Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. The university is awarding 17 academic scholarships to people aged 22 who live in Direct Provision …” (more)

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So I’m a professor now!

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last week we got an email from our HR department informing us that we are adopting the American ‘professor’ system of academic titles. So now I’m an Associate Professor! Personally, I’m glad this change has been made and it’s not because I’ve always fancied being a professor …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 June]

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Academics fear the value of knowledge for its own sake is diminishing

Posted in Research on June 19th, 2017 by steve

“A climate of ‘anti-intellectualism’, faltering levels of trust in ‘experts’ and an era of ‘post-truth’ provides a rather dreary depiction of the state of academia today. Compound this with the reorganisation of higher education – where universities are run more like businesses – along with the politics of austerity, and it may be little surprise that the sector is said to be in crisis …” (more)

[Jennifer Chubb, The Conversation, 19 June]


Row over status of third level facilities brewing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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College ‘sorry’ for homophobic email about Zappone and wife

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan were the subject of a homophobic email the same day the respected lecturer passed away. Dr Gilligan was cremated following a humanist ceremony held in The Helix auditorium on Saturday …” (more)

[Sarah Slater, Independent, 19 June]

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Change in university governance structures in continental Europe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This article discusses changes with respect to university governance structures in six comprehensive universities in Europe. We present an analytical framework on the basis of which we conduct a comparative analysis of the university governance structures along four different dimensions: (a) the internal democratic nature of the governance structure, (b) the external involvement in university governance, (c) the level of centralisation of decision-making authority in the university and (d) the concentration of authority in an individual leadership position versus authority in a collective body or spread over various collective bodies.

Gornitzka, A, Maassen, P, de Boer, H, ‘Change in university governance structures in continental Europe’, Higher Education Quarterly (18 June 2017)

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Wary of Loans, but not Progressive Enough for State Funded, Varadkar Might Leave Education in Limbo

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First came the hope, then the headaches. Even the weathered trade unionists and opposition politicians allowed themselves some optimism this week when Leo Varadkar announced the creation of a new ministerial position with responsibility for higher education. The ensuing furore over the creation of a new super junior ministry, however, has suggested some of this optimism might be misplaced …” (more)

[University Times, 18 June]

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UCD business school’s masters in finance ranked 36th in world

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s masters in finance has been ranked 36th in the world and 31st in Europe in a survey published on Monday. The Dublin university’s MSc in finance as the only such course offered by an Irish third-level college to be included in the Financial Times Top 60 Global Masters in Finance rankings …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 June]

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