Trinity’s Belfast Campus an ‘Afterthought’, Says Staff

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

Ireland“Trinity’s Belfast campus has been neglected by the College, leaving staff feeling overstretched and detached and students without support services. The criticism comes from staff and student representatives, speaking to The University Times. The College’s largely unknown Belfast campus …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 12 October]

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Research Centres Programme

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she has given consideration to the provision of an annual funding scheme for the provision of physical infrastructure such as equipment, buildings, libraries and laboratories untied to specific centres or priority areas to further research activities in third level institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 October]

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Students cheat in ever more creative ways: how can academics stop them?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 12th, 2017 by steve

“I volunteer to sit as a lecturer on our academic misconduct board several times a semester, joining a small panel that decides whether or not students flagged up by their lecturers for cheating have broken the rules. We get a stack of roughly 10 cases, and for two or three hours we pore over them, not only deciding if students are guilty as charged but also what the punishment should be …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 October]

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Athena SWAN funding link under scrutiny in discrimination row

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four female academics embroiled in a gender discrimination dispute are reportedly under increasing pressure to accept a settlement from their university in a case that has sparked debate about the merits of linking the Athena SWAN equality charter to research funding. The long-running dispute at the National University of Ireland, Galway has come to a head …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 12 October]

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Anti-abortion UCD students’ union president says she has been subject of ‘bullying campaign’

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

Ireland“The president of UCD students’ union says she has been the subject of a ‘bullying campaign’ by a group of students who are determined to remove her from office. Katie Ascough, who is anti-abortion, is facing an impeachment referendum later this month following controversy over her decision to withdraw detailed information over access to abortion services in a student magazine …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 October]

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The Right Way to Argue for Basic Research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

“The week before last, you may recall, I took issue with the way the country’s illustrious top university presidents (Gerforno, for short) were trying to sell higher education.  Effectively, what they were doing was selling higher education’s research mission by claiming ‘look, basic research creates jobs’ on the basis of a few anecdotes …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 12 October]

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Resignation, not Frustration, as Higher Education Assesses Budget 2018

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

Ireland“Yesterday’s Budget was a low-key affair all round. Outside the lobby of Buswells there was the usual hustle and bustle, but across the country, there was little of the usual frenzied anticipation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, themselves were playing down expectations – this was a ‘balance-the-books’ budget, not a glamorous giveaway …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 11 October]

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