Students are excluded from rent-pressure zones, denying them rent-caps

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The exorbitant price of student accommodation has dominated news headlines every year as students return to university. This summer, both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin proposed legislation to introduce rent caps on accommodation built purposefully for students …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen, University Observer, 8 November]

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Adjunct Professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if persons who hold adjunct professorships but not full professorships are entitled to use the appellation professor …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a national campaign co-ordinated across seven universities regarding a shortfall in funding (details supplied); the steps he is taking to remedy this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Third Level Fees – Cost of Abolition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full year cost of abolishing third-level fees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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ERASMUS Programme – Training in Weapon Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the EU Erasmus+ education and training programme is now being used for training in complex weapon systems and ballistics (details supplied); and if he will request the Higher Education Authority and all higher education institutes here to withdraw from all activities relating to this programme in view of the fact that Ireland is a neutral state …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Learned Societies and Open Access

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tuesday’s quick post about a letter of opposition to Plan S generated some comments from academics about the role of ‘Learned Societies’ in academic publishing. I therefore think it’s relevant to raise some points about the extent that these organizations (including, in my field, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics) rely for their financial security upon the revenues generated by publishing traditional journals …” (more)

[In The Dark, 8 November]

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Reviewing the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Plans are under way to revise the Leaving Cert. There’s no harm in that – it does need to be looked at. Reform and renewal is good in many walks of life. But the LC needs to be looked at in the context of the fact it is, and is likely to remain, the de facto entrance exam for college …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 8 November]

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Foyle MP still confident med school will come to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

“The planned medical school at Magee is too crucial to allow it to be delayed or frustrated any further, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said. The Foyle MP was commenting after Ulster University Vice-Chancellor Paddy Nixon warned that it would not be in place in time for the 2019 academic year …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 November]

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AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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Book of Kells and ‘most beautiful room in Ireland’ beat one million visitor mark

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College’s Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition has surpassed one million visitors for the first time in a single year …” (more)

[Pól Ó Conghaile, Independent, 8 November]

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600 student bed scheme planned for Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provision of Cork’s largest single student accommodation development, with 600 beds, is promised by a UK-based company, which has just taken over the moth-balled Coca Cola bottling plant by County Hall on the Carrigrohane Road. In its first move into Ireland, UK-based firm Future Generation …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Resolving sensitive staff contract issues

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Issues around contracts can be one of the most difficult and challenging. Understanding or trying to address issues can be both confusing and intimidating for individual employees. While universities regularly resort to temporary contracts as a money saving strategy …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 November]

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Awareness Campaigns Are Not Enough. College Must Invest in Mental Health

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Do you feel woozy after one too many americanos outside the Arts Block? Is your relationship with your sister fraught at best? Do you find yourself surreptitiously picking your nose when no one is watching? Are you harbouring a disproportionate hatred towards the downstairs part of the Lecky library …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 5 November]

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