Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 14th, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, back to the House. The debate will resume on Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015. When the debate adjourned last week, the House was discussing amendment No 19 which had been moved by Senator Alice Mary Higgins. A number of Senators had contributed. Before I call on the Minister of State, do any other Senators wish to contribute at this point? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 13 February]

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Trinity professor calls for teacher who condoned female circumcision to be dismissed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An associate professor at Trinity College Dublin says he will hand back his title to the university if it does not terminate the contract of language teacher Ali Selim. Mr Selim said he condoned female circumcision in ‘certain’ circumstances, even though he insisted he was against female genital mutilation (FGM) …” (more)

[Shona Murray, Independent, 14 February]

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TCD moving from bonds to investments in property and infrastructure

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is looking to restructure its €190 million endowment fund, shifting its focus away from low-yield bonds towards investments in property, infrastructure and other types of assets. The college has issued a request for tender, seeking independent investment advisers …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Emergency talks sought over future of Sherkin course

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An emergency meeting has been sought aimed at staving off the closure of an important arts course which generates around €150,000 per year for the economy of an island off the south-west coast. A number of Cork county councillors expressed anger that the BA course in visual arts on Sherkin Island was under threat because their own local authority had cut its funding from €20,000 per annum to €10,000. The course, which is run along with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), is under threat because the council will no longer provide funding which matches that from the government …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Brexit ready: how the education sector is preparing already

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit presents challenges across every area of the country and public policy sector. The education system is no different, with enor mous changes coming down the track as a result of the British departure from the EU. The Action Plan for Education 2018 says Brexit also presents opportunities for Ireland to diversify its offerings in a changed international market …” (more)

[Independent, 14 February]

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November best window for third-level – McGill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A November window to play the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups may be the only solution to avoid the deepening county v college conflict that has surfaced again this year, the GAA’s head of games administration and player welfare Fergal McGill has suggested …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 14 February]

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Erasmus scheme expansion to benefit thousands of Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said one of his biggest regrets was never taking the opportunity to study abroad during his college years. While he says he had the option of going on Erasmus to ‘Berlin, Madrid or Barcelona’, he let the chanceslip by …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Trinity to Employ Alternative Arabic Teacher, After Selim Criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity are going to provide a second Arabic-language teacher in order to facilitate parallel classes, so students who do not wish to be taught by Dr Ali Selim can opt for a different teacher …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 13 February]

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Students claiming religious bias urge further investigation

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings who claim their freedom of speech and religious expression was curbed at NUI Galway (NUIG) have urged the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality to investigate their case …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 14 February]

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