Third level funding: dodging difficult decisions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The future funding of third level education is one of the most pressing problems facing Irish society but it is one with which our political system seems unable to deal. Since the short sighted and regressive abolition of third level fees in 1997, the third level sector has found itself increasingly under pressure and the cuts in funding arising from the austerity of the financial crisis years have added to the difficulties …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 May]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, criticised over gender pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast, has been criticised for failing to close the gender pay gap among senior academics. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show QUB’s female professors earn almost 15% less on average than their male colleagues …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 May]

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Some Lesser-Known Truths About Academe

Posted in Life on May 9th, 2017 by steve

“Asking a professor whether you should pursue a PhD is a little like asking The Rock — aka Dwayne Douglas Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor last year — whether you should become an actor. Once you enter a doctoral program, the main problem isn’t necessarily that you can’t finish …” (more)

[Daniel McCormack, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 May]

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Developers lodge student apartment plans for Square Deal site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The company behind the planned conversion of the old Square Deal building on Washington Street into student apartments have described the plan as a ‘landmark development in the city centre’. The former furniture shop is a protected structure but will be transformed internally into a 242-bed student apartment block, close the both University College Cork and the city centre …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 8 May]

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Higher education is heading for crisis unless we learn from funding fiasco

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Most people would agree in principle that taxpayers’ money should not be used to subsidise private gain. Yet, to a very great extent, that is what we do in Ireland when it comes to third level education …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 7 May]

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Final design for Dublin’s College Green plaza unveiled

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The planned College Green plaza in the heart of Dublin is designed to host public events for up to 15,000 people. The pedestrianised zone running from Dame Street past the Bank of Ireland and across the front of Trinity College will be paved with granite, lined with trees and include a defined cycle path and a separate route for buses, taxis and Luas trams …” (more)

[Independent, 8 May]

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Communities ‘ethnically cleansed’ by student housing in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 348-bed student apartment complex up to five storeys high is set to go ahead in Cork’s western suburbs after councillors voted to materially contravene the city development plan. They voted by a margin of 25-3 for the move following a lengthy debate during last night’s city council meeting, in which the spate of student apartment development in the city was described as a form of ‘ethnic cleansing’ of existing residential communities …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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