What does Sinn Féin say about Third-level Education?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Sinn Féin Election Manifesto is 58 pages long, and I took a quick look this morning about what it has to say about third-level education. Like Fine Gael’s Economic Plan (36 pages) there is actually very little mention of third-level education. Sinn Féin do however have some specific policies – they promise to abolish fees and introduce grants for postgraduate students. Good ideas I’m sure you’ll agree …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 10 February]

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@FineGael’s Long Tern Education ‘plan’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I’m not usually one for checking out political party manifestos or plans, essentially I don’t believe what they say – now matter how well-intentioned or well-meaning they are. In our electoral system where an overall majority for one party has not been achieved since 1977, everything has to be negotiated post-election with other parties …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 February]

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UCD students warned over social media postings

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is urging anyone with information in relation to the alleged sharing of inappropriate postings on social media between students attending University College Dublin to contact college authorities …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 February]

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RAG Week returns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Extra Gardaí and student patrol schemes will be in operation around Galway next week as the unofficial RAG Week kicks off. This year’s unofficial RAG Week also coincides with the annual Solemn Novena which runs from next Monday, 15 February until Tuesday, 23 February …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 10 February]

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University of Limerick rejects ‘offensive’ claims made by HEA

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has rejected claims by the Higher Education Authority that there may be a ‘culture’ of inappropriate expense claims among its staff, describing the allegation as ‘offensive’. The HEA made the claim following the publication of an independent report into allegations made by three of UL’s staff members …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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CIT staff escalate industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of academic and research staff at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are using the post to communicate with management as part of a major escalation of their industrial action against the controversial proposed merger of CIT and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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Concern over ‘culture of inappropriate expense claims’ at UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has expressed concern over a ‘culture of inappropriate’ expense claims at University of Limerick. This follows an independent report published on Tuesday which confirmed some staff at UL filed irregular claims including mileage payments for trips between home and the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Third-level rows bringing GAA into disrepute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Another third-level season, another row over player eligibility. Queen’s University is at the centre of the latest controversy, having had three players suspended on the basis that they weren’t eligible to play in the independent.ie Sigerson Cup …” (more)

[Independent, 10 February]

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Trinity ranked 21st in the world in list of top 25 leading world universities over 400 years old

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has been ranked 21st in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) list of the top 25 leading world universities more than 400 years old. Trinity is the only university in Ireland included on the list. In a College press release, Provost Patrick Prendergast said …” (more)

[Rory O’Neill, Trinity News, 10 February]

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UCD brings in obligatory sex consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin will introduce mandatory sexual consent classes – as officials try to track down students who reportedly shared intimate images of female students …” (more)

[Martin Grant, Independent, 10 February]

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College, technology and social media

Posted in Life on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The world has changed – at least on my front. I’m one of the young people that contribute to the daily hive of smartphone activity at University College Dublin. I can see the social and educational environment at the university rapidly changing. The old cojito is gone and it’s now; I instagram – therefore I am …” (more)

[Darragh Miller, Irish Times, 9 February]

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University of Limerick whistleblowers ‘totally vindicated’ by HEA report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The three whistleblowers who spoke out regarding irregular financial practices at the University of Limerick – as first revealed by the Limerick Leader last September – have been ‘totally vindicated’ by the findings of a report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority, according to two local TDs …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 9 February]

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HEA concerned over expense claims at UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has said it is concerned that there may have been, or still may be, a culture of inappropriate expense claims being made at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 February]

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