HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced €0.8 million funding for the institutes of technology in Letterkenny, Limerick, Athlone and Dundalk, as they transition into larger technological universities. The move comes after Mitchell O’Connor’s allocation of €11.2 million to third-level institutes in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 October]

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University of Limerick is currently the only Irish university without a psychiatrist

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick (UL) have not reappointed a consultant psychiatrist, it was reported earlier this week – making it the only Irish university without an on-campus psychiatrist. In a statement, the university said: ‘UL remains fully committed to ensuring an adequate provision of on-campus psychiatry services as part of the wider range of support services to its student community’ …” (more)

[Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Voice, 12 October]

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The biggest problem in higher education

Posted in Teaching on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When I was engineering student in UCD every day was pretty much the same: lectures in the morning, labs in the afternoon. Our weekly contact time was up around the 30 hour mark. That seems like a lot – and it is – but what we had was structure. There was never a temptation to say, ‘feck it, I’ll just head home’, because if you did you’d miss too much …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 12 October]

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor announces further €0.8 million funding allocation to support higher education landscape restructuring

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today (12th October 2018) announced a further €0.8 million in funding to four Institutes of Technology as the final element of the HEA 2018 call for funding submissions in relation to the development of technological university projects and other restructuring projects in the higher education landscape …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 October]

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New Erasmus Proposal: ETUC and ETUCE call for a more inclusive programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“On 30 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for establishing “Erasmus” 2021-2027: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. This new proposal will be the successor of the present Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, focusing on all education sectors. …” (more)

[ETUCE, 12 October]

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LyIT to get €250,000 funding support

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed that LyIT is to benefit from further Government funding of €250,000 to support its cross-border links. The college is to receive the funding shortly and is in line for continued Government support on cross-border links and transformation to Technological University …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 12 October]

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Gender inequality in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, is absolutely right in her reported comments on gender inequality in Irish universities (‘Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister of State’, News, October 11th). This is a chronic problem entirely of the universities’ own making …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Friday essay: where are the female academics on film?

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“The 2016 science-fiction drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams as linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks, was a ceiling-shattering moment for female academics. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, presented Adams’ character in a race against time to avert a war by finding a way to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors …” (more)

[Tom van Laer, The Conversation, 11 October]

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USI to Go Plastic-Free for a Day

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will join forces with 15 third-level institutions around the country in going plastic-free for a day on October 17th. Students’ union officers and staff members in some of the institutions will participate in the ‘Sick of Plastic’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness on the overuse and overproduction of plastic in Ireland …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 11 October]

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349 get college places after grade changes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College places have been offered today to 349 students who received an upgrade of one or more Leaving Certificate results this week. It is unclear how many of them will be able to start those courses as many colleges will instead ask them to defer their studies until next year as programmes have already been running for up to six weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 October]

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