in advertising costs for their upcoming Opening Day which will take place in Aungier Street on Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th. The advertising campaign for the Open Day is the college’s biggest campaign of the year …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, The Edition, 29 November]

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Gender equality in Irish universities

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

Ireland“Sir, – The recent decision by the Equality Tribunal to recommend promotion of a NUIG academic Dr Sheehy Skeffington and to award damages to her in the context of what they described as a ‘ramschackle’ promotion process (‘NUI Galway ordered to promote lecturer overlooked over gender’, November 18th) raises questions about the role of the Higher Educational Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Students say Ireland should be ‘more accommodating’ to asylum seekers – survey

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

Ireland“A survey of 1,000 students and academic staff has found that more than half believe Ireland should be ‘more accommodating’ to asylum seekers. The survey of 1,000 people in CIT Bishopstown campus over two days in October also found that 72% believed those living in direct provision (DP) should have access to grants for third-level education …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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Students and interns at high-tech firms now earn same as average worker

Posted in Life on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students and interns at some tech companies here are earning as much as workers on the average national wage, thanks to Ireland’s digital boom …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 29 November]

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Q: What do school ‘feeder’ tables tell us?

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

Ireland“The tables are not perfect and they carry qualifications, but they fill a void. School league tables lie at the heart of an ideological struggle over how best to educate our children. In England, parents can easily compare average test scores and exam results between schools …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 November]

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An unemployed graduate writes: ‘I’m angry that I’m wishing for a job as a drone’

Posted in Life on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An advanced degree? An award-winning short film? Might be worth a spot on a pretty pointless – and expensive – JobBridge course. As I ride the Luas through Dublin I see people through office windows: sitting at desks, looking flustered on phones; in meetings, being productive and bored; heading out to lunch, to discuss strategies. Everywhere I look I see people with jobs …” (more)

[Richard Duffy, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Feeder Schools 2014

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Feeder Schools 2014 supplement (November 27th) provided limited but welcome data on the present situation of education inequality. In providing progression rates per school to third-level education as a percentage of all students sitting the Leaving Cert, the figures shed light on the vast disparities by postcode which exist in Ireland …” (more)

[Mairead Healy, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Casualisation

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

IrelandDeputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the high rates of casualisation and low rates of pay in the third level sector for casual academics; and her plans to address the situation …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 November]

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Number of public service workers below 2005 levels – report

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

Ireland“The number of people employed in the public service has fallen from 320,000 at its peak in 2008 to 288,000 in 2014 and now stands below the level recorded in 2005, a new report has found …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 28 November]

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University Status Applications – WIT

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

Ireland“Jonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to address WIT’s preference to become a university outside the terms of her proposed technological universities Bill and the breakdown in talks with IT Carlow …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 November]

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Technological Universities in the South-East

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

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way she plans to advance proposals for a technological university in the south east; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2014 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she has reviewed the proposal put forward by the Society of St Vincent de Paul to have the Student Universal Support Ireland application process reconfigured alongside the Central Applications Office process so that students will know whether they have financial support before beginning third level courses …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 November]

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Data Protection Commissioner Informed of Law School Student Data Leak

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed of a personal data breach in the Trinity College Dublin School of Law. Personal information from Erasmus applications made in 2013/14 was mistakenly uploaded to a Blackboard folder visible to all senior freshman law students …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 27 November]

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Too much focus on degrees – economist

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Not all school-leavers need to get a degree, according to a leading economist. There are a very large number of jobs currently waiting to be filled that do not need higher education, said Dr John Sweeney …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 November]

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