UCD closes gap on Trinity in latest university rankings

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

Ireland“The gap between Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD) has narrowed to just 16 places in the latest Times Higher Education league table, the closest margin since the rankings began …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Trinity slips 22 places, but UCD gains 53 in latest university world rankings

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

Ireland“The placings of some Irish third-level universities in a major global league table have shifted significantly after changes in the way they are measured …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 September]

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No End to Accommodation Crisis in Sight

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

Ireland“As rent prices continue to increase in Dublin, students in UCD are feeling the full effect of the housing crisis in the city. The sheer size of the problem has left both university officials and UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) struggling to assist students in need …” (more)

[Cian Carton, College Tribune, 30 September]

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Irish maths professor argues that computer games like Minecraft in the classroom can help students

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An Irish mathematics professor has argued that computer games like Minecraft in the classroom will benefit students. Patrick Fitzpatrick from University College Cork (UCC) has cited a recent OECD report as an example of how the computer games can help …” (more)

[Geraldine Gittens, Independent, 30 September]

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Fine Gael Meeting with the Union of Students in Ireland to talk about their Pre-Budget Submission

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland and Fine Gael’s Junior Minister for Education, Damien English, met in Leinster House yesterday to discuss the student accommodation crisis and the impact the Budget will have on financially struggling students across Ireland …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 30 September]

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Use graduate earnings data to shape university teaching, says Cambridge professor

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“Graduate earnings data should be used to help shape university course provision, according to a leading researcher. Anna Vignoles, professor of education at the University of Cambridge, was set to tell a conference on 30 September that salary data could be used to identify skills which employers are being forced to pay a premium for, and are therefore in short supply …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 30 September]

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University of Limerick in pay-off scandal

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

Ireland“Two employees claim they were offered nearly €60,000 to resign from their jobs at the University of Limerick, after they raised concerns about inappropriate money spending and mismanagement. The employees raised these concerns in October 2013 and described the two years that followed as ‘torture’ …” (more)

[Jennifer Purdy, The College View, 30 September]

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Australian student loan scheme a match for Ireland – economist

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

Ireland“Getting students to pay for their college fees through contributions based on future earnings is more equitable and less open to abuse than other means of funding higher education, Irish policy makers have been told …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Nama project set to create almost 1,000 student beds in the heart of Dublin

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

Ireland“A NAMA-appointed receiver is set to build a 970-bed student accommodation in the centre of Dublin. It will be the largest off-campus facility in Ireland when completed …” (more)

[Business ETC, 30 September]

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TUI: Vote ‘NO’ to reject proposed Lansdowne Road Agreement

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

Ireland“TUI is recommending that members vote ‘NO’ to reject the proposed Lansdowne Road Agreement (Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018). Ballot papers were posted from TUI Head Office on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 September]

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Questions Raised About Breastfeeding on Campus

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

Ireland“College’s policies regarding issues surrounding student mothers on campus have come under scrutiny in recent weeks after a student questioned whether they were permitted to bring their children into lectures and classes, and, in particular, in relation to breastfeeding on campus …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 30 September]

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‘Universities inflating points is absolute scandal’: Limerick TD

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

Ireland“Fine Gael deputy Patrick O’Donovan has said he remains unsatisfied with answers he received at the Public Accounts Committee, where he queried the ‘absolute scandal’ of universities inflating points for courses …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 September]

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Publishing PhD papers ‘improves a university’s profile’

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Publishing PhD dissertations on a university’s website can help to improve its global reputation for research excellence, an international conference has heard. About half of the 1.36 million downloads of research papers from Dublin City University’s (DCU) open-access research portal so far are doctoral theses, explained Lisa Looney, its dean of graduate studies …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 30 September]

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Gender equality: we are definitely not there yet

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2015 by steve

EU“There is a widely recognised need to step up systematic efforts on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the EU. The world of research is no exception to this: 1/ not enough women enter or remain in a research profession and very few are in leadership positions …” (more)

[League of European Research Universities, 30 September]

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Thrifty Ulster University should begin its cutting from the top down

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

UK“You cannot study German at Ulster University (UU) anymore, or Chinese, French or Spanish. Or take a single honours maths degree. All gone. History, media, film and journalism studies will be drastically curtailed …” (more)

[Eamonn McCann, Belfast Telegraph, 30 September]

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Trinity College and first World War

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The rededication of Trinity College Dublin’s Hall of Honour is a welcome acknowledgement of the college’s part in the first World War, but it is misleading to suggest that the ceremony was intended ‘to roll back a century of collective amnesia within the university’ …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Firm ‘hides’ university when recruits apply

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

UK“Professional services firm Deloitte has changed its selection process so recruiters do not know where candidates went to school or university. It hopes to prevent ‘unconscious bias’ and tap a more diverse ‘talent pool’ …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 29 September]

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Peace and conflict institute facing massive cuts

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

UK“Staff numbers at a centre of excellence for the study of peace and conflict are to be slashed by a university making multi-million pound cuts. The International Conflict Research Institute (Incore) is to be rationalised, Ulster University has confirmed …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 30 September]

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Fighting the spin – some interesting data on college entry

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

Ireland“Points in IoT and university sectors – are universities really gaming the system? …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 September]

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Major Increase in Education Investment will Benefit All Citizens

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

Ireland“… At third level some €350m will be invested in improving facilities at campuses across the country, with €40m dedicated to the major DIT development underway at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Department of Education and Skills, 29 September]

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