Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches Gender Equality Taskforce for Higher Education

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

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (6th November 2017) has announced the establishment of a Gender Equality Taskforce. The Minister has appointed this high level taskforce to prepare a prioritised three year action plan, in consultation with stakeholders …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Petition Launched To Make SU Membership Optional

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

Ireland“A group named Freedom of Choice Coalition of UCD (FOCC) are launching a petition this week to change Article 3 of the UCDSU Constitution which if passed would see membership of the SU become optional. In a press release, the group stated that their reason for launching the petition …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 November]

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Students behaving badly: sexual harassment, bullying and abuse on campus

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

Ireland“‘You’re not in school anymore, we don’t hold your hand. If you don’t hand in your assignments or show up for lectures, there’s no detention. Nobody is going to call your mammy.’ These are the annual words of one UCD lecturer to his first-year students …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Deadlines for colleges on gender equality

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

Ireland“Colleges are to be given deadlines to improve recruitment and promotion practices that do not support gender equality. The areas in need of improvement are to be identified in a review of policies and procedures to be undertaken by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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New powers to investigate universities spark fears over autonomy

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

Ireland“Universities accused of wrongdoing face the prospect of being investigated by Government-appointed inspectors with the power to enter their premises and access sensitive internal records. The move has sparked concern among university presidents over the scope of these powers and whether it will undermine their autonomy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Now minister declares war on university gender bias

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

Ireland“Gender inequality and discrimination against women is rampant in our colleges and universities, according to Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who has vowed to eliminate the ‘men only’ hierarchy at the top of third level. ‘The first Irish University was set up 424 years ago and since then, no university here has had a female president …'” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 5 November]

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Limerick IT president’s warning on college loan risks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of LIT has warned of the dangers of financing third level education with income-contingent loans (ICLs), describing it as a potential significant barrier to education. Professor Vincent Cunnane made the comments during his speech at Limerick Institute of Technology’s graduation ceremony last Thursday …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 6 November]

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