Tánaiste Fitzgerald and Minister Bruton Outline revised Graduate Programme aimed at non-EEA students studying in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, have today (Thursday) announced changes to the Third Level Graduate Programme, a key action under the International Education Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 June]

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Of monsters and mentors: PhD disasters, and how to avoid them

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2017 by steve

“For all the efforts in recent years to improve the doctoral experience for students, Times Higher Education still receives a steady supply of horror stories from PhD candidates. To the authors of such submissions, the system appears, at best, indifferent to them and, at worst, outright exploitative. Here, we present three such examples – all of whose writers, tellingly, feel the need to remain anonymous, given the power dynamics involved …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 1 June]

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Formal recognition for peer review will propel research forward

Posted in Research on June 1st, 2017 by steve

“Academic research has been beset by a number of disturbing problems in recent years; from the reproducibility crisis and long publication delays, right through to article retractions and admissions of researcher misconduct. This has led to increasing public and media scepticism as to the quality and integrity of research …” (more)

[Andrew Preston and Tom Culley, Impact of Social Sciences, 1 June]

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€20m STEM building earmarked for GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is in line for a €20 million investment in a new Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) building at its Dublin Road campus. College authorities are meeting with the Department of Education and Skills towards the end of this month with a view to progressing plans for the major development …” (more)

[Dave O’Connell, Connacht Tribune, 1 June]


‘Ringfence corporate tax rather than hike PRSI to boost third-level funds’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employers and unions agree that ringfencing a portion of corporate tax or business profits could be a better way to bolster higher education funding than a government proposal to increase employers’ PRSI. The increased contribution has been suggested by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe through a proposed increase in the National Training Fund (NTF) levy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 June]

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Fresh masterpieces join The Book of Kells on display in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mention Irish illuminated manuscripts and the chances are the Book of Kells will pop into your mind. Not only is it a masterpiece of the illuminator’s art, it’s a global symbol of Irishness, and its presence in Trinity College Library draws a non-stop stream of visitors …” (more)

[Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 1 June]

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