‘Cramped, inflexible and uncomfortable … our students deserve better’ – no investment in NUIG library in nearly 20 years

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library has not been invested in or improved upon since 1999, SIN has learned. The other six Irish universities have made investments of at least €20 million in the past ten years to modernise their library buildings, by either extending or replacing them. NUI Galway has made no such investments …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 6 November]

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Call for ‘urgent’ treatment as court hears man broke into college to find portal to another dimension

Posted in Legal issues on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A judge said it was a matter of extreme urgency to get a bed for a 14-day Central Mental Hospital assessment for a man who broke in an art college to find a portal to another dimension free of demons. The 24-year-old man appeared again at Cork Circuit Criminal Court following a finding last week that he was not guilty by reason of insanity to seven different charges …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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Accessibility Audit: Accessibility isn’t a joke, but UCD is

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On the 17th October, a group of us set out onto campus in UCD to test and experience what so many students in UCD have to deal with on a daily basis – relying on the ‘accessible’ ways around. Six able-bodied, opinionated women going across campus; testing every door ramp and elevator …” (more)

[Aoibhs Magills, University Observer, 6 November]

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How a College Degree ‘Supercharges’ a Divide Among White Voters

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

“In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, pundits and academics marveled at how the college degree had become a key political dividing line: Would Donald Trump become the first Republican presidential nominee in 60 years to lose among white college graduates? It appears that he did …” (more)

[Steven Johnson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 November]

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UCD Agriculture Science ranked in top 20 in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Agriculture Science at UCD placed 19th on the list which was compiled by US News and World Reports and was also named among the top five universities to study agriculture science in Europe. UCD was the only Irish institution to make the list …” (more)

[Claire Fox, Independent, 6 November]

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Leaving Cert bonus points proposed in sweeping reforms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sweeping changes to the Leaving Cert, including bonus points for more subjects and a system of continuous assessment of students, are proposed in a report from the Oireachtas Education Committee. The all-party committee says students who do more than one foreign language should get extra points, and there should also be a points reward for taking certain subjects at higher level …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 November]

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Trinity Introduces Electronic Voting System for Fellows

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has introduced an electronic system for registering the assents of Fellows, marking a departure from traditional system of mailing hard copies to every Fellow. Assenting is the process – enshrined in the College’s statutes – by which Trinity’s Fellows vote to approve changes to policy in the College …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 5 November]

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Universities and the leadership riddle

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“For 18 years, between 2000 and 2018, I held the leadership position in two universities. During that time I was interviewed several times by journalists and student reporters, and the one question I always found particularly difficult to answer was this: what was my ‘leadership style’? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 November]

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