Controversial conference on Israel to go ahead in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The organisers of an academic conference on Israel and international law have said they are delighted that the event will go ahead at two venues in Cork city at the end of this month. The staging of the conference was in doubt after University College Cork objected to it, citing a number of concerns, including ones based on security …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 March]

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New student accommodation to create 650 jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The building of a new student accommodation complex in Dublin is set to create 650 new construction jobs. The new student accommodation is already under construction on Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 and is set to be completed in Summer 2018 …” (more)

[Clara Hickey, The College View, 8 March]

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Video is ‘Brewing Up a Storm’ for NUIG 5 benefit concert

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… In the 2.34-minute video, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington eloquently states the history of the injustices committed against the five women, who have taken NUI Galway to court over the university’s refusal to promote them to senior lecturer in 2009. In addition, two NUI Galway students passionately voice their support for the women lecturers and their right to be promoted …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 8 March]

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No More ‘Male by Default’ Please

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

“Another year, another International Women’s Day. This year the strapline is ‘be bold for change’. A good motto but many will feel that boldness is dangerous in the face of opposition or incomprehension. Incomprehension is perhaps commoner than one thinks: people stuck in a time warp who genuinely don’t realise how much default behaviour and stereotyping means the playing field remains tilted at a significant angle …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 8 March]

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Is RAG week damaging our reputation as students?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Raising and Giving Week (RAG Week) is supposed to be a week during the college semester where students organise events and raise money for charity while having fun. Originally it started off as doing good deeds, but it now has a long history of students misbehaving and using ‘charity’ as an excuse to do so …” (more)

[Emer Handly, The College View, 8 March]

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Patchy progress on fixing global gender disparities in science

Posted in Research on March 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Although women are publishing more studies, being cited more often, and securing more coveted first-author positions than they were in the mid 1990s, overall progress towards gender parity in science varies widely by country and field. This is according to a massive report released on 8 March that is the first to examine such a broad swath of disciplines and regions of the world over time …” (more)

[Erin Ross, Nature News, 8 March]

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Four universities attain top 100 rank for various subjects

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four Irish universities have taken top-100 positions for at least one subject in the latest world university rankings. The leading performance for any one subject in Ireland was achieved by University College Dublin (UCD), which rose two places to 29th position for veterinary science …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Appointment of Chair to the Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Applications are now invited, via the State Boards Website, from suitably qualified applicants with a demonstrable interest in Higher Education, for the position of Chairperson of the Governing Body of WIT …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 March]

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UCD leads way in world rankings as Trinity slides

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is the leading Irish university in a new global rankings based on the performance of individual subject departments. The Dublin university ranks in the top 100 for 13 subjects, including two in the top 50 – veterinary science (29th) and English language and literature (45th) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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IT Sligo President outlines benefits of becoming Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“IT Sligo will be celebrating 50 years in existence in three years time. And by that time, it’s hoped the institute may be well on its way to becoming an technological university …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 7 March]

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