Government Intervenes to Warn Universities Against Excessive Use of Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a move that’s already been praised by trade unions, the government has intervened in the highly-charged issue of temporary contracts in Irish higher education, urging universities to curb their use for the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 August]

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Research reveals more than 50% of students spend €500 on rent

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of students are spending up to €500 a month on rent according to new research. The Union of Students in Ireland have found 58% are spending between €256 and €500 a month while 36% have no monthly income to cover the costs …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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Some implications of the Universitas 21 rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

International“Universitas 21 (U21) produces an annual ranking not of universities but of 50 national university systems. There are 25 criteria grouped in four categories, resources, connectivity, environment and output. There is also an overall league table …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 August]

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Which subjects at UK universities rely most on EU academics?

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Universities in the UK have stepped up their lobbying of the government over Brexit as crucial negotiations take place about the future status of European Union citizens working in the country …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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‘We are teaching too many students to do jobs that our society doesn’t need’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We have every right to be angry with the many institutions that seem to be taking advantage of us all. Banks, insurance companies and real estate agencies to name but a few are well-known culprits, but nobody appears to be protesting with the same vigor about the biggest scam of all that is going on right under our noses: the scam of third level education …” (more)

[Chris Fitzgerald, TheJournal.ie, 14 August]

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Colleges’ research partnership with navy ‘disbanded’

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A partnership between two third-level colleges and the Irish Naval Service to promote commercial maritime research has been mothballed for ‘not being fit for purpose’. A review, last year, of the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster, in Ringaskiddy, concluded that its operations were ‘creating difficulties’ and would damage the original aim of its sponsors …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 14 August]

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Testing times in higher education

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I want to thank Dr Greg Foley (Letters, August 7th) for his list of review processes at DCU. It should be required reading for anyone considering adding to the list …” (more)

[James Quinn, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Brexit linked to sharp rise in EU students’ CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp increase in the number of European Union students applying for third-level courses through the CAO system, which experts say is linked to uncertainty over Brexit. The numbers come as tens of thousands of students prepare to receive their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Far-reaching reforms aim to slow down CAO ‘points race’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The most-far reaching reforms in the Leaving Cert in 25 years will kick in on Wednesday when about 58,000 students get their exam results. The introduction of new exam grading, along with an overhaul of the CAO points system, is designed to be fairer and will take some of the heat out of the ‘points race’, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 August]

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UL President has a house to spare

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has come under fire for having two official homes for its president and spending money to maintain them while one is not lived in …” (more)

[Cian Reinhardt, Limerick Post, 13 August]

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With Third-Level Awaiting News of Teaching Review, UK Students’ Union Caution Wariness

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions in the UK claimed success in recent days after they were able to exclude 12 universities from a national student survey in an attempt to damage the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The radical action, they say, was successful. Now, if the Irish government does indeed introduce a similar framework, Irish students’ unions will need to decide what their stance will be on a policy that has divided UK higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 AUgust]

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Theresa May under pressure to cut cost of university as public rejects high fees and huge debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Theresa May is being urged today to cut the soaring cost of going to university and stop students from being punished with debts of more than £50,000, a poll for The Independent reveals. Almost two-thirds of people want annual tuition fees – which could reach up to £9,250 this autumn at some institutions – to be slashed or scrapped …” (more)

[Rob Merrick, Independent, 13 August]

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Trinity Report Finds Employment Level for Postgraduates Below National Average

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduates of the class of 2015 fell below the national employment average by six percentage points, a new Trinity report on graduate employment has revealed, although 74% of postgraduates reported being employed nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 13 August]

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