Potential NUI Galway data breach puts students’ information at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) have suffered a potential data breach which poses a risk to students’ names, student numbers, and exam results. In a statement issued on their website, NUI Galway announced that a USB stick was potentially used to store a confidential file containing a list of students, along with their student numbers and exam results. The USB stick has since been misplaced and its current location is unknown …” (more)

[Seán McElroy, Trinity News, 15 November]

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British universities fall behind in employability rankings as foreign institutions teach courses in English

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

“British universities are falling behind in employability rankings as foreign institutions increasingly use English. The UK’s position in The Times Higher Education’s (THE) Global Employability Rankings has declined more than any other European country in recent years …” (more)

[Camilla Turner, Telegraph, 15 November]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fund the third level education sector; the way in which he will address the recent years of serious underfunding of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 November]

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Trinity is only Irish college in global top 150

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is ranked 120th in a global graduate employability table, the only Irish university in the world’s top 150. The survey is based on the opinions of 7,000 recruitment and international managers from major businesses, canvassed by human resources firm Emerging …” (more)

[Independent, 15 November]

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Making college a rite of passage for everyone

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Among the findings of the latest ‘Growing up in Ireland’ study, published last week, is the continuing rise in the number of mothers who expect their child to go to college. In Ireland, mothers, in particular, have a tradition of high educational aspirations for their sons and daughters, but it is worth noting that it now stands at 82% of mothers of nine-year-olds foreseeing the child obtaining a degree or higher qualification …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 November]

THE uncovers more pockets of research excellence

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on November 15th, 2018 by steve

International“I don’t want to do this. I really would like to start blogging about whether rankings should measure third missions or developing metrics for teaching and learning. But I find it difficult to stay away from the THE rankings, especially the citations indicator …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 15 November]

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Top jobs have to change so that women, and men, can get a life

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The proposal was always going to be crazy but what makes it insulting is its timing, writes Victoria White. The commitment by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the minister of state at the Department of Education with special responsibility for higher education, to create 45 women-only professorships in our third level institutions at the cost of €6m per annum comes when these institutions are struggling for their lives …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 15 November]

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Take Back Trinity Helped ‘Transform College Life’, Says Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has praised the impact of this year’s Take Back Trinity protests, which he said helped ‘transform college life’. Prendergast made the comments in his annual review, published this evening, and said students ‘successfully protested against a supplemental exam fee in the ‘Take Back Trinity’ campaign …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 14 November]

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New strategies to safeguard future of Mayo GMIT Campus are revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The future of Mayo GMIT Campus is looking much brighter, according to the interim head of the college Dr Richard Thorn. Speaking to the local media today, he confirmed a number of recommendations in the Working Group Report …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 13 November]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The average male ‘chance’ of a professorship (looking at the ratio of men at full professoriate level to those below that) is 1:5. The average female ‘chance’ is 1:15. Men’s ‘chance’ of a professorship has varied little since 2013 and is similar across all universities. Women’s chance has improved marginally (from 1:16). However, it varies a great deal between universities (from 1:9 to 1:31) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 15 November]

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Women-only professorial posts will work

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This week Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced the Government’s intention to create up to 45 new posts to boost women’s representation in senior academic positions. These are additional professorial appointments to existing staffing provision. They are expected to cost €6 million …” (more)

[Yvonne Galligan, Irish Times, 15 November]

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