Failure to join CERN means State ‘losing out’ on research contracts

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is losing out on major research contracts by not being a member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has claimed. CERN is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. It operates particle accelerators including the famous Large Hadron Collider …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Students Set to March Again in October, as Decision on Education Funding Draws Nearer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With decisions looming on the future of higher education funding, students will take to the streets once again on October 4th, as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today announced proposed plans for their national demonstration …” (more)

[Ivan Rakhmanin, University Times, 15 August]

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A third of students rely on parents or loans to cover the cost of rent, says USI

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of students have no income to cover their rent, which can cost up to €500 a month. A survey from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) shows that almost 60% of students spend between €256 and €500 a month on accommodation. It also found that 36% do not have the income to cover rent …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 August]

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NUIG set to commission Nuns Island master plan

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway will commission a master plan for the Nuns Island area. The university has budgeted €250,000 for a ‘master plan and design project’ for its buildings at Nuns Island in the city centre. Sanction for the master plan was approved at a Governing Body meeting in February, minutes of which were released to this newspaper under Freedom of Information (FOI) …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 14 August]

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Games of Thrones as a Thinly Disguised Academic Drama

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

“We all know that Game of Thrones is in reality a thinly disguised academic drama. That the competition to control the Seven Kingdoms is really an allegory for status and power within the halls of academe. That the Army of the Dead is in reality the threat to cut-off public funding …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higer Ed, 14 August]

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Leaving Cert assessment must change – university head

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The way students are assessed in the Leaving Certificate needs to change, according to Maynooth University president Professor Philip Nolan. Prof Nolan said the reliance on the traditional written exams in June was too narrow …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 August]

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More time for Greenway river walkway at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More time has been allowed for a Greenway Enhancement Project at NUI Galway in Newcastle. The college applied for an extension of planning permission for the N6 underpass and approach roads near the Quincentenary Bridge …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 14 August]

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Post-Brexit free movement for students ‘risks class conflict’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK and European Union may look to preserve free movement specifically for students after Brexit, but such a deal could ‘exacerbate existing class conflicts’ given inequalities in access to higher education, according to a researcher …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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