Challenges facing women in higher education remain, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Improvements secured in recent years tackling the especially precarious nature of employment facing women in Higher Education in Ireland were highlighted by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) at a special international conference ‘On the move for Equality, Advancing Women’ Leadership’, organised by Education International, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 4th to 7th February …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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Queen’s University Belfast lecturers join strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is facing 13 days of strike action from many lecturers, staring on 22 February. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Ulster University had already decided to strike …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 8 February]

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Higher Education – Don’t mention the money!

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At last! The government’s policy for higher education is becoming crystal clear. ‘Let’s talk about anything but money.’ In January alone we had two major announcements on the future of third-level, but no funding to back them up …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 February]

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UCC Feminist Society launch petition for mandatory consent classes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in University College Cork (UCC) have launched a petition to make consent classes mandatory for all incoming first year students. Launched yesterday by UCC Feminist Society, the petition currently has over 700 signatories, surpassing the original aim of 500 set by the committee …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 8 February]

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New NUI Galway president ‘banging the drum’ for more third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New NUI Galway President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh believes that Ireland is ‘selling students short’ by not investing enough into third-level education. The former Dean of UCD College of Business commenced his term as President this semester and told SIN that he is ‘banging the drum’ for more funding for Irish universities, rather than focusing on ongoing debate on the cost of university fees …” (more)

[SIN, 7 February]

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Review of Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures in Higher Education Published

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) are pleased to announce the publication of the Review of Intellectual Property Management and Conflicts of Interest, which provides a framework for the strengthening of IP policies and procedures in higher education …” (more)

[Gemma Duke, Higher Education Authority, 8 February]

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Research-intensive universities ‘offer best maternity pay’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

“The UK’s research-intensive universities offer more generous maternity leave packages than their teaching-oriented contemporaries, according to a study that highlights evidence of a clear divide in academics’ parental rights …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Times High Education, 8 February]

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Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions

Posted in Teaching on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Down with the clutch, slip into gear, release the handbrake. Then ease off the left as you press on the right, finding that bite that sets the wheels in motion. Certain undertakings have always been skills-oriented: drivers, for example, have a very clear sense of the precise routine it takes to get from point A to point B in one piece …” (more)

[James O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 7 February]

Technological Universities Bill 2017: Committee Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Question proposed: ‘That section 1 stand part of the Bill’. David Norris (Independent): I would like to raise a question about the Title. Paul Coghlan (Fine Gael): Perhaps you should wait until the end for the Title. Is it relevant to section 1? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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Surge in third-level students reporting mental health issues

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A spike in third-level students registering with mental health conditions has been attributed to better supports and reduced stigma. Ahead — the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability — reported a jump from 343 to 501 in the number of new students who made themselves known to disability services as having a mental health condition. However, it said, this 46% rise came as no surprise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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First technological universities could open in September

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government expects the first technological universities to open next September, despite the law to facilitate applications not yet being passed. The ambition was set out as it launched its Action Plan for Education 2018, setting a range of targets for delivery across the entire education system …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Investigation after bus catches fire at University of Limerick

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An investigation is underway following a bus fire on the campus of the University of Limerick this Wednesday evening. The alarm was raised at around 5.30pm after smoke was seen coming from the engine area of the bus which was parked near the Stables club …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 7 February]

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Third Level Fees – Placement Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSenator Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I thank the Minister of State for attending the House today to respond to the issue I have raised on third level fees, specifically those charged to students undertaking a year’s internship as part of their course of study. The issue was highlighted to me by a student in north County Dublin who is in her third year in Maynooth. She is on work placement for the full year. She also has a friend who is in DCU who is on a full-year’s work placement. They both have to pay their full fees to their particular universities amounting to more than €3,000 each …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 6 February]

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