NI students happy with university courses

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“The majority of NI students were satisfied with their degree courses this year, a UK-wide survey suggests. The National Student Survey (NSS) found 85% of final year students at NI universities said they were satisfied with the quality of their course …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 August]

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Plans to review teaching quality in universities ‘exasperating’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have criticised plans which they say could result in rankings on teaching quality which place a major emphasis on student satisfaction. The Irish Times reported recently that a review into the quality of higher education is to be carried out by the Government following concerns over the impact of falling investment and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 August]

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Students criticise ‘nimby’ opposition to Galway housing development

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have criticised residents in the Newcastle area of Galway city for campaigning to block a planned 400-bed student housing development. Mark O’Brien, head of the student union in GMIT, said local opposition to the student housing development was ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘a classic example of not in my backyard’ (‘nimby’) politics …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Everything must be measured: how mimicking business taints universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“Often, what begins as a pet-hate fades into the background irritation of life. But sometimes it gnaws away, gets under your skin and into your bones, then flares up, causing toxic shock. The term ‘neoliberalism’ has this effect on me. It is a lazy gobbet of pent-up, inarticulate hostility …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 8 August]

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Scam warning as ‘desperate’ students seek homes to rent

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a reported spike in rental scams as a new generation of Third Level students desperately searches for accommodation. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and gardaí have issued a warning to those looking for a place to live in advance of the academic year …” (more)

[Gavin White, Independent, 9 August]

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Garda issue warning after €20k deposits paid to rent scammer

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over €20,000 in deposits was paid to a scammer who pretended to be the landlord of a Dublin property he was about to vacate. The incident was highlighted by gardaí as one of many kinds of fraud in the rental market as they advised students to be careful when hunting for accommodation in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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Rising costs worsening college drop-out rate – students’ unions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising back-to-college costs mean a growing number of students are being forced to drop out of third-level education, according to students’ unions. The cost of student fees, accommodation, course books, equipment and transport mean some students will be unable to continue their degrees this September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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