Current equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More robust initiatives are needed from government to ensure gender and pay equality, according to Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Addressing a meeting on the role of trade unions in equality issues in higher education, UCC (today, March 7th). Joan Donegan said that all too often our equality legislation lacks the teeth to deliver equality …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 March]

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Two students hospitalised during ’emergency’ at NUI Galway

Posted in Life on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two students were hospitalised following an ’emergency’ at NUI Galway yesterday evening, the college has confirmed. The alarm was raised about the condition of the students yesterday evening and the university put their emergency response protocol in place …” (more)

[Kathy Armstrong, Independent, 8 March]

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Senator Lynn Ruane says introduction of supplemental fees will cause ‘detrimental impact’ to student retention

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senator and former Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President, Lynn Ruane, said that she opposes the decision of College Board to introduce a €450 flat rate for supplemental exams and that she ‘completely’ supports the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 8 March]

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Higher education: what is it good for?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

“Why go to university? When asked, today’s students are openly careerist and materialist. In a 2012 survey by the Higher Education Research Institute in Los Angeles, almost 90% held that ‘being able to get a better job’ was a ‘very important’ or ‘essential’ reason to go to college. The rationales of being ‘very well-off financially’ and ‘making more money’ were almost as popular …” (more)

[Bryan Caplan, Times Higher Education, 8 March]

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86% Of UCC Students Say Yes To USI

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday, members of UCC Students’ Union (UCCSU) voted to remain with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Polls opened on Tuesday the 6th of March and closed on Wednesday the 7th of March. Final result was 86% of UCCSU voters saying yes to USI …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, USI, 8 March]

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University of Limerick has made ‘significant advancement’ for women in senior roles

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has increased its representation of women in senior roles by 23% since 2007, an International Women’s Day conference has heard. During the last 10 years, UL has moved from an 8% representation of women at full professorial levels to a 31% representation today, according to UL head of equality and diversity Marie Connolly …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 8 March]

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Rankings and the financialisation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

“University rankings are now being used for purposes that would have been inconceivable a decade ago. The latest is supporting the large scale borrowing of money by UK universities. The Financial Times has an interesting article by Thomas Hale about the growing financialisation of British higher education. He reports that some universities such as Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford are resorting to capital markets for financing supposedly because of declining government support …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 9 March]

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No ‘dumbing down’ of criteria for new technological university status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has insisted there has been no ‘dumbing down’ of standards required for institutes of technology to secure new technological university status. Legislation providing for the establishment of new technological universities is set to be debated in the Seanad on Thursday and will be enacted shortly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Unequal pay for teachers leading to ‘brain drain’ from the profession

Posted in Teaching on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Unequal pay for teachers is causing a ‘brain drain’ which has the potential to seriously undermine children’s education, trade unions have warned. The claim was made at a protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday which called on the Government to restore pay equality for newly qualified teachers. Teachers hired over the past seven years are on lower pay scales due to austerity-era pay cuts …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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In Face of Opposition, Trinity Relents On Accommodation Price Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposed increase to on-campus accommodation has not been approved at today’s meeting of Finance Committee. The University Times revealed earlier today that College had proposed a significant increase to the price of on-campus accommodation …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 March]

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In Response to Fees, Students Troll Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today, students took to the cobbles of Front Square to make their anger felt. Tonight, they took to social media. The target was Trinity’s rating on its Trinity College Dublin Global Facebook page. After an onslaught of negative reviews, Trinity students managed to drop College’s rating to 1.5. At the time of publication, there were 209 one-star reviews …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 7 March]

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Back to Maynooth

Posted in Life on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“So here I am back in Maynooth. The University re-opened on Monday after being closed from Wednesday last week owing to the extremely bad weather. I’m told the snow was several feet deep and the town was virtually cut off until the weekend. There is still some snow lying here and there, but …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 March]

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College Defends Supplemental Exams Fee Decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has defended its decision to introduce a €450 flat fee for supplemental exams at undergraduate level. In an email statement to The University Times ahead of today’s demonstration, Vice-Provost Chris Morash said the introduction of modular billing would cost the university €1 million …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 7 March]

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