Overhauling the Leaving Cert: Dos and Don’ts

Posted in Teaching on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“After reading this article Is our education system fit for purpose in the 21st-century? I re-read a blog I had written a while back in which I suggested that the Leaving Cert is probably un-reformable. The key word there was ‘probably’ and today I’m going to suggest a few things that we could do, things that could actually be implemented without industrial unrest …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 April]

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Maynooth University plots €300m redevelopment

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University is planning a €300m redevelopment of its campus over the next seven to 10 years as it seeks to cater to growing numbers of students. The university’s president, Professor Philip Nolan, told the Sunday Independent that €157m in funding had been secured – with a large chunk of this coming from the European Investment Bank – and that the university is looking to raise the rest of the funding …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 16 April]

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Cassells is wrong! University can be cheaper!

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In twenty years time, much fewer school leavers will be going to college. This will be simply because there will be so many more options available to them. Many of the options will be based on technology and the Internet and will be attractive for many reasons, not least that they will be much less expensive for the school-leaver …” (more)

[Well I wouldn’t start from here anyway!, 18 April]

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TCD staff vote for strike action over temporary deals for new starters

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action as they seek ‘full discussions’ with the college on employment practices. The staff in the administration, library and support staff categories voted by 27-3 in support of industrial action, including strike action, over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary-contract basis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 April]

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IFUT vote for strike action over ‘mass casualisation’ in TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of IFUT in the Administration, Library and Support Staff categories in Trinity College, Dublin, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary contract basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 April]

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Bullying, harassment, and cheats: FoI reveals college cases

Posted in Legal issues on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One student was expelled from Dundalk Institute of Technology due to alleged disorderly conduct and sexual harassment against a staff member. The college said there was ‘possible criminal proceedings pending’ in a separate case involving two staff members and the alleged misuse of email …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 18 April]

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Free speech under threat on our college campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Robust debate, challenging ideas, dissenting opinion and free speech. These are the central tenets of campus life – helping young people to broaden their minds, question their own world view and develop the resilience necessary for the real world. But on modern campuses, these values are under grave threat of being cast aside …” (more)

[Larissa Nolan, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Taxpayers fund free university education for jail inmates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cash-strapped parents hit with rocketing college fees will be furious to learn inmates are being treated to free university education. The taxpayer has spent more than €460,000 over the past four years funding classes for prisoners, including twisted sex killer Graham Dwyer …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Mirror, 17 April]

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Technology is key to reducing college education costs

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 20 years’ time, fewer school leavers will go to college. Far more study options will be available, many on the internet – and much cheaper than what is offered now. Distance learning and work-based learning, including apprenticeships, will become more available, reducing the total cost of education by allowing school leavers to live at home and ‘earn while they learn’ …” (more)

[Brian Mulligan, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Navigating Gender Neutral Terms and Symbology in College

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The language that surrounds gender is constantly evolving, as is our understanding of the concept itself. In Ireland, many students are separated into gender-specific schools once they reach second level. It is not surprising that many are then left feeling confused or isolated by the current debate …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 17 April]

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Why was the 2008/9 Promotion Round to Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway so much worse for the promotion of women than any other, before or since?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Jim Browne made a point during his questioning by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee ten days ago, that the 2008/9 round of promotion, which was so bad for women, was worse than those which had preceded it. This is true, as you can see from the table …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 17 April]

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