Piano lecturer challenges CIT’s decision to dismiss him

Posted in Legal issues on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has brought a High Court challenge aimed at quashing the college’s decision to dismiss him from his post. Brian McNamara’s proceedings against CIT, the Minister for Education and Skills and the State claims he was not lawfully dismissed from his role as a piano lecturer at the Cork School of Music, which became part of CIT …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 4 February]

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DITSU Cancels Iron Stomach Competitions After Insurance Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) has cancelled any ‘iron stomach’ competitions on campus, after the the institute’s insurance provider advised that such events were too risky …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 4 February]

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Plan S – Get your feedback in!

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a rather busy first day back at teaching, and I’m a bit tired after my first Engineering Mathematics lecture, so I’ll just post a couple of quick items on the topic of Open Access Publishing. The most important thing is a reminder that the deadline for submission of feedback on the Plan S proposals is February 8th 2019 …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 February]


No, College, It’s Not Up to Students to Fix the Trinity Education Project

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff attending Wednesday’s Trinity Education Project open forum, hosted by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), were at cross purposes from the very beginning. On the one hand, you had students, who saw the event as an opportunity to rail against what they characterised as a fundamentally flawed project …” (more)

[University Times, 4 February]


Leaving Cert exam marking will move online this summer

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“State exam chiefs are planning to introduce online marking for Leaving Cert subjects this year, in a bid to make the process more accurate and faster. The move to switch from traditional paper-based marking is being accelerated in the wake of the successful High Court action last year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 February]


Have your say: Have you ever taken part in an initiation ceremony?

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Typically associated with the membership rites of some college societies, hazing or initiation ceremonies can sometimes overstep the mark …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 February]

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Held to account: Second University of Limerick president given a torrid time at PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A few hours after the day’s business got under way at the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in Leinster House last week, there was a controlled explosion in Committee Room 3 …” (more)

[Alan English, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

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