NUI Galway seeks new ‘leader with a compelling vision’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has advertised the position of president as current incumbent Dr Jim Browne ends his term of office next year. The university is being assisted in finding a successor by recruitment specialists Perrett Laver …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 14 April]

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Paschal Donohoe fires shot across bow of unions ahead of pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday the Dáil voted to approve the shambolic deal on water charges hammered out by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil by 92 votes to 47. Within minutes of the vote, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe was on his feet taking questions. Asked by Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary about the pending public sector pay talks, Mr Donohoe perhaps somewhat predictably said there will be some difficulty in meeting the added cost generated by pay demands …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Against the market in universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

“Higher education has now joined the ­growing list of subjects (immigration, multiculturalism, nuclear armaments, freedom of speech) about which it is increasingly difficult, it seems, to have an informed public argument …” (more)

[Rowan Williams, New Statesman, 14 April]

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1% levy on corporate profits to bridge 3rd-level fund gap

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 1% levy on corporate profits could secure most of the €600m needed to bridge third-level funding gaps, a teachers’ union claims. The idea has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) which represents 4,000 institute of technology lecturers, as a solution to the higher education funding crisis and to ease staffing shortages in many sectors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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PAC tell John Halligan to clarify criticism of group for examining WIT financial issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has told junior minister for skills John Halligan to clarify why he criticised the group for examining financial issues at Waterford IT, amid claims of an attempt to block any investigation that may damage his constituency …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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‘Student apartments would suck the life out of residential areas’, says Cork councillor

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a spate of student apartments could strangle traditional residential areas of Cork City. The warning comes from Independent councillor Mick Finn after city planners gave conditional planning for a scheme which could accommodate up to 350 students on a site off Magazine Rd. The proposal for almost 50 student apartments near Denroche’s Cross, was cleared despite residents’ and local councillors’ objections …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Evans, Kelley and Kelley, ‘Identifying the best times for cognitive functioning using new methods: Matching university times to undergraduate chronotypes’

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Abstract:
University days generally start at fixed times in the morning, often early morning, without regard to optimal functioning times for students with different chronotypes. Research has shown that later starting times are crucial to high school students’ sleep, health, and performance. Shifting the focus to university, this study used two new approaches to determine ranges of start times that optimize for undergraduates. The first is a survey-based, empirical model (SM), and the second a neuroscience-based, theoretical model (NM). The SM focused on students’ self-reported chronotype and times they feel at their best. Using this approach, data from 190 mostly first and second year university students were collected and analyzed to determine optimal times when cognitive performance can be expected to be at its peak. The NM synthesized research in sleep, circadian neuroscience, sleep deprivation’s impact on cognition and practical considerations to create a generalized solution to determine the best learning hours. Strikingly the SM and NM results align with each other and confirm other recent research in indicating later start times. They add several important points: 1) They extend our understanding by showing that much later starting times (after 11am or 12 noon) are optimal; 2) Every single start time disadvantages one or more chronotypes; and 3) The best practical model may involve three alternative starting times with one afternoon shared session. The implications are briefly considered.

Evans M, Kelley P and Kelley J (2017). Identifying the best times for cognitive functioning using new methods: Matching university times to undergraduate chronotypes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11:188, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00188.

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ASTI to hold ballot next month on possible industrial action over redundancy

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI will ballot next month on possible industrial action in the event that one of its members is threatened with redundancy from September. The ballot will take place between May 8 and 18, ASTI president Ed Byrne said today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 April]

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