Proposed student accommodation to offer 1,780 beds for students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New proposals for student accommodation have emerged in the Liberties area in Dublin’s inner-city. The proposed plan for the new accommodation would bring the student numbers from 4% to 8% of the population, according to figures put forward by Cairns Homes. The affected area is located within a kilometre of Cairns’ main property proposal on Cork Street, which currently holds 1,499 student beds …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 21 December]


Rage against the academic publishing machine does not have to be futile

Posted in Research on December 21st, 2017 by steve

“The ‘unstoppable machine’. That is how Yiannis Gabriel, one of the UK’s leading social thinkers, labelled the academic-publishing complex in a recent piece for Times Higher Education (‘We must rescue social science research from obscurity’, Opinion, August 10). His ire was directed, in particular, at social science research, which he sees as falling into aimless, bloated obscurity, its only purpose being to provide career tokens to academics, ranking tokens to institutions and vast profits to publishers …” (more)

[Mike Marinetto, Times Higher Education, 21 December]

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UK-led research with EU funding drops sharply after Brexit vote

Posted in Research on December 21st, 2017 by steve

“The UK suffered a sharp drop in the value of European Union research and innovation projects that it started coordinating in the year after the Brexit referendum, suggesting that uncertainty caused by the vote has severely damaged Britain’s academic leadership in Europe. It led €916 million (£805 million) worth of Horizon 2020 projects that started in 2017, a fall of close to half a billion euros compared with 2016, according to a Times Higher Education analysis of EU data …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 December]

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The End is Nigh for Hand-written Exams?

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the age of emailing letters to Santa instead of writing physical letters, Laura McInerney of The Guardian asks ‘why must students write exams with a pen?’. Hardly any of us write letters anymore. Indeed, other than signing your name – when is the last time you actually wrote by hand? I note very few students in my classes actually taking notes with pen and paper …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 21 December]

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Failed exam candidate gets right to written paper in ECJ ruling

Posted in Legal issues on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a written exam paper amounts to personal data and can be accessed by its author. The judgment is the culmination of a legal process lasting more than eight years in which an accountancy student sought a copy of his exam script after failing the test on a number of occasions. In 2009, Peter Nowak, a student with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), asked to view his exam scripts with a view to challenging the result …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 20 December]

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‘People are at their wits’ end’ – Families ‘sold homes’ to escape anti-social students, says senator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Fine Gael Senator has said families in his constituency have been forced to sell their homes due to anti-social behaviour by college students. Jerry Buttimer raised the issue at the Cork City Joint Policing Committee recently. ‘This term has been the worst term I’ve seen in recent years in terms of anti-social behaviour of some students’, he said, according to the Irish Examiner …” (more)

[Independent, 21 December]

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Why I’m moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the past few weeks quite a number of people have asked me why I decided to move to Ireland, so thought I’d write a post about it in case anyone out there is interested. The simple answer that I was offered a full-time permanent and rather well paid job at Maynooth University ..” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 December]

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8% of female students report sexual contact without consent

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new survey of students has found that 8% of females and 3% of males were certain someone had sexual contact with them when they were unable to provide consent because they were drunk, passed out or otherwise incapacitated in the past year …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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The problem with mollycoddling university students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Intolerance of the public expression of controversial ideas has grown markedly in recent years and, paradoxically, nowhere more so than on university campuses, particularly American campuses. Craig Harper, a psychologist at Nottingham Trent University, argues cogently in The Psychologist, December 2017, that not only does this intolerance contradict core principles of higher education, it also retards the healthy psychological development of undergraduates …” (more)

[William Reville, Irish Times, 21 December]