ASTI hardening its position in long-running dispute over pay and junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI is hardening its position in the long-running disputes over pay and junior cycle reform. Counter moves from middle ground activists were defeated by clear majorities at a meeting of the union’s 180-member central executive today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 April]

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Magee or not Magee – Time for for a graduate entry medical school in Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2017 by steve

“There is definite support in Derry for Ulster University’s proposal for a graduate entry medical school at Magee campus. After 53 years of exasperation that the city does not have a full sized university, actual excitement for such ideas is always tempered by fear that it will not happen. But at least the city’s response is definitely positive …” (more)

[Paul Gosling, Slugger Toole, 1 April]

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Open university: Luas takes detour through Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A major error in the laying of the new Luas line through parts of Dublin city centre means the track is too wide. The new joined-up track running around College Green was built based on designs for trams in 1916, rather than the 2016 model …” (more)

[Edmund Burke, Independent, 1 April]

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UCC satisfied it paid market value for council-owned building

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has said it is satisfied it paid market value when it bought a former bank from a local authority for €800,000 more than its purchase price two years earlier. The college acquired the old Cork Savings Bank at Lapps Quay from Cork City Council for €1.42m last year and has received planning permission for modifications that will see it used for executive training provided by the Cork University Business School …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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Is UCD doing enough for student parents?

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While getting through university is a challenge for most students, few can imagine the difficulties faced by those who have to raise their own children while completing their studies. A third-level course is as demanding as a full-time job, except it costs money rather than providing it. On top of this, student-parents have to deal with the same childcare costs that overwhelm many dual-income households …” (more)

[Orla Keaveney, University Observer, 31 March]

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Record numbers of foreign students studying English in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of international students are studying English in Ireland, according to the latest figures.Last year saw an 11% increase in language students, despite recent school closures. A total of 119,000 students learned English in Ireland in 2016, up by 11,871 on the previous year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Generation Erasmus: ‘A very different view of Europe’

Posted in Life on April 1st, 2017 by steve

“One of the advantages of going on Erasmus is that you have flexibility in what you study – you can dabble in one or two things that aren’t necessarily related to your course …” (more)

[Mia Colleran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Davy report on public sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir,– Ciarán Hancock (March 27th) does your readers a great service by acknowledging that the much-publicised report on public sector pay by Davy stockbrokers, which found that public staff earn 40% above those in the private sector, was at odds with a recent paper by the CSO which found that public sector workers are paid slightly less than their private sector counterparts overall! …” (more)

[Bernadine O Sullivan, Irish Times, 1 April]

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WIT to face PAC grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology will face questions from politicians next week about the sale of spin off research companies based in the college. WIT is due to appear again before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[WLR FM, 30 March]

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