Bruton must address students concerns on repeat exam fees – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has spoken out against the proposed introduction of new fees for supplemental repeat examinations at Trinity College Dublin. Deputy Byrne said, ‘Trinity College Dublin is planning to introduce a €450 flat-fee for those who re-sit examinations. This means that students who fail just one examination will be forced to shell out an exorbitant amount …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 March]

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TCD should reverse repeat fee decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has called on Trinity College Dublin to reverse the decision to introduce a fee of €450 to repeat exams. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The outrageous decision by Trinity College Dublin to introduce a high fee of €450 to repeat exams will price many students out of college. …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 13 March]

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Green Party Calls for Reversal on Supplemental Fees Decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Green Party Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education Catherine Martin has criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental fees and said that the government needs to ‘finally confront the issue of third level funding’. As the occupation of the Dining Hall continues …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 13 March]

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Taking Back Trinners

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Toffs – you might scoff; you and I both know that this last decade’s been rough. Most of us across this nation have been hard pressed. Between the myriads of unemployment and the slew of taxes to slick debtor’s palms, it is understandable why Trinity’s newest campaign against student fees might not top our political agendas …” (more)

[Ruaidhri Kiersey, rabble, 13 March]

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University strikers reject pension deal

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“University strikers have turned down an agreement reached by university union leaders and employers to end the pensions dispute. It means the strike will continue – with threats to final year exams and assessments in the summer term …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 13 March]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor meets her equivalent in Oman and they discuss Ireland’s Technological Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor is currently in the Middle East and has met with Her Excellency Dr Rawya Saud Al Busaidi in the Department of Higher Education in Oman. Ireland has over 500 Omani students …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 March]

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TCD students occupy campus building in protest over fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in Trinity College Dublin are occupying a landmark building on the campus in protest at the introduction of a new fee structure for supplemental examinations. A group of about 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students entered the Dining Hall in the university’s Front Square at 10am on Tuesday …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 13 March]

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Meanwhile, At Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This afternoon. At Trinity College Dublin. Students protesting over a flat fee of €450 for supplement exams block the entrance to the Book of Kells (top), occupy the college’s dining hall (third pic) and block the college’s Nassau Street entrance (above) …” (pictures, video)

[Broadsheet, 13 March]

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Students Defy Trinity with Dining Hall Occupation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over 50 students have occupied the Dining Hall in defiance of College’s decision to introduce a €450 flat fee for supplemental exams. It is yet unclear how long students plan to occupy the hall …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 March]

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Striking university staff irate over pensions deal

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“Striking university staff have expressed anger and widespread opposition to a deal struck by their own leaders to bring an end to a bitter dispute over pensions. The proposed agreement between the University and College Union (UCU) and employers represented by Universities UK (UUK) was reached on Monday night after six days of talks at the conciliation service Acas and three weeks of strike action …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 13 March]

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The hidden costs of research assessment exercises: the curious case of Australia

Posted in Research on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“Research assessment exercises provide the government and wider public with assurance of the quality of university research, with the guiding principles being accountability, transparency, and openness. But is there the same accountability and openness when it comes to the public cost of these large-scale exercises? …” (more)

[Ksenia Sawczak, LSE Impact Blog, 13 March]

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Technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It’s hard to disagree with the sentiments expressed by Patrick Davey in his letter of March 9th. The recent reinterpretation of criteria that institutes of technology should meet in order to be redesignated as technological universities does not inspire confidence, and raises new concerns about the whole enterprise …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 March]

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University strikes may be called off after talks lead to new proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“Strikes by university staff, which have caused widespread disruption on campuses across the UK in a bitter dispute over pensions, could be suspended later this week after a breakthrough in talks. Employers and union leaders have agreed a revised proposal to reform pensions, which – if endorsed by all parties – will be introduced as part of a three-year transitional arrangement …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 12 March]

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ITs must meet strict upgrade criteria

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rapid establishment of technological universities (TU) is not guaranteed by last week’s passing of enabling legislation, the head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has cautioned. While the Technological Universities Bill should be signed soon by President Michael D Higgins, any institutes of technology hoping to be upgraded must meet strict criteria …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 March]

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What exactly is teaching?

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“My generation of academic has learned to expect a constant re-assessment of what it is we actually do once we are in the classroom, or indeed during any moment of our professional activities. We used to say pretty confidently that we were ‘teaching’. During the late 1980s and into the 1990s it became absolutely necessary to describe classroom engagement as ‘teaching and learning’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 March]

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Student sues university for ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree

Posted in Legal issues on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“A former student is taking her university to court after claiming that two years of study has left her with nothing more than a ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree that has not helped her career, despite graduating with a first. Pok Wong is suing Anglia Ruskin University for more than £60,000 (€67,450) …” (more)

[Alina Polianskaya, Independent, 12 March]

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Increasing convergence across almost all sectors of the economy

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Undergraduates expecting to secure employment upon graduation might be surprised to discover that they may lack a range of core skills which employers look for when recruiting. For many, the option of undertaking a postgraduate programme, which will add to and complement their existing skills, is one they need to consider …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 13 March]

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Postgrad teaching applications jump amid supply ‘crisis’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of students applying for postgraduate teaching courses has increased amid concerns of a ‘crisis’ in teacher supply. There has been a steady downward trend in applications to these courses over recent years, with entries down from 2,821 in 2011 to 1,068 in 2017, a drop of more than 60% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 March]

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How to stay ahead at work: the rise of remote learning

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“During Ann Hayes’s hour-long commute to work on the Luas, most people are hunched over their smartphones or staring vacantly out the windows. She, on the other hand, is nose-deep in textbooks and notes as she studies for her business studies degree at UCD …” (more)

[John Rainsford and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 March]

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