DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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UCD Smurfit School drops in MBA rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit has plummeted 24 places in the latest Financial Times Global MBA rankings, dropping from 70th place last year on the back of falling average salaries for graduates. At joint 94 however, it has managed to hold onto its Top 100 position …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Abolition of institutes of technology is an act of senseless violence

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We are living in the final days of the Irish institutes of technology (IoTs). It looks increasingly likely that the Technological Universities Bill will escape from the Oireachtas to the President’s pen. Ten of the fourteen institutes are expected to merge into four new technological universities. By doing so they will bring the curtain down on institutes that have done tremendous good in Irish society since they came into being 48 years ago …” (more)

[Ray Griffin, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Academics under pressure: the invisible frontline in student mental health

Posted in Life on January 29th, 2018 by steve

“Interactions between students and academics can really shape a student’s experience – and for many students going through mental health difficulties, academics are often the first point of contact. Students turn to academics for advice because they may be seen as more approachable, accessible and they have a pre-existing relationship …” (more)

[Rachel Piper, Wonkhe, 29 January]

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Lower Trinity drop-out rates among alternate entry-route students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students who have secured places at Trinity College Dublin through a new admissions route not based solely on CAO points have lower drop-out rates than regular students, according to new data. In 2014, Trinity introduced an alternate admissions route for some courses which measure applicants’ performances compared to others in their school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Are today’s degrees really first class?

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2018 by steve

“The annual data release published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency can usually be relied upon to show an uptick in the proportion of firsts awarded. This is accompanied by newspaper inches decrying the decline of academic standards in the UK and a reaction that points to the improvements in teaching and the motivation of contemporary students …” (more)

[William Hammonds, Wonkhe, 29 January]

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Don’t Be Fooled: College Tries to Introduce These Fees Every Few Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When Vice-Provost Chris Morash faced members of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council last Tuesday, he presented what seemed like a reasonable proposal – one that would introduce fees for supplemental exams – and, at least outwardly, quashed the various concerns raised …” (more)

[University Times, 28 January]

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