Trinity College purchases Iveagh Grounds sports facility for €2m

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has bought the Iveagh Grounds sporting facility from the owners of Guinness. The 17-acre grounds in Crumlin – which include GAA, rugby, bowls, tennis and hockey pitches – are among the largest sporting grounds close to Dublin city centre …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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‘A legal approach to tackling contract cheating?’

Posted in Legal issues on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: The phenomenon of contract cheating presents, potentially, a serious threat to the quality and standards of Higher Education around the world. There have been suggestions, cited below, to tackle the problem using legal means, but we find that current laws are not fit for this purpose. In this article we present a proposal for a specific new law to target contract cheating, which could be enacted in most jurisdictions. We test our proposed new law against a number of issues that would need to be considered before any legal approach could be successful; would changing the legal status of contract cheating make it less likely to happen? Could this be achieved in a specific way? If so, who should actually be prosecuted and what offence are they committing? Would it actually address the causes of contract cheating? We suggest some answers to these questions, but then also identify a number of unintended potential consequences. We therefore additionally consider whether a legal approach is possible or even desirable. We conclude that a legal approach to contract cheating is possible, and, on balance, appropriate. Using UK law as an example, we offer a specific suggestion to lawmakers, around the world, for how this might be achieved, and conclude that the most successful approach would be to focus largely on a law targeting the providers of contract cheating, in particular commercial services.

Michael J Draper and Philip M Newton, A legal approach to tackling contract cheating?, International Journal for Educational Integrity (December 2017).

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Public service compulsory retirement age set to rise to 70

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed legislation should go forward to increase the compulsory retirement age in the public service from 65 to 70 over a phased period. Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said the changes will enable the service to generate new roles and posts, while retaining a lot of the experience of those already in the public service …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 December]

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Ulster University ‘must pay over £1m to former staff’

Posted in Legal issues on December 6th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has been told to pay out an estimated total of at least £1m to 143 former members of its staff. An industrial tribunal has ruled that each ex-employee should receive the equivalent of 90 days’ salary. It found UU was guilty of a ‘serious failure to consult’ with their union over redundancies in April 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 December]

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University of Limerick student centre moves a step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning for a new student centre building at the University of Limerick has passed a significant milestone with the Governing Authority approving the design of the building. The centre will comprise of a three story, 3,529 square metre building and will be in a prime location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Library …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 6 December]

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School league tables: a snapshot of inequality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Children born to highly-educated parents in affluent areas have a head start in life long before they reach the school gate. Nowhere is this more evident than in the annual feeder school league tables which show the progression of school-leavers into higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]