Colleges warned over support for foreign regimes

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

Ireland“In the wake of continuing threats of terrorist activity across the globe, two Irish training bodies are set to be advised by doctors to be aware of the potential of unconsciously legitimising regimes with links to terrorism, IMT reports …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 31 March]

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Include gender equality in next Programme for Government, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a commitment to tackle barriers to gender inequality in education in any new Programme for Government …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 March]

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Industrial action to begin at ITs next week

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

Ireland“Two-thirds of the academic staff of the country’s 14 institutes of technology will begin industrial action on Monday over plans to merge the colleges into technological universities …” (more)

[Majella O’Sullivan, Independent, 31 March]

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TUI conference told contracts of 30 minutes duration on offer

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

Ireland“Young teachers in some institutes of technology have received contracts offering them only half hour work per week, the TUI conference has been told …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 March]

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‘Women do not progress beyond entry level’

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

Ireland“The grand-nephew of one of the signatories of The Proclamation has called for senior management at institute’s of technology to be held accountable for the lack of women in senior roles …” (more)

[Majella O’Sullivan, Independent, 31 March]

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Scientists say ‘no’ to UK exit from Europe in Nature poll

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

UK“The charged question of whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union — to be put to a national referendum on 23 June — splits the general population almost evenly. But most scientists want the country to stay in, suggests a Nature poll of nearly 2,000 researchers living in the EU, both inside and outside the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature, 30 March]

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‘Poorer students will suffer if Institutes of Technology merger goes ahead’

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

Ireland“Students from poorer backgrounds will suffer if the Government follows through on its commitment to merge institutes of technology. Around 4,000 lecturers and researchers will begin industrial action next week in opposition to the plans which will see IoTs merge to create technological universities …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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ASTI votes not to co-operate with junior cycle reform

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

Ireland“The biggest second-level teachers’ union has hardened its opposition to reform of the junior cycle by directing members not to co-operate in any form of assessment linked to the State exam …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 March]

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TUI to oppose merger plans for institutes of technology

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

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Unions of Ireland (TUI) working in institutes of technology around the country are to commence industrial action next week over concerns regarding potential mergers …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Berkeley balcony collapse: DA will look at any new evidence in civil case

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

Ireland“Alameda County assistant district attorney (DA) Kevin Dunleavy has said that their office will be open to looking at any new evidence that emerges in the civil case being taken by the families of the Berkeley balcony collapse …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke and Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Impact of the Economic Crisis on European Universities

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

EU“Across Europe, countries have implemented different policies and practices to deal with the economic crisis of 2007. Those policies and practices, in consequence, have different impacts on the higher education sector. Many reports by the European University Association (EUA) have presented such results …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 30 March]

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‘The EU’s modernisation agenda for universities: the rising stars of French higher education’

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

EU“Ever since the Lisbon European Council declared in March 2000 that Europe was to become the “most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world”, European Union (EU) institutions have actively promoted various strategies to achieve this ambitious goal. For example, as early as 2003, the European Commission strongly advocated for a “Europe of Knowledge” (2003), and in the following years has regularly released Communications (2005, 2006, 2011) explicitly nudging member states to ‘modernise’ their higher education systems and universities …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, CEPOB, March]

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Listen to our voice on reform plan, teachers tell Education Minister

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

Ireland“Teachers need to have their voice properly heard on educational reforms — and more time to help implement changes and work with their students. These were two main themes running through the presidential address of Máire G Ní Chiarba to almost 400 delegates at the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 March]

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Institutes of technology mergers a ‘byword for cuts’, TUI told

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

Ireland“The Teachers’s Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned of industrial action in the event of unilateral moves by the Government to merge institutes of technology. TUI president Gerry Quinn told delegates at the union’s annual conference in Killarney that in an era of brutal education retrenchment, mergers had ‘become a byword for more cuts’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Berkeley balcony victims: Statements from families

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

Ireland“Statement from San Francisco legal firm Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger representing all families affected in balcony collapse, except Ashley Donohoe’s …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 March]

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Berkeley balcony collapse: No criminal charges to be brought

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

Ireland“No criminal charges will be brought over the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed five Dublin J1 visa students and an Irish-American woman last summer, the US district attorney who investigated the tragedy has said …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 29 March]

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With Ambitious Goals to Attract Northern Irish Students, Trinity Reaches Across the Border

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students currently make up around three per cent of students in Trinity. In a press release two years ago, Provost Patrick Prendergast stated that he wanted Trinity to become ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’ and to continually increase the number of Northern Irish students coming to the College …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 March]

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It’s time somebody shouted stop to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s education plans

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

Ireland“In his famous essay ‘The Murder Machine’, Pádraig Pearse’s wrote that ‘without freedom there can be no right growth, and education is properly the fostering of the right growth of a personality’ …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 29 March]

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STEM graduates squeezed out of teacher training courses

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

Ireland“Graduates in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are badly needed in schools – but they are being turned away from teacher training courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 March]

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TUI president says lower-paid teachers are unable to pay rent

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

Ireland“Reduced pay and low hours are driving the best young graduates away from teaching as a profession, a leading union has warned. The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) warned that, due to more secure employment options in industry, it will become considerably more difficult for schools to attract teachers in an increasing number of subject areas unless salaries are equalised …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 29 March]

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