The Road to Nowhere

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford’s fight for university status is old news. A letter to the Waterford News & Star, dated February 16 1945, read ‘I was delighted to learn that there are good prospects of founding a University in Waterford …'” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 5 October]

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Gender-bias in Academia: The Case Strumia

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

“Dr Alessandro Strumia is a physicist working at CERN, where he is Principal Investigator of an ERC Advanced research grant on the topic ‘Understanding the mass scales in nature’, ie, he spends your tax money on the kind of research that I criticize in my book. He also recently published an analysis of publication and citation-rates in his field …” (more)

[Sabine Hossenfelder, Backreaction, 5 October]

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UK universities hiring ‘superstar’ professors to boost research rankings

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

“British universities are imitating Premier League football clubs by poaching ‘superstar’ talent, rewarding an elite group of professors with higher pay in order to boost their research rankings, according to a study …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 5 October]

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Trinity Must Work Harder to Make Its Graduates Employable

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recently, QS Rankings released its annual list of the top 500 universities, ranked in order of the employability of their graduates. At first glance, this seemed to present good news for Trinity, as it improved on the previous year’s rank in this category …” (more)

[Paddy Mockler, University Times, 4 October]

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Report: universities called on to do more to support students reporting sexual harassment complaints

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 5th, 2018 by steve

“UK universities need to do more to avoid ‘failing sexual harassment victims’, according to a new report, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst fund …” (more)

[Out-Law.com, 5 October]

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South East Employers Back Bid for TU Status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) met with political representatives in the South East on Wednesday last to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Munster Express, 4 October]

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Female STEM students unaware of their job options

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recent research conducted among undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at the University of Limerick has revealed that almost one third are not aware of the types of jobs they could apply for once they graduate …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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Government investment in Research and Development amounts to over €750m in 2018 – Minister Halligan

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has welcomed the latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D) published today by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which show that over €750m is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 5 October]

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Internal vs external promotion, part two: seven advantages of internal promotion, plus some general tips for both

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

“In the second and final part of a series considering the relative merits of pursuing internal or external promotions, Anne-Wil Harzing sets out why seeking advancement internally might be a more attractive option, again highlighting seven specific reasons. The series concludes with some more general tips for promotion applications, including how to harness your experience submitting to academic journals …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 5 October]

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Solas chief executive to head Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Solas, the State body with responsibility for further education and training, has been appointed as the new head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Paul O’Toole takes over the authority from Dr Graham Love, who resigned amid claims within the agency that it was being ‘micromanaged’ by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Paul O’Toole appointed as Interim HEA CEO

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul O’Toole as interim Chief Executive Officer with effect from the end of this month, October 2018. Mr O’Toole joins the HEA following completion of his term of office as Chief Executive of Solas …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 5 October]

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Finance director role ‘gone’ after shake-up of management at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has confirmed it has removed the position of director of finance at the university as part of a ‘systematic restructuring’ of its senior management model …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 5 October]

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Sexual consent classes needed across all of third level, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sexual consent classes for students should be embedded across all third level colleges, according to the Minister of State for Higher Education. Mary Mitchell O’Connor told a forum of higher education representatives that she was ‘appalled’ at the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault among students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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