Planning for No Deal on Brexit

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

“As a March 29 date for Britain’s planned exit from the European Union fast approaches, British universities are bracing for potentially dire consequences if the United Kingdom exits without a deal. ‘Crashing out with no deal is the worst possible outcome for our universities’, said Joanna Burton, a senior policy analyst for the Russell Group …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 27 February]

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Bringing sustainability in universities up to the next level

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

Ireland“Sustainability has become a buzzword in universities around the world as third-level institutions write sustainability strategies and policies into their strategic plans – and pit themselves against each other in international ranking systems …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Student Accommodation

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

IrelandKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of higher education student housing units built over the period of 2018 to date in 2019, nationally; the number of student accommodation units built by county; the cost over the same period; the proposed monthly cost to each Irish national student per room for the units; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 February]

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IT Tralee rules out interest in Killarney’s St Finan’s for hotel management college

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

Ireland“IT Tralee has ruled out interest in the St Finan’s hospital campus in Killarney for a hotel management college. Yesterday it was revealed that HSE plans for the lands include a third-level outreach college, but the Institute of Technology Tralee says that’s not the case …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 27 February]

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Radical days at UCD – the Gentle Revolution 50 years on

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Whenever I walk or drive past that tall building in Ballsbridge, I see him staring right at me. This is despite the fact that he exists only in my imagination and mind’s eye. The individual in question happens to be my younger self, an arts student at University College Dublin in days gone by, and he is walking up and down on his own, carrying a placard …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Nurses, academics and responsibilities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The recent nurses’ strike was interesting in that it was not just about pay but about the overall quality and safety of our health service. Nurses didn’t want to go on strike (who would?) but felt they had no choice even if to do so would, in the short term, impact negatively on patient welfare. They were looking at the big picture and taking a long term view …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 27 February]

UCD and Trinity have 12 top 50 listings for subject departments

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Twelve subject departments in University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) rank among the world’s best, according to the latest global league table. Despite other international rankings showing slippage for Irish universities, some subject departments are among the strongest in the world …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 February]

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Are we addicted to problemifying interdisciplinary research?

Posted in Research on February 27th, 2019 by steve

“How do you solve a problem like interdisciplinary research? That’s the conundrum that seems to have been permanently on the research policy agenda ever since I can remember …” (more)

[Annette Bramley, Wonkhe, 27 February]

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UCC to develop huge sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCC has unveiled plans to develop a massive sports park on the western fringes of Cork City as part of an ambitious four-year sports strategy. The new sports campus has been earmarked for development on part of an eight-acre UCC-owned landbank at Curraheen, next to the Munster Agricultural Society showgrounds site …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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NUI and Trinity graduates could storm some barricades if they register to vote – now

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A cross section of the Irish electorate – more than half a million people – only semi exercises its franchise. Many university graduates are ignoring, or ignorant of, their right to a Seanad vote. And no one – not the universities, not sitting senators, not the Department of Local Government – is pushing them hard or fast enough to get more people to vote …” (more)

[Deirdre Falvey, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Universities and colleges must provide training on consent – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said it is important that education and training on consent is provided by universities and colleges alongside appropriate support for those who are victims of sexual crime …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 February]

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Student literacy levels: ‘It is almost as if they are word blind’

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lecturer Greg Foley could scarcely believe what he was seeing when marking his students’ lab reports recently. ‘Some of the stuff I was grading was the worst I’d ever seen – even from good students. They just couldn’t see the rubbish they were handing up’, says Foley, an associate professor at Dublin City University’s school of biotechnology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 February]

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University College Dublin Announces €760 million Raised by Companies Supported Through NovaUCD Over the Last 15 Years

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) today announced the results of its latest survey of companies supported through NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, since it opened 15 years ago. UCD has supported over 360 companies and early-stage ventures through the services and supports provided by NovaUCD …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 25 February]

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Poor literacy levels: could smartphone use be part of the problem?

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I’m quoted a bit in this article on literacy levels within the Irish third level student population. It’s been a very frustrating academic year and I’ve been hugely disappointed by the quality of the work I’ve been getting. The reason the work is so bad this year is that I decided, in the interest of my own physical and mental health, to stop spoon-feeding my students so much …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 25 February]

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‘Greetings from Berlin, Tokyo, Beijing’ – Should we call time on international academic travel?

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2019 by steve

“Citing the ecological damage caused by the frequent international flights made by academics, Jürgen Gerhards asks: do academics really need to travel so much? He then presents four simple changes that could be made to reduce the environmental impact of international academic travel …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 25 February]

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A senator wants students to get CAO points for sports and social action

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Fine Gael Senator is proposing to change the CAO applications system to give points for social and athletic involvement. Senator for Cavan-Monaghan Joe O’Reilly has proposed to change the current 625 points system to award 550 points for academic subjects and 75 points to social, cultural and athletic achievements …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 February]

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DCUSU senior executives have been criticised for bypassing class representatives to call a referendum on USI membership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student societies have condemned Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) for showing ‘a clear disregard for democracy and transparency’, after the union executive voted to support disaffiliation from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) without consulting class representatives …” (more)

[Jack Synnott and Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 23 February]

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Apprenticeships and snobbery

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In their opinion piece (Irish Times, 19th Feb), sparked it would seem by recent reports of ‘high’ dropout rates from Irish third level institutions, Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland make the inevitable plea for a ‘systems approach’ to higher education and the creation of a new agency …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 23 February]

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USI condemns delay to tenancies legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday 20 February, the Union of Students in Ireland Vice President Michelle Byrne and NUI Galway’s Students’ Union President Megan Reilly spoke in the Oireachtas about the Residential Tenancies (Greater Security of Tenure & Rent Certainty) Bill 2018 …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, Irish Times, 22 February]

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UL president in stark warning over bus service as ‘major impediment’ to city campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UL president Des Fitzgerald has warned the quality of the bus service between Limerick and the college is a ‘major impediment’ to a new city centre campus. As revealed by the Leader, University of Limerick (UL) is finalising plans to open a new campus in the heart of the city, with sources suggesting it will be in the heart of the Project Opera site …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 22 February]

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