Trinity College Dublin Provost wants Brexit measures for students firmed up

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

Ireland“The Provost of Trinity College Dublin has said arrangements for Northern Irish students must be ‘copper-fastened’ after Brexit. Dr Patrick Prendergast was in Belfast yesterday to address an audience of Trinity alumni. In January there were concerns a hard Brexit would see fees soar for local students wishing to study in Irish universities …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 1 March]

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Student Literacy, The Function of University, Truth about Poor Degrees

Posted in Teaching on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There were two alarming pieces about decline in university standards in the The Irish Times recently. The paper did not facilitate readers’ comments but here are some brief points that the articles ignored …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 28 February]

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The NUI and Seanad elections

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

Ireland“Sir, – Further to ‘NUI and Trinity graduates could storm some barricades if they register to vote – now’ ( Opinion & Analysis, February 25th), there is no secrecy surrounding graduates’ entitlement to claim their vote, and the universities do all they can to encourage graduates to register and vote in elections …” (more)

[Attracta Halpin, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Influential University of Limerick academic and former Senator Noel Mulcahy passes away

Posted in Life on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A founding academic of University of Limerick, who acted as an advisory to the Government to introduce free education, has passed away. Prof Noel William Mulcahy served as vice-president of the former National Institute of Higher Education (NIHE) in Limerick – now University of Limerick – as well as serving as the institute’s dean of Engineering and Science in the 1980s …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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And again: what is higher education actually for?

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

Ireland“There is a wonderful caricature of higher education, Microcosmographia Academica, which was written in 1908 by the Cambridge classicist Francis Macdonald Cornford. In this, with his tongue somewhat in cheek, he offered advice to the aspiring young academic. Much of it will not seem dated to contemporary readers …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 February]

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‘No Erasmus please, we’re British’

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

“As the ongoing Brexit fiasco systematically trashes Britain’s international reputation, the consequences for the UK University sector are becoming increasingly obvious. In particular, the realization that Britain now defines itself exclusively by its xenophobia has led to a decision by Spain to remove the UK from the list of potential destinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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60,000 public sector workers to see pay improvements begin

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

Ireland“More than 60,000 public servants recruited since 2011 on lower pay will gradually see pay improvements from today. The pay increases, which are about €3,300 on average, are part of the implementation of a deal to address pay inequality …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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Address for success?

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

Ireland“Sir, – I hate to break it to Brian Clancy (Letters, February 28th), but unfortunately your address or school, being of course proxies for family socio-economic background, remain the clearest predictor of future success in life (if we define success in the regrettably narrow sense of making loads of money) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 1 March]

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