Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €6.3m allocation to support Technological University development and higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 14 November) announced the allocation of €6.3 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape including the development of consortia projects seeking to progress to designation as Technological Universities. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 November]

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Health and Inequality: Inequality in Third Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The social class divide that has been persistent in the Irish education system has impacted on the abilities of students from the lower socioeconomic groups progressing to third level education. The Irish government has introduced multiple policies that aim to tackle these inequalities …” (more)

[College Tribune, 14 November]

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‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contracts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by  Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-Term Workers legislation. In its Determination (No FID175), the Labour Court ruled that under the protection of Employment (Fixed-term) Act of 2003 ‘the contract by operation of law became a contract of indefinite duration’ under section 9(4) of the Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 November]

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Students at Trinity threaten strike over postgraduate fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Postgraduate students at Trinity College Dublin have threatened industrial strike action in response to plans to increase their fees. Trinity is set to raise its postgraduate fees by 5% – several hundred euros for most students – for the 2018/2019 academic year. This follows a 4% increase in 2014 and annual increases of 3% every year since …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Project Maths fails to lift Irish teenagers’ performance in subject

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish teenagers’ performance in maths saw no significant change between 2012 and 2015, a report evaluating the impact of Project Maths says. It states Project Maths has had ‘a small positive impact’ on student performance as measured by international studies but that there are ‘clear challenges’ in teaching, learning and assessment …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Education Committee to discuss Technological Universities Bill 2015

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Select Committee on Education and Skills will carry out committee stage examination of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 14 November]

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University of Limerick president promises changes for ‘unresolved issues’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick has moved to assure the college community that he plans to act immediately on the findings of a HEA report into UL’s controversies. The report, by former Sligo IT president Dr Richard Thorn, delves into issues surrounding finance, HR and governance at UL, and is strongly critical …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 14 November]

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Brexit: The academic subjects most threatened by Britain leaving the EU revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

“British universities are at risk of ‘collapse’ after Brexit as the future of tens of thousands of foreign academics is called into doubt, according to a new report. Changes to immigration rules will make it increasingly difficult for universities to hire and retain top academic talent …” (more)

[Josh Gabbatiss, Independent, 14 November]

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Understanding student contracts

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

“There has been a student contract of sorts around since the late 19th century, but not until the mid-1960’s did it slowly begin to assume the importance it has today …” (more)

[Dennis Farrington, Wonkhe, 14 November]

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Three years later and women are still fighting for justice at NUI Galway!

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Today is the third anniversary of Micheline’s historic win for gender equality. It was Nov 13, 2014, when the Equality Tribunal issued its landmark ruling concluding that Micheline was discriminated against because of her gender when she was not promoted at NUI Galway in 2009, citing the university’s ‘ramshackle approach to the process’ …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 13 November]

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Suspended whistleblowers taking High Court case against University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The two whistleblowers who were suspended from the University of Limerick’s finance department following controversies around payment of expenses have initiated High Court action against the university …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 13 November]

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Students and Staff Unite to Condemn Postgraduate Fee Hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students united this evening to question and condemn Trinity’s decision to increase postgraduate fees by 5%. Tonight’s town hall meeting, organised by the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), comes after the union agreed to explore strike action in response to the much-criticised decision by Finance Committee to increase fees …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 November]

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