Lectures and Lava Lamps

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teaching at Maynooth University has resumed after the Study Break, and yesterday I gave my first lecture on Astrophysics & Cosmology after a gap of a week. I still haven’t got onto the Cosmology bit yet, but am most of the way through a set of half-a-dozen lectures or so on stellar structure and evolution …” (more)

[In The Dark, 7 November]

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Why I blog

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As of now my last two blogs are at number 1 and number 2 on the wonderful http://9thlevel.ie/. In the first blog I suggested that quality reviews had a fundamental weakness in that many of the proposals made by review panels were based on ideology or opinion rather than evidence. In the second I suggested that universities needed to be a lot more transparent about how they spend their money …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 7 November]

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Worry grows among Trinity students abroad as Erasmus grants remain unpaid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A multitude of Trinity students studying abroad on the Erasmus exchange programme are yet to receive the first instalment of their Erasmus grant, sparking confusion and concern about finances. Affected students include many of those on exchanges in Scotland, Denmark, France, and Spain, and other Erasmus host countries …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Waterford IT lecturer waiting eight months to receive WRC award

Posted in Legal issues on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is yet to pay awards to two female staff members who successfully brought cases to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on back wages, following delays in their progression from assistant lecturer to lecturer. This has lead staff to pursue industrial action in support of the two women …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Third-Sector May Be Insulated From Worst Of Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills (DES) are collaborating with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), to prepare for consequences of both a ‘negotiated exit’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit on their institutions. The EU has stated as past of the Withdrawal Agreement, that the UK and Ireland could agree to maintain their current higher education relationship under the Common Travel Area (CTA) …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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NUIG incorrectly process financial aid applications

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have incorrectly processed financial aid fund applications this year with 500 students estimated to be affected. According to SIN, NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) newspaper, it is believed that the issue arose due to an administration error …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Students Uncertain about Tutorial Quality

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over the past number of weeks, the Tribune has conducted an investigation into Tutorial practices within the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in UCD. The aim of this investigation has been to gain testimony from tutors regarding the tutorial process, and to gauge undergraduate students’ opinions on the status quo …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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It’s Alarming that Trinity Dismisses Kells as Unworthy of its Own Treasures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is one of Trinity’s landmark attractions. Up to 454,000 people visited the book’s exhibition in the first six months of 2017. The manuscript is an intricate artistic depiction of the four gospels of the New Testament and considered one of the most magnificent pieces of art from medieval Europe …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 7 November]

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Chemists against Plan S

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There’s an ‘Open Letter’ doing the rounds which rails against the European Plan S for open access to research papers. You can find it here on Google Docs. It is apparently initiated by some chemists, and there are very few signatories who are not chemists …” (more)

[In The Dark, 6 November]

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