DCU Students’ Union condemns ‘rapist’ Mike Tyson’s visit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University’s Students’ Union has spoken out against convicted rapist Mike Tyson’s visit to on-campus-venue, the Helix. The former world heavyweight champion is due to appear in the Helix’s Mahony Hall for their sold out event ‘An Evening with Mike Tyson’, but the representative body for the students of DCU, where the Helix is situated, has criticised the event …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 2 November]

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DCU student settles case over exclusion for alleged inappropriate behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin City University student has settled his High Court case over a decision by college authorities to exclude him from his course over alleged inappropriate behaviour – which he said could be explained by ‘cultural differences’ …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

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Ranking Rankings; Measuring Stability

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

International“I have noticed that some rankings are prone to a large amount of churning. Universities may rise or fall dozens of places over a year, sometimes as a result of methodological changes, changes in the number or type of universities ranked, errors and corrections of errors (fortunately rare these days), changes in data collection and reporting procedures, or because there is a small number of data points …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 November]

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College Records a Significant Increase in Plagiarism

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity recorded a significant increase in the number of students reported for plagiarism between 2015/16 and 2016/17, The University Times has learned. The increase, which was reported to University Council by former Senior Lecturer Dr Gillian Martin, was attributed to the implementation by the College of a plagiarism policy in 2015 …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 2 November]

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University of Limerick named Irish University of the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been named Irish University of the Year for 2019. The Sunday Times Good University Guide has ranked UL as the country’s best university for the second time in five years. Factors such as UL’s graduate employability and internship programme were highlighted by the judges, as well as the university’s new €31m Glucksman Library …” (more)

[Stephen McNeice, Newstalk, 2 November]

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Reading Week

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s Friday of Reading Week – this year it is the 7th week and falls exactly half-way in the semester. Time to catch-up? Take a break? Do research? Plan for the remaining 6 weeks? Try something new? There’s lots of things I could do during this time – so what did I use this break in the semester for? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 2 November]

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UCD Students Express Anger at Nighttime Construction in Residences

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD Students Union today hosted a Town Hall event to discuss the ongoing issues in student residences as a result of the ongoing construction of phase one of the residences master plan. Students in Merville, Roebuck and Glenomena accommodation had all reported that their study, sleep and health had all being affected by the ongoing construction …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 1 November]

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The Irish Times view on educational inequality: the classroom divide

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 2,000 years ago, Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed in his Meditations that ‘poverty is the mother of crime’. Nothing has changed since then. While society penalises criminal behaviour, it has been reluctant to confront its root cause …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 November]

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Aramark Off Our Campus campaign returns with Westland Eats protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students protested outside Westland Eats this afternoon to oppose the presence of catering company Aramark on campus. Protesters gathered outside Westland Eats for an hour during lunchtime in the ‘Aramark Off Our Campus’ campaign’s first direct action of the semester …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 1 November]

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Ethical Quandaries for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

“If we cancel academic engagement with a country when we are shocked by something the government has done, then we cede international relations to economic, political and military interests. If universities withdraw from their international initiatives each time there is a violation of human rights or an act of violence committed by academic partner’s government, soon all international academic engagement would probably come to a screeching halt …” (more)

[Liz Reisberg, Inside Higher Ed, 1 November]

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‘Hologram’ lecturers to teach students at Imperial College London

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

“University classes are set to be given a futuristic spin by letting lecturers appear as hologram-like apparitions beamed in from afar. Imperial College London will show off the technology at a special event later on Thursday before deploying it more widely …” (more)

[BBC News, 1 November]

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