HEA Chief Executive Says Colleges Need to Keep Focus on Targeting Disadvantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love, has stated that higher education institutions need to continue to be active both in engaging with disadvantaged communities and in attracting students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 20 November]

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UK undergraduates ‘studying less and working more’

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2017 by steve

“Students at UK universities are spending less time studying, in and out of class, and more time working for pay or caring, according to a major survey. The UK Engagement Survey, conducted by the Higher Education Academy and based on the responses of 35,927 undergraduates at 42 institutions, found that less than half of students – 48% – said that they spent 11 or more hours a week studying independently. This compares with 52% in 2016 …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 20 November]

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Varadkar wants Irish college to be part of ‘European university’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants an Irish third-level institution to become part of a new network of European universities being planned by French president Emmanuel Macron. Mr Macron has proposed that Europe should have at least 20 ‘European universities’ which would allow students to move between different institutions and take classes in at least two different languages …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Patrick Smyth, Irish Times, 19 November]

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DCU to provide app to students and staff to boost campus safety

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is to provide around-the-clock emergency supports to staff and students through a new safety app, which links users with the college’s emergency response team. The SafeZone app is being made freely available to DCU students and staff – almost 19,000 people – across its Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses …” (more)

[Shaune Bowers, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Surgical training and the RCSI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is ironic that a debate on the crisis in Irish health care and specifically in paediatric surgery should have taken place in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (‘Ireland at “cliff edge” over paediatric surgeon shortages’, November 11th) and that the solution, according to an invited English colleague, is to pay surgeons more money to do their job …” (more)

[Damian McCormack, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Compulsory Students’ Union Membership is No Draconian Stricture

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the space of just three weeks, groups of students in Trinity, Dublin City University (DCU) and University College Dublin (UCD) have launched campaigns with almost identical ambitions: to see membership of their respective students’ unions become an optional affair …” (more)

[University Times, 19 November]

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