GMIT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Management at GMIT has insisted it has no plans to downgrade or close its facility in Castlebar, following suggestions that it’s being run down and could become unviable. John Cooke has been at the GMIT in Castlebar speaking to students, we also spoke to President of the GMIT Dr Fergal Barry.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 15 May]

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Bruton must provide an urgent update on QQI report – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD is to seek an urgent update from Minister Richard Bruton following a damning report about employee, management and operational structures at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). A review relating to QQI’s internal operations, which was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, found the state agency’s structure was not fit for purpose …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 May]

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What are universities for?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“So asked Diarmaid Ferriter recently in the Irish Times. It’s easy to dismiss a question like this as being too vague or too ‘philosophical’, the sort of ivory tower question that academics are prone to ask without ever providing any answers. But, in fact, this question goes to the heart of the entire debate around third level education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 May]

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10 things more important than essay mills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government, via Minister Bruton, is to ‘clamp down’ on essay mills. That trying, in effect, to outlaw d’internet is doomed to failure is indicative of how little sensible focus is exerted on real challenges facing the higher education sector. Here are ten things that are more deserving than essay mills of ministerial press releases, actions, legislation, appearances on morning radio …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 15 May]

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Bruton Announces New Powers for the Higher and Further Education Regulator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New Bill to Tackle Academic Cheating, Establish an International Education Mark. Institutes of Technology to Have Greater Autonomy in Awarding Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today (Monday) announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a law which will provide new powers to the Higher and Further Education Regulator, QQI, to improve the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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An Academic Sabbatical: Ten Reasons Why it works

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fashion designers, world leaders, chief executives and academics have long recognised the importance of sabbaticals of varying duration (normally weeks to a year) to provide clarity of thought. However, before their first sabbatical, I doubt any of them could truly gauge the profound impact it would have on them …” (more)

[Peter Francis, Campus.ie, 15 May]

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New law to crack down on ‘essays for sale’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Firms that provide written-to-order essays and dissertations for third-level students face prosecution under new laws. The move is a response to rising concern over the influence of ‘essay mill’ websites which allow students to bypass plagiarism-detection systems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 May]

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University exam stress: ‘I’ve seen many of my friends turn to ADHD drugs’

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Your university years may be the best of your life, but they will also be peppered with exam stress. Exams loom large in the lives of students and I’m writing this to bring some attention to the unhealthy and outdated term structure in our universities …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 May]

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Longstanding Commitment to the Idea of Partnership Could be the Solution to Many Student Woes

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ask any Trinity student about the content of our current student charter and it’s unlikely that they will be able to tell you what rights and responsibilities it outlines. But while students rightly expect certain entitlements in the College, that relationship can too easily become a muddled, top-down one, where students reside at the bottom of a chain that dictates their four-plus years in Trinity …” (more)

[University Times, 14 May]

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Students scramble for a place to stay amid soaring rents

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chronic shortage of student accommodation means new units coming on stream next year will cost as much as €920 a month to rent. The number of student bed spaces in the capital has failed to match the rise in student numbers, according to new research from estate agents …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 May]

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Free Education, Considering its Supporters, Doesn’t Deserve Politicians’ Scepticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“How much does it take for an idea to enter the mainstream? It’s a question many supporters of free education must frequently ask themselves. Consider this for a second: the heads of every institute of technology in the country support free education, economists have suggested that a loan scheme wouldn’t be financially feasible and the leader of one of the largest parties in the UK wants to introduce free education if his party wins the election …” (more)

[University Times, 14 May]

High standards at DIT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to a letter from Tony Murray (May 10th), addressed from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Mr Murray refers to third-level students as ‘disinterested, unsuited or perhaps not mature enough for third-level education’. I presume he meant to say uninterested, given that disinterested means objective, with no selfish ulterior motive …” (more)

[Malachy O’Higgins, Irish Times, 15 May]

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UCD Smurfit Business School hits top 50 in world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Smurfit Business School has been ranked 48th in the world and 26th in Europe in the ranking of open enrolment programmes, according to the 2017 Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. The school was identified as the highest climber in the rankings, jumping 21 places since 2016 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 May]

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RAG week ‘shenanigans’ not unique to Ireland

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘There was shenanigans in Galway again this year during Rag Week.’ That is the oft-repeated statement which I was confronted with yet again at a recent family gathering. Previously, I would have taken the easy option by simply nodding as if in agreement. However, having completed one exciting Erasmus semester at a University in Germany, one of the many changes that I noticed within myself is that the nod had developed into an emphatic shake of the head …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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