Ministers McHugh and Halligan announce competitive call for Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Focus on skills for the workplace of the future. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD today issued a competitive call to all higher education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 January]

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USI welcomes €1 million additional funding to Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced an additional €1 million is being/has been allocated to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) for Professional Master of Education (PME) students who are experiencing financial difficulty …” (more)

[USI, 14 January]

Editorial Mutiny at Elsevier Journal

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2019 by steve

International“The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 14 January]

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Can Economics Fix Its Gender-Imbalance Problem? It’ll Take More Than Research, Women Say

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

“Erin K Fletcher, an economist with the global, nonprofit health-and-education organization Results for Development, feels so strongly about her field’s problem with sexism that she left academe. Fletcher was one of many women who spoke out last week at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting, in Atlanta …” (more)

[Lily Jackson, Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 January]

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A Few More Entrances on Pearse St Won’t Rid Trinity of its Walled-Off Image

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has long aspired to break free from the notion that it’s an intimidating, inaccessible institution. That its campus is quite literally walled off from the hustle and bustle of the city undoubtedly contributes to this image. Though the upsurge in tourism of the past few years has brought hordes of new visitors through Front Gate, many Dubliners have never even stepped foot in the College …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Employers rate further education graduates as highly as college graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates from apprenticeships and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated as highly as graduates from universities and third-level colleges, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 700 employers carried out last year by education authorities, which is due to be published soon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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The Government’s UK Fees Pledge is Less a Solution and More a Deferral

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“By now, there remain precious few areas of Irish life over which Brexit’s spectre doesn’t cast an ominous shadow. The full extent of its implications – demonstrably unclear to the UK’s own politicians – is still a mystery, but what’s certain is that, when it comes to developing contingency plans, the Irish government has a battle on its hands …” (more)

[University Times, 13 January]

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Student teachers to receive financial aid for training costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student teachers who are struggling with the cost of tuition fees and unpaid school placements are being given access to ring-fenced financial assistance. Minister for Education Joe McHugh has announced that an additional €1 million is being allocated to the Student Assistance Fund for students completing professional Masters of Education courses …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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CAO countdown: Industries facing skills shortages battle to attract school-leavers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Industries facing acute skills shortages, such as the tech and construction sectors, are battling to attract school-leavers in the run up to this month’s CAO closing date. Up to 70,000 young people are selecting their courses and career choices, with most set to apply before the closing date for discounted application fees (€30) which expires this Sunday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Facing up to the Existence of the Jerk

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

“As stories of harassment and bullying multiply in the media (social and otherwise), it is worth thinking about what it is in management and leadership that lets situations get out of hand. Too often I hear the phrase that someone is ‘on the spectrum’ provided as a rationale for why they aren’t too good at interpersonal relationships within a lab or team …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 13 January]

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