‘No more offers’ warns Minister as teachers’ strike looms

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has warned that no further offers will be made to ASTI teachers after they rejected the latest round of proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, ASTI members voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals aimed at averting strike action by 52.5% to 47.5%, with a turnout of 75% …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 February]

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New Research Initiative Criticised After Concerns Over Ranking Academics

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new initiative to measure the research output of Trinity’s staff, currently in its pilot phase, has raised concerns that it might potentially rank and compare individual academics, already drawing criticism from a trade union. The new initiative, Principal Investigator Quantitative Analytics, is proposing to rank academics based on their research output …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 February]

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Colm Tóibín appointed chancellor of Liverpool University

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brooklyn, accepted the role because of the part universities play promoting ideas and connections, which, he said. mattered now more than ever …” (more)

[Danuta Kean, Irish Times, 2 February]

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ASTI vote ‘no’ to package on pay restoration and junior cert reform, re-igniting threat of strikes

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members have rejected the latest package on pay and junior cert reform, re-igniting the threat of disruption in two in three second-level schools. Members of the secondary teachers’ union have voted 52.5 to 47.5 against a document that emerged in discussions before Christmas …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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Head of Law School Condemns Sexist Comments Made by Students in Module Evaluations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Head of Trinity’s Law School, Prof Oran Doyle, has condemned misogynistic remarks made by two students in anonymous module evaluation forms last year. In an email sent to all law students at the end of last term, Doyle described the comments as ‘unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 2 February]

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Ellen Hazelkorn, ‘The Role of Higher Education in the Age of Populism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The last few years have been tumultuous. The recent Brexit vote, the US Presidential election, as well as votes in Italy and Austria – and forthcoming elections in NL, France and Germany – highlight a growing gap between people with a college education and those without. We have seen the emergence of the notion of ‘post-truth’ – with fake news, ‘alternative facts’, and so on – through which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion, and repeated assertion …” (more)

[HEPRU, 2 February]

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US immigration ban impacts many students and academic travel from Ireland, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed grave concerns at the Executive order signed by new US President, Donald Trump, prohibiting citizens of seven countries from entering the USA. Mike Jennings said the ban has immediate implications for the entry of students and academic staff to the US, including people living in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 February]

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The university challenge: what would an Intelligent Brexit look like?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

“The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, LSE Brexit Blog, 2 February]

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Universities need to be creative to survive, says new UCC president

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities must find new ways of generating revenue to sustain themselves in the future, the new president of University College Cork, Prof Patrick O’Shea, has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 1 February]

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CAO applications on course to match last year’s record high

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of college applicants this year is on course to match last year’s record high, new figures show. Latest figures show 76,213 applicants had registered with the CAO by Wednesday evening’s deadline …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Proposed DIT levy on students could raise €20m

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT students will be expected to begin paying an annual student levy by next September according to a recent development plan released by the Institute’s Campus Life department. The Campus Life Development Plan 2016 – 2020 has indicated that the expected levy will be used to fund a proposed student centre which will be constructed in DIT’s Grangegorman campus …” (more)

[Conor Shields, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Can’t spell or do basic maths? Blame predictive text and calculators

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Science is very good at spinning off new technologies that make life easier and make us more efficient. However, such technologies often have unforeseen negative consequences. Two such examples are electronic calculators and predictive text …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 2 February]

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