UCDSU and UCD face criticism over handling of rape allegations

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

Ireland“UCD Students’ Union and UCD now face criticism over their handling of an alleged rape on campus in the early hours of last Friday morning. The union have confirmed that they were made aware of the case on Monday 28th November …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 30 November]

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… or not to lecture

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“In my previous post I wrote that even though research shows lectures to be less than effective in helping students to learn, they still persist in higher education. I also promised to blog about some of the alternatives when it comes to teaching very large groups, and here it is. The key question is: What can replace the lecture? …” (more)

[Learning with ‘e’s, 30 November ]

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Gardaí probe into alleged serious sexual assault of student at UCD

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

Ireland“Gardaí have launched an investigation into the alleged serious sexual assault of a young woman at UCD’s Belfield campus last Thursday. A woman made a report to officers after claiming that she had been victim of sexual assault on the grounds of the university …” (more)

[Ken Foy and Robin Schiller, Independent, 30 November]

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Time for Elsexit?

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“This post is principally addressed to academics in the UK, though some of it may apply to people in other countries too. The current deal that the universities have with Elsevier expires at the end of this year …” (more)

[Gowers’s Weblog, 29 November]

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President warns of threat to academic freedom

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

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has warned of the growing global threat to academic freedom and democracy, just days after he controversially paid tribute to Fidel Castro …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 30 November]

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Paschal Donohoe agrees to pay talks with public sector unions

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

Ireland“The Government has backed down from a standoff with public sector unions by agreeing to talks on ‘anomalies’ in the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe has agreed to begin negotiations with public sector representatives over the repercussions of the garda Labour Court recommendation …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 30 November]

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Science Europe lobby group hit by sudden exodus

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2016 by steve

EU“Influential research organizations are pulling out of Science Europe, the Brussels-based advocacy group that aims to champion researchers’ interests with European Union policymakers. All but one of France’s research-funding organizations are preparing to leave the group at the end of this year …” (more)

[Inga Vesper, Nature, 29 November]

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Scientific papers get more authors

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2016 by steve

International“As readers of scientific journals can attest, the list of authors on a typical research paper appears to be growing longer and longer. The trend is laid bare by data from Scopus, the biggest database of abstracts and citations of papers …” (more)

[Economist, 25 November]

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Alleged rape of student on UCD’s Belfield campus investigated

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

Ireland“Gardai are investigating an alleged rape on the Belfield campus at University College Dublin. The Irish Times understands a student at the Dublin 4 university has told gardai she was attacked late last week …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 29 November]

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UCD receive over €400,000 from parking permits

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

Ireland“UCD have received €413,795.60 net revenue from the sale of parking permits from August 2015 to September 2016. This does not include the €125,057.73 revenue from parking meters from September 2015 to August 2016. The permits were introduced last year to ‘to ensure that car parking is only used by members of the University community and as a means of controlling demand’ according to UCD commuting services …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 29 November]

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Funding crisis in higher education must be tackled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thirty years after the abolition of college tuition fees, just one in seven young people in the country’s most disadvantaged areas progress to higher education. In our most affluent suburbs, almost every young person (99%) has this opportunity …” (more)

[Danny McCoy, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Joining the grown-ups: first-year students make the leap

Posted in Life on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Eighteen candles on the birthday cake may make you an adult in the eyes of the law but, in reality, turning 18 is only the beginning of the ‘adulting’ process. Yes ‘adulting’ is a word now. Just as one generation turned the noun ‘parent’ into a verb, another is doing the same with ‘adult’ …” (more)

[Sheila Wayman, Irish Times, 29 November]

Mary Robinson: I won’t avail of €1.2m tax credit

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a Mary Robinson Presidential Library in her hometown of Ballina, Co Mayo, have been abandoned after the former President decided to donate her archive of documents to NUI Galway university …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 29 November]

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Man had explosive device components in college locker, court hears

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

Ireland“A Dublin man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership was arrested in the run-up to Prince Charles’s visit to Ireland and had explosive device components in his locker at Maynooth University, the Special Criminal Court has heard …” (more)

[Alison O’Riordan, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Performance in key subjects is not adding up

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Science, technology, engineering and maths are critically important areas for modern society. Expertise in these so-called Stem subjects is vital to supporting future economic growth. The quality of our education in these subjects, then, needs to be of the highest quality …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 November]

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Public-sector pay talks to be held by February

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

Ireland“Public-sector pay talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement will be held no later than February, five members of Cabinet said. Talks will have to be earlier than the Government wanted to avoid all-out industrial unrest. Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said his ‘plans are not yet finalised’ as to when talks for a new pay deal will commence …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

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Politicians are not Ready for the Grown-Up Debate on Higher Education

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

Ireland“The Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee is lucky. With a world-class report at their fingertips and the complete confidence of the Minister for Education and Skills, they have the complete freedom to reimagine Irish higher education …” (more)

[University Times, 27 November]

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Pay and the public sector

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

Ireland“Sir, – Stephen Collins’s opinions on the public sector pay issue continue to amuse. Should he decide to write a serious article on this issue, here are some facts that might help …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Proportion of Disadvantaged Entrants to Trinity Largely Unchanged Over the Last Five Years

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

Ireland“The proportion of students entering Trinity from the lowest socioeconomic groups has remained unchanged since 2011, a new report has found, despite significant efforts by College to improve access in recent years …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 27 November]

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‘They tell me not to speak Polish’: students on life after Brexit vote

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“When Maciej Fabrycki, a student at Warwick University, spoke to his parents over the summer, they told him to be careful. His parents, who live back home in Poland, had read about a rise in racist abuse following the vote for Brexit …” (more)

[Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 27 November]

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