Head of technological university to get free accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Free accommodation is to be provided, along with a €186,000-plus salary, for the president of Ireland’s first technological university – but the location will only be decided after the person is selected. The position was advertised last week ahead of the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convened a major higher education workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in Third Level Education at Dublin Castle

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education has today (4th October 2018) brought together higher education representatives, students unions and other stakeholders for a workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in third level education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 October]

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Publishers Escalate Legal Battle Against ResearchGate

Posted in Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“ResearchGate, a popular for-profit academic social network that makes it easy to find and download research papers, is facing increasing pressure from publishers to change the way it operates. On Tuesday, the American Chemical Society and Elsevier, two large academic publishers, launched a second legal battle against the Berlin-based social networking site – this time not in Europe, but in the US …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 4 October]

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Protestors confront Tánaiste at UCC over housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tensions around the housing crisis reached boiling point in Cork on Monday night after protestors interrupted a Brexit briefing from Tanaiste Simon Coveney. Security had to be called to a lecture theatre in University College Cork last night after a heated discussion on housing between the Tanaiste and members of the Connolly Youth Movement …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 October]

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EMS: Engineering, maths and sexism

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Usually, when one thinks of sexism in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), one might think of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell being overlooked for the Nobel Prize, or the joke about Francis Bacon’s sister being behind his work, or Hedy Lamarr being remembered as a beautiful actress but not as a talented inventor …” (more)

[Molly McCrory, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Grants

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): I thank the Minister of State with responsibility for this issue for coming before the House today. I want to raise the issue of the defunding of the INFANT research centre, a perinatal healthcare centre in University College Cork. It is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that is led by female investigators and the only one of its kind in the State. The centre deals specifically with ensuring better health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and babies, both in utero and after birth …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 3 October]

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Protest at Queen’s University over degree honour for Hillary Clinton

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“A protest is planned against Hillary Clinton’s visit to Belfast next week. The former US Secretary of State will be presented with an honorary degree from Queen’s University on Wednesday. She will be recognised for her ‘exceptional public service in the USA and globally’, and her ‘outstanding’ contribution to peace and reconciliation here …” (more)

[Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph, 4 October]

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‘Sokal Squared’: Is Huge Publishing Hoax ‘Hilarious and Delightful’ or an Ugly Example of Dishonesty and Bad Faith?

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“Reactions to an elaborate academic-journal hoax, dubbed ‘Sokal Squared’ by one observer, came fast and furious on Wednesday. Some scholars applauded the hoax for unmasking what they called academe’s leftist, victim-obsessed ideological slant and low publishing standards. Others said it had proved nothing beyond the bad faith and dishonesty of its authors …” (more)

[Alexander Kafka, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 October]

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Exams body said student’s appeal case ‘self-serving’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The case brought by Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter was described as ‘self-serving’ by the State Examinations Commission as it fought her bid to secure a college place. New details have emerged of the lengths the State went to in an effort to stop Ms Carter winning her High Court case …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 October]

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Taoiseach: University ‘will open next year’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar East recently to discuss progress hopes to see a university up and running in Waterford next year. He told guests at the Carlow Business Awards last week that it would be the country’s second technological university. ‘The new University of Technology for Dublin will be established in January next year’ …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor on consent: If no means no and yes means yes, where does the confusion lie?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“If no means no and yes means yes, where does the confusion lie? Why does it feel like we are in the trenches in the gender wars? The fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has resulted in ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ entering the vernacular …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TheJournal.ie, 4 October]

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UCD staff divided over €14m staff club

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Divisions have emerged in UCD between staff and students over the building of a private staff club costing €14 million on campus. The club was given approval by UCD’s governing authority in December and will not be open for student use. The club is expected to be used for a clubhouse and restaurant for academics, alumni and visitors …” (more)

[Ellen Fitzpatrick, The College View, 3 October]

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