‘Outrageous’ salaries at Ulster University higher than Oxford and Cambridge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

“Senior managers at the Ulster University are the third highest paid in the sector in the UK, it has been revealed. Of the 162 universities in the UK, only King’s College London and the University of Manchester pays its senior managers more than Ulster University …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 13 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology spent €20,000 on two portraits

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has pledged to review the way it purchases art following criticism that it spent €20,000 on portraits of its president and the then chair of its governing body. CIT president Dr Brendan Murphy has confirmed that two portraits were commissioned from artist Mick O’Dea, a member of Aosdána, in 2007 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Students hit out at lack of support for motion to block ‘income-contingent’ student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out.’ That, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is the message being sent to Irish students by the Seanad’s failure today to support a motion calling for the rejection of an income-contingent student loan scheme …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 July]

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Exam stress is not a mental illness

Posted in Teaching on July 13th, 2017 by steve

“There has been a surge in the number of undergraduates demanding special consideration during examinations due to mental-health issues. The Sunday Times has reported that the University of Cambridge approved requests for 218 students to have alternative exam arrangements last year – triple the amount of students allowed special measures five years ago …” (more)

[Frank Furedi, Spiked, 12 July]

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UCC withholds some results amid allegations of cheating

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has withheld the results of a number of final-year degree students amid allegations of cheating and breaches of exam procedures. Students from the business information systems course are alleged to have ‘outsourced’ key aspects of a final-year project which involved computer coding, according to college sources …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Students Disappointed As Senators Fail To Reject Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today stated concern with the failure of a Labour private members motion in the Seanad on Wednesday 12th July, to reject any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. The amendment from Government instead called that no decision be made until the Joint Committee on Education and Skills had published their recommendations …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 12 July]

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Hines opens 447-bed block in Dublin with plans for more

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Property giant Hines intends seeking planning permission for a new student accommodation block in Dublin after opening its fourth such facility in the capital on Wednesday. The US-based multinational is spending €600 million on student apartment blocks in the Republic and Britain, where it has a total of 14 sites, five of which are in Dublin …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Limerick IT secures permission for €14m campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planners have cleared the way for the Limerick Institute of Technology to open a new engineering campus. In a move which will see 100 permanent jobs and 134 construction jobs, the Moylish-based college is to open a new engineering-focussed campus beside Tesco at Coonagh Cross …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 12 July]

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