Third-level funding a ‘whole-of-society issue’, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level funding and planning are issues that affect every part of our economy and society. The crisis in the sector can no longer be ignored and must be addressed in the forthcoming Budget, Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), said …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 October]

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TCD society withdraws plans to offer gold medal to Nigel Farage

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society’s auditor has apologised for his decision to award its gold medal to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Mr Farage was due to speak at the Hist, as it is known, early next year and would have received the society’s gold medal for outstanding contribution to public discourse …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Survey results confirm UK university staff’s deep dissatisfaction

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

“The final results of a major survey have confirmed deep dissatisfaction among UK university staff about the way their institutions are run. Earlier this year, the preliminary results of the National Senior Management Survey, based on responses from about 2,200 UK higher education employees, revealed that more than three-quarters were dissatisfied with the way their institutions were run …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 5 October]

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The Sunday Times have announced their university of the year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been named ‘University of the Year 2018’ in the Sunday Times University Guide.It is the third time the institution has won the accolade, having won the inaugural title in 2002 and again in 2009 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 October]

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LYIT named runner up in Sunday Times Good University Guide

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Letterkenny Institute of Technology has been named as runner up in the prestigious Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2017. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 has listed LYIT as runner up with Athlone Institute of Technology winner …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 6 October]

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Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRecommendations: ‘… The Committee further recommends that, subject to the course and college being QQI approved, eligibility for a maintenance grant should be based on the means of the student rather than on the choice of college. This approach could result in an increase in competition among colleges and may reduce costs. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled at private colleges should, if eligible under the relevant SUSI criteria, be entitled to the same value of SUSI funding for payment of annual degree course fees that they would receive at an equivalent course in a state funded higher education institution. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled in private colleges should be entitled to access the Student Assistance Fund.’

Houses of the Oireachtas, Joint Committee on Education and Skills, Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI), September 2017.
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Woman threatened with gun in UCD campus shop raid

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A woman working in a shop on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD) was threatened with a gun during a late-night armed raid. The incident happened at the Centra store on the UCD campus at Belfield, south Dublin, on Wednesday at about 10pm …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 October]

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Cork Institute of Technology asked to explain €13k banquet

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil public accounts committee has demanded that Cork Institute of Technology explain why it spent €13,000 on a ‘banquet’ for its retiring president which involved a ‘red carpet, marquee, and ice-sculpture of a dolphin’ as students are struggling for help …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 6 October]

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