UCD to Risk Industrial Dispute Over Doubling of Permit Parking Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s plan to double the cost of parking permits for next year could lead to another major labour dispute with some of Ireland’s biggest Trade Unions. The University wants to increase their price to €100 for the 2018/2019 academic year, then follow up with further increases to €125 in 2019/2020, and €150 in 2020/2021 …” (more)

[College Tribune, 17 October]

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UCD Smurfit School MBA ranked 74th best in world

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School’s executive part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) course has risen 15 places to be ranked 74th in the world. The Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA ranking, published Monday, ranks the Smurfit school as the 35th best in Europe and makes it the only Irish institution on the list …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Bill Clinton to receive honorary doctorate at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former US President Bill Clinton will be conferred with an honorary doctorate at Dublin City University this morning for his contribution to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 October]

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German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science, 13 October]

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Universities unite against the academic black market

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“On the TV show Suits, Mike Ross’s character charges a hefty fee to students to take the LSAT (law school admission test) for them. Ross has a stellar memory and a remarkable ability to take tests without getting crushed by stress – he is the perfect ‘contract cheater’. Later, Ross builds a career as a lawyer based on fake credentials, presumably from Harvard …” (more)

[Sarah Elaine Eaton, The Conversation, 16 October]

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Erasmus: A trickle that turned to a flood

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Tens of millions of deaths in the first and second World Wars were young men who succumbed on the soil of foreign countries, miles from their homes. If a driving force behind the creation of the EU (formerly the EEC) was a closer, familial Europe, then there was a clear need to create an antithetical space to the battle field where the continent’s youth could engage …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Trinity Holds Off on College Closure Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As schools across the country prepare to keep their doors closed for a second day in the face of storm Ophelia, Trinity will decide tonight whether to open tomorrow. The impact of the storm on Dublin was noticeably less severe than on other parts of the country and, so far, Trinity seems to have reported no large-scale damage to campus …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 16 October]

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Institutes of technology to share €200m building fund

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A total of 11 institutes of technology are to share €200m for major building projects to create state-of-the-art facilities for science, engineering and computing. The 11 projects, to be built under the Public Private Partnership programme (PPP), are designed to help drive regional development and meet skills needs in their areas …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Trinity’s Inexcusable Treatment of its Belfast Cohort

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has suffered from years of underfunding and neglect from College, something that has led to criticism from staff and student representatives in recent days. Students who pay identical fees to those in Dublin ought to be entitled to equal access to support services and should not be subjected to ongoing neglect and detachment from the wider college community …” (more)

[University Times, 15 October]

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Eleven Institutes of Technology to get extra buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects that are to be built at Institutes of Technology using Public Private Partnerships in coming years. The state will pay €200m towards the buildings, which will be operated and maintained by private developers for 25 years after their construction …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 October]

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First female president of Royal College of Physicians is set to take office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It is time to review the HPAT aptitude test Leaving Certificate students must pass when applying for medicine at third level in Ireland, the president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) Prof Mary Horgan has said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 16 Ocotber]

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All schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow, Department of Education confirms

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

Ireland“In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills has confirmed all schools, colleges and other education institutions will remain closed tomorrow …” (more)

[Independent, 15 October]

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Outrage as NUIG moves graduations back five days due to Hurricane Ophelia

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

Ireland“NUI Galway will be closed tomorrow due to the effects of Hurricane Ophelia, writes Cillian Sherlock. The university has rescheduled tomorrow’s graduation ceremonies due to the weather warnings. The ceremonies will now take place five days later on Saturday, October 21 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 October]

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Storm Ophelia: UCC to close tomorrow (Monday, Oct 16)

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

Ireland“University College Cork will be closed tomorrow to ensure the safety of students and staff following a status red weather warning issued by Met Éireann. There will be no access to any of the UCC campuses …” (more)

[University College Cork, 15 October]

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CIT closed: Hurricane Ophelia

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

Ireland“You will be aware at this stage that Hurricane Ophelia, with storm force winds and heavy rain is expected to hit the south coast of Ireland tomorrow morning. At this stage public safety is of primary concern and people need to take great care …” (more)

[Cork Institute of Technology, 15 October]

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Third level institutions confirm closure as Hurricane Ophelia closes in

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick will be closed tomorrow Monday as a result of a code red weather warning in the area. UL said the decision was made in the interest of safety of the university community …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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#OPHELIA: Schools across Limerick set to remain closed on Monday

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

Ireland“… The University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College have also confirmed they will also remain closed, while a scheduled appearance by celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio at LIT’s Millennium Theatre has also been cancelled …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 15 October]

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Gusts of 130kmh expected throughout tomorrow and GMIT to close four campuses

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

Ireland“A Met Eireann Status Red Wind Warning which includes Galway is in place from 9.00am Monday morning. Gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected throughout Monday and into Monday night. There is a high risk of flying debris and householders and businesses are advised to secure material in gardens and other sites …” (more)

[Declan Varley, Galway Advertiser, 15 October]

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Revealed: Details of explosive UCD Students’ Union meeting as abortion controversy makes international headlines

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

Ireland“Members of an Irish university’s Students’ Union which is at the centre of an abortion stance controversy have now slammed their president in an explosive meeting. The latest comments come after a week which saw the President of the UCD Students’ Union hit international headlines as she is facing impeachment …” (more)

[Catherine Devine, Independent, 14 October]

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Taoiseach dismisses UK and US style loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar’s unclear plans for the proposed ‘Student Loan Scheme’ outraged the Union of Students in Ireland, who led the march for publicly funded education in Dublin on October 3rd …” (more)

[Cait Caden, Irish Times, 13 October]

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