Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all, according to a new report from the international think-tank the OECD. The country ranks 17th out of 32 around the world in terms of what the State devotes, on average, to individual students, from primary through to third level. At primary level alone, Ireland is 19th out of 32 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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NUIG academic’s court action over ‘sabotage’ claims

Posted in Legal issues on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway has brought a High Court challenge over what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to ‘sabotage’ a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 September]

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The mysteries of academic recruitment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

“I have no idea on how many occasions I have set on university selection panels to fill academic or other vacancies, both in the various universities in which I have worked and in other institutions. Nor, to be honest, am I sure how often I personally got the decision right or wrong. And yet, these decisions change people’s lives and the destiny of institutions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 September]

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At Trinity Conference, Academic Freedom Fiercely Defended

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Funny, polite and fiercely unapologetic, Steven Salaita raged in defence of academic freedom and against the actions of Israel in Palestine in a much-hyped talk in Trinity this evening. The talk, which discussed the topic ‘Freedom to Boycott: Boycott, Divest, Sanctions and the Modern University’, centered around issues of freedom of speech in academia through the lense of Salaita’s experiences …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 11 September]

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TCD conference on boycott of Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In reference to the Trinity College conference on the academic boycott of Israel, Jeremy O’Friel asks whether ‘it will be following this with a series of conferences on similar boycotts of China, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the other hundred-odd countries whose human rights violations exceed those in Israel’ (September 9th) …” (more)

[Raymond Deane, Irish Times, 12 September]

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UCD is Ireland’s best university for getting a job

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) global higher education analysts and career advice specialists have announced the world’s 500 leading universities for graduate employability. The rankings indicate that University College Dublin (UCD) is the strongest provider of highly employable graduates. It ranks 75th and is followed by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at 111-120 …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 11 September]

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Criticising Israel brings ‘lifetime punishment’, says US academic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An academic who became a test case for academic freedom in the US said he had no regrets for sending anti-Israel tweets. Dr Steven Salaita, a Palestinian-American, sued the University of Illinois when they withdrew an offer for a position as associate professor following a number of tweets that he sent following the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Rethinking the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While Peter Heeran (Letters, September 4th) is certainly not the first person to call for a rethink of the Leaving Cert exam, it is disappointing that this convincing and challenging account of his recent experience has not evoked a response from your readers. This silence prompts us to question why …” (more)

[Jim Gleeson, Irish Times, 12 September]

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