Engineer’s body warns of shortage of skills in sector

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

Ireland“The organisation representing engineers here has issued a strong warning about the impact a shortfall in skills within the profession will have over the coming years. Engineers Ireland said the supply of third-level engineering graduates and professional engineering apprentices is simply insufficient to meet the needs of a growing Irish society …” (more)

[Will Goodbody, RTÉ News, 6 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

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

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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Patrick Kelly v University College Dublin, The Curious Case of

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

Ireland“… This judgment is the most recent, publicly available determination in a dispute over gender discrimination that has spanned 17 years. The sprawling web of complaints and litigation has reached dizzyingly high levels of the Irish justice system and has even, at one point, been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. In a 2013 High Court judgment, Mr Justice John Hedigan, described the saga of litigation as a ‘sad and sorry tale of interminable, highly complex applications, most of which were found to be groundless’ …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 6 March]

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UCD student union appeals to Dublin Bus Drivers to stop at Belfield

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

Ireland“UCD students union is appealing to Dublin Bus not to tarnish ‘with the one brush’ all 28,500 students on the south county Dublin campus because of the anti social behaviour of ‘a small minority’. The appeal comes after Dublin Bus suspended some bus routes in the vicinity of UCD, due to anti social behaviour issues …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Dublin Bus must stop discriminating against UCD students

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

Ireland“Labour Transport spokesperson Kevin Humphreys has called on Dublin Bus to reverse its decision not to pick students up at UCD at night, and to work with students, An Garda Síochána, and the University to find a solution. Senator Humphreys said …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 6 March]

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Trinity becomes a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin became a tobacco free campus on National No Smoking Day, 6 March. The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne marked this milestone with the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Students’ Union Sports Officer, Darragh Flood and Healthy Trinity Ambassador, Nuria de Cos Lara by hitting a cigarette-shaped piñata hanging from a tree in Front Square …” (more)

[Trinity College, 6 March]

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University of Limerick to lead new €21m data science research training centre

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to lead a new €21 million research training centre for data science, it has been announced. In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, UL is to lead a new €21 million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to be given university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to secure university status within months after the Cabinet approved a change in legislation. Legal restrictions have prevented the 235-year-old Dublin college from being granted university status even though it is ranked among the top higher-education institutions in the world …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Students are given all-clear for September

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

Ireland“Irish students who want to study in the UK after Brexit, or UK students who want to attend third-level here, have certainty about continuation of the current fees regime for the duration of their studies if they start this September. Nor will there be any change to student grants, and Irish students in the UK will also be able to access student loans there …” (more)

[Independent, 6 March]

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Eight undocumented Leaving Cert students face ‘limbo’ after exams

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

Ireland“Eight undocumented Leaving Certificate pupils in a Co Galway school will not be eligible to go college or university due to their legal status. The students, all Brazilian, arrived in Ireland as children during the economic boom years and have spent a decade or more at primary and secondary level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Universities Should Take Nothing for Granted, as Populism Struts on a World Stage

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

Ireland“Populism as a political creed has, in recent years, burst onto a truly world stage spanning, to mention the more notorious, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Philippines and Italy. There are common threads – right wing conservatism, nationalism, racism, a fear and loathing of immigrants and indeed anyone who departs from norms the populists set …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 5 March]

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‘Celtic Connection’ to protect higher education from fallout of Brexit

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

Ireland“A new ‘Celtic Connection’ of higher education institutions across Ireland – north and south – and Scotland and Wales is being forged to help protect the sector from the fallout of Brexit. It aims to strengthen links between individual colleges to allow for ease of movement for staff and students and to ensure institutions are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to research funding handouts …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 March]

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Clintons say vendetta claim in book ‘patently false’

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

Ireland“Bill and Hillary Clinton have dismissed allegations in a new book on the Ireland-US relationship that funding was cut for scholarship programme because of a personal vendetta against the scheme’s founder. Representatives for the Clintons hit back on Tuesday at a series of claims …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Trinity College Dublin stubs out outdoor smoking on campus

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will officially become a tobacco-free campus on Wednesday, National No Smoking Day, almost three years after creating tobacco-free zones on its campus. After initial resistance from the TCD Students’ Union, the momentum to make the campus tobacco-free grew with student support …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 5 March]

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