Ministers turn sod on €220m building project in DIT Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Ministers Bruton, Donohoe and Mitchell O’Connor announce construction is to begin on €220m building project for DIT at Grangegorman. 10,000 students and 600 staff to be accommodated on 52,000m² development …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 April]

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DIT Launches ‘Historic’ Expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Crowds gathered at Grangegorman today as government ministers, staff and students came together to mark the next stage of Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) historic expansion, as technological university status looms. Speaking at DIT today, Minister for Education Richard Bruton called the €220 million project ‘the greatest investment we have made in many years in higher education’ …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 30 April]

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Three Dublin ITs submit application to become Ireland’s first technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three Dublin institutes of technology have submitted an application to become Ireland’s first technological university – with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) is made up of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 April]

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Third-level college with 1,000 students proposed for Kilkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“A new third-level college should be created in an urban renewal area of Kilkenny city focusing on design, crafts, animation, heritage, tourism and the agri-food sectors, according to a new report. The report, which will be launched by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor on Monday, recommends the proposed 1,000-student campus should tie in with plans for a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) which is being jointly pursued by Waterford IT and IT Carlow …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Number of students cheating at UK universities rise by 30%

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“The number of students caught cheating at the UK’s top universities has shot up by a third in three years, with experts warning that institutions are ignoring the problem. Figures compiled by the Guardian from freedom of information requests to Russell Group universities – a group of 24 leading institutions that includes Oxford and Cambridge – shows the number of academic misconduct cases surged by 30%, from 2,640 to 3,721, between the academic years 2014-15 and 2016-17 …” (more)

[Sarah Marsh, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Trinity’s Direct Democracy Experiment Should be Treated with Scepticism

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity might like to think it’s more democratic than most colleges – we elect our Provost, for instance – but it still too often succumbs to the managerialism and centralisation of modern higher education. So the launch of a new online voting system – trialled this week with a poll on plastic-free options – offers some hope that student and staff voices might actually be listened to in the future …” (more)

[University Times, 29 April]

Bogus university ‘degree mill’ targeting foreign students

Posted in Legal issues on April 29th, 2018 by steve

“A bogus university selling unaccredited qualifications to overseas students is operating out of Dublin, as part of an international ‘degree mill’ network. Hardeep Singh (54) is the president of ‘Isles International University’, which has been operating in Ireland for nearly two decades under various names …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 29 April]

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University to force students to sign contract promising not to take drugs

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2018 by steve

“A UK university has vowed to become the first in the country to bring in a ‘drug-free’ policy which would force students to sign a contract not to take drugs on the grounds of the institution. Students at the University of Buckingham (UB) may risk being expelled if they persist in taking substances on campus, officials have said, as it tries to become the country’s ‘first drug-free university’ …” (more)

[Alina Polianskaya, Independent, 29 April]

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Three years on campus ‘should not be norm’ in England, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2018 by steve

“Undergraduate degrees where students live away from home for three years ‘should not be the norm’, England’s universities minister has said. Giving evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee’s inquiry into value for money at universities on 24 April, Sam Gyimah said that he considered the traditional three-year degree taken by most UK undergraduates ‘quite an old model’ and that he wanted universities to be more ‘fleet of foot’ by offering alternative qualifications, such as intensive two-year honours degrees and degree apprenticeships …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 24 April]

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Trinity College launch initiative targeting NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity College in Dublin (TCD) has launched an initiative to try to attract more students from Northern Ireland. Only 136 students from Northern Ireland began full-time undergraduate study in the Republic of Ireland in 2016/17. In the same year, there were only 568 full-time Northern Irish students enrolled in universities in Ireland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 27 April]

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Union calls on UCD to drop appeal on ageism ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 28th, 2018 by steve

“The university lecturers’ union has hit back at plans by UCD to appeal a ruling that it discriminated against a female member of staff on age grounds in a competition for promotion when she was 61. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) recently ordered UCD to pay lecturer Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and to promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer grade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 April]

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Trinity College Dublin to become disposable plastic free zone

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity College has announced its campus is to become a disposable plastic free zone in the next two years. The university is to phase out disposable plastic containers and utensils. It has asked its students to decide which items to start with, by voting in an online poll …” (more)

[Jack Quann, NewsTalk, 27 April]

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IFUT calls on UCD President to desist from appealing age discrimination ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on UCD President, Andrew Deeks, to withdraw his statement that the college ‘does not accept’ a highly significant age discrimination ruling against UCD by the Workplace Relations Commission. In the case taken by IFUT regarding a Senior Lecturer promotion, the WRC ruled that the college breached Sections 6(2)(f) and 8(1)(d) of the Employment Equality Acts and issued an order for retrospective promotion and compensation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 April]

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Civil servants want equal pay scales, says union ahead of talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government and public service trade unions will commence talks on Friday on the two-tier system of pay across the public service. A spokesman for Fórsa said Friday’s meeting would likely be the first of a series of engagements dealing with the practicalities of equalising the length of pay scales …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Launching IUA report, Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls for a joined-up approach across higher education and government to overcome barriers to international mobility that exist for students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“In the University of Limerick today (27th April 2pm) Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor will launch a report ‘Enhancing Mobility for Access Students Ireland’ and online resource mobilitytookit.ie for higher education institutions in Ireland to widen student participation in international mobility opportunities, such as Erasmus+, for non-traditional students such as mature students, student with disabilities or from lower socio-economic groups …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 27 April]

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Student loans ‘off the table’ for lifetime of current Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The introduction of a State student loans scheme is ‘off the table’ for the lifetime of the current Government. The Union of Students in Ireland said it ‘cautiously’ welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is ‘off the table’ while the current Government is in office …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 27 April]

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UCD to appeal WRC ruling over age discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“UCD is to appeal a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that the university discriminated against a member of its academic staff on the ground of age. In a communication to staff, college president Andrew Deeks said UCD does not accept the finding and the university will be appealing the decision to the Labour Court …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 April]

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Students’ bid for UK strike compensation ‘passes legal milestone’

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“More than 1,000 students have joined a legal bid to force UK universities to pay millions of pounds in compensation for teaching time lost during the recent strike action, according to the law firm running the claim. The move for direct compensation for students affected by the industrial dispute over pensions could cost some larger universities as much as £10 million each, according to law firm Asserson, which has previously promoted the claim in the media …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 24 April]

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UCC insurer considers appeal against flood damage ruling

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork’s insurer Aviva is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court against a court ruling which held that the Electricity Supply Board is not liable for extensive flood damage to college buildings during the 2009 Cork flood. Last month, in what was a significant ruling, the three-judge Court of Appeal overturned a 2015 High Court finding that the ESB was 60% liable in respect of flooding and warnings …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 26 April]

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Forget the ivory tower – lecturers are working class too

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“The ongoing pensions strike in the UK has brought renewed attention to an issue which, every few years, stirs unnecessary discord: public sector pay. It is a particularly fraught topic in Ireland, with the consensus being that educators are overpaid and underworked: ‘Sure look at the holidays they get’, being the common expression …” (more)

[James O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 25 April]

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