University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish university ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 September]

Tags: , ,

University of Limerick students union alerted to incident of ‘harassment and intimidation’ on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick’s students’ union has been alerted to a serious incident in women exercising on campus were ‘harassed and intimidated’ by a group of men this Monday night …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

Tags: ,

‘President Deeks is evicting us’ – UCD staff launch bid to save Staff Common Room

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the UCD Common Room Club held an EGM last night, Tuesday 11th September, to discuss the proposed closure of the Newman-based members-only club. The Common Room, which has 900 members made up of academic and administrative staff and has been operating since 1975, was served with notice to quit on 21st December 2018 …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 12 September]

Tags: ,

Should a university aim to be a for-profit institution?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘This strategic plan sets out to secure Trinity’s future so that it will continue to play its pivotal role in helping Ireland to become a most productive place in which to invent, work and learn and a most civilised place in which to live and contribute to local and global society.’ This statement, set out in Trinity’s published Strategic Plan for the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, lays out the ideals of the university and thereby its commitment to uphold its educational promise to its students …” (more)

[Niamh Meyer, Trinity News, 11 September]

Tags: , ,

English grades are ‘back to normal’ in Junior Cert results

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than 62,000 Junior Cert students are celebrating their results today, although many middle-ground students will be disappointed there is no repeat of the bumper share-out of ‘honours’ grades that marked the introduction of the new-style English written exam last year. At English higher level, there was a slight increase in the proportion of candidates achieving a ‘distinction’ – the equivalent of a traditional A – while the number awarded a ‘higher merit’ (75-90%) is broadly similar to last year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

Tags:

‘Don’t be a d*ck’ – Flyer encouraging University of Limerick students to stay safe during Freshers’ Week goes viral

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leaflet encouraging students at University of Limerick (UL) to stay safe has gone viral on Twitter for its humorous slang. Students are warned to avoid ‘throwing shapes in public’ and to make sure they ‘obey the shades’ (Gardai) on a night where they may be drinking …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 11 September]

Tags: , ,

‘Adderall’s quite popular in Trinity’: an interview with a student drug dealer

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mike dealt for almost an entire year. When asked about how it all started, he had the classic story of students roped into the illegal drug market: ‘First off I didn’t want to get into it, but my smoking habit had grown far out of reach of my budget … my dealer suggested I start to sell for him and that’s how it began’. Soon after, he was supplying drugs and at one point he had about 150 clients. Most were students with a few exceptions: ‘MDMA, LSD, and a shit tonne of weed in many different strains. Weed was always by far the most popular’ …” (more)

[Mary-Rose Beamish, Trinity News, 11 September]

Tags: ,

I have my PhD, but what is the value of a university education?

Posted in Teaching on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Four years ago in this newspaper, I wrote an article about falling in love with a man; a man who died in 1677. In March of this year, I wrote another piece about that man, the philosopher Baruch Spinoza. At that point, I was a month away from submitting my doctoral thesis in philosophy, which was heavily influenced by and including Spinoza, and I had fallen out of love with him …” (more)

[Laura Kennedy, Irish Times, 12 September]

Tags: