DIT academics protest over their role in process for technical university in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The eighteen heads of schools at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have written a letter to the Chairman of the college’s governing body, Professor Tom Collins, to express their discontent regarding their role in the creation to a new technical university …” (more)

[Niamh Keating, Trinity News, 11 November]

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Pay and third-level researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – You report that the Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 (News, November 10th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 November]

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The Importance of Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This year, DIT added 47 gender neutral bathrooms across its different campuses. As a transgender female, I believe that this development hasn’t come a moment too soon. It would be easy to disregard the need for gender neutral bathrooms and of course many people do …” (more)

[Laylah Beattie, The Edition, 10 November]

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In Trinity, Cass Sunstein Quietly Calls for Rationality

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If one good idea can change the world, Cass Sunstein has given it a good try over the last few decades. Even his least famous ideas have had vast impacts on government, business and law, while his best have helped change the lives of millions. Tonight, he spoke to the Trinity College Law Review …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 November]

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Government reliance on business funding for third level criticised by IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University (IFUT), said that the ever-increasing emphasis by Government on the need to adapt University Education to the immediate needs of industry and business is very concerning …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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‘A PhD supervisor found out I was deaf, and cancelled the interview’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2017 by steve

“Martin McLean, 38, has two postgraduate degrees – a PGCE awarded by the University of Wales and a master’s in arts policy and management from Birkbeck. He’s an education and training policy adviser at the National Deaf Children’s Society, and has been deaf since birth …” (more)

[Guardian, 10 November]

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The self-inflicted wounds that led to the biggest crisis in UL’s history

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Weak leadership, hubris and poor oversight lie at the heart of the serious findings made against the University of Limerick this week. In time, with the correct approach, UL will recover from these self-inflicted wounds. All of us in the Mid-West who have cherished its contribution to local life since 1972 must hope that the recovery is as swift as possible …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 10 November]

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