This is how Irish colleges have fared in the latest world university subject rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are in the world’s top 50 for nursing and other subjects, but other Irish universities have mixed fortunes in the latest discipline-specific rankings. The 24th-place position of UCD in the world’s providers of veterinary science degrees is the top ranking for any Irish college in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, published this afternoon …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 February]

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Snow means no classes #sneachta

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the whole country shutting down and joking about bread for sale on Donedeal, it was inevitable that NCI would close too because of the bad weather. Many of our students travel long distances to College and it would have been unfair to expect them to attend lectures. Classes for Thursday and Friday are also cancelled. Interestingly, online classes are cancelled too …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 28 February]

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World university rankings show nursing is Ireland’s strongest subject

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish higher education is home to two of the world’s top nursing courses, according to the latest world university ranking. The QS World University Rankings by subject, released on Wednesday, ranks the world’s top universities for the study of 48 different subjects …” (more)

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

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University strikes: Students set to receive ‘direct compensation’ over lectures missed due to action, minister says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

“At least one university is ‘looking at direct compensation’ for students facing disruption due to ongoing strike action, universities minister Sam Gyimah has revealed. Tens of thousands of students have signed petitions demanding refunds for lost university lectures and classes …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 28 February]

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Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Given the disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, most particularly in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, third level institutions, colleges and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 February]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a technical study of the Cassells report recommendations has been completed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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Public Sector Pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of and timeframe for the restoration of pensions for retired civil and public servants whose pensions are tied to serving officers pay (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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Maynooth in the Snow

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been very little snow in Cardiff (so far) but there have been heavy falls in Maynooth. The above picture was tweeted by Maynooth University this morning, along with an announcement that the campus is closed today (and probably until Friday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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Student Campaign Pressures College Over Supplemental Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over the last few days, students have been emailing the College Board to express their opposition to supplemental exam fees. The campaign comes following a preferendum result that saw a majority of students vote against College plans to introduce fees for supplemental exams …” (more)

[Niamh Herbert, University Times, 28 February]

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We must drop the ‘arts’ vs ‘science’ narrative

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

“Education for the creative industries has been rapidly growing for many years. New and innovative further and higher education courses, such as creative coding and technology and creative business management, have been introduced to keep ahead of the exploding demands of the world we live in …” (more)

[Bashir Makhoul, Times Higher Education, 27 February]

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Deeks: Project Ireland 2040’s Capital Funding Projections may be ‘Inadequate’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has expressed concern that the government’s funding projections for capital developments in the education sector in its recent National Planning Framework – Project Ireland 2040 report may be ‘inadequate’. He made the comment, alongside other observations, to staff in a recent Presidential Bulletin …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 February]

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University dispute: More talks but strikes continue

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

“The two sides in the university pensions dispute have agreed to mediation by the conciliation service Acas – but the strikes will continue. Staff at 61 universities have walked out over planned cuts to their pensions, with a further three due to join the action next week …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 27 February]

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Sherkin arts course saved after grant aid is doubled

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A unique arts course on an island off the south-west coast has been saved after Cork County Council said it would double grant aid to keep it afloat. The council has been supporting the BA in visual arts on Sherkin Island in recent years and has provided it with grant aid in excess of €140,000 during that time …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 28 February]

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Higher Education’s Long March to Funding is Far From Over

Posted in Legal issues on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Back in the summer of 2016, hopes were high in higher education. Newspapers splashed word of the funding crisis across their front pages and provosts and presidents were suddenly writing op-eds like there was no tomorrow …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 February]

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It’s time to stand up to the academic publishing industry

Posted in Research on February 27th, 2018 by steve

“Academia is unique in that professionals with highly specialized expertise, who are paid by public institutions, write articles and provide peer reviews to corporations who profit greatly without giving back to the research enterprise. In any other industry, such experts would charge up to $1,500/hour for their services; in academia, this expertise is given away to for-profit companies …” (more)

[Adriane Macdonald and Nicole Eva, University Affairs, 26 February]

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Call for dramatic cut in 40% public-private sector pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The average public servant is earning 40% more than the average private sector worker, according to official figures. There were calls for a dramatic reduction in the public-private sector pay gap after the latest Central Statistics Office data revealed that State workers earn €946.55 a week on average, or €49,390 a year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 February]

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Where would you find the higher education elite?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

“Last year the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) identified excellence in teaching and learning in United Kingdom universities. When the results were published, a frequent observation in the media, as in this case, was that many ‘elite UK universities’ had been found to be less than excellent …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 February]

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Are the rankings biased?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

International“Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford has published an article in the Financial Times proclaiming that British universities are an national asset and that their researchers deserve that same adulation as athletes and actors …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 27 February]

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‘Disgraced garda’ with gambling addiction set up unsanctioned advice clinic in university, court hears

Posted in Legal issues on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Garda with a chronic gambling addiction admitted corruption charges as it emerged he had set up an unsanctioned Garda advice clinic at a university and sent forged invoices to a student’s union for providing extra policing services …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 26 February]

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Open letter to Ulster University VC, Paddy Nixon

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

“Dear Professor Nixon, As you are aware UCU members at Ulster University are taking industrial action to defend their USS pension. We stand together with 64 other universities across the UK in demanding a fairer deal. As we enter a fourth strike day tomorrow and Universities UK (UUK) meet with our UCU national negotiators (27th Feb) …” (more)

[Tracy Irwin, UCU, 26 February]

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