LIT To Develop 500-Student Ennis Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology is to secure an Ennis campus, with the capacity for 500 students. The college has been offering courses in the county town for the past 15 years, with three degree programmes currently on offer here …” (more)

[Clare FM, 28 January]

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UCC students unveil mural against sexual violence in college

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students will unveil a mural on Monday calling for an end to sexual violence and harassment in third-level institutions. It is part of a campaign by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to create a culture of zero tolerance towards such behaviours …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Women-Only Professorships Are a Response to an Inadequate Softly-Softly Approach

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The news last week that concerns around ‘positive discrimination’ were raised about the creation of several women-only professorships is reflective of something that has long been an open secret in academia. Higher education has not – as yet – had a major #MeToo moment. But most people, even those with only second-hand experience of life in academia, have heard whispers of the sexism and traditionalist masculinity that remains entrenched in academic circles …” (more)

[University Times, 28 January]

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Temple Bar residents block plans for student accommodation block

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Temple Bar residents have succeeded in blocking plans for four-storey student accommodation units in Temple Bar. The ruling by An Bord Pleanála upholds an earlier decision by Dublin City Council to refuse planning permission to Ningaloo Dublin Properties Ltd for the development on Exchange Street …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Trinity signs ‘Brexit-proof deal’ to link up with UK university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin and the University of Birmingham have signed a formal partnership designed to help Brexit-proof the two universities when Britain departs the UK. The nature of the agreement is unusual on these islands, as membership of the EU has provided the infrastructure for the collaboration involved …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 January]

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UCC to expand anti-harassment programme

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A culture of zero tolerance to verbal or physical sexual harrassment is to be encouraged at one of the country’s largest universities by the expansion of an intervention programme to all 22,000 students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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Tables reveal – but don’t explain – progression rates for different schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re obsessed with college degrees in Ireland. In less than four years’ time full-time student numbers will reach the 200,000 mark, according to the latest official Department of Education and Skills projections. That’s double the total in 1995/96 and an increase of 30,000 in universities, institutes of technology and other colleges of education in a decade …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 27 January]

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Plan for 1,400 student spaces amid shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for almost 1,400 new student bed spaces have been submitted since the start of the year as the housing crisis continues to hit those in third-level education seeking accommodation. Like most demographics, the student housing sector is facing a significant shortfall with demand for spaces more intense than ever before. At the time of last year’s CAO offers there were 3,070 properties available nationwide …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 27 January]

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Major multinational employers concerned at language skills of Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major multinational employers are concerned that Irish graduates from college and further education fall short in their ability to speak foreign languages. Satisfaction ratings with the foreign language skills of new entrants to the workforce are low among foreign-owned employers here, according to a report for the Higher Education Authority, seen by the Sunday Independent …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor and John Walshe, Independent, 27 January]

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Fee-paying schools: do you get what you pay for?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Parents will often wonder if paying extra for their child’s education is worthwhile when so many of the country’s non fee-paying schools perform exceptionally well when it comes to seeing students progress to third level. For some, private education is a worthwhile investment. Others may want their son or daughter to follow their path and attend their own alma mater …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 27 January]

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