Mandatory PhD policies lead to boom in academics with doctorates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2018 by steve

“The increasing insistence by UK universities for new staff to have a doctorate has helped to drive up the number of academics holding a PhD by more than a third in just six years, new data show. According to the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, more than half (54%) of all academic staff held a PhD in 2016-17, a rise of eight percentage points compared with 2010-11 …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 8 March]

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Senator slams Trinity College’s introduction of ‘cruel’ €450 supplement exam fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senator Paul Gavan has spoken out against the decision by Trinity College Dublin to introduce a supplement exam fee of €450. Senator Gavan has called on the University, attended by hundreds of Donegal students, to reverse their decision …” (more)

[Elaine McCallig, Donegal Daily, 11 March]

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Green light for 250 student beds at Crow’s Nest site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Plans for 250 student beds at the site of the former Crow’s Nest bar have been given the green light by An Bord Pleanála in a landmark decision. The project was submitted under the new strategic housing development scheme (SHD), a new regulation introduced last June which allows projects of a certain size to bypass local authority planning applications in a bid to cut down on the time it takes to make a decision …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Evening Echo, 10 March]

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