GMIT Castlebar a political time bomb

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

Ireland“A lack of sufficient political intervention to secure the future of the GMIT campus in Castlebar will lead to people standing for election on the issue. That’s according to Paddy McGuinness, the leading activist behind the establishment of GMIT’s Castlebar campus in 1994 …” (more)

[Mayo News, 28 February]

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New research hub is first new DIT Grangegorman building

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

Ireland“The first new building to be constructed on the Dublin Institute of Technology Grangegorman campus has been opened. The Greenway Hub will be home to the institution’s postgraduate researchers as well as those commercialising their research and growing spin-out companies …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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Brain Awareness Week: Brain Doping in Academia

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

Ireland“In Ireland the number of young people availing of third level education has increased exponentially, since previous decades. Moreover, increased university numbers are driving competition for higher academic qualifications. As a result, anecdotal evidence suggests some university students are turning to chemical cognitive enhancers to gain advantages in academic performance …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 1 March]

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Are Two-Year University Courses The Way Forward?

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

“If you have read any of my posts before, you may know that I am currently in my third and final year of studying English Language, with the end very much in sight. While University hasn’t been the worst years of my life, I wouldn’t say they have been the best either. It has been a long two-and-a-half years …” (more)

[Katie Grace, Huffington Post, 1 March]

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Under-managed universities

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2017 by steve

“I have been having some interesting conversations with folks recently about ‘overwork’ in academia. It is clear to me that a lot of professors are absolutely frazzled. It is also clear to me that on average professors work hard – not necessarily because The Man is standing over them with a whip but because as a rule academics are professional and driven …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 1 March]

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Israeli ambassador and TCD

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

Ireland“Sir, – Conor McCarthy (February 27th) criticises Israel’s embassy and Trinity’s provost for the stance they have taken in regards to free speech. At the same time, Students for Justice in Palestine claims it organised the protest because there would have been no balance if Ze’ev Boker, Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, had been allowed to address members of SoFIA (the Society for International Relations) as the sole speaker ‘with no opposing views being put forward’ …” (more)

[David M Abrahamson, Irish Times, 1 March]

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UCC allowed to turn old bank into business school

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

Ireland“University College Cork has been given planning permission to turn an old city centre bank into a premises for its business school. With no objections received by Cork City Council, the slim likelihood of appeals being allowed could mean work can begin within weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 March]

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Trinity College row over ‘Cornelius’ – the skeleton in the closet

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

Ireland“It’s the skeleton in Trinity’s closet. The Dublin university has no plans to release a skeleton of a ‘giant’ from Tipperary for burial because it continues to ‘inspire scholarship’ in its students …” (more)

[Chai Brady, Independent, 1 March]

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Students warned to behave for Rag week at University of Limerick

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

Ireland“University of Limerick students are being reminded that there is a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ towards antisocial behaviour during Charity Week, which got underway on Monday. The students’ union issued the guidelines in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, which outline the hefty fines for offenders ahead of the famous party week …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 1 March]

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