Follow-Up Review Arising from the Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In November 2017 the HEA published Dr Richard Thorn’s report on his independent review of certain matters and allegations relating to the University of Limerick. On the basis of Dr Thorn’s report and its findings, the HEA announced it would establish a further review arising from the recommendation made in Section 6.2.9 in Dr Thorn’s report …” (more)

[Deborah Walsh, Higher Education Authority, 12 February]

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Universities resist quotas on teacher-training courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are resisting plans by Minister for Education Richard Bruton to introduce quotas on the number of teachers they train in specific subjects. As part of a series of measures to boost the supply of teachers in key subjects such as science, maths and languages, Mr Bruton has announced plans to introduce subject quotas for postgraduate teacher education programmes at second level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Trinity needs to shake off its classist image

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In truth, such a historic and prestigious school as Trinity was always going to have an image as a classist institution, based solely on the fact that, until very recently in its history, only a small percentage of society have been able to afford a college education. The most obvious result of this is that it shaped the connotations that people, mostly rural in background, have of Trinity and universities as a whole …” (more)

[Jessica Gorman, Trinity News, 12 February]

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Alleged victims in UCC harassment case asked to sign confidentiality agreements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has asked two staff members who complained of sexual harassment by a lecturer to sign confidentiality agreements. The lecturer has been accused of making inappropriate comments towards the two female members of staff and of attempting to engage in inappropriate conduct with a female student on campus grounds …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Irish undergraduate applications to UK universities fall for fifth consecutive year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish undergraduate applicants to UK universities has continued to drop for the fifth year in a row, according to new data from the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). In total, 31% fewer people from Ireland applied to UK universities this year than in 2012 …” (more)

[Lexi Demetroulakos, Trinity News, 11 February]

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What Does Open Access Mean #icanhazPDF

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Like many who are cajoled to publish and share, I’ve conducted part of my professional life using assets from the internet’s pirate queen, Alexandra Elbakyan. That’s because I can’t afford to access the vast libraries of academic research behind extortionate paywalls. For most of my professional life, I’ve seen the value of sharing and sharing alike …” (more)

[Inside View, 8 February]

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Funding priorities of Science Foundation Ireland need re-balancing

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), which receives the largest proportion of Irish research funding from the Government, needs to be reconfigured to ensure its supports basic third-level research more, according to Fianna Fáil spokesman on science James Lawless …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Trends in higher education

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – James O’Sullivan raises some reasonable points about recent trends in higher education, notably an apparent emphasis on ‘skills’ (‘Universities have become like Ikea – just follow the instructions’, Education Opinion, February 7th). There is a suggestion in his column that these trends are driven by neoliberal politicians aided by armies of faceless administrators …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 12 February]

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Proposed Exam Changes Will Only See Students Suffer

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results of a feasibility study into how exams will be organised within the new academic year structure present a potentially fraught future for students. The study by Academic Registry presented several different working solutions for the week-long exam periods at the end of each semester. Some of the solutions suggest that there should be more than two exam sessions per day, meaning exams would not finish until 7pm or even 9pm in the evening, with exams running until Sunday …” (more)

[University Times, 11 February]

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