University of Limerick Students’ Union’s war of words with editor over paper’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bitter war of words has erupted between the University of Limerick Students’ Union and the campus newspaper, after a decision was made to change An Focal to a monthly publication. A spokesperson for ULSU said that the decision was made in response to ‘the particular experience’ it had with its outgoing editor Seamus Toomey, who held the position since August …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh and Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Leader, 9 December]

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Universities win permission to charge £2,000 premium for two-year degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

“Universities will be allowed to charge students almost £2,000 a year more in fees in return for allowing them to complete a degree over two years instead of three, ministers have revealed. The decision to allow universities to charge a 20% premium for so-called “accelerated degrees” is the latest attempt to encourage more institutions to offer the option …” (more)

[Michael Savage, Observer, 10 December]

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Marketisation of HE is failing students – Audit report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 10th, 2017 by steve

“The United Kingdom’s National Audit Office has published a damning report on the effectiveness of the government’s increasing reliance in recent years on delivering higher education using market mechanisms, particularly student choice, to improve quality and value for money, and reduce social inequity …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 8 December]

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