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]

Tags: , ,

The joys of mid term

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Thank God for mid-term, or ‘reading week’ as it is known in some colleges. Time was I would have spent the week on the ski slopes, but these days I see the mid-term break as a precious opportunity to catch up – a nice relaxed week in which I can concentrate on correcting assessments, preparing teaching notes and setting end-of-semester exams …” (more)

[Antimatter, 22 February]

Tags:

What will Brexit mean for education on the Irish border?

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

Ireland“Elaine Keogh reports on what Brexit will mean to students and staff at Dundalk IT …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 22 February]

Tags: , , , , ,

No deal Brexit hits Erasmus student exchanges

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

“The Erasmus exchange programme changed my life. If you’re not familiar with it, it allows university students to swap a year at their home institution to study abroad in the EU. Exchange students pay only the fees they would normally pay at their home university, and receive a grant to help with costs …” (more)

[Naomi O Leary, Slugger O’Toole, 21 February]

Tags: , , ,

Minister McHugh to visit Limerick to turn the sod on €11.57million investment under Project Ireland 2040 at LIT Coonagh

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Friday February 22nd), visited Limerick Institute of Technology to turn the sod on the brownfield site of LIT’s new engineering-focused Coonagh campus as part of Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 February]

Tags: ,

DCU receives backlash over introduction of non-refundable €50 charge on accommodation applications

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

Ireland“Dublin City University has reversed its decision to implement a non-refundable €50 charge on applications for campus accommodation for students who don’t secure a room following backlash. The student accommodation service was introducing a €50 administration fee for incoming first year students who are applying to stay on campus for the 2019/2020 year …” (more)

[Donal Corrigan, Independent, 21 February]

Referendum on new TU Dublin Students’ Union passes with overwhelming majority

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

Ireland“Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) students have voted to create a new overarching students’ union across its City, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght campuses, with more than 95% students voting Yes to the new union …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 21 February]

Tags: , , , ,

We must invest in education with a focus on equity of outcome

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

Ireland“The educational achievement of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds remains alarmingly below that of better-off pupils, calling for an ongoing policy response involving early education and other vital supports. The advantages of a complete and meaningful education, particularly a third-level qualification, follows a person throughout their life …” (more)

[Michelle Murphy, Irish Times, 22 February]

Tags: ,