NUIG Officially Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has officially committed to divesting from fossil fuels by the end of 2017, following through on its pledge to do so in December 2016. The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Society in NUI Galway were informed of the success of their divestment campaign on February 28th …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 13 March]

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UCD Students Lead RTÉ Repeal Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students are being invited to attend a demonstration today outside RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, protesting the coverage of the Strike for Repeal march last Wednesday. The event is being organised by a number of UCD students …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 13 March]

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Minister for Education announces new employer investment mechanism for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, have announced the launch of a new consultation process on a proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism, which will operate from 2018 onwards …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 13 March]

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The skills shortage paradox

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This is the era of STEM. Youngsters are constantly exhorted to forge careers in STEM because, apparently, STEM is where the jobs are. This is the 21st century after all. The STEM campaign has been broadly ‘successful’ and the number of CAO first preferences for STEM subjects has risen from around 18.7% in 2008 to 23.7% …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 March]

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Plan to prosecute firms who offer paid-for essays to students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is planning to introduce laws to prosecute ‘essay mill’ companies who offer to write students’ assignments in exchange for money. The move is a response to mounting concern over the practice which allows students to circumvent their college’s plagiarism detection systems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 March]

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