Technological Universities One Step Closer, After Cabinet Approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is now one step closer to having a legal foundation for the ambitious technological universities project, after cabinet today approved the progression of the Technological Universities Bill. Cabinet-level approval for the bill means a proposed increase in investigatory powers for the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – which has already triggered some concerns from Irish universities over an erosion of autonomy – is one step closer to being implemented …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 November]

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Cabinet approves progression of the Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (7th November 2017) welcomed the approval by the Government of insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘I am delighted that we can now proceed to progress the revised Technological Universities Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 November]

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Gender Equality Action Plan ‘Must Be Presented Without Delay’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is being urged not to ‘drag its feet’ on producing a gender equality action plan for third level institutions. The call is coming from Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Hot Press, 7 November]

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Irish Research Council welcomes establishment of gender equality task force for higher education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed the launch by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD of a gender equality task force in higher education. Commenting today, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 6 November]

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Gender equality in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We had the report on gender equality in NUI Galway (2016). We had the Higher Education Authority’s National Review of Gender Equality in Higher Education (2016). The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has publicly accepted that gender inequality is a problem …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 7 November]

[The 2016 Report is here]

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Re-discovering confidence in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

“I recently had a drink with a man who works for a think tank. I have known him for some time, as I gave him his first job, some years ago, in the university where I then worked. He enjoyed a promising academic career, and was promoted twice. But then he left university life …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 November]

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NUI Galway to hire panel of industrial relations consultants

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to hire a panel of industrial relations consultants. The university is seeking tenders from Human Resources consultants who specialise in industrial relations and employment claims …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 6 November]

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Boys find it harder to concentrate at school, ESRI study finds

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Young boys find it more difficult than girls to concentrate in school, according to a new study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The Growing Up in Ireland study examined problems facing children aged seven and eight, and found that 19% of boys said sitting still and listening in school was difficult, compared to 8% of girls …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 November]

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