Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

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

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Assessing level of sexual assaults at college almost impossible

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Again, and again, the same issues arise for those who deal with sexual assault allegations involving third-level students: alcohol, a fear of reporting and a lack of understanding about sexual consent. So often do those issues appear that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to discover how bad the problem of sexual assaults now is in Irish third-level colleges …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Conor Gallagher and Daniel Comer, Irish Times, 25 September]

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Science and the value of broad horizons

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Patrick Prendergast’s article provides an excellent argument for the value of national investment in fundamental research (‘Fundamental research key to Irish culture of innovation’, Opinion and Analysis, September 24th). Advances in science, and in its applications, rarely come solely from brilliant individuals; rather they emerge from teams and networks, often crossing borders of nations and companies …” (more)

[Miles Parker, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Brexit deal: DCU institute to be backed by Grant Thornton

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Grant Thornton has signed a three-year deal to sponsor the DCU Brexit Institute. Under the partnership, Grant Thornton joins AIB and Arthur Cox as an official sponsor of the Institute at a time when Brexit negotiations are intensifying …” (more)

[Independent, 26 September]

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Terrible assaults emphasise the need for educational campaigns surrounding consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour spokesperson on Justice, and TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock has called on Minister Mitchell O’Connor to lay out a timeline for the delivery of promised compulsory consent classes in Irish Universities. This call follows reporting today of three incidents of rape of students in Cork in recent weeks …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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‘It’s an absolute and utter disgrace’ – Student denied place in veterinary medicine at UCD over Leaving Cert mark error

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An 18-year-old student whose Leaving Cert marks were wrongly totted up by an examiner says the error which has denied her a place in veterinary medicine at UCD is an ‘absolute and utter disgrace’ …” (more)

[Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh, Independent, 25 September]

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Provost’s Sway Over Board Under Scrutiny

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After years of concerns about the frequency of meetings, the supply of documents and the ‘dictatorial’ role of Provost Patrick Prendergast, Trinity is to carry out an internal review of the College Board, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 25 September]

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Funding options of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Investment in higher education is of paramount importance for every economy in order to maintain a productive, skilled workforce. With nearly 223,000 enrolments in various levels of higher education in 2016, it becomes imperative for Irish universities and colleges to have a directed and continuous flow of funds to support the system …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 25 September]

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Have you experienced sexual assault at third-level?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As three young female students report being raped in Cork, we want to hear from readers. Three young female students from University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have reported being raped in Cork since the start of September …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 September]

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€22 million manufacturing research centre to be hosted in UCD

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD have launched a new advanced manufacturing research centre which is to be hosted in UCD in partnership with 5 other higher education institutes …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 25 September]

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Reports of rape among ‘vulnerable’ first year students are ‘common’ and happen annually – rape crisis centres

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Rape crisis centres across the country have said that reports of rape and sexual assault among ‘vulnerable’ first year students during the first few weeks of college are common and are a re-occurring issue. Almost 50 students have reported incidents of rape and sexual assault in Galway in the last six months …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 25 September]

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Court told Leaving Cert error correction delay ‘unfair’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lawyers for an 18-year-old student, who claims she was denied a place in UCD to study veterinary medicine due to an error totting up marks in one of her Leaving Certificate papers, have told the High Court the decision not to rectify the issue immediately is irrational and unfair …” (more)

[Orla O’Donnell, RTÉ News, 25 September]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor travels to UK to meet higher education counterpart Minister Gyimah

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD today (Tuesday, 25 September) met with Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Gyimah to discuss current developments in higher education in Ireland and the UK …” (more)

[Department of Education of Skills, 25 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute secures €7m in Horizon 2020 funding

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As one of Europe’s leading research centres and Ireland’s national institute for high-tech hardware, Tyndall has been awarded over €7 million for research projects in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Three college students raped in Cork, say Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three teenage female college students have been raped in Cork since the start of the university term. Mary Crilly, the head of the city’s Sexual Violence Centre (SVC), revealed the shocking details of the assaults as she warned about ‘male predators’ who are targeting women as they leave pubs and nightclubs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Representatives of a long-past era?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

“For those readers not already familiar with him, let me introduce Professor Trevor McMillan. Professor McMillan is the Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, which he has led since 2015. But my interest in him here is prompted by his role as ‘framework champion’ of the soon-to-be introduced Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and as chair of the Framework Steering Group …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 September]

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TUI comment on proposal regarding new entrant pay

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“While this represents further movement, it won’t, of itself, deliver pay equality. Because the most significant difference in scales will still be in the initial career stage, the TUI’s concern about the crisis of teacher recruitment and retention remains. As a result, schools will continue to struggle – and in some cases fail – to recruit …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 September]

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Minister Bruton welcomes public sector deal on new entrant pay

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD welcomed the outcome of negotiations between the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on improvements to new entrant pay …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 September]

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The Importance of Taking Notes

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Well, term has officially started and the campus of Maynooth University is looking very busy. Taking a short break from the task of preparing notes and problem sets for the modules I’m teaching this term. I’ve just remembered an old post I did some time ago about lecture notes. I won’t repeat the entire content of my earlier discussion, but one of the main points …” (more)

[In the Dark, 24 September]

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Proposed new government deal which aims to end two-tier public sector salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“New entrants to the public service are to jump two points on their pay scale in a deal aimed at ending the row over two-tier salaries. The agreement will kick in from next March, when some staff will bypass two points on their scale in one go, while others will do it in two stages …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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