Third Level Expenditure – Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that was spent on the provision of counselling services at third level in each of the years from 2013 to 2017; and the amount that has been allocated for the year 2017-2018 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Third Level Funding – PRTLI

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions in 2018 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funding

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the Exchequer funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland on an annual basis since it was established up to 2017; and the 2018 allocation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Last Day of Semester #WhoMakesUpThisShit

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s Friday of the last week of semester one and I have now finished all classes – this was the 31st semester that I have completed in NCI. The last week of a semester always gives me mixed feelings in that as each day passes I have a last lecture/tutorial with each class in turn. Some I will see in class again in semester two, others not. They say that time flies if you are having fun …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 15 December]

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Trees, Graphs and the Leaving Certificate

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I’m starting to get the hang of some of the differences between things here in Ireland and the United Kingdom, both domestically and in the world of work. One of the most important points of variation that concerns academic life is the school system students go through before going to University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 15 December]

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Govt must follow up commitments on GMIT Mayo campus with action – Chambers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Higher Education to provide ring fenced funding for the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Castlebar campus over the next five years …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 December]

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Statement on GMIT Mayo Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The HEA welcomes the announcement from the Minister today on the additional recurrent and capital investment to be provided to GMIT to facilitate the delivery of the sustainability plan for its Mayo campus. The HEA played a key role in producing this plan, chairing the Working Group, and we would like to thank all the other members of this Group who worked tirelessly to set out and agree a future path …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 15 December]

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Cork Institute of Technology transform former Gentleman’s Club into ‘city centre hub for postgrad fine art students’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The white building on 46 Grand Parade has a long history. It was formerly home to the Cork City Club and dates back to the early 1800s, and was extensively renovated in 1860. It was a Gentleman’s club in the old – elegant – meaning of the term …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 15 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces ring fenced funding for the Castlebar campus of GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today 15th December 2017 published the report of the Working Group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The Working Group was established by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, in March 2017. The objective of the Working group was to formulate a plan for the sustainable future of the GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 December]

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Learning Outcomes Part 2

Posted in Teaching on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following on from yesterday’s post here are some additional thoughts that occurred to me overnight. I have often heard it said that arguing against learning outcomes is indefensible because to do so implies that you have some problem with academics being asked to have clearly stated aims for their courses, and clearly stated expectations of their students …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 December]

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UL president emails staff over concerns: ‘We want to stop discrimination’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of University of Limerick has this week issued an email to all staff, stating that UL will challenge ‘any discriminatory incidents on campus by UL staff or by UL students’ …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 15 December]

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The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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Academic Freedom Goes to Court

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it …” (more)

[Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, 15 December]

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Bullies have no place in academia – even if they’re star scientists

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“I was awarded a prestigious fellowship in 2015 and moved my family across the country to take up a postdoctoral position at a world-class biomedical research institute. Little did I know that this seemingly invaluable opportunity would set me on a dangerous path to mental ill health …” (more)

[Guardian, 15 December]

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Don’t Expand Temporary Contracts in Universities, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of temporary contracts in Irish universities should be discouraged, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said in an interview with The University Times. In recent years, universities have started to explore and expand the use of temporary contracts for academic staff. But the government, Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘certainly don’t want them increasing them’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 December]

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Ring-fenced funding of €3.75m announced to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has tonight published the report of the working group on the future of the Castlebar campus of GMIT. The report provides a wide-ranging assessment of the context within which the campus is currently operating, and outlines a proposed vision for the Mayo facility …” (more)

[Connacht Telegraph, 15 December]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): This is the first of a number of technical amendments relating to investigator powers. The amendment specifically provides for the inclusion in the Long Title of the Bill of a reference providing for the investigation into the performance of functions regarding institutes of technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology. This provision is comprehended in the function and governance of technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 14 December]

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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK will continue to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programme until at least the end of 2020, the prime minister has said. Theresa May praised Erasmus+ and confirmed the UK would still be involved after Brexit in March 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 December]

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Planners approve €25m student accommodation near Docks

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway City Council has approved plans for a €25 million student accommodation development in the new ‘urban quarter’ at Galway Docks – which will include 345 en suite bedrooms – adjacent to a €104m office project approved last month. Developer Gerry Barrett of Bonham Dock Ltd has been given the go-ahead for the ‘Queen Street Development’ on a three-quarter acre site adjacent to the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church on Victoria Place …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 15 December]

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