Higher education, equality and hiring practices

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I’m going to look at education in purely social and economic terms in this post – nothing about whether higher education makes you a better, wiser or more fulfilled person. That’s for another day. The lifetime financial benefit of higher education in Ireland is higher than the OECD average. Many people see this as a good thing and evidence of our transition to a knowledge economy. But it’s a bit more complicated than that …” (more)

[The Optimistic Educator, 31 July]

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Ring-fenced funding for multi-campus institutions is good news for GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of ring-fenced funding for multi-campus institutions is positive news for GMIT, according to Galway East TD Sean Canney. The Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief welcomed the funding, which will amount to an additional €250,000 per annum per institution …” (more)

[Micheál Ó Maoileoin, Galway Daily, 20 July]

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Refunds controversy shines light on quality of third-level learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students were left without basic equipment. Printers were faulty for months on end. The outdated studio regularly broke down – and when it did work, the quality was poor. Students reported little or no feedback on assignments they handed in for the first semester and had to request them in order to get an idea of how they were performing …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Galway students refunded after complaints about course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of postgraduate journalism students at NUI Galway have received refunds worth thousands of euro over several years on foot of complaints over the quality of the course, it has emerged. The university’s complaints board upheld complaints and found they stemmed from issues such as difficulties replacing staff on sick leave and a poor standard of specialist equipment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 July]

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Are universities finally moving towards their #MeToo moment?

Posted in Legal issues on July 31st, 2018 by steve

“It’s a sad truth in the science world that hierarchical structures have permitted harassment to thrive. Inherent power imbalances between supervisor and PhD student or between professor and postdoc make an informal challenge to inappropriate behaviour terrifying. And it can feel career-threatening to the victim, since one’s research outputs and letters of reference are likely to be damaged …” (more)

[Athene Donald, Guardian, 27 July]

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Limerick facing escalating student accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Figures published by the Department of Education indicate that Limerick could be facing an escalating student accommodation crisis, as the demand for beds is expected to outnumber current supply by more than 2,169 students by next year …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 July]

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NUIG apologises over ‘major problems’ with journalism course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The incoming Head of Journalism at NUI Galway has apologised to students over what he called ‘major problems’ in the BA Journalism course at the university. Current third and fourth year students in the course are to receive a refund of one years tuition fees after a complaint relating to the standard of the course was upheld …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 July]

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Trinity reverses decision to increase fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College has agreed to reverse proposed 5% fee increases for international and postgraduate students following outcry from students. Following fee hikes for international and postgraduate students last week, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) held a meeting with College this morning to discuss the fee increases …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 July]

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Lawless urges Government to commit to CERN membership

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development James Lawless TD has called on the Government to begin the process of joining CERN. Deputy Lawless made the comments after meeting with CERN Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis in Dublin earlier today …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 July]

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Government Launch New €5m Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today Monday 30th July launched the new Higher Education and Innovation Fund for which up to €5m is available for investment in 2018. The innovation fund is part of the additional €100m which the government are investing in higher education since 2016 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 July]

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‘Critical’ need for investment in institutes of technology

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

Ireland“The State’s cash-strapped institutes of technology say they need up to €400 million over the next five years if they are prove fit for purpose to meet the needs of a growing number of students. The representative body for the 14 institutes of technology says some colleges are in a financially vulnerable position and require investment to protect the quality of education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Student fees refunded on concern over quality of course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of journalism students at NUI Galway have been refunded their fees due to concerns over the quality of the course they were studying. Between 30 and 40 third- and fourth-year students on the undergraduate journalism programme have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Working conditions for archaeologists

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Archaeology in University College Cork wishes to express strong support for the position currently being taken by the trade union Unite in seeking better pay and working conditions for commercial archaeologists in Ireland (‘Archaeologists seek “appropriate” pay after site walk-off’, News, July 9th) …” (more)

[William O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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It Would Be Unwise for College to Underestimate Take Back Trinity Again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College had finally settled down for the summer after an overwhelming year of student protests when it emerged this week that some international students had been charged an unexpected five per cent increase in fees. Bewilderment is what followed …” (more)

[University Times, 29 July]

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Republicans and Democrats Both Think Higher Ed’s on the Wrong Track – for Very Different Reasons

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

“Most Americans aren’t fond of where higher education in the United States is headed, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. To learn why, the results say, find out a person’s political party. The findings, announced on Thursday, said about 61% of Americans think higher education is moving in the wrong direction …” (more)

[Emma Pettit, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 July]

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South East’s ‘Missing Generation’

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

Ireland“An independent report examining the economic performance of the South-East claims there is a ‘missing generation’ from the region, with the recovery in its economy now ‘running out of steam’. The South East Economic Monitor, prepared by academics from Waterford Institute of Technology, makes the case that the counties of Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Carlow are all lagging behind their counterparts elsewhere …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 25 July]

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USI condemns TCD attempt to break international and postgrad fees agreement

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is deeply concerned that senior management in Trinity College Dublin may have reneged on an agreement with their Students’ Union that guaranteed that international non-EU and postgraduate multi-year fees would not rise …” (more)

[USI, 27 July]

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The other millennium bug

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago I was watching a YouTube clip of a fairly well-known Irish educationalist. When asked what they wished for the future of education, the education expert in question said they wished for the education system to be agile, resilient and to have a growth mindset. I was genuinely shocked because what was being said was utterly meaningless – and it was coming from a senior academic …” (more)

[Greg Foley, The Optimitic Educator, 28 July]

University of Limerick whistleblowers call on Mary Harney to intervene in dispute

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

“Two whistleblowers from the University of Limerick’s finance department have called on Mary Harney, the UL chancellor and former Tánaiste, to intervene in a dispute which has now dragged on for more than three years. The two women have also released the text of an apology made to them by UL in March …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 27 July]

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Trinity professor and driving force behind the modern St James’s Hospital

Posted in Life on July 28th, 2018 by steve

“The genial, Scottish-born, Trinity College professor and former vice-provost Ian Howie, who has died just two months before his 90th birthday, will be remembered not only for his immense contribution to the Dublin university but also for his outstanding work in a voluntary capacity elsewhere …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 July]

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