Pay talks must deliver full restoration across all salary levels, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has demanded full restoration of payments and allowances which were cut from university staff in recent years in the coming pay talks. IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, said that not alone have university staff suffered very substantial cuts in salaries but working conditions had deteriorated drastically at the same time …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John Thompson (May 16th) proposes a system of financial incentives for students to study third-level courses in areas where there is a skills shortage. Such incentives would encourage students to choose a course based on affordability, instead of their interest in the subject or their aptitude for it …” (more)

[Jonathan Dukes, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Senator critical of NUI Galway over €57m ‘warchest’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway senator has NUI Galway over revelations that the foundation associated with the college has assets worth more than €57 million.Money raised through fundraising activities for NUIG, doesn’t form part of the university’s annual accounts …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 16 May]

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University rankings are fake news. How do we fix them?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

“The big news on the release of the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2017 was that Oxford, not Caltech is now the No 1 university in the world. According to the BBC news website, ‘Oxford University has come top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings – a first for a UK university. Oxford knocks California Institute of Technology, the top performer for the past five years, into second place’ …” (more)

[Reciprocal Space, 16 May]

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Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2017 by steve

“The evidence is in. More robots equals fewer jobs. If MOOCs are a sort of robot, then why haven’t the MOOC robots taken the faculty jobs? MOOCs seem like the poster child for technological unemployment …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 16 May]

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What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a metric monster?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

“It’s hard to go to an HE event these days without a doomful prediction that the government is going to use the data at its disposal to shake up the university sector. It’s easy to see where these fears come from …” (more)

[Ant Bagshaw, Wonkhe, 17 May]

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More student apartments granted permission on Coca-cola site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for more student apartments in Cork. Permission is already in place for a 92 student apartments on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 May]

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Student warning on energy drinks after teen’s death

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A leading health expert has urged Irish students to be aware of the dangers that energy drinks pose, following the death of a US teen after ingesting too much caffeine. Dr Marian O’Reilly, chief nutrition specialist at Safefood.eu, says caffeinated energy drinks can be a real danger to teens and young adults seeking a high-performance sugar kick …” (more)

[Ian Begley, Independent, 17 May]