IT Tralee launches ambitious 5-year strategic plan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee has launched an ambitious strategic plan. The plan will see the delivery of the IT Tralee North Campus Master Plan valued at €64 million to include a dedicated STEM building, a Research building, a Student Residential Complex, a Student Facilities Hub and an extension to the Business Incubation Centre …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 2 October]

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Bruton Launches New International Fund for Irish Universities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government will give Irish universities €500,000 to promote collaboration with universities from around the world. A new fund, set to be managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), will make the funding available to colleges across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 2 October]

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Overeducation claims are one more attack on young people

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First they take the jobs. Then they take the housing. And now they target college education? The recent headline ‘Irish workers are the most overqualified in Europe’ should be treated with caution. If not, the Economic and Social Research Institution (ESRI) study to which it refers could become inadvertently the basis for another attack on the quality of life of young people …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Silencing the Other Side is Never a Substitute for Good Arguments

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The posters put up by pro-life group Unbroken and taken down by members of Trinity People Before Profit were nasty, cruel and intended to prey on the most base fears and concerns around abortion. But they should have remained up. Not because free speech is absolute or because we should protect a right to offend and hurt, but because they act as a testament to the pro-choice side’s openness to debate even the most vile voices on the opposing side …” (more)

[University Times, 1 October]

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Micheline’s US tour gets off to successful start

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Micheline has successfully completed the first phase of her US tour, speaking and filming in New York, Boston and Connecticut as she retraces her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’s epic tour in 1917. At various venues, she connected her talks about Hanna’s striving for justice to her own fight for gender equality at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 October]

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Students Are Frustrated and Angry. They Need Places to Air Their Concerns

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When a group of third-year chemistry students in Trinity found themselves experiencing mental health problems as a result of a severely high workload, meeting little or no support from their school, they decided to take action. Compiling and submitting a report to the School of Chemistry that detailed the impossibly high academic standards set for them and the stress and upset for students, they received a muted response …” (more)

[University Times, 1 October]

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Higher education: time to invest to match our ambition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system has a critical role to play in creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting an open and tolerant society. In turbulent times,the quality of our third-level sector is even more important in supporting economic growth and fulfilling the potential of our students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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