Sexual consent classes at UCD cancelled due to lack of interest

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. Approximately 20 students out of a student population of 30,000 have participated in the classes which were first announced in February last year as part of the university’s #NotAskingForIt campaign …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Students Renting Houses Is Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Buying a home is not for the average person anymore. According to Daft.ie, the housing marketing is currently struggling due to poor supply, while the rental market continues to soar. The market is in such a bad state that students renting homes are becoming a thing of the past. Students just simply can’t afford the high prices of rent or struggle to find suitable accommodation …” (more)

[Daniel Keating, Campus.ie, 16 February]

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Stopping RAG, The Ironic Contradiction

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week – sorry Eolann/Bea/The SU – Raise and Give week is upon us and every year, this year of course being no exception, there are calls for Raise and Give week to be cancelled, stopped, ended, etc. We know the drill at this stage. Every year the Students Union will highlight the fact the week is about raising money for charity and is not simply an excuse for students to go on a week of drinking …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 16 February]

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Cambridge University ‘Class Lists’ Could Be Scrapped Under New Data Protection Laws

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“A 250-year-old Cambridge University tradition of publishing students’ exam results outside the Senate House could be banned under new data protection laws. The legislation, set to come into force in May 2018, is likely to deem the current system of posting ‘class lists’ as illegal …” (more)

[Jasmin Gray, Huffington Post, 16 February]

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HE bill: why universities are not supermarkets

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“The UK government’s controversial plans for reform of higher education have at their heart two sets of economic ideas. The first concerns national wealth and, in particular, the impact of higher education on the size of the economy over time. These ideas are about the ends to be served by the system of higher education …” (more)

[Martin Wolf, Times Higher Education, 16 February]

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On-campus accommodation prices set to increase more than originally planned

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite stating otherwise last October, UCD Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi has admitted that on-campus accommodation price increases will be higher than expected …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 16 February]

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Gardai probe ‘Rag week vandalism’ at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardai have launched a probe after drunken students smashed up a lecture theatre in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College – with one urinating on the floor, the Limerick Leader can reveal. Revellers at the South Circular Road College, marking its annual ‘Raise and Give’ (Rag) week, entered a lecture room and damaged furniture, equipment, and the floor …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 14 February]

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Motivation in Attracting Non-EU Students to Ireland is Often Cynical

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Few things in the Irish higher education system are more transparent than policy makers and senior institution leadership’s commitment to attracting international students. Their justification often touches on increasing diversity and promoting a more international outlook in higher education …” (more)

[Kevin Donoghue, University Times, 15 February]

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GMIT and Teagasc form new strategic partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“GMIT and Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, have formed a new strategic partnership to develop academic and educational co-operation in areas of mutual interest …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 16 February]

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Free speech university rankings: a case of grade inflation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“Exciting news for those of us in higher education who believe in free speech as the third incisive Spiked analysis of free speech in universities is published. Always a landmark event and sure to grab the headlines …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 16 Februay]

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Over 2,500 more spots on J-1 scheme granted to Irish students for 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An additional 2,600 slots on the J-1 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) program have been granted to Irish students for 2017. The spaces on the scheme bring the total allocation for Ireland to 7,000 – the same as in 2015, before the pre-placement policy was globally introduced …” (more)

[Keeley Ryan, Irish Mirror, 15 February]

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