Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the sum of moneys allocated by the Irish Research Council in each of the years 2012 to 2017 and to date in 2018 under the enterprise partnership schemes or employment led schemes; the amount recouped from employers in each of those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 February]

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Young women more likely to have degrees than male peers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Young women are much more likely to have third-level qualifications than young men, new figures show. A Central Statistics Office report notes a significant educational attainment gap between the genders among those aged in their 20s and early 30s. Among 20- to 24-year-olds, for example, 24% of males had a third-level qualification, compared to 33% of women …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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University strikes: Nearly 100,000 students sign petitions demanding compensation for classes lost due to absent lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Nearly 100,000 students have signed petitions demanding compensation from universities for classes lost due to striking lecturers. Tens of thousands of university workers are expected to take part in a wave of walkouts in an ongoing dispute over pensions. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at 64 UK institutions are staging the first in a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action …” (more)

[Samuel Osborne, Independent, 22 February]

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Northern Ireland students urged to complain and seek refunds over university strike

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Northern Ireland students should complain to their universities and look for refunds for their tuition fees if their courses are affected by industrial action. Queen’s University Student Union President Stephen McCrystall said they fully supported staff in their dispute saying it was important students were not adversely impacted …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 22 February]

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Maynooth University introducing sleeping pods in library

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) has begun introducing sleeping pods, or isolation pods, in its library. The pods were introduced through a winning idea by an MU student in their inaugural Innovation Competition. MU has described the ‘Energy Pods’ as “ideal for commuting students or just someone who simply needs a nap or a time alone to recharge” …” (more)

[Cian Mac Lochlainn, Trinity News, 22 February]

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UCD Students Have Paid €43 million through the Student Centre Levy since 2006

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Information received by the University Observer under the Freedom of Information Act 2004 reveals that UCD students have paid an estimated €43 million via the Student Centre Levy since 2006. The capitalised value of all costs associated with the New Student is €52.9 million. In the 2016/2017 academic year alone, UCD students paid an estimated €6.5 million through the student centre levy …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 22 February]

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Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor announce new multi-million euro fund to support underrepresented students to access higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced a new €5.7m ‘Higher Education Access Fund’ to support students from underrepresented groups to access higher education. Funding will be given to regional clusters of institutions to support approved access initiatives …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 February]

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A Revolt Over Journal Archives

Posted in Research on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Publisher Taylor & Francis has dropped plans to charge extra for access to older research papers online, after more than 110 universities signed a letter of protest. The latest renewal of British universities’ deal with Taylor & Francis, which was agreed in principle at the end of January but is yet to be signed, for the first time covered papers published only in the past 20 years …” (more)

[Holly Else, Inside Higher Ed, 22 February]

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UCD to re-designate more than 170 toilets as ‘gender neutral’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD is to re-designate more than 170 toilets across the entire campus as ‘gender neutral’ and introduce transgender changing facilities at its sport centre. The move is part of a new university policy to provide a welcoming campus for transgender and gender-fluid students and employees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Queen’s University ‘disappointed’ at lecturers’ decision to strike

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University has expressed its opposition to planned industrial action by lecturers over pension reform. In its statement, Queen’s University said it is ‘disappointed’ at the decision to take industrial action …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Up to 2,000 under-represented students to get funding for college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 2,000 students such as lone parents and Travellers who are under-represented at third level will be funded to go to college as part of a State plan to boost access to higher education. Almost €6 million is being provided to universities and institutes of technology to support a range of access initiatives over the next three years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 February]

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League table musings: Ulster is plummeting, but not because of the staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Well, the Guardian league tables are out and they make for eye-watering viewing. We came 96th out of 121 institutions, down from 79th in 2017, with an overall score of 49.6 down from 53.9. Meanwhile, Queen’s is up 10 places from 48 to 38. What is most striking is the breakdown of the various evaluations that led to this overall ranking …” (more)

[UCU, 21 February]

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UCC head says fees debate has to move on

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A debate about more than just student loans is needed to advance decisions about funding third level, says a university president. The issue has been stalled at a political level as no recommendation on how to boost higher education funding has emerged from the Oireachtas education committee. It had been asked by Education Minister Richard Bruton 18 months ago to come up with proposals …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 February]

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University strike: What’s it all about?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

“University lecturers at 64 universities are striking over pensions. More than one million students are expected to be affected, with lecturers not teaching, marking or carrying out research. There are no plans to reschedule cancelled lectures …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 21 February]

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