10 things to consider for a more accessible curriculum

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The great work of AHEAD in Ireland in promoting Universal Design for Learning prompted me to develop the ethos of considering UDL in the chemistry curriculum here at Edinburgh …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 30 November]

No opportunities for non-EU students: I fell in love with Ireland but will soon have to leave

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

Ireland“Five years ago, I was recommended a study abroad programme by a friend looking into applying to medical school abroad.I applied, and through this programme, I was one of about 40 North Americans accepted to an incoming class in Ireland …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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20,000 students are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed

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

Ireland“Some 20,000 students are still waiting for their student grant applications to be processed. SUSI – Student Universal Support Ireland – has received 108,000 applications for the 2015/16 academic year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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Ireland needs top universities if it wants tech investment

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The decline of Ireland’s universities in global rankings could hinder the growth of its technology industry, Microsoft’s Irish managing director has said. ‘There is a view that Ireland’s universities need to be in the top 100 to attract interest and investment from technology companies and spur innovation’, said Cathriona Hallahan, who leads the company’s 1,200-strong Irish operation …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 29 November]

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Students Pay Different Fees, But Deserve the Same Treatment

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

Ireland“In Trinity, a typical non-EU arts student will pay €16,925 in tuition fees every year, while medicine and dentistry students may pay up to €30,000. These students are not eligible to have their tuition costs paid for by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and the level of non-EU fees are set solely at the discretion of each Irish university …” (more)

[University Times, 29 November]

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Damage controller or perfection seeker? It may all come down to training

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2015 by steve

Australia“Are you a damage controller or a perfection seeker in the classroom? The answer, according to one study, may depend on whether or not you have a teaching qualification. Research at an Australian university found that undergraduates were less likely to fail modules taught by lecturers who held a doctorate and a higher education teaching qualification than they were classes led by academics with only a PhD, but were also less likely to achieve a distinction, the equivalent of a first-class score …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 26 November]

Court rules that Trinity pension cannot be cut

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two government departments were not entitled, after the State took over Trinity College’s pension scheme in 2009, to reduce by some €20,000 annually the €92,153 annual pension of a former secretary to the college, the High Court has ruled …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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New Eurydice Report on National Student fee and Support System across Europe

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

EU“Eurydice has published a new Report on National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education for the period 2015-2016. The report analyses student fees and support systems (grants and loans) across 38 European countries …” (more, link)

[European Trade Union Committee for Education, 27 November]

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Student loans: ‘Grant-aided students will be forced into debt’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As speculation mounts ahead of the publication of the Cassells Report on higher education funding, so does my fear for the future of education. The wealth and progress of a country relies heavily on the degree of education of the population. So why are we moving toward education being associated with debt rather than with investment? …” (more)

[Lynn Ruane, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Could a student loan scheme save the third-level sector?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It all seemed so much simpler back when university fees were abolished 20 years ago.In those sepia-tinted days, the rainbow government presented ‘free fees’ as a system that would boost access to third-level education, provide guaranteed funding for colleges and narrow the gap between social classes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Student loan scheme – how it would work

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 27th, 2015 by steve

IrelandHow does an ‘income-contingent’ loan system work? Under this system, higher education is free at the point of access for students. Students are required to pay back tuition loans though when they start earning above a minimum income level later in their career …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Revenue may collect student loans under proposed scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Revenue Commissioners could be given a role collecting student loans under proposals drawn up by an expert group on the future funding of third level education. The group, which is due to finalise a draft report next month, is exploring the option of students paying for their college fees via the income tax system through contributions based on their future earnings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Student loan scheme may hinder rather than help

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish higher education has entered an era of ‘massification’ with well more than half of school leavers now progressing to university or college. The national target is that by 2020, 72% of 17-19-year-olds should enter higher education …” (more)

[Paul McCutcheon, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Dundalk IT lecturers stage lunchtime protest over cutbacks

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

Ireland“Lecturers at the country’s Institutes of Technology, including Dundalk IT, held a demonstration at lunchtime today in protest at what they say is the ‘severe damage’ that cutbacks have caused in the sector. The protests were organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 26 November]

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Trinity’s Track Record of Women in Higher Academic Positions is Worryingly Poor

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

Ireland“Trinity has a poor track record for women in high academic positions. Only 14% of full professors in Trinity are women, a figure that illustrates a significant failing on the part of this university. Women are not making it to higher academic levels, and this ought to be more of a concern …” (more)

[Aisling Curtis, University Times, 26 November]

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Institute of Technology lecturers protest over severe damage caused by cutbacks

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

Ireland“Lecturers are protesting outside the country’s fourteen Institutes of Technology during lunchtime today over severe cuts to their sector. The protests are organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents 4,000 lecturing and research staff in the institutes …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 26 November]

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IT executive urges girls to study science and technology

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

Ireland“An Irish woman who has risen to the top in a global IT company has spoken about the importance of more women taking up careers in science and technology. Dr Ann Kelleher, corporate vice-president of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 26 November]

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GMIT lecturers say ‘draconian’ funding cuts are damaging third level sector

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

Ireland“GMIT has had its funding cut by almost 40% since 2008, and lecturers say the cuts are damaging their ability to produce quality graduates …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 November]

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Irish research projects secure €180m in EU funding

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Since 2014 over 440 Irish applicants have secured nearly €180m in funding for research and innovation projects under an EU scheme. The finance has been made available via Horizon 2020, an EU funding programme for such projects that runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of around €80bn …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 November]

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ITs are underfunded so education standards are already suffering

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

Ireland“Lunch-time protests will be staged this Thursday, November 26, by lecturers and research staff at the 14 institutes of technology (ITs). These are part of a rolling campaign of action by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) against the Government’s refusal to address critical problems …” (more)

[Gerry Quinn, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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