CIT and IT Tralee staff vote in favour of creating new university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee look set to apply to become a technological university within weeks after lecturing staff voted to support the move. A large majority of members of the Teachers Union of Ireland have voted to support a merger of the two institutions to create what would be the State’s second technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandEamon Scanlon (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the 1% increase for public sector employees and in public service pensions which has not come in effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 January]

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Universities in N Ireland lowest for unconditional offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2019 by steve

“Northern Irish universities made only 10 unconditional offers to prospective undergraduates in 2018. That is far lower than most universities in England or Wales. An unconditional offer guarantees a pupil a university place regardless of their A-Level results …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 January]

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DIT Sackville Place facility at €5m offers redevelopment opportunity

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Agent Lisney is guiding a price in excess of €5m for Nos 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre. The property, which has been in use as an education facility for many years, is being offered for sale following the decision by its owner, the Dublin Institute of Technology (now the Technological University Dublin) to centralise its operations at its new Grangegorman campus …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 31 January]

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The Irish Times view on higher education: a system at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Our higher education system is vital to creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting our citizens to reach their full potential. However, the impact of almost a decade of spending cuts, rising student numbers and a cap on hiring permanent academic staff has taken its toll …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

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College Green traffic free plaza to be trialled in July and August

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Green traffic free plaza, rejected by An Bord Pleanála last year, will be put in place this summer on a trial basis, Dublin City Council has said. The council has confirmed it intends to lodge a fresh application for the permanent pedestrian and cycle plaza to the board by the middle of this year, but will close College Green to traffic between 7am and 7pm on Sundays in July and August …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Acrimony and Unanswered Questions, at TEP Open Forum

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College officials were met with resentment and uncomfortable questions this evening, as students made plain their unhappiness about the Trinity Education Project at a bad-tempered open forum run by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 30 January]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his position on the future funding of third level education; if student loans will be ruled out as a means of raising funding for the sector; the details of the recent application to the European Commission to carry out a detailed economic analysis of third level education funding here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 January]

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Erasmus students will be able complete stay in UK in event of no-deal Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of Irish students who are participating in the Erasmus+ programme in the UK will be able to complete their stay in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the European Commission …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Students and Staff Routinely Use Wrong Bins, Contaminating Recyclable Waste

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lack of awareness among students and staff is resulting in the contamination of vast quantities of recyclable waste on Trinity’s campus, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 29 January]

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USI And UCD SU Come Out In Support Of Healthcare Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union Students of Ireland have come out in support of Pharmacy Students and upcoming changes to their programs. These changes under the new integrated Pharmacy programme means that students will be required to pay increased fees and participated in greater levels of unpaid placements as a result of a ban in place by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in paying for student labour …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Lords approves two-year degree course plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 30th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to expand two-year degree courses at universities in England have been approved by the House of Lords. Universities will be able to charge higher fees for these shorter, more intensive courses from this September …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 January]

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Third-level system ‘in danger’ from underfunding and rising student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is one of just two European countries where the third-level education system is ‘in danger’ due to a funding shortfall and rising student numbers, according to new research. Research by Thomas Estermann of the European Universities Association shows third-level funding in Ireland as a share of gross domestic product was half of what it was in 2017 compared to 2012 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Trinity investigates claims boat club members were whipped with bamboo sticks

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is investigating allegations that new members of its boat club were told to strip to their underwear and whipped with bamboo sticks as part of an initiation ceremony. It has been claimed by current and former members of the Dublin University Boat Club that annual rituals designed to humiliate new members, or ‘novices’, have been taking place over a number of years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Women only posts in Irish universities likely to be challenged in court

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The plan to establish up to 45 women-only posts in Irish universities over the next three years is likely to be challenged in court due to the plan being seen as ‘positive discrimination’ by some …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 29 January]

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Whipping, Secrecy and Coercion: Inside Boat Club’s Hazing Culture

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For most Trinity students, the annual December tradition of going for Commons involves a three-course meal in the Dining Hall and a night that evolves into little more than routine Christmas merrymaking. But for new members of Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC), known as ‘novices’, Commons has a different meaning …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy and Cormac Watson, University Times, 29 January]

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College Caves to Union Pressure, Handing Out 50 Permanent Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following years of pressure from trade unions and a government intervention that warned the College over its preference for temporary contracts, Trinity has backed down, handing permanent contracts to more than 50 non-academic staff in the last year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 January]

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Byne v Waterford IT [2019] IEHC 17 (22 January 2019)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJUDGMENT of Mr Justice Allen delivered on the 22nd day of January, 2019. On 14th May, 2001 the plaintiff was appointed as the chief officer of Waterford Institute of Technology for a term of ten years. The plaintiff’s title on his appointment was Director but following the coming into force of the Institutes of Technology Act, 2006 the plaintiff’s title was changed to President …” (more)

[Courts Service, 29 January]

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Ireland’s third level education system classified as ‘in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A top European academic is warning that Ireland is one of two European countries with a third level education system classified as ‘in danger’ due to the shortfall in funding while the number of students has increased …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor closes IUA Seminar on Ireland’s Place in a new European University System

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today [29th January 2018] closed a breakfast seminar on ‘Ireland’s place in a new European University System’. Hosted by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), speakers at the event included the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics and a panel of experts from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 January]

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