‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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Pharmacy Students call on College’s Support to Oppose Surprise Fees and Unpaid Placement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s pharmacy students have called for Provost Patrick Prendergast’s support in lobbying against the double financial blow of increased final-year tuition fees and an unpaid placement in their final year …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 1 February]

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FOI Reveals UCD has No Investments in Fossil Fuels

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The College Tribune can reveal that UCD currently does not invest in fossil fuel companies, according to documents viewed under the Freedom of Information act. This information was sought in light of a successful campaign led by Fossil Free TCD, which saw Trinity agree to divest its €6.1 million indirect investments in fossil fuel companies …” (more)

[College Tribune, 1 February]

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New equality initiative at UCC aims for gender ratio of 60:40

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new European Union-funded gender equality initiative at University College Cork (UCC) aims to achieve a gender ratio of 60:40, men to women, on all major decision-making bodies at the university. UCC is one of seven universities across Europe participating in the four-year GENOVATE initiative, which is aimed at achieving equal representation of women in research and innovation across all disciplines …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Only 1% of Arts Faculty Property in ‘Good Condition’, as College Plans €4m Arts Block Refurbishment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The report also finds that 41% of academic areas in Trinity require modernisation. Only 1% of the properties owned by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) are in ‘good condition’, according to a report submitted to the College Board …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 February]

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Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“On an autumn afternoon in 2009, I was fired from my job as a university lecturer. I hadn’t declared my schizophrenia on an application form and this was treated as gross misconduct. Many years later, I returned to the lecture theatre – but this time I was open about my condition, to a much more positive response …” (more)

[Guardian, 1 February]

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Delma Byrne and Selina McCoy, ‘Effectively Maintained Inequality in Educational Transitions in the Republic of Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2017 by steve

IrelandAbstract: While it is well established that the structure and organization of the education system affects youth transitions, less attention has been paid to the study of qualitative distinctions at the same level of education over time in the Irish context. Using data from the School Leavers’ Survey over the period 1980-2006, this paper considers the hypothesis of effectively maintained inequality in the case of the Republic of Ireland. The data capture young people’s transitions during three distinct and remarkable macro-economic fluctuations, and makes a particularly interesting test case for EMI. Over the cohorts under investigation, Ireland had changed from a recessionary economic climate and prolonged economic stagnation for much of the 1980s to a booming economy by the middle of the mid-2000s and one of the most dynamic economies in the world during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ period. The patterns of social-class inequality over a 30-year paper reported in this article suggest that qualitative differences at the same level of inequality represent a persistent barrier to greater equality in the Irish context. Specifically, we find three notable patterns to support the hypothesis of EMI with regard to tracking decisions taken in the transition from lower secondary to upper secondary, subject-level differentiation in the upper secondary mathematics curriculum, and access to university higher education.

Delma Byrne, Selina McCoy, ‘Effectively Maintained Inequality in Educational Transitions in the Republic of Ireland‘, American Behavioral Scientist, vol 61, issue 1, January 2017, pp 49-73

[ESRI, 1 February]

University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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New UCC president Patrick O’Shea sees Brexit dividend

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chance to attract more research funding and international investment because of the fallout from Brexit are to be a key focus of University College Cork’s new president. However, Patrick O’Shea also wants to widen the scope of an existing Brexit committee at the university to take advantage of growing numbers of researchers seeking to move away from the US …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Trump Is Undermining Higher Education as a Global Enterprise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“There are many reasons to be outraged at President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily suspending refugee arrivals and barring individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States …” (more)

[Molly Land and Kathryn Libal, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 January]

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New UCC President Patrick O’Shea – ‘It’s not rocket science to fund universities’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“He fears being likened to John Wayne’s Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man — but it is more than an accent that Patrick O’Shea brings home from the US to the president’s office at University College Cork. After 37 years away from his alma mater, the former vice-president and head of research at University of Maryland sees little reason why some of the philosophies underlying American higher education can not be applied here …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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European universities call for immediate rethinking of Trump’s executive order

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“The European University Association (EUA) is deeply concerned by the executive order issued by US President Donald Trump and its immediate and unnecessary consequences on international researchers, university faculty and students …” (more)

[Trinity College, 31 January]

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Dublin 8 student resident scheme granted permission

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has just been secured from Dublin City Council for a 308-bed student accommodation facility at the corner of Brown Street and Brickfield Lane in Dublin 8 …” (more)

[Justin Comiskey, Irish Times, 31 January]

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