DCU student avoids jail after he admits to dealing drugs on campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Hampstead House, Glasnevin, North Dublin on November 15 last year (2017). Garda Keith Morris told the court that gardaí raided the premises after receiving information about the presence of drugs on the campus. They found the drugs bagged up separately along with a weighing scales and a ‘tick list’ of names and values …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 14 November]

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Do academics need pseudonyms to protect their freedom?

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2018 by steve

“In 2012, the bioethicist Francesca Minerva published a paper she co-authored entitled ‘After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?’ The research concluded that new-borns have the same ‘moral status’ as foetuses, and ethically speaking can therefore be killed in all cases where abortion is permissible. The media picked up the argument for ‘killing inconvenient babies’, as the Guardian put it …” (more)

[Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman, 14 November]

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Concern over lack of oversight involving sale of spin-out company

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) retained less than €1 million from the €65 million sale of a spin-out company developed on its campus, according to a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The report also raises concerns over the WIT’s governing body’s lack of oversight of the sale, including issues such as changes to the institute’s equity stake and conflicts of interest involving senior staff members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Policy in numbers – what counts without counting?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

“Numbers, data, and metrics is the dominant language spoken in higher education today. Anything that can be counted is counted, and many things that aren’t already measurable are being prepared for measurement. Putting students at the heart of the system has become a relentless political project to use student data to present the economic value of a degree …” (more)

[Ben Williamson, Wonkhe, 14 November]

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Irish colleges falling behind global education peers in digital drive for student recruitment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities and colleges are falling behind their global peers when it comes to attracting students through digital marketing channels. Recent research has shown that higher education institutions here must be more flexible in adapting their online strategies to engage existing and potential students …” (more)

[Louise Kelly, Independent, 14 November]

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Former president of Waterford IT claiming damages over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college’s governing body declined to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I wonder how the young Mr Varadkar, while considering a career in medicine, would have reacted to a proposal by the Government of the day that some hospital consultancy posts in surgery were to be created for which men could not apply, while potential patients could not avoid being treated by the holders of such posts …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Women not hallucinating about glass ceilings in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In an era given to wild overstatement, the words were vanishingly mild. ‘There’s nothing wrong with women. We are more than capable’, said Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Meanwhile, a fair proportion of the population was turning puce over the recommendation for gender-specific posts in higher education …” (more)

[Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Are men just better at science than women?

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Talk about bad timing. The day after the Government announces that it is creating dozens of ‘woman-only’ professorships in science and engineering a report appears in a respected scientific journal apparently telling us that men are simply better at science …” (more)

[John McManus, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Higher Education Gender Report moves in right direction, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed recommendations in the ‘Gender Action Plan 2018 – 2020’ published today (Monday November 12th, 2018) and launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor …” (more)

[IFUT, 12 November]

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