FF vows to block law allowing top-up of minister’s wage

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has warned that it will block legislation aimed at topping up Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s TD salary to reflect her new ‘super-junior’ minister role. The revelation that the law will have to be changed to allow for a €16,288-a-year allowance on top of the minister of State salary of €124,439 has provoked a storm of controversy …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan, Independent, 17 June]

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Swipe right for science: Papr app is ‘Tinder for preprints’

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2017 by steve

International“Inspired by the dating app Tinder, which asks users to ‘swipe right’ across their screens to approve prospective matches, an app called Papr is inviting scientists to swipe to rate life-sciences preprints. And like other recommendation algorithms, Papr also promises to learn from researchers’ choices so that it can supply them with preprints they’ll like …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Nature News, 16 June]

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Fianna Fáil and Labour Will Not Back Creation of New Higher Education Cabinet Position

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil and Labour have refused to support the creation of a new cabinet position with responsibility for higher education. A new role set to be filled by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, its creation had been seen as a signal of a renewed government focus on the sector …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 16 June]

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Maynooth seminary to be overhauled after turbulent period

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

Ireland“Fr Michael Mullaney has been appointed president of the national seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, for the next three years as the Catholic bishops announce plans to separate out the seminary from the Pontifical University there. The Pontifical University is a separate entity from NUI Maynooth …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 16 June]

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DCU suspends account over retiree’s ‘offensive’ email in response to death of Katherine Zappone’s wife

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

Ireland“Dublin City University has suspended the email account of a retired staff member who sent an ‘offensive’ message in response to the death of Ann Louise Gilligan, wife of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone. Dr Gilligan had taught at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and DCU, and both institutions were merged last year …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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Biologists debate how to license preprints

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2017 by steve

International“Biology’s zeal for preprints — papers posted online before peer review — is opening up a thorny legal debate: should scientists license their manuscripts on open-access terms? Researchers have now shared more than 11,000 papers at the popular bioRxiv preprints site. But where some researchers allow their bioRxiv manuscripts to be freely redistributed and reused, others have chosen to lock them down with restrictive terms …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Nature News, 16 June]

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Trinity Access Programme encourages people to go on to university

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

Ireland“Among 38 graduates from the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) in Dublin on Friday was a Burmese refugee and an inner-city grandmother. TAP encourages people, particularly those under-represented in higher education, to go on to university …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 17 June]

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