Dogs help calm Ulster University students ahead of exams

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Dogs have been bringing relaxation and calmness to students revising for sitting exams at Ulster University (UU). The university’s students union is behind the scheme, which has been running across a number of its campuses …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 May]

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But what is critical thinking?

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Since I wrote this letter to the Irish Times earlier this week, I’ve been thinking about what critical thinking actually is. Basically, I believe that all of what we call critical thinking is recall; it’s not some mysterious process somehow separated from more ‘normal’ mental processes like remembering who won the FA cup in 1973 or what the longest river in the world is …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 22 March]

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University of Limerick review based on at least a dozen allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At least a dozen protected disclosures or allegations are likely to form the basis of an independent review into allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick. The Department of Education has outlined the terms of reference for the reviews which will focus on governance, human resources and financial practices at the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Like Welfare Cheats, Essay Mills are not the Problem the Government is Suggesting They Are

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, has identified a problem that few others considered as such: ‘unfair’ essay mills, whereby students buy their written academic work online. Leaving aside the fact that there is little evidence – either anecdotally or seriously – to indicate that essay mills are indeed a problem large enough to distort student outcomes, this seems like yet another example of the government diverting our attention away from more important concerns …” (more)

[University Times, 21 May]

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Public service unions divided ahead of crucial pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new pay deal for about 300,000 State employees get under way today with the main Government party, Fine Gael, in the midst of electing a new leader and public-service unions divided on their strategic objectives. It had been envisaged that talks could run for about a fortnight …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Post-Brexit, We Must Resist Turning Education into a Mechanism to Attract Corporations

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As talk turns to leadership races, possible elections and the coronation of a new Taoiseach, one peripheral issue is becoming linked to another, more central issue. Higher education funding – a debate that was around long before the word ‘Brexit’ even existed – is now inextricably linked to what Ireland will look like once the UK leaves the EU …” (more)

[University Times, 21 May]

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Failure to invest properly in higher education will damage our future economic prosperity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An unwillingness by Ireland’s current parliamentary structures to take difficult decisions is demonstrated by the Government’s latest proposal to plug the higher education funding gap with a 40% increase in the levy paid by employers to the National Training Fund (NTF) …” (more)

[Danny McCoy, Independent, 22 May]

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