No, Joe, universities are not businesses

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Now, Joe O’Toole is at it. In his rambling article in today’s Irish Times, he perpetuates the idea that third level institutions are slaves to business, churning out graduates who, while qualified and market-ready, are somehow ‘uneducated’. According to Joe, ‘education is plummeting down the priority list, overtaken by business creep’ …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 7 March]

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Unite to Organise Ballot, as Hopes Fade of Deal with College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Unite trade union, one of the unions representing administrative and service staff in Trinity, is to organise a ballot on industrial action, as hopes fade for a resolution to their ongoing dispute with College …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 March]

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Current supply issues in student accommodation in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a recent report published by the Higher Education Authority, it was forecast that the unprecedented growth in higher education participation over recent years is set to continue …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 7 March]

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New Travel Ban Still Sows Chaos and Confusion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2017 by steve

“A long-anticipated executive order restricting travelers from a half-dozen predominantly Muslim countries is likely to bring little certainty to American college campuses. The new order, which replaces a measure put on hold by a federal appeals court nearly a month ago, imposes a 90-day ban on issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens of six countries …” (more)

[Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 March]

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Is big business the answer to the third-level funding crisis?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last year the computer chip giant Intel announced a sponsorship and mentoring programme for master’s students at University College Dublin. Science and maths students will be selected to receive ongoing support and assistance from the company to learn key skills that are directly aligned to the needs of industry …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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The meaning of education is being lost in a fug of qualifications

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In this mad drive by universities to assuage the captains of industry and cyclopean economists, it is difficult to distinguish any more between those graduates who are educated and those who are merely qualified. The international media burped a little recently on discovering that the world’s league-leading universities are far too busy with research to be overly bothered with or about education …” (more)

[Joe O’Toole, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Women ‘put off’ engineering careers

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Old-fashioned attitudes and schools that fail to offer crucial subjects are putting women off careers as engineers. The first female director general of Engineers Ireland said the statistics were ‘stark’ as just one in every 10 engineers was a woman …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 7 March]

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Funding research vital to society

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The importance of funding ‘basic research’ for the future wellbeing of Irish society and our economy is clearly articulated by John FitzGerald (‘Research to shape public policy is hard to measure – and fund’, Business Opinion, March 3rd), although he could have added that the Irish Research Council funds basic research across all disciplines …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Spoiling the party (redux)

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

“Hot on the heels of my comments last week came the publication of a ‘briefing paper’ by the Adam Smith Institute, claiming to have found evidence that ‘individuals with left-wing and liberal views are overrepresented in British academia’. This conclusion is based on some at best very arguable analysis …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 March]

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Another questionable university ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

International“Back in 2009 I noted the arrival of Webometrics, a global ranking of universities based on their web presence. At that time it featured around 4,000 institutions but has since grown to around 27,000 (which does seem now to be used by many as the reference point for the estimate of the total number of universities across the globe) …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 7 March]

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Exam bosses turn screw on ASTI over English exam row

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is mounting on the ASTI to ensure that about 35,000 third-year pupils complete a crucial assessment in English next month, after exam chiefs made it more difficult for the union not to co-operate with it …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Students face extra €50 cost for sports and recreation facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) could be paying an extra €50 a year to fund improved sports and recreation facilities if a vote that concludes today is passed. The referendum to increase the student capitation is backed by the UCC Department of Sport and Physical Activity, and the university’s clubs executive which represents almost 60 student sports clubs …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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