Joint statement from ASTI/TUI meeting on Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For the record we identify the following as issues of key importance: Parity of treatment of subjects; External assessment of oral tests, projects, practicals etc; …” (more)

[ASTI, 28 February]

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Minister will press ahead with Junior Cert changes

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education said she regrets the failure of the TUI and ASTI to accept what she says was a fair and reasonable compromise on Junior Cycle reform and she intends to press ahead with the changes …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 February]

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NUI Galway approves membership of gender equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Unions drop plans for another one-day strike over new Junior Certificate

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teacher unions have set a range of pre-conditions in return for their ongoing participation in discussions on the introduction of a new-style Junior Certificate. The unions have dropped plans for another one day strike in coming weeks but will continue other forms of industrial action …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 February]

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Proportion of female professors up, but still below a quarter

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“Professors are several percentage points more likely to be women than they were a decade ago, new figures show. Some 22% of professors – 4,415 out of 19,750 in total – were female in 2013-14 compared with just 15% in 2003-04, according to a report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 February]

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NUIG criticised for asking job seekers about menstrual cycle

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has said that it will review its pre-employment health screening, following an accusation that a question relating to an applicant’s menstrual cycle is ‘invasive’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 28 February]

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The Guardian view on higher education: beyond the bean-counters

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“Amid the ongoing discussion of how universities are funded, it is worth reminding ourselves why they are funded. And, in particular, why there is a value to universities that exceeds their ability to transfer specific skills and stimulate economic growth …” (more)

[Guardian, 27 February]

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Labour’s tuition fee policy: not awful, but still pretty bad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“Labour has finally revealed its manifesto position on higher education funding: the much trailed drop in the tuition fee ceiling from £9,000 per year to £6,000; and a lesser noticed increase in the maintenance grant for students from families with an income of up to £42,000 per year …” (more)

[Emran Mian, New Statesman, 27 February]

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Institutes of Technology Staff – Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 464 of 27 January 2015, if she will provide, for each institute of technology, the number of individual academic staff members, not whole-time equivalents, for each of the following categories of academic staff …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 February]

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NUI Galway Announces Members of Gender Equality Task Force

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Following a meeting of Údarás na hOllscoile/the Governing Authority today (February 27), NUI Galway announced the full membership of a Task Force on Gender Equality to advise the University on its policies, procedures and a range of initiatives to achieve gender equality in promotion …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 February]

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NUI Galway Statement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway uses a detailed medical questionnaire to conduct pre-employment health screening. An indepth questionnaire replaces the need for a face-to-face medical consultation for staff. This process takes place after a candidate has been offered a position and forms no part of the job interview …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 February]

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Labour announce £6k fees for 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

UK“Early this afternoon, Ed Miliband finally announced Labour’s plan to cut university tuition fees by a third. This has been Labour’s rumoured policy since Miliband announced his intentions to lower the fees back in September 2011 …” (more)

[Emily Lupton, Wonkhe, 27 February]

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Call for action on NUI Galway interview allegations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Galway East Deputy Colm Keaveney has called for an immediate statement from NUI Galway following disturbing allegations of ‘highly inappropriate’ questions asked during a job interview process …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 27 February]

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NUI Galway says questionnaire about menstrual cycles did not decide who got jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Senator has said he ‘cannot understand’ why NUI Galway asked women about their menstrual cycles before they started. The university says that health forms given to prospective employees were a health and safety move …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 27 February]

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University’s questions on menstrual cycles and breast problems ‘totally out of order’ and ‘misogynistic’ – Senator

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A senator has criticised questions contained in a university’s occupational health questionnaire for prospective employees as ‘invasive’, ‘misogynistic’ and ‘totally out of order …” (more)

[Independent, 27 February]

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NUIG staff up in arms over ‘invasive’ health quiz

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Questions contained in NUI Galway’s occupational health questionnaire for prospective employees have been described as ‘invasive’, ‘misogynist’ and ‘excessively personal’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 27 February]

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Colleges vote on industrial action over merger plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff have welcomed decisions of two institutes of technology not to speed up a planned merger but will still vote on possible industrial action over the move. The governing bodies of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) are sticking to the timeframe to formalise their merger …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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Postgraduate SUSI applicant? Let’s hope you were never hardworking or homeless

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Finally, the moment has arrived. It’s spelled out on a screen, and all of a sudden my face is wet with hot tears. ‘Congratulations’. I’ve been accepted into my dream master’s …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 February]

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Cork and Tralee colleges say Munster merger ‘will not require efficiencies’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The institutes of technology in Cork and Tralee, which are planning to merge under a joint bid to become a technological university, said the €6.7m bill for the plan will not be funded through cuts in services …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Seven myths of university teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“Teaching is creative, intellectually challenging and rewarding, but it is also elusive and complex. This makes it rich territory for the development of myths that offer a damaging view of university teaching – myths that are often supported by the ways in which teaching is presented, evaluated and rewarded …” (more)

[Paul Ashwin, Times Higher Education, 26 February]

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