Plan to rent student housing during Pope visit to be investigated

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council is investigating an alleged breach of planning permission after student housing was advertised to the public for €170 per night during the Pope’s visit to Ireland. Dorset Point, a block of 447 bedrooms on Dorset Street owned by Aparto, is being rented to tourists throughout the summer …” (more)

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Engineering body concerned at number of students sitting Leaving Cert STEM subjects

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The representative body for engineers in Ireland has raised concerns over the number of students sitting STEM subjects in this year’s Leaving Cert, saying 2018 has not seen a marked increase for the first time in several years. Results obtained from the State Examinations Commission has shown that almost one-third of Leaving Certificate students sat the higher-level mathematics paper in 2018, a figure that has more than doubled when compared to 2011 …” (more)

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Despite becoming increasing institutionalised, there remains a lack of discourse about research metrics among much of academia

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The active use of metrics in everyday research activities suggests academics have accepted them as standards of evaluation, that they are ‘thinking with indicators’. Yet when asked, many academics profess concern about the limitations of evaluative metrics and the extent of their use. Why is there such a discrepancy between principle and practices pertaining to metrics? …” (more)

[Lai Ma, LSE Impact Blog, 15 August]


Confucius Institute closed at US university amid concerns about Chinese influence on campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2018 by steve

“The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest US college to do so amid criticism from US legislators that China uses the institute to influence American higher education …” (more)

[South China Morning Post, 15 August]

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GMIT is ‘functioning as normal’ although president on sick leave

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says it is ‘functioning as normal’ although its president, Dr Fergal Barry, is on extended leave. The third-level college, which is due to become a technology university with its Sligo and Letterkenny partners, has declined to comment on claims that it has received correspondence from legal representatives for Dr Barry …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 August]

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More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 3,700 students have failed their Leaving Cert maths papers, effectively locking them out of many third-level courses which require a pass as a basic entry requirement. The bulk of those who failed to secure a pass grade sat the ordinary-level paper where the failure rate was just under 10% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 August]

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‘Universities to blame’ for profiteering essay mills

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

“I’ve written here quite a few times now, including most recently here but also here, about the corrosive effect of the profiteering essay mill industry and the growing threat it represents to the integrity of UK higher education …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 14 August]

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Increase in students opting for higher level papers

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results of the 2018 Leaving Cert indicate an increase in the number and percentage of students opting for higher level papers. This trend is driven in part by the movement downwards from 40% to 30% of what constitutes a failure in the eyes of third-level colleges, and many students have responded to this change by opting to study higher level subjects …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 August]

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