Lecturer suing National College of Ireland called 10% reduction from reassessement ‘unbelievable’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer told the High Court it was ‘unbelievable’ that grades on eight dissertations for a Masters programme in his college would be marked down by 10% across the board …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 16 May]

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New University of Limerick president backs €150m Northern Distributor Road

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick Dr Desmond Fitzgerald has called for the €150m Northern Distributor Road to be delivered ‘as a matter of urgency’. Dr Fitzgerald, who took up duties on campus earlier this month, says the proposed interconnector is an essential part of both the continued growth of the regional economy and the university itself …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 16 May]

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Can we trust the universities when it comes to teaching and learning?

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Times had yet another poorly researched education column today. It contained the usual nonsense about problem-solving and critical thinking while implying that learning in the past was all about rote memorisation …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 May]

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‘Learning analytics’ can help universities improve student engagement and performance but data protection issues must be addressed, say experts

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“Universities have an opportunity to use the increasing volume of data at their disposal to improve students’ learning and attainment, as well as the quality of teaching and content provided on their courses, provided they get data protection issues right …” (more)

[Out-Law.com, 16 May]

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Can we turn ‘spoonfed’ students into critical thinkers?

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘If there was an Olympics for test-taking, Irish students would be gold medallists.’ So says Prof Brian MacKenzie of Maynooth University’s centre for teaching and learning. It’s a familiar refrain these days …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 16 May]

Pay body is ‘ignoring reality’ in assessment of the pensions gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that the gaping difference between public and private sector pension provisions will be on the table at new talks, despite a report advising it stands at just 14%. The commission advising the Government on its pay policy has been accused of ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ in its calculations – because most private sector workers have no pensions at all …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 16 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It always amazes me that when considering third-level fees, no consideration is ever given to the notion of altering fees based on the courses of education studied. We have a huge shortage of qualified applicants for intellectually and financially rewarding careers in information technology (IT), for example, and yet the same fees system is applied to IT courses as to any other area of study …” (more)

[John Thompson, Irish Times, 16 May]

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After Long Campaign, Queen’s to Divest from Fossil Fuels by 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has become the latest university in Ireland to announce it will end its investments in fossil fuels by 2025, following a year when a string of major institutions have joined the global divestment movement …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Sinéad Baker, University Times, 15 May]

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University of Limerick inquiry raises wider questions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Within weeks of being placed in charge of verifying expense claims at University of Limerick’s finance department, Leona O’Callaghan noticed a troubling trend. In mileage claims, some senior staff seemed to receive payment for journeys between their home and the university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Universities resisted declaring tens of millions in assets

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Several universities have tens of millions of euro in private trusts and foundations which they have resisted declaring in their accounts, despite pressure from regulators and the Government. Audits into third-level institutions have also revealed a range of governance issues, such as significant additional payments to staff members and widespread non-compliance with procurement rules …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 May]

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200 say no to high-rise student block proposal at Lough protest

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor has hit out at the Diocese of Cork and Ross for selling land to developers who want to build a student high-rise at The Lough, dubbing the move ‘a betrayal’. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, argued that the land in question …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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QUB to disinvest from fossil fuels after student campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is set to disinvest from fossil fuels after a two-year student campaign. The university said it would remove investment from extraction and production companies by 2025 …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 May]

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Students and lecturers react to Bruton’s plan to ban essay mills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister is looking to clamp down on ‘essay mills’ that are selling work to third-level students. It will be made an offence under new draft laws aimed at cutting down on cheating in higher education …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, Newtalk, 15 May]

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The literacy imperative

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2017 by steve

“The history of social progress, of public health, of prosperity has all been closely connected with the advance of literacy. Societies with high literacy rates are capable of social and technological progress that evades those with low literacy. The fact, for example, that the Central African Republic has a literacy rate of 37%, while in Germany it is 100%, gives you a very close idea of the difference in wellbeing between the two countries …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 May]

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