Dublin planners raise concerns over DIT student digs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council has raised ‘serious concerns’ about the potential overconcentration of student accommodation surrounding the new DIT Grangegorman campus. Council planners have sent two major schemes, which would provide housing for almost 1,000 students within a few minutes’ walk of the campus …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 20 March]

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The ten smartest university rankings in the world (or lists if you want to be pedantic)

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

International“Paul Greatrix at Wonk HE has just published a list of the ten dumbest rankings in the world. Some I would agree with but the choice of others seems a little odd. He objects to U-Multirank because it is expensive which is unfair when you consider the money that universities are spending on summits, consultancies, audits, ranking task forces and the like …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 March]

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Bonus points lure one-third of pupils to higher maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“About one in three Leaving Cert students has applied to sit higher-level maths this year, many lured by the prospect of earning 25 CAO bonus points. Interest among sixth years in the ‘honours’ paper is similar to what it was at the same stage in 2016 and 2015, suggesting that uptake is stabilising …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 March]

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‘Happiness in Higher Education’

Posted in Life on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This paper investigates the higher education literature surrounding happiness and related notions: satisfaction, despair, flourishing and well-being. It finds that there is a real dearth of literature relating to profound happiness in higher education: much of the literature using the terms happiness and satisfaction interchangeably as if one were tantamount to the other, such conflation being due to the move towards consumerism within higher education and the marketisation of the sector. What literature there exists that actually deals with the profound happiness of students in higher education, generally argues that in the United Kingdom institutions do not currently do enough to promote happiness in higher education. These findings imply that flourishing, contentment and well-being should be regarded as legitimate goals of higher education, alongside satisfaction and related economic outcomes that are currently promoted across academic and policy literature, university rankings and the National Student Survey.

A Elwick and S Cannizzarro, ‘Happiness in Higher Education’, Higher Education Quarterly, First published online: 19 March 2017.

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Collision course on public sector hours issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While the restoration of pay will be a priority for public sector workers, many employees say getting back hours is equally important and will be a ‘major issue’ in the renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It comes after Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe laid down a marker, making it clear the additional hours secured in the Haddington Road Agreement ‘remain critical to enabling us to meet increased demand in frontline service areas and to improve services to the public generally’ …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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