Bruton has Listened and Learned from Universities and Students. Now he Must Act

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny stood beside Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in a primary school last July, discussing lighthouse keepers. Their job, he said, was to guide ships away from dangerous rocks and safely into harbours. This, in a nutshell, will be Bruton’s job now that he’s been reappointed to the Department of Education and Skills …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 June]

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Word Mixing to Defeat Plagiarism

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recently I heard about a website called Spinbot.com that will ‘rewrite human readable text into additional, readable text’ – it is an ‘automatic article spinner’ tool. The site is designed for ‘bloggers, twitter users and online marketers’, and is described as a ‘dream come true’ to help rework content to help with SEO …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 15 June]

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Cabinet Manoeuvres Make Mockery of Government Commitment to Higher Education – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is deeply disappointed in the manner in which Higher Education has been treated on the Taosieach’s first day in office. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it emerged the Taoiseach decided at the last minute to assign Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor as Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education after she took issue with being offered the Equality and Law Reform portfolio …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 June]

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Calls to ‘force’ University of Limerick to tackle bad behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has been accused of not doing enough to combat antisocial behaviour in housing estates near its campus. At a meeting of the Travel and Transportation SPC, a number of Castletroy-based councillors also called on Limerick City and County Council to ‘force’ UL to do more to combat illegal parking and littering …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 14 June]

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IFUT welcomes appointment of Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the appointment of Mary Mitchell-O’Connor as Minister with special responsibility for Higher Education in the new government. Mike Jennings, General Secretary of IFUT, said the appointment of a dedicated Minister for the sector represents a recognition of the many challenges and dire financial situation in higher education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 14 June]

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Lecturers’ vote clears way for laws to create technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) opposition to various aspects of the bill published 18 months ago to underpin a TU sector had led to an impasse that meant the legislation had stalled …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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Bruton Returns and Mitchell O’Connor Given Third-Level Responsibility, as Funding Decisions Loom

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Richard Bruton has been reappointed Minister for Education and Skills in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet, while Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been given responsibility for higher education – a move that has been welcomed by the higher education sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 June]

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High fees deterring emigrants from sending kids to Irish universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 60% of Irish expat parents in Asia are not interested in sending their children to attend university in Ireland as they do not feel Irish higher education institutions offer value for money, a new survey has shown. Britain and the US are the top destinations of choice …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Mitchell O’Connor biggest loser in reshuffle

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former jobs minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the biggest loser in the new Taoiseach’s Cabinet. It emerged last night that Ms O’Connor was initially offered a super-junior minister position with responsibility for equality and law reform. However, she expressed concerns about the portfolio, forcing Mr Varadkar into a rethink. The Dún Laoghaire TD, who is a former primary school principal, was then given the option of a role in higher education …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 15 June]

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Why is the quality of our multilingual graduates so poor?

Posted in Teaching on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For many Irish people of a certain vintage, France was an exotic overseas destination. Parents packed the kids into the car, drove on to the ferry and went to a campsite in Normandy. On Wednesday, almost half – 46% – of Leaving Certificate students sat Leaving Cert French, compared with the 14% who sat German and the 13% who sat Spanish …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor demoted in Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the only casualty in Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet reshuffle following his appointment as Taoiseach on Wednesday. Eoghan Murphy, Regina Doherty and Michael Ring have been promoted to the senior ministerial ranks with Ms Mitchell O’Connor, who had been minister for enterprise, making way along with the outgoing Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 14 June]

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