Higher education is too important to saddle third-level students with debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recent political events in the UK, US and France call attention to the risks of the neglect of higher education. In the case of the Brexit vote, for instance, the higher the level of education, the higher the EU support with university graduates. In fact, only three of the 35 areas where more than half of residents had a degree voted to leave the EU …” (more)

[Tom Collins, Irish Times, 10 May]

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‘Impossible to Enforce’, College Lifts Ban on Sunbathing on Fellows’ Square

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Declaring it ‘impossible to enforce’ and ‘impractical’, Trinity’s Estates and Facilities have lifted the ban on sunbathing on Fellows’ Square in time for the excellent weather. The last few days has seen hundreds of students take to the lawns on the square to make the most of the good weather as exam season reaches its peak …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 May]

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Trinity Signs Pioneering Agreement to Redefine College-Student Relationship

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to re-write the relationship between students and the College was approved today by Trinity’s University Council. The first partnership agreement of its kind in Ireland, it aims to improve the engagement Trinity students and staff, putting them into a position of collaboration …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 May]

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The Managerial Destruction of Universities … but what do we do about it?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

“As I arrived at the University of Highlands and Islands for a conference on the ‘porous university’, there was a picket line outside the college. Lecturers were striking about a deal agreed with the Scottish Government to establish equal pay among teaching staff across Scotland which had been reneged on by management of colleges …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 10 May]

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A loss of nerve at third-level institutions?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Minihan’s interview with Prof Louise Richardson continues on the indisputable theme of under-funding for the third-level sector (‘Oxford academic blames poor funding for Irish universities’ rankings slide’, May 8th). However, what may be of equal importance and under-reported is the ‘loss of nerve’ by academics teaching at third level …” (more)

[Tony Murray, Irish Times, 10 May]

UCC bought private college without liability for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork acquired a private business college without picking up the tab for its pension scheme, which previously had a deficit of more than €10m. The takeover of the Irish Management Institute (IMI), in Dublin, late last year, has raised concerns within UCC, and senior management were quizzed on it by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in late March …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Why I Can’t Support a Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As a member of the Oireachtas Education Committee and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, I have been closely monitoring the development of the debate in relation to income-contingent loans. At the outset, I must state that my own ideological viewpoint and that of my party, is that education is a fundamental right …” (more)

[Carol Nolan, University Times, 9 May]

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UL inquiry examines €150,000 payment to lecturer over ‘inappropriate touching’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick (UL) is likely to include the circumstances surrounding the payment of €150,000 to a former lecturer alleged to have inappropriately touched students. The former staff member was the subject of three formal complaints from students, who referred to ‘inappropriate sexual references’ in class and ‘inappropriate touching’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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Call to put student housing in Cork City on hold

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls for a halt on the development of student accommodation in residential areas of Cork City until a coherent planning policy on such projects is adopted. Cllr John Buttimer (FG), who said allowing large-scale student housing in certain residential areas was like ‘ethnic cleansing’ and was ‘choking and suffocating traditional residential communities’, said a temporary ban on planning decisions on these schemes is vital to prevent a ‘developer-led free-for-all’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Public sector pay talks to focus on pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new public service pay agreement, due to begin in the coming weeks, will see the Government trade pay increases for additional pension contributions amongst thousands of middle-income public service workers. However, a key battleground in the talks is likely to centre on the income threshold above which any new higher pension contribution will apply …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Debt, income and student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – If, as Kevin J Denny writes (May 8th), our degrees are worth an extra €320,000 in terms of lifetime earnings, this should be great news for those who do not have degrees …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 May]