UCC win appeal over requirement to disclose details of loan agreement to RTÉ

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A High Court judge has overturned the Information Commissioner’s decision requiring University College Cork to disclose to RTÉ certain information about a €100m loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank. The Commissioner must now reconsider RTÉ’s request, made under the Freedom of Information Act, in line with Mr Justice Garrett Simons’ findings …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 3 April]

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Elsevier’s Presence on Campuses Spans More Than Journals. That Has Some Scholars Worried.

Posted in Research on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

“On a recent panel on challenges to the future of teaching and research, Colleen Lyon outlined what was, to her, a ‘dangerous’ dynamic in the world of academic publishing. Lyon, a librarian of scholarly communications at the University of Texas at Austin, listed scholarly-publishing tools that had been acquired by the journal publishing giant Elsevier …” (more)

[Lindsay Ellis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 April]

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Dublin student accommodation supply to fall two-thirds short by 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A report into student housing from Dublin City Council has forecast that by 2025, the number of bed spaces within purpose-built student accommodation will address only a third of demand within the city. The report outlines that there are currently 6,364 student accommodation bed spaces in the city centre, a number which is estimated to rise to approximately 14,000 by 2024 …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 3 April]

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Do Irish Confucius Institutes Threaten Academic Freedom?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the bright hallways of the UCD Confucius Institute, a bronze sculpture of the eponymous philosopher surveys his kingdom. The newly opened building, which has been lauded for its design, is sleek and airy with whispers of Chinese influence …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 3 April]

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A New Set of International Rankings (II)

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

International“The Times Higher Education ‘Impact’ Rankings (which I described yesterday) just dropped a couple of hours ago. You can browse the results here. The main news you readers need to know is that CANADA IS AWESOME (at least if you give any credence to these rankings) …” (more)

[HESA, 3 April]

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New block of student housing up against opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a new block of student housing in Dublin’s city centre has been put under the microscope due to the opposition of the demolishing of an old bakery. Five blocks are due to be demolished on Parnell Street, which are expected to be built up to eight stories high to facilitate student accommodation …” (more)

[Ellen Fitzpatrick, The College View, 3 April]

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Dispute over NUI Galway charging 5% interest rate on students’ bill to build Sports Centre

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway are applying a 5% interest rate on the student contribution towards the bill for building the Sports Centre and redeveloping Áras na Mac Léinn. This contribution takes the form of €100, contained within in the NUI Galway student levy which is €224 in total. All students must pay this levy in September of every year …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, SIN, 3 April]

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‘English Universities in Crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

“Many Americans are watching the chaos in Britain as the country searches for a path forward consistent with the vote to leave the European Union. But for years now – well before the Brexit vote – English universities have seen turmoil as a result of a shift in government policy on higher education, imposing tuition and competition in ways that would seem familiar to many Americans …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 3 April]

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‘Peculiar’ – Trinity newspaper responds to all-male society’s statement on hazing allegations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The college newspaper which uncovered an alleged hazing controversy at the all-male Knights of Campanile society said that the organisation’s statement today denying bullying or humiliation was ‘peculiar’. The Trinity College Knights of Campanile society released a statement on the back of the University Times investigation …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Independent, 2 April]

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Trinity society says hazing reports ‘not to be taken too seriously’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male society in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at the centre of a controversy over hazing allegations has defended practices in the club, following ‘misleading’ reporting, the group has said. In a statement, the Knights of the Campanile said media reports on an initiation ceremony that took place for new members ‘are not to be taken too seriously’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 April]

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TUDSU walk out of USI Congress in fee protest

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Delegates from the Technological University of Dublin Students’ Union (TUDSU) have walked out of the Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), following a motion proposed by the USI President to conduct a review of the fee that the national students’ union charges member organisations for affiliation. Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Shane De Rís, and Education Officer Aimee Connolly, also walked out in protest …” (more)

[Rory O’Sullivan, Trinity News, 2 April]

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