Tables pressure on schools to steer students to third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“If you are a principal of a secondary school and league tables emerge, the first thing is the rush to check your position. A bit like checking the Premiership table on a Sunday morning …” (more)

[Colm O’Rourke, Independent, 31 January]

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One university size does not fit all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The deadline for CAO applications is tomorrow at 5.15pm. I have no doubt that record numbers will apply and that next autumn the universities, institutes of technology and other colleges will be bulging at the seams with eager young students …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Independent, 31 January]

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OECD finds literacy an issue among university students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world, based on an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Meddling parents help third-level students fail test of independence

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I am sure my parents did not look forward to parent-teacher meetings when I was at school, as I was far from a model pupil. But whatever about having to endure those tense encounters, at least by the time I was 17, when I started as a student in UCD, they could rest assured there would be no parent-lecturer meetings …” (more)

[Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Sáez-Martínez, González-Moreno and Hogan, ‘The Role of the university in eco-entrepreneurship: evidence from the eurobarometer survey on attitudes of European entrepreneurs towards eco-innovation’

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandAbstract: There is an increasing social and political awareness of the importance of sustainable innovations. Strategic partnerships between policy makers, businesses, researchers and citizens are key to developing, implementing and applying eco-innovation, essential for the transition to a competitive green economy. Within this innovation ecosystem, universities can play a central role in creating viable alternative models that are driven by environmental sustainability. Based on evidence from the first survey on Eco-innovation in Europe ‘The Eurobarometer 315 Survey on Attitudes of European Entrepreneurs towards Eco-Innovation’, the present paper examines the impact of university collaboration on eco-innovating small firms. It also considers how technology push, demand side factors and the regulatory framework, drive eco-innovation in European SMEs. This paper has several implications for managers, as well as for policy makers. For managers, it should be stressed that collaboration with universities is essential to drive all types of eco-innovations. Our findings also suggest that national government should foster cooperation with universities following EU example (eg. European Innovation Partnership in EcoAP), as national policies based on subsidies and fiscal incentives appear to be ineffective.

[DORAS, 28 January]

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NUIG’s data breach denial: Just papering over the cracks?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Jan 19th Connacht Tribune article by reporter Dara Bradley states that NUI Galway denies any breaches of data protection regarding a ‘misogynist’ health questionnaire given to prospective employees. However, the article notes that …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 29 January]

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Oxford college accused of bowing to donors to keep Rhodes statue

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“Oriel College Oxford has been accused of putting the money of big donors before students’ free speech after it announced that it would not remove a statue of the imperialist mining magnate and politician Cecil Rhodes. Last month, the college said it would remove a plaque to Rhodes …” (more)

[Denis Staunton, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Opinion: Trinity College’s consent classes are important and do not demonise young men

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hannah Beresford is one Trinity College student tasked with putting together consent workshops for the university’s students who’ll start in September this year, and as she tells me to think of the classes like a fire safety talk, something strikes me as odd …” (more)

[Carl Kinsella, JOE.ie, 29 January]

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Universities offer ‘literacy clinics’ for students

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. Frequently, they come with little, if any, punctuation: ‘You have to fight your way through a forest of words to find some kind of path of understanding’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Linda Dowling-Hetherington, ‘University Change in Ireland: Understanding the “What”, the “Why” and the “How”‘

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandAbstract: Over the past decade, universities in Ireland have been implementing large-scale institutional change designed to better prepare them for the multitude of pressures they face. Changes have been taking place, for example, in approaches to institutional management and leadership practices and in decision-making structures. However, despite the rapid pace of change taking place in Irish universities, there has been a considerable dearth of research resulting in a lack of any real insight into how the higher education landscape may be changing from a grassroots faculty perspective. This article presents the findings of a case study conducted in the School of Business at University College Dublin. The article reports on the kinds of institutional changes that have taken place (the ‘what’); the impetus for these changes (the ‘why’); and the top-down manner in which many of these changes were implemented and the ways in which faculty have responded to them (the ‘how’). The article concludes by suggesting the importance of understanding the possible implications of faculty responses to change for their institutional loyalty and commitment and suggests some areas for further research.

[Research Repository UCD, 27 January]

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Proposed Amendments of College Statutes to Change Definition of ‘Student’ Following High Court Case

Posted in Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to amend the statutes concerning the definition of a student following a High Court case brought by a former student against the College. Following the ruling, the College is changing the definition of ‘student’ in the statutes, with the aim of further clarifying the differences between students and graduates …” (more)

[Fergus O’Rourke, University Times, 29 January]

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Report on Berkeley balconies imminent

Posted in Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

USA“A report on the inspection of thousands of buildings in Berkeley is to be published in the next fortnight, following the balcony collapse that claimed the lives of six Irish students in the Californian city last summer …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 30 January]

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Labour Court Recommendations: Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps she is taking to ensure that the Labour Court Recommendation LCR20577 in respect of a Labour Court hearing on 29 May 2013, relating to the pay of four workers at University College Cork Tyndall Institute, is fully implemented; if she will provide an update on the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 January]

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Irish media has painted TCDSU’s consent project as latest diatribe against men

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The news that TCDSU has decided to bring in mandatory (although participants can leave as soon as it starts) workshops on sexual consent has reached official Ireland. And just like clockwork the traditional Irish media response is one of ridicule and derision …” (more)

[Matthew Mulligan, Trinity News, 29 January]

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Third Level Institutions: IT Tallaght

Posted in Legal issues on January 29th, 2016 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent of legal action current or pending initiated by the Institute of Technology in Tallaght, Dublin 24 whether on behalf of management or at the instigation of staff members as a group or as individuals; the nature and basis for any such action; if the subject matter or matters have or were referred for mediation; if legal costs arising will impact on the taxpayer or on the individual instigators; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 January]

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Neo-puritan preaching to students won’t stop rape

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Should young men have compulsory lessons on how not to be a rapist? It seems that Trinity College Dublin has decided that they must. Mandatory sexual consent classes, the first to be delivered in an Irish university, will now be part of the orientation programme for first-year students living in halls …” (more)

[Fionola Meredith, Irish Times, 29 January]

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O’Dea urges publication as UL report is finally delivered

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A review into allegations of irregular financial practices at the University of Limerick and the treatment of several employees who raised concerns will not be published this Friday. The review, which has been conducted by independent consultants Mazars, will be completed this Friday and passed to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) straight away …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 28 January]

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TCD may introduce ‘mandatory’ sexual consent classes

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is to discuss controversial plans for the introduction of mandatory classes on sexual consent for new students with the college’s students’ union this week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 29 January]

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WIT Governing body agree to re-enter Technological University talks with IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It looks like the University for the South East talks are close to getting back on track. WIT’s Governing Body has today agreed to re-start engaging with IT Carlow in the Technological University process …” (more)

[KCLR96FM News, 28 January]

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College posts tender for demolition of Oisín House

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“College on Thursday posted a tender for the demolition of the Oisín House Building, along with parts of the Printing House, storage spaces by the Pearse Street gate and numerous walls within the site as part of its €52 million Oisín House redevelopment project …” (more)

[Matthew Mulligan, Trinity News, 28 January]

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