CAO applications rise to over 73,000 for higher education courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of CAO applications this year has increased slightly with more than 73,000 people applying for a place in higher education. The modest increase of just over 400 applications, or 0.6%, reverses last year’s trend when the total number of applications fell by 5%. This was due mainly due a decline in mature applicants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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The Cost of the Open Journal of Astrophysics

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Our recent publication of a paper in the Open Journal of Astrophysics caused a flurry of interest in social media and a number of people have independently asked me for information about the cost of this kind of publication. I see no reason not to be fully ‘open’ about the running costs of the Open Journal, but it’s not quite as simple as a cost per paper …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 February]

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Irish education system needs ‘to wake up fast’ to cope with future AI workplace – leading futurist

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A top industry futurist has said that Ireland Inc and third level colleges here are ‘nowhere near ready’ to cope with the digital revolution of business. George Muir has spoken at conferences across Europe, Australia and the US on the future of the workplace, artificial intelligence (AI) ethics and how AI will impact our professional lives in the future …” (more)

[Louise Kelly, Independent, 1 February]

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Appointments to the Board of the Educational Research Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board of the Educational Research Centre. Essential: Applicants must demonstrate in their application evidence of one or both of the following:- Corporate Governance and Compliance: Significant senior level experience in the areas of corporate governance and/or compliance in either a public, private or community and voluntary sector organisation …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 1 February]

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University College Dublin Investing €6.5 million to Expand on Campus Facility to House Start-Up Companies by 50%

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has announced that it is to expand its on campus facility to house start-up companies by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project. The project to renovate and extend the east courtyard of NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is expected to be completed this Summer …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 1 February]

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NUI Galway planning €200m city centre development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is planning to invest about €200 million on developing disused sites it owns in the city centre. Ireland’s second-largest university by student numbers has opened a public consultation process to inform the direction of a plan that will result in the regeneration of lands at Nuns’ Island in the city …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 1 February]

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‘If society values third level education, we need to find a way to pay for it’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is looking to make his mark. The 13th president of NUI Galway (National University of Ireland, Galway) has a legacy to leave in the city that first set him upon a path to becoming one of Ireland’s top academics. Just over one year into his new job, Ó hÓgartaigh is embarking on a plan to develop a part of the university’s assets that is falling into disrepair …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Luxury student accommodation at the Point Village rebrands following reports of unfinished apartments and facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A luxury student accommodation complex located at the Point Village in Dublin 1 has rebranded following reports that rooms rented for the 2018/2019 academic year were unfinished when some residents arrived in September. The change was pointed out by President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Síona Cahill, at a Raise the Roof conference in the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) Conference Centre on Wednesday …” (more)

[Michael Gilna, Trinity News, 31 January]

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Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Research and Development Supports

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): My question relates to research and development. Is the Minister of State satisfied with the level of public research and development funding and capital expenditure in public research? Will he consider introducing a new five-year cycle with respect to the programme for research in third-level institutions, PRTLI? …” (more)

[Dáil debates – Priority Questions, 31 January]

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How Dublin’s ‘young’ university expanded by fostering 700 tech jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What is Dublin City University? Is it a business college? A technology-focused one? This is one of the first questions I put to Professor Brian MacCraith, the university’s energetic president. ‘Believe it or not, our biggest faculty is now humanities and social sciences’ …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 31 January]

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