10 Reasons I Love Academia

Posted in Life on June 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Most people are now aware of this letter of resignation by an EPFL PhD student. The letter has had enormous impact. In the resignation, the student, who was supposedly within months of completing his PhD, outlined his reasons for his disillusionment with the culture of science. The letter went viral …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 June]

The Paradox of Institutional Change in Universities: The Strategic Need for a Pincer-Movement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2017 by steve

“The last 10 years has seen most Universities in the UK undergo significant restructuring. These processes, which are still ongoing – most terribly at Manchester and the OU at the moment – are intended to deliver transformations to the institution’s financial viability, their ‘market appeal’, improvement of the student experience, and increasing competitiveness in research and teaching …” (more)

[Improvisation Blog, 30 June]

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Protected Disclosures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his expectations and those of the HEA regarding board members and audit committees handling whistleblowers’ cases in institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the possible affect of Brexit on fees and access to higher education for Irish students who attend British universities and colleges; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Former University of Limerick manager sues college for defamation

Posted in Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former senior manager with the University of Limerick has brought defamation proceedings against the college over the contents of e mails it provided to the Department of Education and the Auditor and Controller General concerning his severance payment …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Limerick Leader, 29 June]

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Councillor Martin McLoughlin new Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The sustainability of the Mayo campus of GMIT into the future is a priority for the new Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo County Council …” (more)

[Mid West Radio, 29 June]