Ulster University’s acquisition of former Foyle College site welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to expand Ulster University’s Magee Campus are said to be progressing well following the acquisition of the former Foyle College site. The Magee Medical School will be at the core of the expansion …” (more, audio)

[Highland Radio, 25 January]

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PAC criticises lack of oversight in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have criticised the lack of authority that public bodies have over third level education institutions. Fianna Fáil TD Marc McSharry told the PAC that major deficits exist ‘in the overall oversight of education, in particular at third level’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 104 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Waterford Institute of Technology – Development and Disposal of Intellectual Property in FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We will now deal with item No 8 on today’s agenda, which is the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Special Report 104, which deals with Waterford Institute of Technology in respect of the development and disposal of intellectual property in FeedHenry. The Comptroller and Auditor General is joined by Shane Carton, deputy director of audit …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 103 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Remuneration of certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): In this session we will examine the Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report No 103 on the handling of remuneration for certain senior staff in the University of Limerick and Institute of Technology Sligo. We have also requested an update on the implementation of Dr Thorn’s Independent Review of Certain Matters and Allegations Relating to the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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When lecturing become like teaching children

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When students do badly in my modules, I feel frustrated, bewildered and annoyed, and all at the same time. I want to shake students, to sit them down and ask them what the hell they are playing at. And when my emotions cool down, I ask myself if it’s really all my fault. Maybe I didn’t explain the material very well? …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 25 January]

McCallion welcomes additional land for Magee expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed the acquisition of additional land by the Ulster University’s Magee campus which will allow for further expansion. The Foyle MP said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 January]

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Queen’s University Belfast not seeking further work with Huawei

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has become the latest institution to distance itself from Huawei, following security fears about the Chinese tech company. The university has one existing research project which is endorsed by Huawei in wireless technologies. The project received £713,111 in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK’s main agency for research grants in engineering and the physical sciences …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 25 January]

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Review of University of Limerick student records system to cost up to €20 million

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A full review of University of Limerick student records system could cost up to €20 million, TDs were told at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) this Thursday. The Limerick Leader revealed earlier today that concerns have been raised over whether potentially thousands of students were given incorrect exam records over many years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 24 January]

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Subsidiary responsible for €1.2m pension costs – UL

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says a subsidiary company will be responsible for the refund of costs arising from pension benefits worth a total of €1.2m for two of its staff, who were added to UL’s State-funded pension scheme even though they were not employed by the university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 January]

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Have your say: Is semesterisation putting too much pressure on students?

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are Christmas and January exams putting students under too much pressure? It’s a question being asked on college campuses, prompted by factors such as high student drop-out rates, rising anxiety levels and declining participation in clubs and societies …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 January]

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