Embracing diversity in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) published their first journal recently which I printed off with (I confess) just a passing interest. It turned out to be a compelling read from start to finish …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 31 January]

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Solidarity and Determination define Student Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There was an impressive feeling of solidarity, commitment and determination as a large number of students gathered outside of the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway to protest against the university’s deplorable record on gender discrimination …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 31 January]

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Student loses €8k after two colleges close

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A student who says he paid €8,400 fees between two colleges has lost the money after both of them closed down. Indian national Bintu Kurian (27) arrived in Ireland in late 2013 to study for a business masters …” (more)

[Paul Healy, Herald, 31 January]

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Rising college take-up ‘damages standard’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will have to cater for more than 45,000 additional students every year in just over a decade if current participation rates are maintained, experts have advised. Colleges have warned in recent years that the growing intake of school-leavers and other students — mainly due to population growth — is impacting on quality of the education they provide …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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Third-level college opens new campus on Cork’s northside

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Around 1,000 students are now taking classes at the new campus of a third-level college on Cork’s northside. Griffith College has taken over the former St Patrick’s Hospital building, which was home to Marymount Hospice until 2011 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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Tech should not replace traditional learning, say students

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2015 by steve

UK“In the 21st century digital age, many universities are falling over backwards in a bid to attract students through their technology offering. But if the views of sixth-formers speaking at a recent major conference are anything to go by, institutions should not be doing this at the expense of traditional methods …” (more)

[Harriet Line, Times Higher Education, 31 January]

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Principals’ Conference: Keeping of pupil data policy ‘to be reviewed’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan says her department will continually review policy on keeping data on primary pupils, which it intends to hold until they reach the age of 30. The issue has been the subject of criticism in recent weeks, with Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon’s office still in talks with the department …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

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NUI Galway President says university’s low ratio of female senior posts is ‘disgraceful’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says the fact that only 21% of senior posts at the university are filled by women is ‘disgraceful’, and they are aiming for 50% …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 30 January]

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Task force on gender equality initiated by NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says ‘concrete action’ required. NUI Galway (NUIG) is setting up a task force to advise on policies, procedures and a ‘range of initiatives’ related to achieving gender equality …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 January]

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TUI blow to South East University plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the new South East Technological University (SETU) have been dealt a blow after the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) branches in the Institute of Technology Carlow and the Waterford Institute of Technology issued a strong riposte to plans for a forced merger involving both institutes …” (more)

[David Looby, Wexford People, 30 January]

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My job: Dr Michael Murphy, UCC president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Around the UCC campus this year, the word ‘genius’ adorns everything from notice boards to pamphlets and t-shirts. As the college celebrates the life and legacy of George Boole throughout 2015, a diverse range of high-profile projects and events are planned to honour the contributions of this former professor in the fields of mathematics, computer science and engineering …” (more)

[John Daly, Irish Examiner, 30 January]

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EuroSoTL 2015: Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Call for Papers

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“EuroSoTL 2015 will be held in University College Cork on 8-9 June 2015. The conference theme is Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and will examine the role of SoTL in tackling the key challenges higher education is currently facing. The call for abstracts is just out and registration has recently opened for delegates …” (more)

[NAIRTL, January]

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European researchers soon to be ‘Teaming’ with €14.5m in EU funding

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2015 by steve

EU“A new European Union (EU) research fund will be distributing €14.5m across 31 research projects among the member states to push forward some of the continent’s latest scientific endeavours …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 30 January]

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Fade away

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“I firmly believe that if we are to reform education we need the help of technology. Technology in itself is not enough to solve all of the problems inherent in education, but in concert with new pedagogies, visionary educators, and strong leadership, change can, and does happen …” (more)

[Learning with ‘e’s, 30 January]

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Master Teachers?

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2015 by steve

USA“William Bowen and Eugene Tobin’s new book, Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education, has just been published: anyone interested in the governance of universities and colleges should read it …” (more)

[Harry Brighouse, Crooked Timber, 30 January]

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NUIG appoints new gender equality task force head

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway has appointed a former Vice-Provost of Trinity College to chair a new task force that will advise the university on policies related to achieving gender equality in academic staffing. Professor Jane Grimson was responsible for the establishment of the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering at Trinity College in 2006 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 January]

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Publication of Technological University Stage 3 Reports

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In 2014, detailed plans were submitted to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) by two consortia seeking designation as technological universities. The submission of the plans represented stage 2 of the 4 stage process for the designation of technological universities …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 30 January]

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College places shortage looms unless new funding system found

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of school-leavers will face a dramatic shortage of college places every year if higher education does not urgently get more funding, a new report warns …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 January]

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Two-thirds of students report hazardous drinking

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two-thirds of students are drinking hazardous amounts of alcohol every week, according to a university study. The study carried out by researchers at University College Cork found that about 66% of students responding to a questionnaire reported hazardous alcohol consumption …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2015 by steve

IrelandSean Barrett (Independent):: I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time.’ I welcome the Minister. I thank the Bills Office, the Leader’s office, the Cathaoirleach’s office and my research assistants, Dr Charles Larkin and Ms Ursula Ní Choill, for their help in preparing the Bill. We are dealing with the role of the university and the contribution it will make in the future to the development of Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 January]

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