An honorary doctorate for Brian Cowen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I realise it is prime silly season, but how sickening is your Front page picture (July 27th) of one-time taoiseach, Brian Cowen, replete with cap and gown receiving his honorary doctorate from National University of Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Lack of women at senior level in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I have followed with interest the recent coverage of the under-representation of women at senior level in Irish universities (‘Too few women at top levels in colleges, report shows’, Carl O’Brien, July 20th). Despite the initiatives taken to encourage greater recognition of women at senior level, it would be optimistic to think the current culture can be changed easily to allow a recalibration …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Explicit material: students want warning put on books

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a new trend in town. The ‘trigger warning’ has taken on a new lease of life with the increased usage of social media. Following the release of the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, based on the novel by Jay Asher, newsfeeds were flooded with demands for more trigger warnings to be included in cinema, TV and literature …” (more)

[Margaret Madden, Irish Times, 27 July]

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