Benefits of R&D projects that link third-level with industry

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and industry are critical to the economy. This matters at a time when the Government is considering its next five-year plan for State-backed science and technology research and development …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Do you really need a degree to enroll on a postgraduate course?

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

Ireland“One of the (many) non-teaching duties I have to do is to review applications for courses – it is as a Course Director that I have to do this, not as a Lecturer. I am Course Director for an NFQ level 8 Higher Diploma. There are set criteria for applicants, this is regarded as a postgraduate course – so it is relatively easy for applicants with a degree to be accepted. But what about those without a degree? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 31 August]

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Funding science and engineering

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The critical responses to my letter (August 6th) by Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (August 8th) and David McConnell (August 11th) on the topic of the Government’s funding of science and of engineering appeared to be more concerned with the promotion of basic research rather than the refutation of the various points in my argument …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Teachers to be balloted on Junior Cert reforms

Posted in Teaching on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Second-level teachers returning to school this week face an early ballot on proposals that would allow the roll-out of full-scale preparations for the new-style Junior Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 August]

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Update on changes in ranking methodology

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

InternationalTimes Higher Education (THE) have been preparing the ground for methodological changes in their world rankings. A recent article by Phil Baty announced that the new world rankings scheduled for September 30 will not count the citations to 649 papers, mainly in particle physics, with more than 1000 authors …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 31 August]

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Authority defends decision not to investigate CIT allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The authority responsible for the governance of higher-level education has defended a decision not to carry out its own investigation into allegations of misspending made against Cork Institute of Technology. The Oireachtas’ public spending watchdog had received lengthy documents in which a whistleblower made a number of allegations …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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IT merger sees sixth facilitator in 2 years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A sixth facilitator in two years has been appointed to try to get Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology back talking about merger plans for a possible joint university application. The process is to resume after governing bodies of both colleges decided to enter a preliminary process of facilitation ahead of possible resumption of dialogue …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Asylum seekers to receive student grants for first time

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level student grants will be available to asylum seekers for the first time from next month under changes announced by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. The changes were recommended by High Court judge Bryan McMahon in his recent report on the direct provision system and will be rolled out on a pilot basis initially …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 28 August]

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George Boole: generous genius

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is hosting a series of conferences to honour the institution’s first professor of mathematics, a man who made the digital age possible …” (more)

[Nora-Ide McAuliffe, Irish Times, 29 August]

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UCC president calls for peer review for Government

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

Ireland“State agencies and Government departments should be subjected to international peer review on a regular basis to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness, according to the president of University College Cork (UCC), Dr Michael Murphy …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 August]

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China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

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

China“Imagine the scenario: an increasingly prosperous Asian country, which sends more students than any other nation to UK universities, is suddenly hit by a stock market collapse, a currency devaluation and a deep recession. Students are unable to afford foreign study, leaving academic departments across the UK with a financial black hole …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 28 August]

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TUI recommends members accept latest Junior Cert proposals

Posted in Teaching on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A second-level teachers’ union is asking its members to accept the latest proposals to reform the Junior Cert. The executive of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) decided today to recommend acceptance in a ballot that will take place between September 9 and September 23 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 August]

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Students in Protection System to Gain Access to Student Supports from September 2015

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today announced that students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports from September 2015. The proposal has long been advocated by Minister O’Sullivan and was one of the recommendations …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 August]

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My laboratory would fall apart if Britain left the EU

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2015 by steve

UK“While the latest immigration figures are grabbing the headlines, researchers like me are trying to not think about their potential political repercussions – particularly as we edge towards the planned referendum on the European Union. The consequences of a British exit for our programmes simply don’t bear thinking about …” (more)

[Stephen Moss, Guardian, 28 August]

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Plan for new technology university back on track

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

Ireland“Moves aimed at creating a technological university in the south east are back on track. The governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) has agreed to enter preliminary discussions with the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) about the project …” (more)

[Katherine Donelly, Independent, 28 August]

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Third of students use legal drugs to ‘get high’

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A national survey of student drug use has found approximately 30% have used medications prescribed by their GP to ‘get high’ while 18% have used non-prescription drugs to do so …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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50 jobs at new national institute in UCC

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fifty jobs will be created at a hi-tech future foods and smart medicine research centre in University College Cork which will today be designated a national institute. The APC centre will be formally launched as the APC Microbiome Institute, recognising its national contribution to this area of cutting-edge research …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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Waterford IT agrees to reopen talks on IT Carlow merger

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has agreed to reopen talks with IT Carlow on a possible merger to get the bid for a technological university in the south east back on track. However, WIT – which triggered a crisis in the application when it pulled out of discussions last October – signalled that more work had to be done before the two institutions start co-operating …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Waterford and Carlow ITs set to reopen merger talks

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology’s governing body has agreed to re-enter talks with IT Carlow over a proposed merger. Discussions on a merger between the colleges had stalled earlier this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 August]

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CAO, Colleges and the Points Race

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

Ireland“Economics can be useful. By this I dont mean the quasi-mathematical faffing about that some, including practitioners, think of as economics. Nor do I mean forecasting, something economists are both poor at and addicted to doing …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 27 August]

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