Christmas is cancelled at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s UCC ‘Christmas Day’ college celebrations have been cancelled following a flood of complaints from residents near the college. A meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee heard that the student event caused havoc in the residential area around University College Cork on November 23 and as a result, the UCC Students’ Union have promised the event will not return next year …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 19 December]

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The State’s public service pension liability currently stands at €114.5 billion

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The State’s accrued liability for 298,000 serving public servants, and 155,000 who have already retired, currently stands are €114.5 billion. The figure, released in the Department of Public Expenditure’s latest actuarial review of its pension liabilities in respect of public service workers, represents the current value of all future payments to both former and current staff …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 December]

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USI to Protest Against Avoca’s Links to Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Avoca is owned by Aramark, which provides food to direct provision centres. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will hold a protest outside Avoca on Saturday. The national union is calling on the company to end its relationship with Aramark, a US company that provides food in direct provision centres …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 December]

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Let’s say Auf Wiedersehen to England’s embarrassing tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

“As pay scandals continue to embarrass British higher education, with university chiefs receiving eye-watering salaries and golden handshakes, it’s time to ask: why can’t we be more like Germany? A scandal erupted there a few years ago when the vice-chancellor of Cologne University increased his salary from €78,876 (£69,403) a year in 2006 to €133,781 in 2012 …” (more)

[Danny Dorling and Ben Hennig, Guardian, 19 December]

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Decision to accord retiring NUIG President a civic reception questioned

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A city councillor has questioned the council’s decision to accord the retiring NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne a civic reception. Sinn Fein’s Mark Lohan says he feels this act is not appropriate given the inequality issues which arose at the university during Dr Browne’s ten year term of office …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 18 December]

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Complaint upheld after UCD student asked to pay almost €500 more in fees than advertised

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has upheld a complaint made against University College Dublin (UCD) over the cost of a masters course. Details on the UCD School of Medicine website for a two-year part-time masters course …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 December]

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Four Christian Students at NUI Galway Punished with Lifelong Sanction

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The story of NUI Galway students Enoch Burke, Isaac Burke, Ammi Burke and Kezia Burke raises serious questions regarding freedom of expression and religious liberty at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 18 December]

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