Trinity to hold conference on freedom of speech on the academic boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College will hold a conference on the Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The case of the Academic boycott of Israel this Monday and Tuesday. The conference will take place in the Synge and Robert Emmet lecture theatres. The conference will be interdisciplinary, and will include law, the arts, social science and humanities. It will involve academics from Ireland and abroad with practical experience of the issues around freedom in higher education …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Real prospect of teachers going their own way on public pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The prospect of further industrial action in schools later in the year will be determined by a number of key events over the coming weeks which will be watched very closely by the Government as well as tens of thousands of parents and students. In essence teachers will have to decide whether they should row in with what more than likely will be the majority decision of the public service trade union movement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Cambridge University set to scrap written exams because students’ handwriting is so bad

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2017 by steve

“Cambridge University is seeking to scrap exams written with a pen and paper due to the deterioration of students’ handwriting. A growing reliance on laptops has led to students’ writing becoming increasingly illegible, academics said …” (more)

[Harriet Agerholm, Independent, 9 September]

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No means no: Why sexual consent is a growing educational issue in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Campaigns like SHAG and SHIFT weeks aim to put the focus on the big issue of sexual consent at third level institutions. From ‘Cups of Tea’ and business cards carrying definitions of sexual consent to flash-mobs, sex magicians, posters and workshops, the message to third-level students across the country this autumn is simple: no means no …” (more)

[Áilín Quinlan, Irish Examiner, 9 September]

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Germany’s strategy for life without Elsevier

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2017 by steve

“German universities have coped ‘easily’ when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as Sci-Hub, according to a negotiator from Germany’s biggest network of research centres …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 September]

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ASTI recommends members reject new pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers is recommending that their members reject the new public service pay agreement, they announced after a ballot was held this afternoon. The ASTI’s 180 member Executive Council voted no for the new pay deal, following claims that it does not address the lowers wages of teachers who have qualified since 2012 …” (more)

[Kathy Armstrong, Independent, 9 September]

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