Students should support the GSU strike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) is planning a strike to protest an increase in fees by 5% for postgraduates this coming year. For most of you, that means that you’ll be able to miss a tutorial without the usual sense of guilt. But the GSU hasn’t just jumped out onto the stage and decided that this should be the action; this decision came about after some lengthy debate …” (more)

[Xander Cosgrave, Trinity News, 13 December]

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Concern student building will negatively impact community

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised about the impact of a 255-bed student development at Victoria Cross. UCC has unveiled plans for a multi-million euro, 255-bed student apartment development at the Crow’s Nest site. The university was recently given approval to lodge their plans through a new fast-track system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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Problems with two-year degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2017 by steve

“I see that the Minister responsible for UK universities, Jo Johnson, has decided that universities should offer two-year degrees, claiming that this will somehow attract more students into higher education. The idea seems to be that students will get the same `amount’ of teaching, but concentrated in two full calendar years rather than spread over three academic years …” (more)

[In The Dark, 13 December]

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Commencement Matters – GMIT Castlebar

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJohn O’Mahony (Fine Gael): I thank the Cathaoirleach for selecting this topic and thank the Minister of State for attending to reply to my queries. All of us in the west know that the campus of GMIT has played a huge role in the economic, educational and social life of Castlebar, Mayo and the surrounding regions over the many years since it was founded in, I believe, the 1980s. Issues have arisen in recent times in regard to underinvestment and lack of upgrading of facilities, as well as the range of course development …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches two QQI reports to enhance quality in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD, Minister for Higher Education, today launched two reports by the national regulator for quality in Further and Higher Education: Quality within higher education which is a summary report of the quality assurance and quality enhancement activities in publicly funded higher education institutions pertaining to the previous academic year; and Professional Body Accreditation in Higher Education Institutions in Ireland which was commissioned by QQI to establish a clearer picture of the professional accreditation landscape in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 December]

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‘Open citations’ movement targets big publishers

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2017 by steve

International“‘Open citations now!’ So concludes a new open letter to publishers from researchers who support making scholarly citations freely available, in the interest of better citation analysis. Advocates of such efforts say that references are a pillar of scholarly work and that being able to understand how articles cite each other shouldn’t require an expensive subscription to a database …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Times Higher Education, 11 December]

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