We Need More Men in the Humanities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Around the turn of the millennium, American society realized a looming crisis: the lack of female representation in STEM fields. But today we are witnessing a crisis of male leadership in a variety of workplaces. From the president to CEOs of major companies to actors and power players in Hollywood, the past several months have exposed the toxic work environments they preside over or worsen in scandal after scandal …” (more)

[Christine Henseler, Inside Higher Ed, 2 October]

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Should universities tell students how to take drugs safely?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Sheffield Students’ Union has hit the headlines for publishing advice on how to take illegal drugs safely. But should universities focus on stopping students taking drugs in the first place? …” (more)

[Becky Morton, BBC News, 2 October]

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International students and the GNIB

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – The thousands of international research students at UCD share the frustration of scheduling an appointment with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The only option is to go through the online system, entering name, purpose for stay (study), nationality, and passport number …” (more)

[Carl Bindenagel, Irish Times, 2 October]

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University of Limerick welcomes almost 3,000 international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick will welcome almost 3,000 international students to campus this year, as part of a programme the university estimates is worth more than €21 million to the region …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 1 October]

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High earners hit worst by austerity tax hikes, survey shows

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“A decade on from the dawn of the financial crisis, households across the State still bear the scars of the years of austerity that followed. Decisions to introduce the universal social charge (USC), a levy on public-service pensions and the local property tax, and to cut benefits such as children’s allowance and abolish the PRSI ceiling, continue to have a lingering effect on our disposable income …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 2 October]

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For International Students, the Recent Re-Entry Visa Reform Is an Unnecessary Stress

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The recent change to Ireland’s re-entry visa process, namely the discontinuation of the online appointment system, unnecessarily re-complicates a system that until now, was moving in the right direction. It reflects a fundamental misjudgement on the part of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), and could have a knock-on effect for Ireland’s recruitment capabilities …” (more)

[Jake Gilchrist, University Times, 1 October]

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Creating a 21st century, dyslexia-friendly university

Posted in Teaching on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Widening participation and greater support for disabled students has led to an increased participation of dyslexic students in higher education – from 1% of all students in 1996-97 to 6% in 2016-17 …” (more)

[Abi James, Wonkhe, 1 October]