University of Limerick will remain open but weather warning will be monitored

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has announced the campus will remain open tomorrow, Friday, October 12, but the severity of the status Yellow weather warning in Limerick will be monitored. A status Yellow wind warning is in place for Limerick and 12 other counties from 11pm today due to the arrival of Storm Callum. The storm is expected to bring winds which will gust to between 90 and 110 km/h, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the winds …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 11 October]

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Business, Enterprise and Innovation Committee to discuss Irish membership of CERN

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s potential membership of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, will be discussed on Tuesday, Oct 16, at the Joint Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 11 October]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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IT Tralee rejects claim of failure to maintain Academic Standards at the college

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee management has rejected allegations of dysfunction on its Academic Council and insists it is maintaining the highest academic standards. The college was responding to the resignation of 14 members of the Academic Council who cited a lack of oversight of examination results and a failure to maintain exam standards …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 11 October]

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Thoughts on semesterisation

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Most Irish universities are now modularised and semesterised. Modularisation was largely an exercise in repackaging but there are good reasons to believe that semesterisation has fundamentally changed the way students learn and not, perhaps, for the better. There is plenty of evidence in the cognitive science and education literature that we retain content in our long term memory only if we revisit it multiple times. We rapidly forget that which we only study once …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 11 October]

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Forum-Funded report on the Use of Technology in Assessment Published Today by Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new report, on the use of technology for assessment by academic staff in higher education, was launched today (Wednesday 10 October) by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD. The report was written by Trinity researchers, Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, and was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, to provide insight and transparency into this critical issue in education …” (more)

[National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 10 October]

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Student march highlights lack of mental health support services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rightful entitlement to democratic freedom of expression was reflected on the streets of Athlone on Wednesday afternoon when students from Athlone Institute of Technology marched, in peaceful protest mode, from the education establishment to Burgess Park in the centre of town, expressing their immense dissatisfaction at the lack of funding allocated to third level institution mental health counselling services …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 11 October]

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Staff in institutes of technology to take industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff in institutes of technology around the country are to begin industrial action next week, the trade union Fórsa has said. The union said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Government Launches Trinity Report on Technology in Assessment

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today launched a Trinity report on use of technology for assessment by academic staff. Carried out by Trinity researchers Dr Ann Devitt and Dr Mairead Brady, the report was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education …” (more)

[Jordan Nann, University Times, 10 October]

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The link between rankings and standardised testing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

International“The big hole in current international university rankings is the absence of anything that effectively measures the quality of graduates. Some rankings use staff student ratio or income as a proxy for the provision of resources, on the assumption that the more money that is spent or the more teachers deployed then the better the quality of teaching …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 October]

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50 Strong Protest at NUIG over Underfunding of Counselling Service

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A crowd of approximately 50 has turned out at the NUI Galway Students Union organised demonstration this evening to highlight the alleged underfunding of the university’s counselling service …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 October]

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‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Consent Workshops Won’t Be Enough to Tackle On-Campus Sexual Assaults

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks ago, the Irish Examiner reported that three University College Cork (UCC) students were raped in the week that classes began this semester. As we watch the fallout in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh trial and Bill Cosby begins his prison sentence, one can only shake their heads in disbelief at RTE’s tweet last week, which asked whether the #MeToo movement has done more harm than good …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 11 October]

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