College applicants ‘cannot afford student accommodation’

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

Ireland“Student unions have warned that the vast majority of college applicants cannot afford newly-built student accommodation. The warning comes as higher education authorities estimate there will be a shortage of more than 20,000 beds for students in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Roll up, roll up for subject level TEF

Posted in Teaching on July 20th, 2017 by steve

“The Department for Education is seeking volunteers for the pilot of its TEF subject-level rating. On Thursday, the government published the specification for the trial, which provides our first glimpse at how a subject-level TEF could work if rolled out in future years in line with the plan for the exercise …” (more)

[Catherine Boyd, Wonkhe, 20 July]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

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

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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Government Launches Accommodation Strategy Promising 21,000 Student Beds by 2024

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

Ireland“With a target of providing 21,000 student beds by 2024, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, launched the government’s plan to address a student housing crisis that has for years tested the resources of universities and students’ unions …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 July]

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Knowledge and problem solving

Posted in Teaching on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I experienced a really good example of why knowledge is an integral part of problem solving this morning.  One of my masters students comes to me with what seems to be an intractable programming (coding!) problem. He’s tearing his hair out …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 20 July]

Sharp increase in first-class degrees triggers standards debate

Posted in Teaching on July 20th, 2017 by steve

“About a third of UK universities now award a first-class degree to at least a quarter of their undergraduates compared with just 8% of institutions five years ago, a new analysis has shown. Figures on degree scores from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, analysed by the Press Association, show that 40 higher education institutions saw the proportion of firsts rise by more than 10 percentage points between 2010-11 and 2015-16 …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 20 July]

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Ministers launch the National Student Accommodation Strategy

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

Ireland“The development of the first National Student Accommodation Strategy is a key action in the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.  It has been developed by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), together with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPCLG), as well as key stakeholders to introduce measures to support the delivery of an increased level of supply of Purpose Built Student Accommodation …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 July]

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We’re Down €400m Without A University

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

Ireland“Waterford city is missing out on an annual spend of €400 million per year, which includes €70m of direct spending, given the ongoing absence of a University headquartered here …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 20 July]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

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

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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University gender bias: ‘Mediocre men outperform outstanding women’

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

Ireland“Jane Ohlmeyer, a senior academic at Trinity College Dublin, is hugely conscious of the acute lack of women in senior roles across the university sector. ‘It’s not good for colleges, it’s not good for the country – we’re missing out on a huge talent pool’, she said. ‘Mediocre men are outperforming outstanding women because of the nature of the system …'” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Third-level colleges face funding cuts if they fail to tackle gender gap

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

Ireland“Third-level institutions face funding cuts if they fail to introduce mandatory gender quotas to increase the number of women in senior positions over the coming years. While men and women are equally represented within universities and colleges in Ireland, women are significantly under-represented in senior roles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Colleges are criticised for having too few women in senior roles

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has criticised third-level colleges for a continuing ‘significant lack of representation’ of women in key senior roles. There were only ‘small improvements’, of less than 2%, between 2015 and 2016 in addressing the under-representation of females in academic and decision-making roles in higher education, according to a HEA report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 July]

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Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows

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

Ireland“Women are hugely under-represented in the senior ranks of most of the State’s colleges and universities, new figures show. While just over half of all of lecturers in the seven universities are female, these numbers fall dramatically at higher grades such as associate professor (29%) and professor (21%). There has never been a female president since the establishment of the first Irish university about 425 years ago …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Do we already have comprehensive universities?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

“Today’s HEPI Occasional Paper on ‘The Comprehensive University’ is an important addition to the growing debate around meaningful change within a system that continues to favour the socially privileged and the well tutored …” (more)

[Edward Peck, Wonkhe, 20 July]

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As Ireland Waits on Repeal Referendum Date, Students’ Unions Are Planning their Campaigns

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

Ireland“In the run-up to the academic year, students’ unions around the country are getting into gear to push for a referendum on the eighth amendment.With hopes for a referendum in spring 2018, students’ unions are starting to organise themselves for large-scale involvement in the national campaign …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 July]

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