More than 3,000 students set to be offered third-level places by CAO

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 3,000 students are being offered third-level college places by the Central Applications Office (CAO) today. Points for accounting at CIT have dropped from 319 to 318. The offers are being issued to 3,087 applicants, up from 2,446 at the same stage last year, and can be accepted up to next Wednesday evening …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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Small USI team carries the fight for Irish students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Working out of a tiny corner office overlooking Dublin Port, it is hard to believe that the eight staff and 10 full-time officers of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) run an organisation that represents 350,000 students …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 31 August]

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GMIT Castlebar applications up 43%

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

Ireland“A former Castlebar town councillor has welcomed a marked increased in applications for degree courses in GMIT Castlebar. However, he feels the revelation could eclipse the reality that five courses have been cut at the institution …” (more)

[Mayo News, 29 August]

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Concerns over purpose-built student housing in Dublin

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

Ireland“Concern has been raised by business leaders about moves that could restrict the provision of badly-needed student accommodation in Dublin city centre. Councillors will get a report from planning officials soon before voting on the proposal that could make it harder to get permission for purpose-built student housing …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Paying for Leaving Cert appeals

Posted in Teaching on August 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – This Friday and Saturday thousands of Leaving Cert students will avail of the option to review their examination scripts. It is an admirable exercise in transparency and greatly to the credit of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) that it operates in this way …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Moves to restrict student housing must be opposed – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called on Government to oppose and prevent measures under consideration by Dublin City Council to restrict student accommodation. The proposal seeks to provide planning authorities with an additional basis to oppose the building of student accommodation …” (more)

[Ibec, 29 August]

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Impact of Brexit Is Already Resonating Across UK Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Lydia Bruna, a young filmmaker from Germany, was considering doing her master’s degree at the prestigious National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, just west of the British capital. Not only does the school have an international reputation, a British master’s would help her career in the United Kingdom – the European hub for filmmaking. But a note on the fee page of the school’s website changed her plans …” (more)

[Christopher Schuetze, US News, 28 August]

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Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Earlier this summer Google engineer James Damore posted a treatise about gender differences on an internal company message board and was subsequently fired. The memo ignited a firestorm of debate about sex discrimination in Silicon Valley …” (more)

[Alison Coil, Wired, 25 August]

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Blind marking ‘does little’ to reduce student attainment gaps

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“The anonymous marking of exam scripts has little impact on closing the achievement gap between students of different genders and ethnicities, new research suggests. Many universities have introduced blind marking in recent years in response to the underperformance of undergraduates from ethnic minorities and male learners in assessment …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 29 August]

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Ulster Uni’s new Belfast Campus Shows it isn’t Serious About Magee Expansion. So it’s time for Derry to Look Elsewhere

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Last week’s ‘A’ Level results not only signalled the start of the annual scramble to secure a place at University. They also pointed to a worrying development for the long-promised expansion of Magee campus in Derry …” (more)

[Steve Bradley, Slugger O’Toole, 29 August]

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NUI Galway to hire design consultant for Nun’s Island masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has published the tender documents for its Nun’s Island regeneration masterplan. NUI Galway’s Education Building is located at Nuns Island, and it also owns the adjacent building …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 28 August]

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The technology problem

Posted in Teaching on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“As has been noted previously in this blog, there are differing opinions on the extent to which universities should develop education strategies to provide skills needed in the economy. Some of those who might be sceptical about such strategies argue that universities should not be vocational training institutions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 August]

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University of Limerick president to introduce ‘no smoking zones’

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick is moving towards having a ‘No-Smoking’ campus, its president Dr Des Fitzgerald has announced. Dr Fitzgerald said there will be designated smoke-free areas all around the campus in the coming months, with some being introduced next month …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 28 August]

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Just When is Accommodation Going to Become a Real Priority for Universities?

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

Ireland“As the accommodation crisis morphs from a calamity into a permanent feature of Irish cities, the inadequacy of Irish universities’ attempts to solve the problem are becoming more and more apparent. The crisis, which is showing little sign of relenting, has become an annual talking point in the media. High rents, exploitative landlords and the latest innovation all take up column inches as politicians and universities offer the latest pithy advice to students fretting about finding a home for college …” (more)

[University Times, 27 August]

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Colleges see surge of interest from homeowners over student ‘digs’

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

Ireland“Colleges have reported a surge of interest among homeowners interested in renting rooms out to students in light of the crisis in accommodation. Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor last week appealed to householders to consider ‘digs’ as an accommodation option …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Book Review: ‘Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time’ by Filip Vostal

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2017 by steve

“Academics are reeling under authoritarian management, marketisation and audits. A rewarding occupation is situated in an institutional context that’s not so benign. Speed is a key pressure in a profession where deliberation and a measured pace are especially important. Filip Vostal asks questions about this scenario. His Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time is an opportune intervention on a pressing issue, assessing the literature and making his own empirical contribution …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 27 August]

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UCC used more than 4,000 live animals for research last year

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rabbits, birds and guinea pigs were among more than 4,100 live animals used in research experiments at University College Cork (UCC) last year. The animals were sourced through specialist suppliers in Ireland, the UK and the US at a cost of almost €200,000. A further €3,000 was paid to dispose of carcasses …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Put UK universities at the centre of free trade deals

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

“British higher education is the fifth-largest export sector in the United Kingdom. According to the Treasury (2015), the UK has a target to increase educational exports from £18 billion (US$23 billion) in 2012 to £30 billion (US$38 billion) by 2020 …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, University World News, 25 August]

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Student accommodation crisis: our school-leavers deserve better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The receipt of an offer for a college course should be a time of celebration for school-leavers. Instead, students planning to study away from home are facing into a period of stress and uncertainty. The crisis in housing supply, along with soaring rents, means many do not have access to affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 August]

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Multinationals and funding third level

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When announcing new jobs, foreign corporations cite our educated workforce, rather than our low corporation tax rate, as the main reason for operating in Ireland …” (more)

[Paddy Meyler, Irish Times, 26 August]

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