HEA Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The HEA’s vision is that, by 2022, we will be overseeing and guiding the performance of the Irish higher education system which is: Delivering excellence and innovation; Accessible, sustainable, autonomous and accountable; Fit-for-purpose, stepping up to achieve – and exceed – national ambitions: economically, societally and culturally; …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 30 November]

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Ulster University ‘cancer cluster’ investigated

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

“A cancer agency has investigated allegations of a ‘cancer cluster’ in part of an Ulster University’s (UU) campus, BBC News NI has learned. A inquiry by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) found insufficient evidence that UU’s Jordanstown campus was responsible for any cancers among staff …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 30 November]

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Do women in physics get fewer citations than men?

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2018 by steve

“Yesterday, I gave a seminar about the results of a little side-project that I did with two collaborators, Tobias Mistele and Tom Price. We analyzed publication data in some sub-disciplines of physics and looked for differences in citations to papers with male and female authors. This was to follow-up on the previously noted discrepancy …” (more)

[Sabine Hossenfelder, BackReaction, 30 November]

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Santry Stacks Full and ‘Not Fit for Purpose’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Santry stacks depository, which houses the majority of the College’s books, is to be replaced in the near future, after being deemed ‘not fit for purpose’. The College is also considering the possibility of disposing of its properties on D’Olier St and in Foster Place …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 30 November]

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Public servants ‘in limbo’ as law to change retirement age faces ‘tight’ Christmas deadline

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public servants who are set to receive a way out of compulsory retirement could be forced to retire anyway with legislation to extend the age to 70 facing a ‘tight’ deadline to get passed through the Dáil before Christmas. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill would increase the retirement age to 70 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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Third level education pays – but at a cost

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Across the developed world, the demand for people with college degrees has been rising rapidly. Employment of graduates in the EU15 has grown by an average of 3% a year since 1995. Even during the crisis years, when so many lost their jobs, employment for graduates continued to rise quite vigorously …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 30 November]

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The Future of Working Time

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘A four-day work week could lead to greater productivity and wealth.’ Dr Aileen O’Carroll, Chair of the IFUT Maynooth Branch, spoke at an international conference held on the 22nd November 2018, organised by Fórsa, which explored emerging trade union demands for a move towards a four-day week as standard over the coming years …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 29 November]

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University of Limerick criticised for ‘misleading’ PAC over pension top-ups

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff. The university was the subject of a damning report earlier this week by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) about top-up pension payments totalling €1.2 million to two senior staff, during the tenure of former President Don Barry who left his post in 2017 …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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ASTI rejects pay deal for new entrant teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest secondary teachers’ union has rejected Government proposals to address the controversial two-tier pay system in schools. The move is likely to increase the potential for disruption in schools in the months ahead. In a ballot, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) voted against the Government initiative on new entrant pay by a margin of 53% to 47%. The turnout was 58% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he remains satisfied regarding the extent to which the third and fourth-level educational sector here remains adequate to meet competition from overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 November]

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Brexit, Irish Higher Education and research: challenges and opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the uncertainty around Brexit affecting all sectors of the economy, its effect on education in the UK as well as Ireland remains a major unknown. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has released a report laying out the possible aftermath of Brexit based on currently available information …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 29 November]

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Dáil: Future of funding of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the future of funding for third-level education here; if he will rule out the introduction of third-level education loans as a means of funding third level education here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle, 29 November]

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Does science have a bullying problem?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

International“In August, accusations of bullying roiled the Institute of Cancer Research in London, one of the leading science centres in the United Kingdom. A prominent cancer researcher there, geneticist Nazneen Rahman, resigned from the institute following an investigation into allegations that she had bullied her staff. And in an unprecedented move, the biomedical charity the Wellcome Trust revoked £3.5 million (US$4.5 million) of the funding it had given her …” (more)

[Holly Else, Nature, 28 November]

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UCD President’s Mar-a-Lago

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aussie go-getter and UCD president Andrew Deeks has caused academic eyebrows to arch with his grandiose projects, including the €48m creative design centre; a circa €200m new sub campus; and the Confucius Centre that recently ran €5m over budget …” (more)

[Phoenix Magazine, 30 November]

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Founder of UCD could be canonised next year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The founder of University College Dublin looks set to become a saint. Cardinal John Henry Newman was the rector of the Catholic University of Ireland which later became UCD. According to the Catholic News Agency, a second miracle attributed to him has been approved by the Vatican …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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NUIGSU lose case against student accommodation provider Cúirt na Coiribe

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) have lost a case brought against private student accommodation provide, Cúirt na Coiribe. The case was filed following a decision to increase rent rates in the accommodation complex. Speaking to Trinity News, NUIGSU President Megan Reilly stated the result was in accordance with what the SU had been expecting …” (more)

[Michael Gilna, Trinity News, 29 November]

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Are lectures dying out?

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There’s a small lecture theatre beside my office that holds about 40 students. I regularly pass it and peep in to see what’s going on. Originally I did it out of nosiness but these days I’m interested in attendance rates. Most of the time when I look in there is a handful of students looking bored or knackered, with quite a few looking at their phones. In fairness, the lectures seem a bit dull and often involve a scientist or mathematician writing on the blackboard with his/her back to the students …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 29 November]

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In Response to Criticism the Plan S Adopts a Flexible Stance Toward Paywall-Based Journals and Hybrid Open Access

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2018 by steve

“On November 27, 2018, the cOAlition S, which is behind the Plan S for switching to Open Access in multiple European countries, has published guidelines that elaborate on the initial principles of the plan, while reformulating its more contentious points …” (more)

[Pablo Markin, AlphaGalileo, 29 November]

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Over half of Trinity’s teaching spaces are rarely used

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“55% of Trinity’s teaching spaces are utilised at a rate of 25%. This figure comprises 34% of teaching spaces which are underutilised, and 21% of spaces which are defined as having low frequency usage. According to the strategy, 21% of teaching spaces find themselves used at a frequency of between 25 and 40%, with 28% of the spaces seeing a ‘good frequency’ of above 40% …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 28 November]

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Physics Has an Obvious Gender Problem – So How Does Someone End Up Thinking the Field is Biased Against Men?

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2018 by steve

“Few pursue a career in physics expecting it to be a smooth ride; the subject is notoriously challenging, the playing field competitive. For women, though, the road can be downright treacherous. Feelings of not belonging or imposter syndrome, rampant among physics students at the best of times, are compounded by the frequent lack of female faculty members …” (more)

[Eleanor Hook, Physics Central, 28 November]

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