Action plan required in all colleges on gender equality, says IFUT

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on all Irish universities to publish an action plan being taken to address continuing issues of serious gender inequality at college level …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 31 August]

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Montrose Student Residence beside UCD on sale at €41.5m

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

Ireland“The Montrose Student Residence located beside the UCD campus at Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4, is expected to be of interest primarily to international investors when it goes for sale from today at a guide price of over €41.5 million …” (more)

[Jack Fagan, Irish Times, 31 August]

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UCC management reverses decision to close beloved Old Bar

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

Ireland“Management at University College Cork has done a U-turn on its decision to call time on the Old Bar. The Old Bar, UCCUCC Students’ Union confirmed yesterday that the landmark on-campus bar, a feature for over 30 years, has been saved from closure and will reopen at the start of the new college year on September 12 …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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UCD Respond to Campus Accommodation Increases

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

Ireland“Following an Irish Independent article released on Monday, UCD have today responded to a statement request from the UCD Students’ Union regarding student accommodation. The Independent article focuses on universities around Dublin raising prices for their on-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 30 August]

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Call for contributions: next generation insights into internationalization of higher education

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

International“Are you a young scholar on higher education and are working on themes related to internationalization? Douglas Proctor (Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education) and Laura Rumbley (Boston College Center for International Higher Education) have launched a call for chapter proposals for an edited collection focusing on next generation perspectives on the internationalization of higher education … ” (more)

[Hedda, 30 August]

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Medical students should be paid to stay in Ireland, says department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should consider a scheme to provide several thousand euro annually to medical students to meet living expenses in return for a commitment to work in the Irish health service on graduation, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure have proposed …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Students unions inundated as first years seek accommodation

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

Ireland“Students’ unions across Ireland have been inundated with queries from first years who cannot find accommodation as the new term approaches …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Independent, 30 August]

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Limerick’s MIC to invest €21m in new library build

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

Ireland“Mary Immaculate College is to invest over €21m in building a new library on its campus at the South Circular Road. Plans due to be lodged with Limerick City and County Council reveal that the current library – opened in 1976 – will be demolished in stages to allow the new 4,955 square metre building to be built …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 29 August]

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Students turn up for college with nowhere to live

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

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has today issued an urgent appeal to homeowners across Galway to rent out their spare rooms to college students …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 29 August]

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The academic career?

Posted in Life on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“Every so often someone asks me whether I would recommend academia as a career option, and to be honest I am never quite sure what to say. Of course the academy has been very good to me, but what can someone entering the profession today expect? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 August]

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Are universities inflating points?

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

Ireland“The basic argument is this: (i) universities cynically restrict their intake to courses, (ii) the CAO is a supply and demand system, (iii) points go up, (iv) prestige of institution is enhanced. But it’s wrong …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 August]

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The revival of polytechnics

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

International“As African countries prepared to gain independence in the 1960s, each one started to establish a national university. Mauritius, a small island with a population then of barely three quarters of a million, was no exception. But there was one major and fundamental difference …” (more)

[Goolam Mohamedbhai, University World News, 26 August]

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Universities hiding educational funding crisis, says Martin

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

Ireland“Third-level colleges are covering up a major crisis in education in order to protect their reputations, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. He claimed that presidents of the country’s universities and institutes were unwilling to fully expose the ‘elephant in the room’ because it could affect applications …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 29 August]

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Colleges hike student rents by up to €760

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

Ireland“Universities across Ireland are hiking up the prices of on-campus accommodation for the new academic year. The price increases come as students across the country are hit by the housing crisis, which has seen an enormous under-supply of available and affordable housing …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Independent, 29 August]

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Reforming the Leaving Certificate

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

Ireland“A chara, – Clive Byrne draws an important distinction between ‘being educated’ and ‘getting an examination grade’ (‘Leaving Cert reform should focus on “real world” skills’, Opinion & Analysis, August 26th). Since the meanings of such examination grades have not been defined in terms of student learning outcomes, it is hardly surprising that students see them in terms of CAO points’ values …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Irish-funded scientist under investigation over his research

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

Ireland“A Scottish-based scientist who was awarded grants worth almost €500,000 from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is under investigation amid allegations that he falsified and duplicated research into new treatments for cystic fibrosis …” (more)

[Peter Geoghegan, Irish Times, 29 August]

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For Student Accommodation, Private Companies Cannot be the Only Solution

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

Ireland“The accommodation crisis in Dublin has long left policy-makers in government scratching their heads for a solution, with long-term strategies providing little comfort to students entering college in September …” (more)

[University Times, 28 August]

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John Morrissey, ‘Regimes of performance: practices of the normalised self in the neoliberal university’

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

IrelandAbstract: Universities today inescapably find themselves part of nationally and globally competitive networks that appear firmly inflected by neoliberal concerns of rankings, benchmarking and productivity. This, of course, has in turn led to progressively anticipated and regulated forms of academic subjectivity that many fear are overly econo-centric in design. What I wish to explore in this paper is how, emanating from prevailing neoliberal concepts of individuality and competitiveness, the agency of the contemporary academic is increasingly conditioned via ‘regimes of performance’, replete with prioritised claims of truth and practices of the normalised self. Drawing upon Michel Foucault’s writings on governmentality, and Judith Butler’s subsequent work on subjection, I use findings from a series of in-depth interviews with senior university managers at National University of Ireland, Galway to reflect upon the ways in which academics can respond effectively to the ascendant forms of neoliberal governmentality characterising the academy today. I contemplate the key task of articulating broader educational values, and conclude by considering the challenge of enacting alternative academic subjectivities and practices.

Morrissey, John. (2015). Regimes of performance: practices of the normalised self in the neoliberal university. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 36(4), 614-634.

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University rankings ignore teaching

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

Ireland“Over the past decade, the major and unhelpful intrusion into both the national and the international worlds of higher education has been the advent of university rankings. Surprisingly, despite the enormous activities these rankings have generated in universities and in their international associations worldwide …” (more)

[John Kelly, University World News, 19 August]

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New DCU, old discrimination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The newly formed DCU Institute of Education caused controversy only days into its existence. The faculty has been formed following the full incorporation of three educational institutes into the university, namely St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, The College View, 27 August]

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