Students lose out as quality of third-level deteriorates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“By any measure the Irish third level sector is in financial crisis and students are being shortchanged. In the near-decade since the recession, Irish universities and institutes of technology have suffered significantly. No Irish university appears in the Times Higher Education top 100, published last month …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Irish Times, 3 November]

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High Prevalence and Poor Awareness of Ireland’s Mental Health Problem Clear in UCD

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Everyone who has attended a third level institution has heard the same mantra, that the years you spend in university will be ‘the best years of your life’. We are fed a certain image of university life, replete with parties, close friendships, and time spent ‘finding yourself’. Of course, what is never shown is the reality of student life for the vast majority of students …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 3 November]

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IFUT calls for immediate publication of Oireachtas Report on Third-Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for immediate publication of the Oireachtas Committee Report on Third-Level Funding and an end to Government dithering on increased resources, following publication of new EU data which effectively removes hiking student fees as a source of extra income for the sector …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2 November]

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All public servants will now work until they’re 66 years old

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of public service workers will spend an additional year in the workforce as plans are being advanced to increase the retirement age by one year to 66, the Irish Independent understands. The Government is actively researching the impact of such a move on the public-sector workforce …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 3 November]

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Progress on NUI Galway’s major Nun’s Island masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A design consultant will be appointed shortly to start the ball rolling on NUI Galway’s major Nun’s Island masterplan. NUI Galway’s Education Building is located at Nuns Island, and it also owns the adjacent building …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 November]

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Funding fears put college’s island degree in jeopardy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has given a commitment that students will be able to finish an art degree on a West Cork island despite uncertainty over funding for technical support. Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) employs four local people to offer administrative help and facilities in support of the course, but had to put them on protective notice a week ago because it could not guarantee the jobs into the future …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 November]

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Flyers on flirting? The tricky issue of sexual consent on campus

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The rules of the dating game are changing. For Trinity College students in Dublin nightclubs, it can help to have a flyer with advice on sexual consent close to hand. It spells out in an easy acronym: FRIES or ‘freely-given, retractable, informed, enthusiastic and specific’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 3 November]

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‘I’m not married, don’t have kids and don’t play golf’: Limerick professor opposed to compulsory retirement

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Emeritus Professor said forcing people to retire from the public sector at a set age is ‘discriminatory’ and should be made optional as life expectancy increases …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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