Working group for GMIT Mayo campus ‘only a smokescreen’ says local action group

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The announcement from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Education Minister Richard Bruton of a new working group to plan for the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT is nothing but a smokescreen, according to the Mayo GMIT Action Group …” (more)

[Midwest Radio, 4 April]

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Higher education, language and the 21st century

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This interview with DCU’s Brian McCraith (aka my boss!) got me thinking about expectations. It is quite clear from the interview that if you are to have any conversation about higher education these days and generate one of those word clouds, it would be filled with words like: creativity, innovation, adaptability, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, critical thinking, literacy (digital and otherwise), learning-to-learn, etc …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 4 April]

Here’s a Good Idea (or is it?) – ‘cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recently I read an article by Owen Ross in The Irish Times entitled ‘We should cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages’. Ross, who is is Head of Department of Business and Management at Athlone Institute of Technology, speaks a lot of sense when he writes that there should be financial ‘incentives for school leavers to undertake designated programmes’…” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 4 April]

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Student loan scheme deemed impractical by researchers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The feasibility of a student loan scheme where funds would be repaid by graduates after they reach a certain income level has been dismissed in research commissioned by the State’s institutes of technology. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education is examining new proposals to fund the higher education system, which is in crisis following years of funding cuts and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 3 April]

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The Trinity Affair Gets Worse

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has been doing extremely well over the last few years, especially in research. It has risen in the Shanghai ARWU rankings from the 201-300 to the 151-200 band and from 174th to 102nd in the RUR rankings. You would have thought that would be enough for any aspiring university and that they would be flying banners all over the place …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 4 April]

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Is this the end of job security in academia?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academia was once among the most respectable and secure careers. In recent years, however, it has become one of the most precarious places to work. Younger lecturers struggle to get any hours while permanent and established academic staff are so overwhelmed that they have little choice but to push more administrative work on their younger colleagues …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 4 April]

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‘USC-style levy’ to fund third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Universal Social Charge-style (USC) levy would be a better way to meet the funding needs of higher education than the proposed student loan system, according to new analysis. The loan scheme, suggested in the Cassells Report on future funding for third-level, would not work in Ireland and would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years before it stabilised, said economist Dr Charles Larkin …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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UL opens new €15m Munster Rugby facility and diving pool

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The head of Munster Rugby says he hopes the province can develop its commercial relationship with the University of Limerick in the years to come. CEO Garrett Fitzgerald made his comments at the official opening of Munster’s High Performance Centre and UL’s new 25 metre diving pool …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 3 April]

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