Limerick IT president challenges the ‘current blueprint’ for third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Limerick Institute of Technology has challenged the current blueprint for third level education, as he revealed that 95% of last year’s LIT graduating class either went directly into employment or on further study. At the opening 2018 conferring ceremony in the LIT Moylish Campus this Wednesday, Professor Vincent Cunnane questioned whether the Government’s Hunt Report, first published in 2011, was still relevant for the sector and the challenges it now faces …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 31 October]

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Analysis: Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2017

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results for student-faculty engagement have further improved in 2017, according to the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, and could have stemmed from greater focus on specific aspects of the student experience. One quarter of STEM students report that their coursework emphasized applying facts, theories or methods to practical problems or new situations …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 31 October]


Universities are a bargaining chip in the Brexit free-trade future

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

“Higher education – although clearly not a government priority – is becoming a potentially powerful bargaining chip as the UK considers its future outside the EU. Anne Corbett (LSE) examines the May government’s proposal to treat higher education as a sweetener for free trade deals, an idea that is likely to have life in it whatever the immediate Brexit outcome …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 31 October]

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INTO reject latest government pay offer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have rejected the latest government pay offer. 53% voted against the proposal on salaries for ‘new entrant’ teachers …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 30 October]

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Why students feel so vulnerable

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2018 by steve

“I wasn’t at all surprised to read reports this week about more and more university students seeking mental-health support. Apparently the number has increased by more than 50% in the past five years in the UK. My research suggests that young people’s quest for identity has become entwined with ideas of emotional fragility and vulnerability …” (more)

[Frank Furedi, spiked, 31 October]


Developers looking to increase apartments at Lough development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The developer behind controversial plans to build student apartments at The Lough has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to dramatically increase the size of the project. The construction of apartments for 320 student beds at The Lough was approved in August, despite fierce local opposition …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 30 October]

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University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Dundalk IT staff consider strike over understaffing and overcrowded classrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are considering a strike as the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) ballots members on industrial action due to understaffing and overcrowded classrooms. The industrial action follows discussions with management regarding understaffing, according to Chairperson of the DkIT branch of TUI, Kenneth Sloane …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 30 October]

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UL president hopes that ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has ‘a sharp focus’ on ensuring ‘very grave matters are dealt with fully and finally’ at the university, the UL president has told staff. In a letter to staff this Tuesday morning, Dr Des Fitzgerald updated his UL colleagues on changes made at the university, ahead of the publication of a special report carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 30 October]

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110% Increase in Non-EU Students Attending Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After major internationalisation efforts in College, the number of non-EU students studying in Trinity more than doubled between 2011/12 and 2017/18, The University Times has learned. A memorandum circulated to Finance Committee by Trinity’s Vice-President for Global Relations, Juliet Hussey, showed that College had achieved 98.5% of its target …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 30 October]

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Far From a ‘Whole Island’ University, Trinity Needs to Up its Non-Leinster Game

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“For some time now, Trinity has considered itself a champion of accessibility – and, it must be acknowledged, with some degree of justification. In the last decade, through initiatives like the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), the College has managed to partially overturn a centuries-old reputation for trenchant elitism – inspiring in the process similar strategies in Oxford and Cambridge …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]


UNICEF highlights education inequalities among children

Posted in Research on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland ranks second among the 41 wealthiest countries of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development at reducing educational inequality, according to UNICEF. Despite the positive findings, the research ‘An Unfair Start: Inequality in Children’s Education in Rich Countries’ says substantial gaps still exist between the best and worst performing students …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 October]

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The legacy of UCD’s ‘gentle revolution’

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In Paris, May 1968, a student protest over university reform drew a heavy-handed response from the authorities, leading to widespread worker strikes. Indeed, the entire decade was a time of change and turmoil: in Pakistan, Poland, the US, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Italy and the UK, students were in the vanguard of a movement demanding civil rights and radical social and political change …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 30 October]


‘Essay mills’ offering bespoke assignments to students to be made illegal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Websites offering bespoke essays to those in third level education are to be made illegal. New laws are being introduced to make cheating more difficult for students who are ‘gaming the system’. It will also be an offence if a person or company advertises the provision of these essay mill services …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 October]

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Is THE going to reform its methodology?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

International“An article by Duncan Ross in Times Higher Education (THE) suggests that the World University Rankings are due for repair and maintenance. He notes that these rankings were originally aimed at a select group of research orientated world class universities but THE is now looking at a much larger group that is likely to be less internationally orientated, less research based and more concerned with teaching …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 29 October]


Are Mirror Journals a Better Path to the Open Access Flip?

Posted in Research on October 29th, 2018 by steve

“Once seen as the gateway to full open access (OA), hybrid journals have either been wildly successful or a total failure. A hybrid journal is when authors can publish a paper in a subscription journal and choose to make it OA, typically by paying an article processing charge (APC). If the goal of hybrid OA was to facilitate a global flip to full OA, the goal has, at least so far, failed after decades of trying …” (more)

[Angela Cochran, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor leads Education Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education is today embarking on an education mission to the United Arab Emirates (30th October to 1st November). The Minister will meet with a number of key partners, including her counterpart, HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 October]

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‘Graduate students’ experiences of plagiarism by their professors’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: This study expands the inquiry about an egregious form of academic misconduct. Participants consist of graduate students who reported a violation of academic integrity because a professor plagiarised their academic work. Based on data collected through interviews and documents, interpretative phenomenological analysis is used to examine participants’ experiences. A key research finding of relevance to Higher Education policy is: individuals in positions of authority failed to resolve the reports. This study calls for more education about authorship. Equally important, universities need clear reporting procedures and protections for students when they report academic violations.

Kimberly D Becker, Graduate students’ experiences of plagiarism by their professors, Higher Education Quarterly. First published: 29 October 2018.

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Over 75% of New Trinity Students From Dublin or Leinster

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than three quarters of new entrants to Trinity in 2016/17 came from either Dublin or another county in Leinster, according to a report compiled by Academic Registry. The report, which was delivered by the Senior Dean at a meeting of University Council, showed that 79% of incoming Trinity students in 2016 were from Leinster …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 28 October]