Legislation for public service pay cuts still needed, Donohoe says

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

“Financial emergency legislation which allowed the State to reduce the pay of public servants and cut fees for its contractors continues to be needed, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 June]

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How to improve your chances with a Horizon 2020 bid

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Given the high failure rate of applications for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has, in collaboration with the EU Office at the University of Copenhagen and the Research Support Office at Aarhus University …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 June]

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Institutes of Technology: GMIT Castlebar

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

Lisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the suspension of the BSc Hons in digital media and society at the GMIT Castlebar; if the decision to suspend the course will be reversed; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 27 June]

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Coca-Cola banned at UCD – but you can have a Coke Zero

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

Ireland“It has previously been banned from the campus entirely, but now the only Coca-Cola available at University College Dublin will be Coke Zero. The college has become the first third-level institution in Ireland to stop the sale of high-sugar drinks on campus …” (more)

[Independent, 28 June]

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IFUT Pushes for Full Collective Bargaining Rights in DCU

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

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is demanding urgent action to provide full collective-bargaining rights for its members in Dublin City University, following the merger of Mater Dei Institute of Education; Church of Ireland College of Education; St Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra and the original DCU. The merger process began almost two years ago …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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Trinity Scraps Plastic Straws as Part of Plastic-Free Efforts

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

“Trinity is one step closer to becoming a plastic-free campus, after replacing plastic straws with compostable paper straws in the Buttery and the Pav. The move, which was announced on by the College Twitter today, comes two months after a survey was undertaken to decide how Trinity should go plastic free …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 27 June]

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We’re All Out of Step but UCD, It Seems!

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

“… It’s quite staggering then that the top echelons in UCD seem determined to so quickly squander tens of thousands of tax payers’ and student fee money to appeal a discrimination case awarded against them by the Workplace Relations Commission for age discrimination against a long-time female Lecturer in the college and a member of IFUT. Earlier this year the WRC ruled that age discrimination had occurred …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 27 June]

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UCD first college to ban sale of sugary drinks on campus

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

“UCD has become the first third-level institution in the country to stop the sale of high-sugar drinks on campus. The decision followed a seven-week trial to curb the sale of unhealthy sugar-sweetened beverages across the university’s 16 food and drink outlets …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 28 June]

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Third Level Funding – Core Funding

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

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of increasing core funding to publicly funded third-level institutions by 1% …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure – Maintenance Grants

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

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students to pre-2012 levels …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Third Level Costs – Returning Emigrants

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

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of providing 100 higher education places for students of returning emigrants or those that came through the direct provision service …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration – Research Students

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

Willie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): A significant number of people have contacted me about the failure of Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, to fund to completion those pursuing doctoral studies in various disciplines. These postgraduate students are eligible to grant aid under SUSI’s criteria. However, it is cut off due to time limits …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 27 June]

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Shortlist designs revealed for the UCD Entrance Precinct Masterplan

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

“A shortlist of 6 concept designs for UCD’s Entrance Precinct Masterplan and for the Centre for Creative Design have been released following an international competition that saw almost 100 teams from across 28 countries enter the first stage. The Entrance Precinct Masterplan is expected to cover an area of 23.8 ha, and with include up to 335,000 sq m for new development …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 27 June]

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Ministerial order on primary school teacher training to be renewed

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education intends to renew an order which allows for separate entry routes into primary school teacher training depending on the religion of the applicant. An existing ministerial order, which runs out at the end of August, allows Protestants apply for teacher training at the country’s largest teacher training facility at DCU through a separate mechanism, which has a lower CAO points requirement, as well as a lower Leaving Certificate results threshold …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 June]

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International students may face insurance hikes following High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on June 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) are currently involved in a High Court case to determine the insurance requirements of international students. Study and Protect are opposing this case, alongside their underwriters Chubbs, as they insure the majority of international students in Irish universities. Should the HIA be successful, it will lead to increased financial pressures on international students …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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Queen’s University of Belfast reviewing links to Presbyterian college as professor suspended

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

“Queen’s University has said it is reviewing ‘the nature of its relationship’ with the Presbyterian-run Union Theological College, which teaches its degree courses in theology. The Belfast Telegraph understands that a factor in the decision is the suspension of Professor of Church History Laurence Kirkpatrick. He is believed to have been suspended from his college role due to comments he made in the media …” (more)

[Victoria Leonard, Belfast Telegraph, 27 June]

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Student apartments extended at Beamish site but no Event Centre

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

“BAM has been granted planning permission for extra student apartments for the northern end of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery site. Construction work is already well underway at the location where more than 400 student bedrooms are being built on the site referred to as Zone A …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 26 June]

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‘Alarming’ shortage of construction and property surveying graduates to meet surging demand in recovering economy

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

Ireland“There are not enough graduates coming out of college with construction and property surveying degrees to meet the surge in demand in the recovering economy. There will be a shortage of between 2,000 and 4,000 of these professionals over the next four years, according to a report by Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 June]

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Will Europe Lead a Global Flip to Open Access?

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2018 by steve

“From a distance, you might think that journal publishers should be celebrating their success in Europe. They are being offered the open access (OA) crown, locking in OA contracts and article flows. But, European policy targets are adding complexity …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 26 June]

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Is The End In Sight?

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

“The above report appeared in the Connacht Tribune last Thursday, but is it right? Are we really near the end of the campaign, and can we soon celebrate the four women finally being given what they deserve by NUI Galway? Or is this simply university management feeding the press a line? The campaign knows management told another reporter, more than a month ago, that the cases were settled …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 25 June]

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