Is Third-Level Education worth it? Maybe not – says David McWilliams

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It won’t come as any surprise to readers of this blog that I would not be in full agreement with David McWilliams who wrote in Saturday’s Irish Times that ‘Third-level education is yesterday’s idea’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 12 March]

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Who are the top earners in education?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“These are among the top earners in higher education, based on records released by third-level institutions and the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 March]

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State exams are a rote learning memory test and aren’t serving our children’s future needs

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The current system primarily based on ‘one-off testing’ – namely Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations – reflects more as a memory test suited to rote learning rather than genuinely assessing a student’s learning, knowledge, ability or acumen for a subject …” (more)

[Geoffrey Browne, TheJournal.ie, 12 March]

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Analysis: Universities say higher salaries are vital to attract top talent

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When it comes to recruiting the very best talent for Irish universities, are we paying enough to secure the top academics? Ask any university president and they will tell you we’re not at the races. The problem for Irish universities is these salaries are capped under strict rules known as the employment control framework …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Labelling universities ‘toxic’ for mental health ‘is harmful’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2018 by steve

“Labelling universities as ‘uniquely toxic environments’ could do more harm than good to student mental health, a leading psychiatrist has warned. There is growing concern about the prevalence of mental health conditions among students, but Sir Simon Wessely, Regius professor of psychiatry at King’s College London, questioned the value of campaigns that aimed to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with higher education …” (more)

[Sophie Inge, Times Higher Education, 9 March]

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We need to be smart in fighting supplemental fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Every time I hear someone say they don’t have to explain why supplemental fees are bad, I get a little annoyed. I get annoyed because it suggests to me not just a dismissal of the glaring deficit College has, and not just an uncompromising attitude that is far easier to hold than a commitment to protracted negotiations …” (more)

[Paul Molloy, Trinity News, 11 March]

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Universities get green light for salaries over €335,000

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities have received Government approval to recruit top academics on salaries of up to €337,000 a year. Under public sector pay rules, salaries for public sector employees in general are capped and individuals may not earn more than the Taoiseach’s annual €190,000 salary …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 March]

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‘Tackling the class divide at third level’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Olive Byrne, UCC’s access officer, points out that ‘if reading scores from a local primary [school] are below average, that’s where the targeting needs to happen’ (Peter McGuire, ‘Mind the gap: Tackling the class divide at third level’, Education, March 6th). Here in the National College of Ireland, we believe that early intervention and partnership with parents are the answers to closing the class divide at third level …” (more)

[Josephine Bleach, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Bank of Ireland to fund 1,750 student bed spaces in Dublin and Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Bank of Ireland plans to fund €144 million worth of purpose-built student accommodation over next two years, with a particular focus on Dublin and Cork where demand is strongest. The bank said it was currently funding 1,474 student bed spaces in the Republic, with a further 276 under consideration, and an additional 500 in Britain …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 12 March]

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