University of Limerick whistleblowers ‘very genuine’, says Bruton

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he believes the University of Limerick whistleblowers who have made allegations over financial practices are ‘very genuine’. Mr Bruton was speaking in Limerick following the announcement that there will be a full independent inquiry into the treatment of those who raised concerns into financial practices at the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 May]

Tags: ,

Partial settlement reached in Berkeley balcony legal actions

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The families of five Irish students and one Irish-American who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse in California in June 2015, and the seven survivors of the incident, have reached a partial settlement in their US legal actions. Substantial payments are to be made to the families and the survivors by the companies responsible for the construction of the Library Gardens apartment block in Berkeley …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 5 May]

Tags: ,

French plan to create €5-billion science ‘super-campus’ in disarray

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

“French ambitions to create a €5-billion (US$5.5-billion) science ‘super-campus’ near Paris by 2020 seem to be in falling further apart, after a compromise scheme to save the troubled project was rejected by one of its creators …” (more)

[Barbara Casassus, Nature News, 5 May]

Tags:

Mayo GMIT Action Group meet with forty campus staff

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The group met with 40 staff from the Castlebar campus on Wednesday evening, and following a survey of the staff 92% of those present at the meeting backed the group’s call for ringfenced funding to be made available to the Castlebar campus and for full autonomy in decision making for the campus …” (more)

[Mayo Advertiser, 5 May]

Tags:

TCD surging ahead of Dublin rivals UCD rivals on basic research

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD you’ve got a problem! I realised the extent of UCD’s problem after I put in a request this morning to the European Research Council (ERC) for a list of Irish holders of their coveted advanced grants …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 5 May]

Tags:

On Creativity

Posted in Teaching on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Creativity is one of those supposed ‘21st century skills’ that an awful lot of people are obsessing about these days. ‘We need to teach creativity’ they cry, without ever saying how we might do such a thing …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 5 May]

Tags:

Industrial relations failures forcing women into equality ‘limbo’ says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Women seeking to pursue cases on career progression in the workplace are being both delayed and discouraged by an effective failure of industrial relations processes in this area, Joan Donegan, incoming General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has stated …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 May]

Tags: , , ,

The latest U21 systems ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

International“Now an annual event, we have the Universitas 21 league table, the 2017 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, which is intended to give an overview and ranking of higher education systems across the world. This is the sixth such report and now has some additional features …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 5 May]

Tags:

No one told me about the hidden costs of maternity leave

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2017 by steve

“Research needs funding to keep it running even when we’re on leave. So although I have a job to go back to, there may be no money to do it …” (more)

[Guardian, 5 May]

Tags: ,

University of Limerick faces inquiry into misconduct allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education is to launch an independent inquiry into a series of allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick (UL). The allegations broadly relate to the treatment of staff or former employees who raised concerns over irregular expenses claims and made complaints over bullying …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 May]

Tags: , ,

Report calls GMIT sustainability into question as deficit mounts

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A ‘slash and burn’ policy of deep cutbacks, including at least 50 job losses, is proposed in a dossier being considered by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). The new report, seen by the Galway City Tribune, calls into question the future sustainability of the institute, and warns that drastic cutbacks are necessary to arrest the perilous financial decline faced by GMIT …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 5 May]

Tags:

Is student loan scheme a non-runner?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I have read Dr Aeidín Doris’s views on an income-contingent loan scheme for graduates, as quoted in an article on funding third-level education (‘Student loan scheme would “not hinder access” to college among poorer students’, May 2nd) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 5 May]

Tags: ,

Trinity to Host Conference on Academic Free Speech and Israel-Palestine Conflict

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A conference on free speech and the Israel-Palestine conflict will be held in Trinity this September. The once-peripheral issue has dominated recent discussion in College after the cancelled visit of the Israeli ambassador, which was branded an ‘unacceptable attack on free speech’ …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 4 May]

Tags: , , , ,

Higher Education Funding: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): … I wish to welcome the following witnesses to the meeting: Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Shaen Corbet and Dr Aedín Doris from NUI Maynooth, in addition to Dr Darragh Flannery from the University of Limerick. They are here to make presentations on the future funding of higher education, and I thank them for sending on their opening statements concerning the Cassells Report …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 2 May]

Tags: , , ,

Trinity students don’t deserve our sympathy? Discuss …

Posted in Life on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Imagine we sat down to have a cup of tea together, and I made a number of statements that were tantamount to saying the following: ‘Working class people don’t deserve our sympathy’. You might be shocked. You might become angry. Both would be justified …” (more)

[Laura Kennedy, Irish Times, 5 May]

Tags:

JP McManus spends €32m on college scholarships for low income students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Limerick billionaire JP McManus is to spend €32 million on third-level scholarships for more than 1,000 students from less well-off backgrounds over the next decade. He is due to make the announcement on Friday at an event with Minister for Education Richard Bruton in Adare, Co Limerick …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 May]

Tags: , ,