NUIG seeks consortium to develop second phase of student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is progressing its plans for student accommodation. The college has advertised the 1.5 million euro tender contract for a single point design team for Phase 2 of its planned student accommodation in Dangan …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 November]

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Trinity to Review Finance Committee’s Fee-Setting Power

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The power granted to Trinity’s Finance Committee to set fee levels for students is to be considered by a College working group. An offshoot of the College Board, the working group will discuss the powers of agency granted to the Finance Committee …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 November]

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‘Fresh’, While Well-Intentioned, Is Ridiculous

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leinster House was not the only place in Dublin yesterday to offer some political entertainment. Trinity’s internal politics proved to be equally as compelling for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it was announced that the term used to describe first and second-year students, ‘freshman’, is to be scrapped and replaced with the gender-neutral ‘fresh’ …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 29 November]

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After Online Uproar, Clarification on ‘Fresh’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following online backlash over the change in terms from ‘freshman’ to ‘fresh’, the Vice-Provost, Chris Morash, sent out an email clarifying the usage of the new term as an adjective. Students will not be referred to as junior or senior fresh, but as junior or senior fresh students ‘to ensure grammatical accuracy’, according to Morash …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 29 November]

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Numbers entering teaching ‘collapsing’ due to low pay, unions claim

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, education sector unions claim. In a joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on Wednesday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) argued that pay inequality in the profession had created a recruitment and retention crisis in teaching …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Student Sit-In Planned, as Tallaght IT Fails to Hire Union Secretary

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) will be staging a sit-in on Friday to protest the college’s delay in hiring a new full-time secretary for the students’ union. Organised by Institute of Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU), the sit-in is the latest response to the months-long delay in hiring a new staff member after the union’s old secretary retired in September …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 29 November]

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Engineering in the Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“About 6% of those studying Engineering for the Leaving Cert are female. Why is this? First, Engineering is probably not offered in many all-girl schools. Second, the Leaving Cert engineering syllabus is bloody awful. I’m an engineer and I find it boring …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 29 November]

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Science subjects and pay inequality

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In launching his department’s policy statement on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education, Minister for Education Richard Bruton neglected to highlight an ever-growing impediment to his stated goals (‘Only six graduates in training to be physics teachers’, November 28th) …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 29 November]

A Fresh Farce from the Trinity Administration

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Earlier today an email was circulated throughout Trinity College. It announced that the board of the university had approved a proposal from the Equality Committee that the title given to first- and second-year undergraduate students be changed from ‘Freshman’ to the gender-neutral term ‘Fresh’ …” (more)

[Cormac O’Herlihy, Burkean Journal, 28 November]

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It’s official: STEM is a thing and it’s all about real world problems and stuff

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“From the recently launched STEM Education Policy Statement (emphasis mine): ‘STEM is about igniting learners’ curiosity so they participate in solving real world problems and make informed career choices [sic]. STEM is interdisciplinary, enabling learners to build and apply knowledge …'” (more)

[educationandstuff, 28 November]

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Trinity College to drop ‘freshman’ term over inclusivity concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will now refer to freshman students as junior and senior ‘fresh’ students in order to be inclusive to all gender identities. In an email to staff and students, Vice-Provost of TCD Chris Morash said the decision was a small but important change that would ‘ensure that all Trinity students are equally included by the language used to describe them, be they male, female or of another gender identity’ …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 28 November]

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35,850 students share their experiences of higher education in Ireland

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“35,850 students took part in the 2017 Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) – a national survey of students in twenty-seven public higher education institutions – bringing the total number of responses to almost 125,000 since the survey was introduced in 2013 …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 28 November]

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‘Freshman’ Students to Become Gender-Neutral ‘Fresh’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“First and second-year students, who have been traditionally referred to as ‘freshman’ students in Trinity, will now be known as junior and senior ‘fresh’ students in an effort to be inclusive to all gender identities …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Róisín Power, University Times, 28 November]

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DIT academics have ‘significant concerns’ over amalgamation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A second group of senior academics in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has criticised the lack of engagement around a proposed merger with two other institutes of technology. In a letter to the chair of the college’s governing board, 32 senior academics, all assistant heads of school or heads of department, said they had ‘significant concerns’ over the lack of dialogue …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Only six graduates in training to be physics teachers

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As few as six graduates are in training to be physics teachers in secondary schools, new figures indicate. The shortage of qualified teachers threatens to undermine Government plans to make Ireland the best in Europe in so-called Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – within a decade …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Screen them out?

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One morning in 1986 I walked into a classroom in Trinity College Dublin to deliver one of my scintillating lectures. Just as I was about to start, the lecture theatre door opened and a student walked in carrying – no, I’ll say lugging – what turned out to be a so-called a ‘portable computer’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Universty Blog, 28 November]

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Europeans want more vocational (not higher) education …

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2017 by steve

“Defying received wisdom, most Europeans would prefer an expansion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET, VET or just vocational), rather than further expansion of higher education …” (more)

[Julian Garritzmann, Wonkhe, 28 November]

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Medical graduates and debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is not well known that approximately one-third of Irish medical graduates now are self-funded via the graduate medicine entry scheme, which was enacted over 10 years ago to increase the number of medical graduates in response to an anticipated shortage …” (more)

[Erica Maguire, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Universities are failing their students through poor feedback practices

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2017 by steve

“Educators and students often struggle to learn from each other through the use of feedback. Our research into feedback practices has found that students and staff find feedback practices largely unsustainable, de-motivating and without opportunity for improvement …” (more)

[Michael Henderson, The Conversation, 27 November]

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Students’ Union Autonomy is Too Important Not to Fight For

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) is one of the only students’ union in the UK and Ireland that isn’t autonomous or independent from its institution …” (more)

[Stephen McCrystall, Irish Times, 27 November]

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