Action needed on gender equality says UCC historian

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

Ireland“Despite laws aimed at improving gender equality being introduced 100 years ago, the pace of progress has been slow, and action is needed now, not words, a historian has said …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 October]

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Commitment to equal pay could halt ASTI action, says union

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

Ireland“A Government commitment to equal pay for equal work could help to resolve ongoing industrial action by teachers, trade union Unite has said. The union called on the Government to issue a statement confirming its stance on pay equality as a matter of urgency …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 31 October]

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Trinity Aims to Redefine its Education, but Has to Build on Broken Systems to Do So

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“No one can deny the ambition of the ongoing Trinity Education Project, a complete reimagining of the way Trinity’s undergraduates are taught and assessed. While complaints can be raised over the abstract nature of its goals or some of the changes it seeks to make, no one can deny that by undertaking and attempting to complete it in a short time frame, Trinity is being extremely ambitious in aiming to achieve something new …” (more)

[University Times, 30 October]

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Government must not ‘wibble’ on Lansdowne Road

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

Ireland“The ASTI dispute throws into sharp relief a number of elements of how we disorganize our state. Lets leave aside the mad Leninist concept of equal pay for equal work, and the Trotskyite raving of equal pay for equal work. At heart the closure of schools will result from the abdication of the state over decades towards a key obligation – to educate …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 October]

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What next for universities after one hundred days of May?

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

UK“Friday 21st October 2016 marked one hundred days since Theresa May took office as Prime Minister. The change from PM Cameron to PM May is arguably greater than the change from the coalition to the Conservative majority administration after the 2015 General Election. There are clear shifts in tone, style and approach ….” (more)

[Alistair Jarvis, Wonkhe, 31 October]

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Planning Application Submitted for Redesigned Oisín House Accommodation Project

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

Ireland“The revised planning permission for the Oisín House accommodation project was submitted last week by College, with the new design one floor shorter, resulting in loss of 28 bedrooms after the original design was rejected by An Bord Pleanála in July …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 30 October]

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TCD expects €34m deficit for last academic year

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s overall deficit is expected to have reached around €34m for the 2015-16 academic year, according to figures released today in a ‘Provost’s Review’ of the year, which was emailed to all students …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 28 October]

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Public pay ‘restoration’ must be gradual

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

Ireland“The role of the property market in triggering the economic crisis is well understood but there were many other related problems which added to the pain of the resulting recession. The hubris of the boom period contributed to a rapid increase in labour costs across the economy, out of line with what was happening in neighbouring countries …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Trinity College Dublin seeking to sell naming rights for €1m

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

Ireland“Trinity College in Dublin is seeking to sell the ‘naming rights’ to part of its campus in a deal expected to generate €1 million over the first five years. The university is to appoint consultants to identify a person or firm willing to part with €200,000 a year to have their ‘name plate’ on part of the campus …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding third level funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Do the numbers add up for UCC-IMI merger?

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

Ireland“With third-level funding at crisis point, how prudent is it for UCC to borrow €18m to take over the Irish Management Institute, asks Special Correspondent Michael Clifford. The final hurdle in a merger between UCC and the Irish Management Institute (IMI) is to be jumped today, but there has been precious little examination of the deal …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 28 October]

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President Deeks Claims Confucius Overrun ‘Will Not Impact’ other Campus Projects

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

Ireland“UCD college President Andrew Deeks has issued a statement to staff on the Confucius Institute building revelations, claiming the increased €4.1 million UCD bill will ‘not impact on other capital projects on campus’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 October]

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Ireland could join CERN by 2018 – Gianotti

Posted in Research on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Director General of the European particle physics centre, CERN, has said Ireland could become an associate member of the organisation by around 2018. Dr Fabiola Gianotti was speaking following a meeting in Dublin with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation around progressing options for Ireland’s membership of the body …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 27 October]

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Training institute to vote on merger with UCC

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

Ireland“The members of the Irish Management Institute will vote today on a proposed merger with UCC which was originally scheduled to go ahead seven years ago. The merger, which is expected to be ratified, will see UCC borrow €18m from AIB to pay for the IMI’s campus in Sandyford, Co Dublin, and invest a further €2m in the facility at a time when third-level funding is in crisis …” (more)

[Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner, 28 October]

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76,000 student grants paid so far, Susi says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student grant body Susi has awarded third-level and maintenance funding to 76,000 students so far this academic year, an increase of 14,000 on the same period last year …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Irish university students offer sex to fund studies, claims report

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“Female students at an Irish university are turning to sex work to help fund their studies, a report has claimed. The university and College Union and the Students’ Union claimed some PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast are being paid below the minimum wage …” (more)

[Kylie Noble, Independent, 27 October]

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Teachers on strike and two-tier pay

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Education’s approach to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) strike is at odds with its approach several weeks ago. Then it was asking school managers to hire people to carry out supervision and substitution …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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We need to support our students – not throw them into debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I represent 17,000 students in Trinity this year in our students union. There are moments when you witness how difficult it can be to be a student in Ireland …” (more)

[Kieran McNulty, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Extra pay on table for gardaí in attempt to head off strike

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí may receive a cash boost for taking on extra work, under proposals tabled at talks to avert the threat of four strikes from Friday week. Ongoing talks could provide a route to a deal that would provide officers with more pay but would not be seen as breaching the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Tom Brady, Independent, 27 October]

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Imagine a TEF that actually measured teaching excellence …

Posted in Teaching on October 27th, 2016 by steve

UK“There has been much debate about the Teaching Excellence Framework since it was initially proposed. Some have called for an outright rejection, while others have come up with ideas about the principles it should follow. But I am interested in how to design an effective system to measure and improve the quality of learning and teaching across the higher education system. What would that actually look like? …” (more)

[Paul Ashwin, Guardian, 26 October]

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