Trinity College launch investigation after university newspaper admits secretly recording students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has launched an investigation after a college paper admitted secretly recording students for an article. There are calls for funding to be pulled from The University Times after it reported the details of an initiation ceremony for an all-male, invite-only, sporting society …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Third-level education institutes call for a better cycling infrastructure in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Seven third-level education and research institutes in Cork, attended by some 48,000 staff and students, have united to call for better cycling infrastructure. The heads of each of the institutions, attended by some 48,000 students and staff, have co-signed letters to Transport Minister Shane Ross and Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority, urging them to prioritise funding to deliver the Cork Cycle Network Plan and extend the range of the city’s successful bike share scheme …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Students and staff at third level campuses to walk out of lectures this afternoon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at third level campuses will walk out of lectures this afternoon to shine a light on the growing crisis in higher education funding. Major demonstrations will take place on the main campuses of UCC and CIT as part of the ‘Fund the Future’ campaign, with students set to walk out of classes at 1pm. Students from several other third level institutions will also strike at lunchtime …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Belfast theological college professor fired over BBC radio comments

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

“A professor at Belfast’s Union Theological College (UTC) has been fired due to comments he made on a radio show. Reverend Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, who worked at UTC for 22 years, was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ by a disciplinary panel of the Presbyterian Church, who run the college, the BBC reports …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 March]

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Ireland will have highest university fees in Europe post-Brexit, according to student union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“At €3,000 Ireland will have the highest university fees in the EU after Brexit. That is according to the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of a protest today at Dublin’s Trinity College. Third level students and staff will call on the government to respond to the growing crisis in higher education funding …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Delivery of student accommodation surges as housing crisis rumbles on

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation projects are accounting for an increasing share of residential development activity as reflected in research conducted in conjunction with Construction Information Services (CIS). It shows that 6,060 bed-spaces were built in 22 student projects in Dublin, Cork and Galway between June 2016 and February 2019 …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 21 March]

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The timing of Trinity’s construction works was nonsensical and inconsiderate

Posted in Life on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite having over 425 years of experience, Trinity still cannot seem to time things right. Works in Fellows’ Square, which necessitated the redirecting of students via the back of the 1937 Reading Room, began a week after students returned from the Christmas break …” (more)

[Darragh McDonagh, Trinity News, 20 March]

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NUIG in public drive to help shape university’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking the public’s assistance as part of its drive to shape the university’s future. It’s part of an online discussion called ‘Imagine NUI Galway’ which aims to inform strategy over the next five years …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 March]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Fee Certainty Is Not Enough to Quell the Northern Ireland CAO Tumble

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was perhaps unclear, on June 23rd, 2016, just how destabilising Britain’s Brexit vote would be to the European economy as a whole. Ireland, as the UK’s nearest neighbour and one of its closest trading partners, is particularly exposed to these destabilising forces. It quickly became clear that myriad sectors of the Irish economy would come under significant strain, especially in the event of a no-deal Brexit …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 20 March]

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