International Students Four Times As Likely to Use Counselling

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“International students are four times more likely to use medical and counselling services than Irish students, the College has said. Speaking to The University Times, Senior Tutor Aidan Seery said: ‘A bit of research has been done and an international student who is here for at least a year is four times more likely to use the services of the medical centre or counselling than a local student …'” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 7 March]

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Céad Oifigeach Gaeilge Riamh Tofa ag QUBSU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“Tá Oifigeach Gaeilge tofa in Aontas na Mac Léinn Ollscoil na Banríona (QUBSU) den chéad uair i stair an choláiste. Toghadh Aodhán Ó Baoill oíche Chéadaoin, gan iomaíocht ar bith ina éadan, le 76 faoin gcéad den 1,267 ag vótáil ar a shon …” (more)

[Eoin O’Hare, University Times, 7 March]

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Splitting with Elsevier

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just time today to pass on a bit of Open Access news: the University of California has ended negotiations which academic publishing giant Elsevier and will no longer subscribe to Elsevier Journals. The negotiations broke down over two key points …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 March]

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Government gives UK students commitment on paying Irish fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is giving a long-term commitment that, after Brexit, UK students studying in the Republic will continue to be treated as if they were in the EU and will not have to pay higher fees. Until now, the guarantee extended only to students from Northern Ireland and Britain starting a third-level course in the Republic in September 2019, with a promise of review in the context of a wider Brexit agreement …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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‘Universities at risk if they admit to cash crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“There are UK universities facing deeper financial problems than at ‘any point in living memory’, warns the head of a higher education think tank. Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, says some universities are ‘close to the wall’ …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 7 March]

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‘It’s scary to walk alone at that hour’ – student’s fear as buses refuse to stop at UCD after 10pm

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin student has told of her frustration at being left stranded at University College Dublin, after night-time bus services were impacted by antisocial behaviour …” (more)

[Fiona Dillon and Denise Calnan, Herald, 7 March]

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Higher education fees for students from Northern Ireland to be frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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University teaching grades invalid, statistics body says

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“The Royal Statistical Society has attacked the way in which teaching standards are measured in universities in England – the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – calling it ‘invalid’. Urging the statistics regulator to intervene, the society said it was ‘likely to mislead students who use TEF to inform their university choices’ …” (more)

[Robert Cuffe, BBC News, 6 March]

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Bus drivers ‘left out’ of talks to restore night services to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD management and Students’ Union representatives are to meet Dublin Bus on Thursday in a bid to resolve a situation in which bus drivers are refusing to serve the college after 10pm. However the meeting will not be attended by representatives of the drivers’ union, the National Bus and Rail Union, as they have not been invited, NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said on Wednesday …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Departmental Legal Costs – Leaving Cert recheck appeal

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent to date by his Department and agencies under his remit appealing the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 March]

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