Is our education system fit for purpose in the 21st-century?

Posted in Teaching on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Liam Wegimont, principal of Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf, Dublin, produces a neatly typed letter from his files. It is from a previous headmaster, Rev William Anderson, to the then minister for education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 April]

Trinity Needs to Ensure that Gender Equality is Given the Focus it Requires

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In spite of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)’s key recommendation to introduce a Vice President for Gender Equality, Trinity has indicated that it will not create a specific, dedicated role. Speaking to The University Times, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, explained that he thinks ‘it would be odd to have a vice-president just for gender, when there are a lot of other areas we don’t have vice-presidents for’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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Study finds female professors outperform men in service – to their possible professional detriment

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2017 by steve

“Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also ‘taking care of the academic family’ via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 12 April]

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A business model for universities

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The correspondents from NUI Galway (Letters, April 8th) raised the problem of precarious employment in the university particularly as it affects junior staff members. Your readers will also recently be aware of the discrimination in promotion against female staff members in the university …” (more)

[Brian Leonard, Irish Times, 17 April]

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For Students, a Decision on Funding Coming After the Summer is an Advantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New reports in the national media that a decision on the future funding model for third-level education is unlikely to be made before the end of the summer don’t contradict what the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, had been saying. Over the last few months Bruton has outlined Budget 2018 as the target for ‘consensus’ on a new funding model …” (more)

[University Times, 16 April]

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Tributes paid to Mary Immaculate College president who passed away following an illness

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tributes have been paid to Professor Michael Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate teacher training college, Limerick who passed away on Saturday, following an illness. Bishop Brendan Leahy, chairperson of the college trustees and governing authority said Prof Hayes made an enormous impact …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 April]

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Recruiting: Director General of IUA

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is the representative organisation for the seven IrishUniversities. The IUA brings the university sector together to: clearly and publicly articulate the importance and value of higher education; act as an advocate for the university system; provide effective liaison and dialogue with the State and its agencies; …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 14 April]

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Appreciation: Prof Matthew F McCarthy

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Prof Matthew F McCarthy, Emeritus Professor of mathematical physics in NUI Galway and former registrar, was an accomplished scientist with a strong sense of humanity. He was born in Cork on November 19th, 1938 to Daniel and Margaret McCarthy …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 April]

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