‘That’s me sorted for the Listowel Races!’ wrote student showing charity cheque

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“St Vincent de Paul cancels cheque it gave student to secure college place after message posted on Instagram. An ‘act of bravado’ by a college student has seen a cheque he received from St Vincent de Paul to secure his college place being cancelled. The young man had told a specially convened conference of a St Vincent de Paul education committee in Kerry that he would lose his place in college if he did not get emergency funding …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Times, 10 September]

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NUIG Freshers to partake in consent workshops

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) are to run the first ever consent workshops at two of their student residences, Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. Organised by the NUI Galway Smart Consent Programme, over 40 trained volunteers will participate in the education of sexual consent to first year students …” (more)

[Caroline Boyle, Trinity News, 10 September]

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Students Plan Trump Protest

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students are ‘likely’ to protest US President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November, according to leaders of students’ unions and activist groups. In an email statement to The University Times, the President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Síona Cahill said …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 10 September]

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Linguistic analysis reveals the hidden details of research grant proposal peer review reports

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2018 by steve

“Despite peer review panels being the most common way of selecting applicants for research funding, little is known about how selections are made. New methods for large-scale text analysis allow for review panels’ written reports to be analysed and studied for patterns. Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström show how the frequency of positive and negative evaluation words correlate with applicants’ final scores …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 10 September]

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The Logic Behind the IUA’s U-Turn on Student Loans is Not So Sound

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Less than 18 months ago, Ned Costello, the then-CEO of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), told The University Times that a student loan scheme was the best solution to the higher education sector’s intractable funding problem. The heads of each of the seven universities were unanimous on the issue – and, as the representative body of Ireland’s universities, it was up to the IUA to see that it be implemented …” (more)

[University Times, 9 September]

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Students at Ireland’s Newest University Could Wait a Decade for Their Union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The process of merging the three students’ unions at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) into a single union for the new Technological University Dublin could take 10 years, former union officers have warned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 September]

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College students still flock to €750-a-month room … where six months’ rent must be paid upfront

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just days before the latest bunch of first years arrive at third-level campuses across the country, there is a steady flow of teenagers and parents to Michael Hogan’s house. The landlord has two rental properties in Limerick. One is already let for the upcoming academic year and Mr Hogan was busy when the Sunday Independent visited him last Thursday during an open viewing at his second house …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 9 September]

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Smurfit business school’s MSc ranked seventh in world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A global survey ranks University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s MSc in international management at seventh in the world …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 September]

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USI Has Stepped Off the Anti-Fees Pedal, and May End Up Regretting It

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This year isn’t the first time that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has decided against holding its annual March for Education. In 2015, after the momentous victory of the yes side in the marriage equality referendum and with a general election on the horizon, the student movement also took a breather and opted to hold a national voter registration day in the march’s stead …” (more)

[University Times, 9 September]

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Rental scam targets students

Posted in Legal issues, Life on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I recently encountered a scam that requires highlighting. The demand for accommodation in towns and cities that house third-level institutions has left parents, desperate for suitable accommodation for their children commencing their college life, vulnerable to this scam …” (more)

[John Connolly, Irish Times, 10 September]

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