Universities and their pet projects

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Everyone claims there is a financial crisis in higher education. So two recent announcements made me pause for thought. Trinity’s announcement of a €1bn innovation campus and UCD’s announcement of a €48m innovation and creativity centre (or something) seem somewhat incongruous …” (more)

[Greg Foley, An Irish Blog about Education, 9 August]

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Andy Shenstone announced as Chair of the Technological University of South East Ireland Project

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The new Chair of TUSEI will play a really significant role in assisting the consortium to deliver a world-class university for the South East. The Technological University for the South-East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium today 19 July 2018 announced the appointment of Andy Shenstone as external Chair of the TUSE project steering Group …” (more)

[WIT, 8 August]

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The Brexit White Paper: what does it mean for higher education and research?

Posted in Research on August 9th, 2018 by steve

“While Theresa May pledged that ‘the days of sending vast sums of money to the EU’ are over, the UK is still very much under the illusion that the days of receiving large amounts of EU money in specific sectors are not. Hopes of an early deal allowing UK universities to remain among the highest beneficiaries of EU research funding programmes are vanishing quickly …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, CGHE, 9 August]

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UCD’s nod to Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was disappointed to read that UCD had selected a New York based firm of architects to develop a €48 million centre for creative design and new entrance to the campus (‘Giant’s Causeway-inspired building for UCD’, Olivia Kelly, Home News, August 7th) …” (more)

[Edward Peregrin, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Education for Leisure?

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sometime during the summer, about the time we were crossing the plains of Sto Helit on our way to the Ramtops for our summer vacation a memory passed through my mind. There is something about the M4 on a quiet sunny day that leads you to day dream. It can be dangerous, not least of all because you can lose concentration on the act of driving but mostly because you can have irrational memories. And I did …” (more)

[Foreseeing Academicals, 8 August]

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Is 18 too young for college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s generally accepted that the path from school to college is a direct one, but for some of the 55,000 secondary school graduates anxiously awaiting the results of the Leaving Cert next week, it might be worth considering a more circuitous route …” (more)

[Celine Naughton, Independent, 9 August]

Minister to turn first sod on €5m GMIT expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Business, Enterpise and Innovation Heather Humphreys will turn the sod on a multi-million euro expansion at GMIT at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. The college was granted planning permission earlier this year for an extension to it’s iHub innovation campus at Dublin Road …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 August]

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Planning delay to UCC student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A planning decision on a student accommodation project near University College Cork has been delayed as a number of details have to be clarified by the applicant. Cork City Council has asked Kevin Lynch for more information about the application to build a five-storey block containing around 120-bed spaces in 19 apartments …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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Preparing school leavers for college

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – By now we have become accustomed to employers complaining that our universities don’t prepare graduates for the workplace. Now academics are complaining that the Leaving Cert doesn’t prepare school-leavers for university (Home News, August 8th). But surely it is the job of employers to train new graduates and surely it is the job of the universities to …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 9 August]