No End in Sight to Trinity’s Dispute with Staff, Despite Final Promotions Promise

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will run a round of promotions for administrative and support staff in September as part of a concession to the College’s three trade unions. But while the College say this will be the final round, Trinity’s staff will hope otherwise …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 August]

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UK universities need urgent Brexit ‘clarity’ from ministers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“UK universities could lose talented EU staff unless they receive ‘greater clarity’ from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group. The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff ‘uncertainty and anxiety’ and making the recruitment of others harder …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 August]

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Trump May Find No Easy Targets if He Attacks Race in Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“The nation’s long fight over affirmative action at colleges has flared back up with a report this week that the Trump administration’s Justice Department plans to go after race-conscious admissions policies. While colleges have good reason to be concerned about such news, the fears it has aroused in them may be exaggerated and somewhat misplaced …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 August]

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7.5% rise in students offered early CAO courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students offered college places in the early stages of the Central Applications Office (CAO) process is up 7.5% on last year. The categories of students who can be offered a third-level place before the main offers after the Leaving Certificate results in mid-August include overseas students coming to Ireland, who may require early confirmation to facilitate visa arrangements …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 August]

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Further education spending is ‘disjointed’, claims review

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is a ‘fragmented’ and ‘disjointed’ approach to the way more than €800 million is being spent on further education courses, a Government review has found. More than 200,000 people participate in further education courses each year, including school-leavers and adults seeking ‘second chance’ education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 August]

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A Summer Repeal Referendum Would Suppress the Student Voice

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“No doubt many people will have now heard that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last Friday announced his intention to potentially hold the repeal referendum next June or July. I am currently calling it the repeal referendum, as are many people, despite the fact we have no clear indication if we will actually be asked whether we want to repeal anything or not …” (more)

[Annie Hoey, University Times, 2 August]

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Yes, Your Manuscript Was Due 30 Years Ago. No, the University Press Still Wants It

Posted in Research on August 3rd, 2017 by steve

“David W Congdon was recently reviewing the contracts he had inherited as a new acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kansas when he came upon a project due in 1987. Mr Congdon offered the author a chance to void the contract and to absolve himself of responsibility for the dangling project …” (more)

[Chris Quintana, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 August]

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