UCC to become first Irish university to fly the Transgender Pride Flag

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork will become the first university in Ireland to fly the Transgender Pride Flag this afternoon. It is to mark its commitment to trans and non-binary staff and students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 March]

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Cork and Dublin to get €200m student accommodation boost

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cork and Dublin are to benefit from a €200m deal to increase student resident accommodation in both cities. The deal, a joint venture between Harrison Street Real Estate Capital (HSRE) and the Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA), will see a total of 1,325 student beds added to the GSA/Harrison Street portfolio …” (more)

[Dearbhail McDonald, Independent, 5 March]

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Alarm over ‘dumbing down’ of criteria for new technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities have expressed alarm that their reputation could be damaged due to the ‘dumbing down’ of criteria required for institutes of technology to secure new technological university status. Most of the State’s institutes of technology in Dublin, Munster, Connacht-Ulster and the southeast are bidding to secure new technological universities status …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Latest University Rankings Exhibit More Than One Disparity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity was in a celebratory mood this week, as the latest QS World University Subject Rankings placed four Trinity subjects in the world’s top 50. The four subjects are perhaps unsurprising – English, classics, nursing and politics – but it’s a reminder once again that, despite the preponderance of funding and focus on STEM, arts subjects remain dominant …” (more)

[University Times, 4 March]

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Is it time to nationalise academic publishers?

Posted in Research on March 5th, 2018 by steve

“After decades of free-market ideological dominance on both sides of the Atlantic, nationalisation (or at least anti-monopoly state intervention) is back on the agenda. ‘Rail, water, energy, Royal Mail, we’re taking them back’, shadow chancellor John McDonnell​ (above) told a Labour Party on the brink of power last year …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2 March]

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Trinity’s Storm Communication Leaves a Lot To Be Desired

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In any year, it would be atypical for the College to close its doors to everyone except residents for a day due to weather. But this academic year has seen Trinity reluctantly shut down for a cumulative five or so days. After October’s unorthodox tropical storm Ophelia shook the country and left Trinity stumped at how to react – staying silent about arrangements until the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, announced a blanket closure of all education institutions …” (more)

[University Times, 4 March]

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Pay ‘not the issue’ behind declining doctor numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Improving the image of GPs and getting more working-class students to study medicine are the solutions to the growing shortage of doctors, a conference in Galway is to be told. In contrast, pay is not a major factor in the problem, according to retired medical educator Prof Val Wass …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 5 March]

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