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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