NUIG gender discrimination case adjourned for mediation

Posted in Legal issues on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has confirmed that legal proceedings taken against the university by four female lecturers over alleged gender discrimination have been adjourned to allow for mediation. The development has been welcomed by former NUIG lecturer Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, whose own discrimination case against the university prompted the legal action by the four lecturers …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Irish universities punch above weight for innovation

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland boasts more top-100 innovative universities per capita than any other country in Europe, according to a new ranking. That is the conclusion of Reuters’ second annual ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy …” (more)

[David Ewalt and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Irish university post-Brexit fees questioned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students should not have to pay more to attend universities in the Republic after Brexit, an Irish opposition politician has argued. There should be a guarantee that students from NI will not have to pay non-EU fees when the UK leaves the EU, said Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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I work in a university. Here’s what I secretly want to tell senior management

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

“The relationship between senior managers and university staff can be tricky, especially when academic and staff priorities clash with budgetary and policy requirements. Managers don’t always ask the right questions to find out how staff are feeling, and employees complain of a lack of consultation. So we asked a range of university staff to share their experiences of this complex relationship …” (more)

[Martin Williams, Guardian, 3 May]

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Student loan scheme is the best option for Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In March of last year, the final report of the expert group on future funding for higher education (the Cassells report) was published. It concluded that a sharp increase in funding is needed because of a combination of demographic growth and the need to reduce student-staff ratios to international norms …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Times, 3 May]

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NUI Galway will negotiate with women lecturers: Thursday’s High Court pre-trial hearing and demonstration cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Campaign has just learnt that the four female lecturers and NUI Galway have agreed to mediation. As a result of the agreement, the pre-trial hearing regarding the gender inequality case that was scheduled to be held on Thursday May 4th in the High Court in Dublin has been adjourned …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 2 May]

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Councillors express alarm about GMIT redeployment fears

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fresh fears have surfaced about the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT. This follows a claim today (Tueday) that up to 15 staff at the Castlebar complex have been informed they will be redeployed to Galway in the next academic year …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 2 May]

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Student loan scheme would ‘not hinder access’ to college among poorer students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A student loan scheme linked to graduates’ income would not hinder access to higher education by poorer students, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The possibility of such a loan scheme is being examined by the Oireachtas committee on education as part of a series of hearings over the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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No researcher is too junior to fix science

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

International“Thousands of researchers took to the streets last month to march for science. It is time to channel this energy into shaping scientific culture …” (more)

[John Tregoning, Nature News, 2 May]

Ireland is going to ban zero-hour contracts ‘in most circumstances’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Zero hours contracts will banned ‘in most circumstances’ under new plans. The government today approved draft legislative proposals from Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Small Business Minister Pat Breen …” (more)

[Fora, 2 May]

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Student Loan Proposals ‘as clear as mud’ – Nolan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today at the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan said that there is huge uncertainty about the potential costs and operation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 May]

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Boston firm to hothouse startups on €1bn TCD tech campus

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A €1bn technology and enterprise campus being planned by Trinity College in Dublin will be a ‘global talent magnet’ for the city – and feature a startup incubator run by Boston-based Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC). The campus aims to play a pivotal role in building Ireland’s global presence in the technology sector …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 3 May]

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‘Higher tax alternative to student loans’ says academic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher taxes are the alternative to a student loan system, the Oireachtas education committee was told yesterday. Dr Aedín Doris, of Maynooth University, who has written a paper on student loans, said if there was an acceptance that higher education needed more money, there was ‘no way to do it cheaply’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 May]

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Higher Education Authority waits months to fill board positions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton has left eight positions vacant on the board of one of his most important agencies for more than three months — and it could be months more before they are filled … ” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 May]

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