The Turkish academics who are on hunger strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Two Turkish academics, Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca, have been on hunger strike for the last two months to protest their dismissal by the government, after the failed coup attempt in 2016.” (video)

[BBC News, 13 May]

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Fury over student Lough house plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student developments are suffocating residential areas of the city and choking the life out of once-vibrant parishes and communities, it has been claimed. Residents of The Lough parish have said they are incensed over plans to erect a four storey student apartment block in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 13 May]

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New university president warns staff to prepare for further revelations in whistleblower controversy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick (UL) has told staff to prepare for further revelations in the whistle-blower controversy that has hit the college. Prof Des Fitzgerald addressed staff at a series of meetings on the campus over the past week …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 May]

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Government outlines independent review of UL

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An independent inquiry into misconduct allegations at University of Limerick will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced details of the review’s terms of reference on Friday evening …” (more)

[Aine McMahon and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of funding proposals made by the Dundalk Institute of Technology to his Department …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 May]

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How should universities respond when academic freedom is under threat?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“When European university leaders met last month for the annual European University Association conference in Bergen, Norway, top of the agenda was university independence and academic freedom. The focus on autonomy was timely …” (more)

[Paul Boyle, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

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NUI Galway applies for gender equality award – again. Campaign supporters have until May 17th to voice opinions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Campaign has learned that NUI Galway has resubmitted its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award. The university’s application for the gender equality award was rejected in 2015, in the first round open to Irish institutions. Such an award recognises that the ‘institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff’ …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 13 May]

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Higher Education Authority Funding: Mayo campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding granted to the Mayo campus of the GMIT for each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; if he will consider proposals for future allocations to be ring fenced for the Mayo campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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UL probe to examine severance pay

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of severance payments is to be included in the independent review of governance, human resources, and financial issues at University of Limerick (UL) ordered by Education Minister Richard Bruton. Details of the inquiry, to be carried out by former Institute of Technology Sligo president Richard Thorn, were announced by the Department of Education last night …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 May]

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Elsevier: embrace, extend …

Posted in Research on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Those of us who are moderately tech-savvy and of a certain age will recall the open source community’s disdainful characterization of Microsoft’s standard modus operandi faced with open standards: embrace, extend, extinguish. This is not Elsevier’s only business strategy to be sure, but it does seem to characterize their current approach to open access …” (more)

[Gavia Libraria, 11 May]

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A study about Learning Styles in the UK

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Takeaways? The amount of academics in UK higher education who belief in Learning Styles is getting smaller it seems, but 58% still does. Most of those believers actually never use them. 32% stated that they would continue to use Learning Styles despite being presented with the lack of an evidence base to support them …” (more)

[From experience to meaning …, 12 May]

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Minister’s position kept open – but 50 GMIT jobs slashed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Government Minister’s teaching position at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) will not be axed in the swingeing cutbacks planned at the third level college. GMIT is planning to slash up to 50 jobs through a series of redundancies, non-replacement of staff who retire and non-renewal of temporary contracts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 13 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Under the proposed income-contingent student loan scheme, graduates would take on a debt roughly equal to the size of a 10% deposit on the national average price of a house in Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Former University of Limerick president honoured with civic reception

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over 20 years ago Don Barry pulled into a garage in Limerick while en route to his first job interview in the University of Limerick. ‘I suppose you’re here for the big match?’ asked the man at the petrol pumps. But Barry conceded he ‘hadn’t a clue what he was talking about’ …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 13 May]

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