Department of Justice accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Justice has been accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools as up to 10 Mongolian students face losses of more than €5,000 each in fees paid upfront to a Dublin college. They look unlikely to be refunded after paying the equivalent of almost two years’ salary in Mongolia to attend English language courses at Grafton College, which went into liquidation on Monday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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Should Irish universities follow the IRFU’s lead and provide consent classes for college athletes?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the news that the IRFU would provide mandatory consent classes to all professional players, Cliona Sadlier of the Rape Crisis Network told the Irish Independent: ‘You need a whole hierarchy to take responsibility, it has to go all the way up and down; you can’t just land it on the players because they are just products of that system’ …” (more)

[Martha Brennan, SIN, 6 December]

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English Language ‘Visa Factories’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael Senator Anthony Lawlor has said that more monitoring and stronger regulation is needed in the privately delivered English language sector. Disingenuous schools are using the current student visa rules for non-EEA Nationals to setup unsustainable businesses. The standard visa for pursuing an English language programme on the Interim list of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) is 8 months allowing students work up to 20hrs per week and up to 40hrs during the summer months …” (more)

[Senator Anthony Lawlor, 6 December]

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TU Bid is ‘Teetering’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Crisis talks are being conducted between staff and management at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to prevent the region’s Technological University (TU) bid from going off course …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 5 December]

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Poorer students can outperform others through college foundation courses

Posted in Teaching on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who get into to university through special access routes can outperform regular students when they have on-campus foundation courses, new research shows. A study by Dr Katriona O’Sullivan of Maynooth University indicates that special-access students do better socially and academically when they have these supports in a university setting …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Urgent review looms for Union Theological College following highly critical report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

“A full review into Belfast’s prestigious Union Theological College (UTC) is being brought forward following a highly critical report, it can be revealed. The 165-year-old institution, which is run by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, was heavily criticised by an education watchdog as having ‘the potential to put academic standards at risk’ …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 6 December]

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2003-04: The Historical Hinge of International Rankings

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2018 by steve

International“Cast your minds back, if you will, by about 15 years. Paul Martin had yet to show us why great finance ministers make lousy Prime Ministers. The ghastly CROCS fad was still three years away. And in China, Professor Nian Cai Liu had just released the inaugural Academic Ranking of World Universities, known more colloquially as the Shanghai Rankings …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 6 December]

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‘Trends 2018: Learning and teaching in the European Higher Education Area’

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2018 by steve

“The EUA is pleased to present Trends 2018: Learning and teaching in the European Higher Education Area. This flagship report gathers data from more than 300 higher education institutions in 48 European countries. Trends 2018 examines how learning and teaching at European higher education institutions evolves in the context of changing demands, technological and societal development and European- and national-level policies and reforms …” (more)

[T&L, 6 December]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls for stronger employment protections for teachers in the English language training sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Speaking in the Seanad today the Minister for Higher Education, Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlighted that the situation at Grafton College Dublin, exposed weaknesses in the availability of fair terms and conditions of employment in areas of the English language training sector. Minister Mitchell O’Connor was speaking at Committee Stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 December]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to intervene in a Workplace Relations Committee ruling regarding staff at Waterford Institute of Technology who were not moved onto a higher lecturer’s scale despite the fact that their colleagues were moved up the scale (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 December]

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