Minister Bruton Visits Donegal for Historic Cross-Border Education Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD is in Letterkenny today to endorse a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ulster University, North West Regional College and Donegal ETB …” (more)

[Rachel McLaughlin, Donegal Today, 23 February]

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Fury at Ulster University chief’s £264k salary – increase of £14k as staff battle for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“University staff striking over their pension arrangements hit out in fury yesterday when it emerged that Ulster University chief Paddy Nixon is taking home a salary of £264,000 – an increase of £14,000 on his last reported salary of £250,000. It was also revealed that the UU vice-chancellor’s complete package, including pension and benefits, is £311,000 …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 23 February]

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Trinity’s move to scrap title ‘freshman’ slammed as ‘absolutely ridiculous’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A move by Trinity College Dublin to scrap the title ‘freshman’ has been described by students as ‘absolutely ridiculous’ and ‘an April Fool’s joke’. It was called ‘an absolute embarrassment’, ‘complete nonsense’ and a ‘slap in the face for feminism’ in emails released under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 23 February]

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Postgraduate Services Need Improvement, Says USI Conference

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) held its inaugural postgraduate conference yesterday, focusing on solving current issues plaguing students who decide to undertake a master’s degree or PhD …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 23 February]

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TCD students’ union candidate quits race after sex harassment claims

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A candidate for president of Trinity College Dublin’s students’ union has dropped out of the race following allegations of sexual harassment …” (more)

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

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Brexit: German universities among those poised to benefit if researchers and funding shift

Posted in Research on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The UK is currently the second-largest recipient of competitive research funding from the EU: 6% of students and 17% of staff in UK universities are from other EU countries. Nearly half of academic papers produced by the UK are written in collaboration with at least one international partner – and among the top 20 countries UK academics cooperate the most with, 13 are in the EU …” (more)

[IOE London Blog, 23 February]

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University degrees on the rise for women

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A higher proportion of women in their early 30s are university educated, a new report from the Central Statistics Office found. It shows 60% of women aged between 30 and 34 had a third-level qualification, compared to 46% of men of the same age group. However, there was little difference in older age groups …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon, Independent, 23 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, to the House. Before we commence I remind Senators that a Senator may speak only once on Report Stage except for the proposer of an amendment who may reply to the discussion on the amendment. In addition, on Report Stage each amendment must be seconded. Amendment No 1 is in the names of Senators Lynn Ruane and Alice-Mary Higgins …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 21 February]

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