A welcome mid-term break

Posted in Life, Research on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today marks the end of the mid-term break for many of us in the third level sector in Ireland. While a non-teaching week in the middle of term has been a stalwart of secondary schools for many years, the mid-term break only became common in the Irish third level sector as universities, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and other colleges adopted the model of 12-week teaching semesters …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 November]

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Dublin City University ‘reviewing relationship’ with Saudi university

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is reviewing its relationship with a Saudi Arabian University in light of the ongoing controversy over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 November]

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DCU student facing deportation granted stay until February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student at DCU who was facing deportation has been granted a stay until February 2019. Shepherd Machaya is a beneficiary of DCU’s University of Sanctuary status, a scheme that offers scholarships to ten asylum seekers every year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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1,500 students attend counselling services at UCC in less than a year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,500 students attended counselling services at University College Cork between September 2017 and May 2018, it has been revealed. Information obtained by the Evening Echo showed that 1,455 attended for counselling in the previous academic year, for a variety of reasons …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 November]

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Closure of Common Room ‘inevitable’ and will not be reversed, says Deeks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks has dismissed the possibility that a proposed boycott of the controversial €14 million University Club will have a material effect on the number of faculty and staff who use it …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 31 October]

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University Tuition Fees Could Be Slashed To £6,500

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

“University tuition costs could be cut to £6,500 under proposals from a commission established by Theresa May to devise plans for reforms to higher education. The Treasury would have to pay £3 billion a year to implement this move …” (more)

[Nadine White, Huffpost, 3 November]

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Turkey’s purge of academia

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

“On the 25th September, 2018, Sedat Laçiner, a world renowned political scientist, once described as a ‘rising star of Turkish academia’, and the youngest man ever appointed as a rector to a Turkish university, was jailed for 9 years and 4 months …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 3 November]

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Universities are a bargaining chip in the Brexit free-trade future

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

“Higher education, although clearly not a government priority, is becoming a bargaining chip as the UK considers its future outside the EU. Anne Corbett examines the UK government’s proposal to treat higher education as a sweetener for free trade deals, an idea that is likely to have life in it whatever the immediate Brexit outcome …” (more)

[LSE EUROPP, 3 November]

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