Mary McAleese appointed professor at University of Glasgow

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Former President Mary McAleese is to become a Professor of Children, Law and Religion at the University of Glasgow. The post is a joint appointment between the College of Arts and College of Social Sciences at the university. She will take up her position during the 2018/2019 academic year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 October]

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‘Physics built by men’: CERN suspends scientist over ‘offensive’ address

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

“Europe’s physics lab CERN has suspended a scientist over a lecture that suggested physics was ‘built by men’ and accused women of demanding specialist jobs without suitable qualifications …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 October]

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Rebecca Carter welcomed to cheers on first day as UCD vet student

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Wexford student Rebecca Carter admitted feeling extra nervous about her first day studying veterinary medicine at UCD on Monday morning given the large media coverage of her case …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Mystifying Application Process Stops Women Running for Fellowship

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An application process that is ‘shrouded in mystery’ discourages women for applying to become Fellows, resulting in a disproportionately low percentage of female Fellows in College, according to Dr Eileen Drew, the Director of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 1 October]

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SFI decision to pull funding from INFANT centre follows ‘robust’ process

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said its decision not to provide a new round of funding for a high-profile research centre was made following a robust process. SFI has decided not to provide a new round of funding to the University College Cork-based INFANT centre once its current allocation comes to an end next year, RTÉ reported on Monday …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 1 October]

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DIT Receives Athena Swan Award for Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and for bringing about organisational and cultural change within the Institute …” (more)

[THEA, 28 September]

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The mental and physical health cost of higher education

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s not controversial to say that education is a boon to society. We dedicate years of our life to learning valuable skills which we then in turn use to benefit ourselves and those around us. But more and more we are seeing how the stress and immense pressure created by education, especially higher education, is having a severely detrimental effect on students …” (more)

[Mark Doran, University Observer, 1 October]

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Analysis: Compulsory Irish review shines light on ‘sacred cow’ of education

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last year more than 1,000 pupils from abroad were able to secure exemptions from studying Irish in the run-up to the Leaving Cert. Significantly, the proportion of students availing of this opt-out peaked dramatically in fifth year, when the Leaving Cert curriculum begins …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Accountants to be fast-tracked from college to meet graduate shortfall

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new fast-track system for accountancy graduates has been introduced to help meet the intense demand for new hires. Certified Professional Accountants Ireland (CPAI) has reached agreements with 12 third-level institutions including Trinity College Dublin, the National College of Ireland, University College Cork, University of Limerick, and the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 30 September]

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No need to pay more teachers to correct exams – Bruton

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education has said he will not have to pay more teachers to correct Leaving Cert exam papers to speed up the correction process. Richard Bruton made the comments following a court case by an 18-year-old student who wanted to get a marking mistake in her Leaving Cert exam fixed in time for her to go to university …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 September]

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Here we go again: the THE citations indicator

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

International“The latest THE world rankings have just been announced. For most of the indicators there are few surprises. There are more universities from Japan in the rankings. Oxford is first, followed by Cambridge. The USA contributes the largest number of top universities. China rises steadily. India is as usual is a disappointment …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 1 October]

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College relocates student resident due to bed bugs

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College has relocated a student previously residing in Botany Bay to House Eight following the presence of bed bugs in his original accommodation …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 September]

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A ‘Dignity and Respect’ Policy is Hardly the Place for Sexual Assault

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The news that three first-year students from Cork had been raped since the start of term rightly sent shockwaves through the country. Jolted into action, the government took the decision to create a forum on student sexual assault – a gesture that is not only long overdue, but arguably not enough …” (more)

[University Times, 30 September]

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Irish may become compulsory for students from abroad

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from abroad may be obliged to study Irish in school under new measures being considered by Department of Education officials. At present, there are opt-outs available for studying Irish for pupils who have been abroad for a period of time or for students who say they have no understanding of English …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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