‘Need for movement on Magee University expansion’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion said progress on ‘groundbreaking projects’ such as the expansion of Magee University and a medical school are key to transforming the north west region. The Foyle MP was commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation met the Head of the Civil Service and Department for Economy in Belfast today. Elisha McCallion said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 December]

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British real estate firm buys student accommodation development in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A British property firm has acquired a site in Cork with planning permission for student accommodation. London-based Round Hill, together with NBK Capital, an investment company in the Middle East, will immediately proceed to construct a mixed-use project on the site, which will include 145 purpose-built student accommodation beds and facilities …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 5 December]

Plan S: Impact on Society Publishers

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Last week cOAlition S released guidance on how they anticipate their open access (OA) mandate, Plan S to be implemented. While this implementation guidance provides many new details about the plan, it has not provided reassurance to anxious society publishers …” (more)

[Michael Clarke, The Scholarly Kitchen, 5 December]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Third Level Access

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“John Walshe, Columnist with The Irish Independent, Katriona O’Sullivan, Lecturer with the Turn to Teaching Project in Maynooth University, Shauna Dunlop, Director of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning SOLAS and Anne Looney, Executive Dean in DCU Institute of Education, discuss the social divide among students going on to third level education …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 5 November]

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Ulster University to review stance on trade unionist’s election bid

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is to review a decision not to let a leading trade union member stand for election to its governing body. Goretti Horgan, a lecturer at UU and a member of the University and College Union (UCU), wanted to stand for election to the university’s council. In a letter, UU said she would not be allowed to go forward for election …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Union Theological College standards at risk, watchdog warns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Academic standards at the Union Theological College (UTC) are potentially ‘at risk’ in a number of areas, a watchdog has warned. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) monitors standards in higher education institutions across the UK. The college is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and teaches theology to Queen’s University students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 5 November]

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Geography and the Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In a letter kindly published here on June 21st, 2011, I raised concerns about the removal of history and geography from the core curriculum of the revised Junior Cycle curriculum. What was shocking then, and even now, is how few people knew about the threat to these fundamental, foundational disciplines …” (more)

[Peter Lydon, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Feeder schools and education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I think we should congratulate our Department of Education – otherwise known as the permanent government – and the many ministers for education who have worked hard over the decades to achieve a college progression rate of 100% for students from those challenging postcodes of Dublin 2, 4 and 6. What a result …” (more)

[Sheila Maher, Irish Times, 5 December]

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