Paying for third-level education

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

Ireland“Sir, – People from the lowest socioeconomic backgrounds who want to go to college are impeded by the current system, which favours wealth over equality …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 December]

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You’re wrong, Minister – history is strong at UL

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

Ireland“In an interview with the Limerick Leader recently, Minister Michael Noonan got on to the subject of history, stating: ‘Limerick University [sic!] has a strong economics department, but it doesn’t have a strong history department’ …” (more)

[Anthony McElligott, Limerick Leader, 29 December]

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Junior-cycle reform still hangs in balance

Posted in Teaching on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“After all the huffing and puffing, the strikes and the votes, long-awaited junior cycle reforms are due to be rolled out in the spring of 2016. But just one in four schools will be in a position to deliver the changes …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 December]

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Irish third-level colleges generate €4 for each €1 spent

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges generate €4 for every €1 they spend, and seven jobs for each person they employ, a study suggests. The jobs impact of Dublin’s three universities is higher on the capital than the impact other universities have on their regions …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 December]

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Colleges are owed €17m from struggling students

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

Ireland“Universities across the country are owed more than €17m as students struggle to pay increased tuition fees. Seven of the country’s main universities are struggling to collect student fees and, combined, are in debt to the tune of €17,028,490 …” (more)

[Martin Grant, Independent 28 December]

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Public sector in ongoing search for staff

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

Ireland“As in the private sector, employers in the public sector are also increasingly on the hunt for staff. With the recruitment moratorium now ended, many organisations are ramping up campaigns to target members of the diaspora …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 27 December]

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Higher education’s contribution to Irish economy tops €10 billion a year

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s higher education institutions contribute €10.6 billion (£7.8 billion) a year to the country’s economy, a new study indicates. The report by economists from Trinity College Dublin also found that higher education supports 150,000 jobs in the country …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 December]

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Hinfelaar reflects on ‘tough’ decision to leave LIT

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

Ireland“Dr Maria Hinfelaar, who is stepping down as LIT president after 11 years, says leaving Limerick has been her toughest decision …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 26 December]

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A third-level loan scheme?

Posted in Life on December 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In his letter opposing a third-level loan scheme, Thomas G Cotter (December 15th) omits a very significant factor, the pay of graduates compared to that of non-graduates …” (more)

[Pat Hughes, Irish Times, 24 December]

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Pre-tax profits rise at Griffith College group

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Pre-tax profits at the group that operates Griffith College in Dublin last year increased by 13% to €790,014. Established in 1974, the independently-owned Griffith College operates third level campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick and educates over 7,000 students …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 24 December]


REF: static ranking raises questions about management policies

Posted in Research on December 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities hoping to enter the top half of the Russell Group based on research prowess are likely to be disappointed because their position in academia’s unofficial pecking order seldom changes substantially, a study suggests …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 24 December]

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Angelica Risquez, ‘Anti-plagiarism software in an Irish University: three years later’

Posted in Teaching on December 24th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAbstract: A variety of anti-plagiarism software applications have appeared in recent years, but the pedagogical and institutional practices underpinning their use remains largely unexplored. It is essential to increase the amount of evidence-based literature that investigates the use of anti-plagiarism software in higher education. In the light of this, this chapter explores the integration of anti-plagiarism software in an Irish university since early 2006 and the progress made to date. We use data gathered from our own context to show how instructors are using this software to date, what trends emerge and what can be deduced about the adoption of the system to guide future research questions. Best practices are suggested for educators in order to help them to use anti-plagiarism software in proactive, positive, and pedagogically sound ways.

Risquez, Angelica, Anti-plagiarism software in an Irish University: three years later in Critical Design and Effective Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Theory into Practice, Donnelly, Roisin, Harvey, Jen and O’Rourke, Kevin (eds) (2010).


Minister for Education expects Dundalk IT to balance books within three years

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she expects Dundalk IT to be back at ‘breakeven point’ within three years. Her comments come after the Higher Education Authority reported in September that the institute was in a ‘vulnerable’ financial position …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 23 December]

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Proposed Loan Scheme Will Have Negative Impact On Students From Rural Backgrounds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A newly proposed income-contingent loan scheme for Irish third level students will have a ‘disproportionally’ negative impact on those with rural and agricultural backgrounds, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Meadhbh Sinclair,, 23 December]

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Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the $25.2bn a Year Academic Publishing Business

Posted in Research on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

USA“Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled ‘The internet’s first victim’, journalist John Hayes highlights the technological imperative coming toward the academic publisher’s profit margin with the growing internet culture …” (more)

[Jason Schmitt, Medium, 22 December]

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Universities in pop culture: from Brideshead to Legally Blonde – quiz

Posted in Life on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“1. Which novel tells the story of a reluctant lecturer who struggles in his relationship with a fellow academic? Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis; The Children Act by Ian McEwan; …” (more)

[Nicola Slawson, Guardian, 23 December]

Ireland’s college-leavers below EU average for finding a job

Posted in Life on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s rate of graduate employment is lower than the EU average after it was revealed that only 73.9% of those who have left college over the last three years have found a job …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 23 December]

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Does ‘student power’ still exist?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to Una Mullally’s comment that there exists some kind of ‘student power’, ready to fight rising costs in tuition fees and, more broadly, reverse the tide of anti-youth measures taken by successive governments …” (more)

[Glenn Fitzpatrick, Irish Times, 23 December]


PD archive at UCD cannot be accessed by researchers

Posted in Research on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Researchers are unable to access the archives of the Progressive Democrats at University College Dublin (UCD), six years after they were donated …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 December]

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Branch campus academics ‘lack autonomy’, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Academics who work at UK universities’ international branch campuses face ‘losing their autonomy’ and reducing their chances of moving back to their home institutions in the future, a study has found …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 23 December]

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