University chief calls for college fees to be doubled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 100,000 students at Irish universities should pay tuition fees of up to €6,000 a year – twice the current charge – according to retiring NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne who says the idea of free fees is simply ‘naive’. Higher fees should be accompanied by a new scheme of loans which students would start repaying once they reach a certain income threshold after graduation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 December]

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Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. ‘Projekt DEAL’ is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans have their way, would make papers by German authors in journals published by Elsevier freely available (open access), at a substantially lower rate than Elsevier is currently charging …” (more)

[Alex Holcombe and Bjoern Brembs, Times Higher Education, 27 December]

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Students cop the blame for pushing locals out of university towns – but it’s not their fault

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“Local residents of St Andrews feel university growth has come at too high a cost – it’s time for local councils and universities to overcome the divide between town and gown …” (more)

[Ross Brown, Independent, 31 December]

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Proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed by Stormont deadlock – NI Civil Service

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2017 by steve

“The North’s Civil Service has told the proposed Derry Medical School must not be delayed because of the political deadlock at Stormont. Following correspondence from the University of Ulster regarding the business case for the school, Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan, the SDLP’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson. says it would be ‘lamentable’ if the plans are stalled because there is no Executive in place …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 30 December]

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Is Having a Part-time Job a Blunder in Final Year?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Having a part-time job in college has always been a normal aspect of my student experience. Since the beginning of first year, I have worked two to three days a week as a bartender and waitress in a local pub or restaurant. Like many students, I love to travel and so I have continuously spent my college summers abroad. As a result, I have often had to look for a new job on my return …” (more)

[Julieanne Corr, University Times, 21 December]

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Let’s Have More Engagement From Lecturers

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I recently met with one of my lecturers to discuss prospective essay titles for an upcoming assignment. Full disclosure: it was probably one of the most anxiety-inducing events of my month thus far (and I have the dubious pleasure of working in a bar during Twelve Pubs December) …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 29 December]

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Funding ‘ill-defined’ plan for Irish College in Paris raised concern

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A row over sending 20 young Irish people on work experience to assist with the refurbishment of the Irish College in Paris spanned more than two years, with appeals made to both Garret FitzGerald and Charles Haughey to help smooth the project …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 29 December]

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Science Foundation Ireland appoints Deputy Director General

Posted in Research on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland has announced the appointment of Dr Ciarán Seoighe as Deputy Director General of Science Foundation Ireland. Ciarán joins Science Foundation Ireland from Accenture and will commence duties on the 15th January 2018 …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 27 December]

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€6m Government fund to help disadvantaged students access higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has announced €6m in funding to get more students from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education. The 1916 Bursary Fund will support 600 students over the course of three years …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 30 December]

Government to tackle teacher shortages in key subjects

Posted in Teaching on December 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government will move next year to ensure there are enough teachers in key school subjects earmarked as crucial for future job growth, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said. This could include new schemes where the State could pay some, if not all, of the cost of a teaching qualification for people who already have degrees in areas such as physics …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 29 December]

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Greater share of €2m fund for part-time learners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges that cater for more part-time and online learners have been rewarded with a greater share of a €2m fund in support of lifelong learning. University College Dublin is to receive more than €250,000, the largest amount being paid out for lifelong learning initiatives through the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor visits students in Trinity College Dublin to announce allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong Learning Initiatives in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 27th of December 2017 visited Trinity College Dublin to announce the allocation of €2 million in funding for Lifelong and Flexible Funding initiatives in Higher Education. In announcing the funding, Minister Mitchell O’Connor pointed to the importance of making progress in this area …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 December]

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Exam body failed to budget for rise in student numbers

Posted in Teaching on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A failure to budget for a growing number of students sitting exams has been blamed for mounting losses at the State body which oversees the Leaving and Junior Certificate tests. The State Examinations Commission has reported that the size of its annual deficit more than tripled last year to over €2.2m …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 December]

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Rise in number of teachers pursuing PhD qualification

Posted in Teaching on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Teaching appears to be among the leading professions in terms of members pursuing doctoral qualifications, based on analysis of Census 2016 data. The biggest proportional rise in people with PhDs is in education – up 56% from 668 in 2011 to 1,047 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 December]

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New dawn for fine dining in the East Room at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When the Limerick Food Group briefed the Council’s economic and future planning committee recently, one local representative had a novel idea to help promote the city as a food destination …” (more)

[Kevin Corbett, Limerick Leader, 26 December]

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USI protest against Avoca over direct provision ties

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) held a protest today outside Avoca on Suffolk Street due to its ties with Aramark. The USI is calling on Avoca to end its ties with Aramark, the company that provides food to direct provision centres in Cork, Limerick and Meath. Aramark bought Avoca in 2015 from the Pratt family for €59.9 million …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 23 December]

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Delay in NUI Galway Nun’s Island masterplan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There’s been a delay in the appointment of a team to progress NUI Galway’s major Nun’s Island masterplan. A design consultant was due to be appointed this month to start the ball rolling on the regeneration project. NUI Galway’s Education Building is located at Nuns Island, and it also owns the adjacent building …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 22 December]

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Oxford University accused of backing apologists of British colonialism

Posted in Research on December 23rd, 2017 by steve

“An international coalition of academics has condemned Oxford University’s support for plans to construct a balance sheet of the rights and wrongs of imperialism, with Oxford accused of backing apologists for Britain’s colonial legacy …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 22 December]

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Two unpublished reports cost University of Limerick €133k

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) spent €133,300 on two reports, which it has refused to publish, in relation to matters raised in its dealing with whistleblower controversies. The reviews were carried out earlier this year, in connection with governance, HR, and other issues around the management of the university. Most of the issues were being examined because of claims made in protected disclosures about financial matters, as well as issues reported by the media …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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USI to Buy €320,000 Inchicore Property

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is set to pay over €320,000 for a new Dublin office. This is the first time the national union will own its own property. The union’s national council – made up of sabbatical officers from students’ unions across Ireland – voted to approve the union’s acquisition of an Inchicore property on Tuesday …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 21 December]