The last day of term

Posted in Research, Teaching on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is always a great sense of satisfaction on the last day of the teaching semester. That great moment on a Friday afternoon when the last lecture is over, the last presentation is marked, and the last of the term’s teaching materials can be transferred from briefcase to office shelf. I’m always tempted to jump in the car, and drive around the carpark beeping madly …” (more)

[Antimatter, 7 December]

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Dramatic fall in number of students entering third-level to study computing

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been dramatic 8% fall in the number of students entering third-level to study computing courses. Employment prospects are good with 81% of recent Irish tech graduates now walking straight into a job, overwhelmingly in Ireland. But despite a high demand for these graduates, and some of the best starting salaries in the economy, interest in a career in this field has dropped significantly over the past five years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 December]

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Lecturer threatens to sue after she is barred from university elections

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2018 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has threatened to take legal action against her employers after being barred from standing in elections to its governing body. The University Council is responsible for oversight of all the institution’s affairs …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 7 December]

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The Future of Rankings is Excellent

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

International“I’ve been in Europe for most of the past two weeks on a number of rankings-related projects. And as a result of these travels, I’m more optimistic about international rankings than I have been for a long time. Here’s why. First of all, we are getting a lot of new data at the international level. There are two primary sources for this …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 7 December]

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Language Schools Closures

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the protections available to students and staff when an English language training school faces financial difficulty in view of media reports (details supplied) and in view of the significant budget that has been set aside to market Ireland as a destination for English language training; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Agriculture students sorry for ‘lewd’ remarks on college radio show

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) have apologised for making offensive comments during a broadcast on college station Belfield FM. ‘Keepin’ It Country’ features a number of Agricultural Science students who put out a weekly show with agricultural news and commentary. The show came under fire after a number of lewd comments were allegedly made about female students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave and Rachel Farrell, Independent, 7 December]

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Terminally ill cancer patient to get UCC honorary degree

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A terminally ill Irish woman who won the biggest financial settlement for medical negligence ever in the Netherlands after a hospital lost her test results leaving her with incurable cancer is to be conferred with an honorary degree at UCC next Monday …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 7 December]

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