On the alleged socialist dominance in academia

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday there came to my attention to a tweet from an organization called ‘Turning Point’. Disappointingly this is not as its name suggests, something to do with differential calculus, but a far-right propaganda organization which, among other things, is bemoaning the ‘socialist dominance in academia’ …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 February]

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Students in south Dublin warned over mumps outbreak

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Health authorities have warned students in the Dublin areas to get vaccinated if they have not been immunised with the MMR vaccine in response to an outbreak of mumps. Trinity College Dublin has had a number of cases confirmed over the past week or so and has warned anyone who suspects they have the virus to stay away from university for five days …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 February]

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TEP must be criticised, but not discarded

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Trinity Education Project (TEP) is a highly aspirational ideal of education reform for the College – possibly even more radical than the semi-semesterisation model introduced in 2010. Its aim to reduce the amount of assessments for students in order to move away from over-focusing on exams makes a lot of sense; its idea to imbue in students ‘attributes’ that will stand to them after graduation is a good idea – it could only be beneficial for Trinity graduates if employers associated certain qualities or attitudes with them …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Trinity News, 10 February]


CAO points race ‘putting children’s health at risk’ amid fall in fitness levels

Posted in Life, Teaching on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The long-term health of teenagers is being put at risk by the race for CAO points, according to health and fitness expert Professor Niall Moyna. His warning comes as a new study shows a sharp fall in fitness levels among second-level pupils, particularly girls, after the age of 15 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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Ireland’s pay gap between men and women in R&D highest in Europe

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The pay gap between women and men working in scientific research and development positions in Ireland is the largest in the European Union, with women earning on average 30% less than men, research has found. The European Commission on Monday released She Figures 2018, which presents key indicators on progress made towards gender equality in research and innovation, to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 11 February]

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The Government’s Right to Higher Education Appeal is Practical, Not Villainous

Posted in Legal issues on February 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a prominent September decision, the High Court ruled that Rebecca Carter – whose marks in a leaving certificate paper had been totted up incorrectly – was entitled to a timely recheck from the State Examinations Commission. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys made the ruling by identifying a previously unrecognised right – that of ‘reasonable access to available higher education and vocational training’ …” (more)

[University Times, 10 February]

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