Mediation fails – the fight for justice and gender equality goes on

Posted in Legal issues on June 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The mediation between NUI Galway and the four women taking High Court cases for gender discrimination in promotion has failed. A report of the failure will be published in the High Court today and another date for the pre hearing will then be arranged. It means the four women’s cases have been delayed yet again …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 20 June]

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The road to STEAM

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary gets a degree in a traditional discipline. Mary gets her first job and it’s right in the middle of her discipline. After a few years, Mary moves ‘sideways’ and starts to drift away from her discipline. Mary does a postgraduate degree in a completely different discipline …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 June]

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The Great Exodus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2017 by steve

“All of us in the United Kingdom, and universities specifically, are still struggling to discern what the practical implications of Brexit will be. We are not helped by the total confusion in the matter right now, with no clear consensus either in the UK government or the opposition as to what should be the desired outcome of the negotiations that began, sort of, in Brussels yesterday …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 June]

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Stem courses key to Ireland making gains post-Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The British general election result has done little to assuage Irish fears for industry here post-Brexit but with a booming Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector, Ireland is well placed to make gains. According to leading economist Prof Alan Ahearne of the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, the Brexit ‘divorce’ negotiations will likely last for at least two years, with trade deals possibly taking considerably longer to complete …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2017 by steve

“Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition rate. This builds on an article by The Australian earlier this year which showed that one in three university students failed to complete the course they began within six years of enrolling …” (more)

[James Arvanitakis, The Conversation, 19 June]

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Placing gender equity in Stem on the radar

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths is deepening. There are plenty of jobs in the industry, but there are not enough people to fill the roles. The problem is, to a significant extent, caused by the failure of Stem to attract women. Fewer than 25% of people working in Stem are female …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 20 June]

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