Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and appeal outcomes to be released earlier following UCD student’s landmark High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The release of Leaving Cert results, CAO offers and the outcomes of appeals are being brought forward next year. A major overhaul of the timetable comes in the wake of the recent High Court case …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 November]

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Ministers announce significant changes to process of Leaving Certificate examination appeals and entry to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, have today (1st November 2018) announced significant changes to the Leaving Certificate examination appeals process from 2019. The changes will mean that, in future, students who appeal the results of the Leaving Certificate will be informed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) of the outcome of their appeals much earlier than has previously been possible …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 November]

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UCD’s gender imbalance problem

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Despite the fact that more women complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than men, and 51% of lecturers in higher education are women, the gender imbalance in higher education leadership is particularly prevalent. According to reports by the Higher Education Authority, women are grossly underrepresented in senior academic positions at third level institutions …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, University Observer, 1 November]

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HealthyUCD and the University as Public Relations Machine

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The following is the original version of our Op-Ed that was published in highly-truncated form (with anything that could be taken as direct criticism of the administration excised) by the University Observer …” (more)

[Facebook, 1 November]

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Trinity voices Brexit fears with Financial Times open letter

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has voiced its concerns about the impact of Brexit on Ireland-UK research links, in a free ad in the Financial Times. In a message to readers and the wider policymaking community, it has placed an open letter in today’s edition of the newspaper …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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Healthy UCD is a trick of smoke and sugars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In 2014, the first step of UCD’s smoke free campus was rolled out, with the banning of the sale of cigarettes on campus. Since 2015, the University has been announcing further steps in this policy, with maps showing which areas are smoke free. In reality only the first of these rules is known by the majority of smokers, which is the prohibition of smoking within 10 meters of the entrance of a building …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 31 October]

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University of Liverpool scraps plan to open Egypt campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

“Controversial plans by the University of Liverpool to open up a campus in Egypt have been scrapped in the face of opposition from academics, students and others. The announcement comes after the Guardian reported earlier this year that leading British universities had been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Egypt in pursuit of opening campuses under the country’s authoritarian regime …” (more)

[Ben Quinn, Guardian, 31 October]

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€300k Spent on Refurbishments to the Provost’s House

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity spent approximately €300,000 on refurbishments to the Provost’s House over the summer months this year, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times, which also outlined the nature of the works …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 31 October]

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New chairman for UCD’s Smurfit board

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Liam FitzGerald is to assume the role of chair of the Irish Advisory Board of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in January. The former CEO of United Drug Group succeeds Niall FitzGerald following the completion of his four year term. Appointed by the University President, Liam FitzGerald has been an active member of UCD Smurfit School’s Irish Advisory Board since 2006 …” (more)

[Independent, 1 November]

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