91% in DIT Vote to Remain in USI

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) today voted to remain in the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with 91% of students who voted choosing to stay affiliated with the union …” (more)

[University Times, 16 March]

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‘Elite’ status all risk, no benefit, for universities, says study

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

“Stripping universities of a marker of elite status hits their reputation and causes them to lose students, but the benefits of conferring it in the first place are negligible, evidence suggests. The research on Germany’s Excellence Initiative, which has been used to distribute billions of euros in public funding since 2006, has implications for all countries with official university ratings …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 16 March]

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Changes to Academic Year Structure now Include Revision Week Before Christmas Exam Week

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The end of each of Trinity’s teaching terms will now include a revision week to avoid the new Christmas exam week coming directly after a teaching week. The change was approved by University Council as part of the latest adjustment to the academic year structure …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 16 March]

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It’s time for the NUI to drop the third language requirement

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

Ireland“A new grading system and new CAO common points scale will be used for the first time in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams. The old ABC-style grades, 14 each at higher and ordinary level, have been abolished in favour of eight H (higher) and eight O (ordinary) grades. The change to the grading system is also bringing change to the CAO points scale …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Independent, 16 March]

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Are Students at Elite Colleges More Likely to Protest Controversial Speakers?

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

“Shortly after a planned talk by the controversial sociologist Charles A Murray was interrupted by violence this month at Middlebury College, some observers quickly condemned the small private institution in Vermont as an elitist haven incapable of tolerating challenging opinions …” (more)

[Chris Quintana, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 March]

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Support staff at Trinity College vote for industrial action

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

Ireland“Service and support staff in Trinity College Dublin who are represented by the Unite trade union have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over contracts. Unite said the vote for industrial action followed a decision by management at the university to halt unilaterally future promotions for support and service staff, while also employing future personnel on five-year instead of permanent contracts …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 March]

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Why the UK should stay in Erasmus – and why the programme must look beyond students

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

“Although some non-EU member states do participate in the Erasmus student exchange programme, it is unclear whether the UK will continue its participation following Brexit. Charlie Cadywould writes that educational and cultural exchanges will be vital for ensuring Britain does not close itself off from Europe, but that programmes like Erasmus need to do a much better job of encouraging those not enrolled at a university, such as vocational learners, to take part …” (more)

[British Politics and Policy at LSE, 16 March]

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Ditching a language will restrict college choices

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

Ireland“Choosing subjects for the Leaving Cert can be a difficult task for students and their parents. Concern stems from a need to ensure students do not rule themselves out of college courses they may wish to be considered for in the future …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 16 March]

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Holylands: Belfast student area’s rowdiest streets revealed

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

“More than 30,000 alcohol units have been confiscated in south Belfast’s Holylands by council officials over the past three years. And complaints of anti-social behaviour in the mainly student area topped 1,800 over the same period …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 15 March]

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