Government investment in Higher Education to triple

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Capital investment in higher education is to be nearly trebled as part of Project Ireland 2040. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced today a large increase in education investment under Project Ireland 2040, a €116 billion investment and development plan …” (more)

[Shauna Bannon Ward, Trinity News, 14 September]

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Accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak’ according to SU President

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union president, Megan Reilly, told SIN this week that the student accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak point’. The comments come ahead of the union’s upcoming ‘Crisis Campout’ protest, which is being planned in conjunction with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s Students’ Union and the One Galway initiative …” (more)

[Graham Gillespie, SIN, 13 September]

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Not all academics are comfortable with the idea of open peer review

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2018 by steve

“There are many arguments in favour of open peer review, from anticipated improvements to the speed and quality of reviews brought about by the greater accountability, through to the likely reduction in unfair or illogical decisions because of the system’s transparency. Despite this, not all academics are comfortable with open peer review and remain fearful of their comments and views being subject to public scrutiny …” (more)

[Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, LSE Impact Blog, 14 September]

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Parents will not be fooled by Government spin on education – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has called on the Government to focus on honouring its existing education commitments. Deputy Byrne made the comments following the latest Government announcement where it pledged to increase capital spending on education over the next decade …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 September]

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Absent NUI Galway employee paid €90k by college during leave

Posted in Legal issues on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A staff member at NUI Galway was paid more than €90,000 while absent on grounds that did not meet the university’s own rules around payments for sabbatical leave. The person was one of an unknown number with whom NUI Galway concluded employment-related settlements in the 2016-17 financial year. The university’s financial statements for the year to the end of last September said those settlements cost it €134,000, including severances …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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Trinity Business School construction to conclude in March

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Construction on Trinity’s new business school is expected to finish in March, Provost Patrick Prendergast has announced. In his address at Blackhall Place, ‘A vision for Trinity and Dublin’, Prendergast also outlined that Trinity has invested €80m in the project, composed of €20m from philanthropic donations and €60m in investment and loans …” (more)

[Thea Lawler, Trinity News, 13 September]

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Taoiseach and Ministers Announce €11.9 billion Investment in Education as part of Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“70% increase in school building budget. Capital investment in Higher Education to be almost trebled. First dedicated capital budget for Further Education and Training. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD, the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 September]

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‘I have a sense that it’s probably quite bad … but because I don’t see it, I don’t know’: Lad culture in higher education

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2018 by steve

“Lad culture in English universities is often perceived by university staff as involving ‘extreme’ behaviour and as being carried out by only a handful of ‘bad apples’ rather than as a widespread culture that fosters gender-based harassment and violence. But new research, led by Lancaster University, says this perception stems from various factors, including many staff having limited understandings of lad culture which reflect the way it is portrayed in the media …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 13 September]

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Students to protest over ‘breaking point’ rent levels

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will next week protest outside a new student accommodation building in Cork over the housing crisis and its impact on those pursuing third-level education. The joint demonstration by UCC and CIT students’ unions will follow a separate housing protest set to take place in Cork tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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‘Dysfunctional’ Religion Schools Become One

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After a complex, protracted process that faced resistance from some of those involved, three ‘dysfunctional’ Trinity schools of religion have merged to become the unified School of Religion. Under the changes to the structure of the confederal schools of religion, a new single-honours undergraduate degree in religion is set to replace other existing courses …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 13 September]

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