Trinity College granted permission to host tourists during summer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given permission to host tourists in its students halls during summer time. Despite objections, Dublin City Council approved changes to planning rules which will also mean any third-level student can apply to live in its Halls of Residence …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 October]

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Hopes for Funding Report Report by Christmas, Says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State for Higher Education, said she hopes to have a report on funding from the Oireachtas committee considering the sector’s future before Christmas. Speaking on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Mitchell O’Connor said she was waiting on the much-anticipated report from the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 October]

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Airport proximity ‘key factor’ for university rankings rise

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

International“Universities that are looking to improve their position in global rankings might make efforts to increase their research output or boost their student-to-staff ratio. But such institutions could be better off simply relocating close to an international airport, suggest the findings of a study …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 18 October]

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RCSI opens new €80m high-tech building in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has opened its new high-tech €80 million building in Dublin, which will be used for educating and training medical professionals. RCSI says the new building on York Street is the largest and most modern facility of its kind in Europe …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 October]

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GMIT welcomes €200m announcement of investment in Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, and the Chief Executive of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), Dr Joseph Ryan, have welcome the announcement of a major capital investment in higher education …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 19 October]

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Universities ‘could face fines or de-registration’ if they fail to uphold freedom of speech

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 19th, 2017 by steve

“Universities that use ‘no platforming’ and ‘safe spaces’ to shut down free speech could face action from the new higher education regulator, the Government has announced. Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said young people and students need to ‘accept the legitimacy of healthy vigorous debate’ as he outlined plans …” (more)

[Arj Singh, Independent, 19 October]

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Don’t Expect Funding Agreement from Education Committee, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, has cast doubt on the idea that a consensus can ever be reached on a new funding model for higher education. Responding to a question from The University Times at a post-budget analysis event by the Dublin University Business Society (DUBES), Byrne said it was highly unlikely any agreement could be reached …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 October]

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Hurricane Ophelia damage in DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There was minor damage to a building and two trees down across the three campuses in DCU after hurricane Ophelia passed through Dublin on Monday. A tree fell and hit the side of the Bea Orpen building near the postgraduate residences on the Glasnevin campus, damaging part of the roof and gutting …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh, The College View, 18 October]

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Study suggests overhaul of how maths is taught at primary level

Posted in Teaching on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children’s progress in maths at the age of nine has a major influence through to Junior Certificate preparations and suggests a need to overhaul how it is taught at primary level, a leading education researcher says …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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Arts degrees: Can universities save them?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“They’ve always been an easy target. And nowadays, jibes about arts degrees and low-paying jobs provide plenty of material for meme-makers online. ‘Oh, you have an arts degree?’ says a self-satisifed Willy Wonka in one. ‘Yes, I would like to upsize my combo meals, thanks.’ The stereotype may not be new or accurate, but …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 16 October]

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