Dublin City University unveils over 50 gender neutral bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has opened 54 gender neutral bathrooms across its three campuses. The Universal Access Bathrooms were introduced on May 15th after the students’ union was mandated by class representatives in the 2015/16 academic year to implement gender neutral bathrooms …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 2 June]

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With Private Sector Booming, Trinity Rethinks Approach to Securing More Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the need to secure extra accommodation for its students growing and with a sudden influx of private developers building in the city, Trinity is turning its focus away from building new accommodation to getting students rooms in existing developments …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 June]

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Education must be accessible to all – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Further and Higher Education spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald has said widening participation and access for all, is an important factor in supporting economic growth by developing a more skilled workforce …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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New University of Limerick president discusses ‘shocking revelations’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the University of Limerick has said that he would not have sanctioned the payment of nearly $100,000 for the online doctorates of two staff members in Florida – approved by its former president – given the university’s world ranking … ” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 1 June]

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€2m bill for investigating UL claims

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Costs to the State after investigations into a series of allegations of misconduct at the University of Limerick and the payment of confidential severance packages to former staff now amount to nearly €2m. The new president of UL, Dr Desmond Fitzgerald, has said that an apology from the institution to some former staff may be warranted pending a new review into the allegations …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Independent, 2 June]

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What does the general election 2017 mean for scientific research?

Posted in Research on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Scientific research and technological development are rarely topics of discussion in election debates, and scientists are not normally known for being overtly political creatures. However, following government commitments to leave European funding and regulatory bodies, many scientists have turned to the Labour manifesto to look for alternatives …” (more)

[Ben Fernando, New Statesman, 1 June]

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Students and staff at WIT are being penalised for Government cuts – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has accused the Department of Education and the HEA of making students and staff at Waterford Institute of Technology pay for sustained Government cuts since 2008. He said news of cost cutting measures being considered by WIT is causing anger and concern within the institute …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 June]

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Trinity Secures Additional 500 Beds for Students in Gardiner St Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has secured almost 500 additional beds for students in a private development in Gardiner St for the next academic year, and has renegotiated a lease for just under 250 beds in the Binary Hub accommodation complex …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 June]

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Employers resist Government moves to force them to pay more for education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employers are resisting Government plans to oblige them to contribute more to higher education through increases in a payroll levy. Earlier this year, Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced a proposal to raise an additional €200 million for the sector through increases in employer’s PRSI to the national training fund …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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