UCC offers support to lecturer following claims of drunkenness in class

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork (UCC) have raised concerns with college management amid allegations that a lecturer arrived drunk to a class and had to be escorted from the room by security. A UCC student representative for the class wrote to their department head to express their anger at the incident …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 6 February]

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Students are not at the centre of TEP

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is renowned as Ireland’s most prestigious university. Boasting alumni such as Oscar Wilde, Edmund Burke, Bram Stoker, and other members of the Irish liberal literati, College often exists in the public imagination as something to be revered: a bastion of academic excellence and opportunity …” (more)

[Gráinne Sexton, Trinity News, 6 February]

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Third Level Costs – Pharmacy Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the issues faced by pharmacy students who will now have enormous tuition fees for the fifth year of their course will be addressed; his views on whether the changes will result in students not pursuing studies in pharmacy in the future for purely financial reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 February]

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The university fees conversation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many students will be familiar with the process of applying for a grant from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). It is a long process which demands attention and various details of the student and their families finances. Many students find it a confusing process. Although, not just for students it seems …” (more)

[Taidgh Beahan, The College View, 6 February]

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NUI Maynooth set to construct its first student centre

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has finalised plans to construct a new student centre and in conjunction with Maynooth Student Union (MSU) the first stage of construction was signed off on January 23rd. The student centre will be built as part of Maynooth University’s campus development plan. The plan aims to meet the needs of students, staff and the wider community by providing important campus buildings and infrastructure …” (more)

[Rachel Halpin, The College View, 6 February]

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DCU purchased rodents for scientific research

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The university bought 1790 mice and rats between 2016 and 2017 for scientific research purposes, The College View has learned. Mice took up the majority of the purchases with 1,296 of the 1,790 rodents. The other 494 were rats. DCU also declined to provide the name of the supplier of the rodent …” (more)

[Brian Mahon, The College View, 6 February]

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Bystander intervention programme launched for UCC students

Posted in Teaching on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An online bystander intervention programme against sexual harassment and violence was launched in University College Cork on January 28th. The programme was launched by Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. It is an online project taught through six one-hour workshops available to 22,000 UCC students …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, The College View, 6 February]

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Minister for Education to argue against right of access to higher education

Posted in Legal issues on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh is set to argue that no individual has a right of access to higher education in an upcoming court appeal. The appeal is being made against a ruling carried out last September …” (more)

[Sarah Moran, Trinity News, 6 February]

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Galway City Council pass Unanimous Motion in Support of more funding for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the unanimous vote from Galway City Councillors which calls on the government to act on the Cassells Report and provide a sustainable funding model for third level education. Councillors are well placed to understand the real pressures that students and families are under …” (more)

[IUA, 4 February]

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UCC to Review Ties with Nobel Prize Winner

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Calls have been made for University College Cork to cut its ties with well-known scientist and former Nobel Prize Winner, Dr James Watson. This comes in light of comments repeated by Watson, 90, in which is claimed that there is a correlation between race and intelligence. In 2007 Dr Watson, who helped discover the structure of DNA, said that …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 5 February]

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Student exchanges in no-deal Brexit threat

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

“Universities are warning that the Erasmus student exchange scheme will have no more funding for UK students in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It would mean that 17,000 UK students would not study abroad as planned next year …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 6 February]

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NUI Galway Students’ Union condemns extortionate rent increase in Menlo student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week, the Menlo Park Apartment complex have announced a rent increase of an extortionate 20%. These privately-owned apartments are located on the Headford Road and accommodate roughly 140 NUI Galway students each year. Rent prices have been steadily increasing year after year, but this year’s increase has seen the price of a single en-suite room rise by €1,390, in comparison to last year’s prices …” (more)

[Sarah Gill, SIN, 5 February]

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The silencing of academics

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission of England and Wales, along with other higher-education organisations, has published new guidelines designed to enshrine freedom of expression as the default position on campus. There’s surely no better illustration of the low regard for free speech on some campuses …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, spiked, 6 February]

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