Future of UT funding to be decided in April referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) have called a referendum on the issue of the University Times’ (UT) funding, which will be held during the last week of term. The referendum was triggered by a petition signed by over 500 students, which calls for the salary and on-campus accommodation given to the UT Editor to be cut, alongside a cut in production costs to €3,000 …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, University Times, 22 March]

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Moynihan calls for overhaul of leaving cert appeals process

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Cork TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals mechanism after it emerged one high-profile case last year cost the State almost €70,000. Cork North West Fianna Fail TD Michael Moynihan has said the current appeals process was ‘deeply flawed’ and that revising it would result in huge savings for the State …” (more)

[Bill Browne, The Corkman, 23 March]

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Revelation of the Knights Hazing Was Clearly in the Public Interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is a truth universally acknowledged that, where there are two lawyers, there will be at least three legal opinions. In the same way that there are two sides to every story, there are two legal arguments in every case. And where there are matters of public controversy, there can be at least as many legal views on them as there are lawyers commenting about them …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, University Times, 22 March]

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Prioritising the basics in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – If there aren’t enough places in third level to meet demand I can understand why there are those who think the answer is to put more money into the sector (‘Shortage of college places looms unless State invests in higher education, say campaigners’, News, March 22nd) …” (more)

[Patrick G Burke, Irish Times, 23 March]

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The University Times’ legal defence is fundamentally flawed

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On March 15 2019, the University Times published an article alleging the Knights of the Campanile were implicated in an on-campus hazing evening. On March 19 2019, the newspaper published a note to its readers about its reporting methods, in particular their decision to enter a student residential building …” (more)

[Neville Cox, Oran Doyle and David Kenny, University Times, 21 March]

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The decline of knowledge

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The road between Dublin and Galway is not the most exciting so it is always nice when there is something stimulating on the radio. The other day, as I was travelling, the time flew by, such was the quality of the discussion on both the Sean O’Rourke show on RTE1 and the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 22 March]