UCD sues for 15% stake in pharma process firm founded by faculty

Posted in Legal issues on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over whether University College Dublin is entitled to a 15% shareholding in a fast-growing company involved in developing commercial processes for global pharmaceutical giants has come before the Commercial Court …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Irish students have less contact with lecturers than other countries

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level students have less contact with their lecturers than in other countries, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 35,000 students in Irish third-level institutions comes against a backdrop of concern over the impact of large class sizes on the quality of education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Teaching science in schools

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Chris Shepherd’s article on how to recruit specialist teachers should be read, learned and inwardly digested by the Cabinet (‘Intervention key to getting critical mass of physics teachers’, November 30th). And then acted on in full by the Department of Education, line by line, to help in the recruitment of qualified teachers of maths, physics and chemistry …” (more)

[David McConnell, Irish Times, 4 December]

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J-1 agencies’ hidden fees and strict rules lead to student frustration

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Travelling to the US on a working holiday has been a rite of passage for Irish third-level students for generations but an absence of both choice and transparency when arranging the necessary visas has led many to ask if the price they pay is just too high. Every summer up to 7,000 Irish students head off across the Atlantic …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 4 December]

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UCD sues pharma startup for slice of €100m biotech pie

Posted in Legal issues on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin is suing a rapidly-growing pharmaceutical research startup – valued at up to €100m – which was co-founded by one of its own chemical and bioprocess engineering professors. Applied Process Company Limited (APC), formerly Applied Process Consulting Limited, is set to become a major player in the global pharma and biotech market …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

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‘Students all over the country are dissatisfied with their Student Unions’ – DCU the latest to question union’s abortion stance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) students have become the latest to question their Students’ Union’s stance on abortion. As Ireland prepares for an abortion referendum next year, students across the country are questioning their SU’s stance …” (more)

[Fionnuala Walsh and Kyle Ewald, Independent, 3 December]

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Do universities take a stand against nationalism?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

“Nationalism is rising around the world, but it comes in many guises and with different consequences for universities, and one key question for universities is whether they are challenging or reinforcing the existing political order, said John Douglass, senior research fellow in the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States …” (more)

[Universty World News, 1 December]

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Why ‘Fresh’ Was a Step Too Far, Even for Liberal Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If you discount the potential of symbolic changes, then you haven’t been paying much attention to history. Even seemingly trivial amendments to the classifications of our every day have precipitated sweeping effects on culture, ideology and the values of society – in good ways and bad. Holocaust scholar Timothy Snyder recently pointed out that, ‘in the politics of the everyday, our words and gestures, or their absence, count very much’ …” (more)

[University Times, 3 December]

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Plan for more school pupils to study foreign languages

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An ambitious Government strategy aims to dramatically increase the number of students taking two foreign languages in the State exams despite an acute shortage of qualified teachers for these subjects. The 10-year foreign language strategy seeks to prepare Ireland for Brexit through a series of steps such as potential bonus Central Applications Office (CAO) points for studying foreign languages, boosting the availability of languages in schools and the introduction of Chinese to the curriculum …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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UCD Smurfit School moves up five places in business school rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Smurfit School has continued its rise up the FT’s European Business School Rankings after breaking into the top 30 colleges last year. The business school has climbed five places in the 2017 rankings to 24th, up from 29th spot in 2016, and 36th two years ago …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 4 December]

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New £10m cancer research centre to open in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

“A new £10 million centre specialising in precision medicine, which could prove instrumental in developing ground-breaking treatments for cancer patients, is to be launched by Queen’s University in Belfast. The centre, which will receive financial support totalling £5.8 million from Invest NI, is expected to create 17 new jobs …” (more)

[Francess McDonnell, Irish Times, 4 December]

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‘Person E’: Lecturer gets legal advice following University of Limerick report

Posted in Legal issues on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of the people named in the recent Higher Education Authority report into controversies at the University of Limerick is ‘awaiting legal advice’ following the report’s release this November 8. Person E is receiving legal counsel, after the former lecturer’s case was raised and UL’s HR conduct heavily criticised by Dr Richard Thorn in the report …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 2 December]

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