Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there has never been a female university president in 426 years is a sign of how far the sector needs to go achieve gender equality, a Government Minister has said. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, said latest figures showed that while women made up half of the staff at third level, only a quarter of university professors were female …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes second stage in Seanad Éireann

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the completion of second stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann. This Bill will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 October]

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Why should the taxpayer fund misogyny in our universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Women in Irish universities make up 51% of those at lecturer level (the entry level for academic posts) but only 24% of those at full professorial level (the highest academic level). There has been an average of 1% increase per annum in women at full professorial level since 2013 …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Hillary Clinton warns NI peace is ‘fragile’ as she accepts honorary doctorate in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) at Queen’s University Belfast for her exceptional public service in the US and globally, and for her contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 October]

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Students left out in the cold in Budget 2019 – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said that students have been completely forgotten in this year’s budget once again. Teachta Funchion said: ‘Year after year, budget after budget, students undertaking third level education are on their own under the current Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 October]

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Govt still failing to meet R&D strategy expenditure targets

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland now appears further away than ever from meeting one of the key targets of its innovation strategy – significantly increased spending on research and development, according to new figures released by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 October]

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14 members of IT Tralee’s Academic Council resign citing failures to safeguard academic standards at the college

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“14 members of the Institute of Technology Tralee’s Academic Council have resigned citing concerns over academic standards. The 34 person council is made up of college management, heads of department and elected academic members of staff …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 October]

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WIT President excited by the ‘new Waterford’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has warned about the dangers of negative commentary emanating from Waterford city both in relation to the Technological University (TU) application process and the future of the city itself. ‘Negativity begets negativity’, Professor Willie Donnelly told The Munster Express …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 10 October]

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The time for technological higher education is here and now

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today’s budget statement sees an overall lift in higher education current expenditure enabled by the increase in the employer contribution under the National Training Levy. It’s not surprising then to see that the focus of the use of this funding is on programmes that are close to enterprise and that can be seen to have tangible economic and societal benefits …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, THEA, 9 October]

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Leaving Cert students get surprise upgrades over decision to allow different exam answer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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Higher Education needs Rainy Day Fund now not in future, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5 billion for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored, the Irish Federation University Teachers (IFUT) has stated. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 October]

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University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“A top UK university is planning a ‘unique’ post-Brexit arrangement with a German university in which staff will be appointed jointly by both institutions, with the aim of keeping access to EU research funding for UK academics. Imperial College London, ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, has signed a partnership with the Technical University of Munich …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 10 October]

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Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. The €674m includes €147m to meet pension and lump sum costs, a higher than usual allocation at this time …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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What the ‘Grievance Studies’ Hoax Means

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“Over the summer, the Wall Street Journal’s Jillian Kay Melchior became suspicious of a bizarre-sounding academic journal article, ‘Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon,’ published in the journal Gender, Place and Culture. She started investigating …” (more)

[Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 October]

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Late offers come after 1,453 exam upgrades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Several hundred CAO applicants can expect a late college offer as a result of Leaving Cert re-checks. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) process led to upgrades in 1,453 papers and many students will receive a new offer or their first offer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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The shoddy, absurd and unethical side of academia

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week, three academics – Helen Pluckrose, James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian – revealed a project they had been working on for a year. By writing 20 hoax articles, which they submitted to academic journals for peer review, they set out to show that ideology and poor scholarship abound in academic fields that they characterise as ‘grievance studies’ …” (more)

[Laura Kennedy, Irish Times, 10 October]

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