Knights of the Campanile group claim exoneration over ‘hazing’ allegations

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The all-male Trinity College Dublin society at the centre of an alleged ‘hazing’ controversy, has claimed a college investigation has concluded only that an ‘unauthorised party’ took place. The investigation was into the behaviour of The Knights of the Campanile, during an initiation ceremony for new members, held in the student residence of the society’s president, Ben Arrowsmith, in late February …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Minister McHugh hosts Regional Stakeholder Forum in Dundalk Institute of Technology – DkIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 4 April) hosted the fourth in a series of regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). Minister McHugh and his officials heard from a wide range of voices across the sector with a focus on Brexit and future skills needs …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 April]

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How I lost my faith in OER?

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This is more or less the script for a lightening (6-minute) presentation for the OER19 conference in Galway next week. I’ve recorded it with slides as well. As someone who once thought that OER was a great idea, I first became aware of an ideological tinge in the movement when I listened in to an online debate (argument?) about the need for Non-Commercial (NC) to be included in open licencing …” (more)

[Well I wouldn’t start from here anyway!, 2 April]

New Bus Route to Link Dublin’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new Dublin Bus route, stretching from Ballymun to Bray, will link Dublin’s three universities. Dublin Bus has already started operating the new 155 route, which will travel along the N11 from Bray until Dublin city centre, through Phibsboro and along Ballymun Rd as far as IKEA. This will create links between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity, and Dublin City University (DCU). The service will also stop near some of the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) city campuses …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 April]

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Irish Universities contribute €8.89 billion to Irish economy annually

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThe Irish economy benefited by €8.9 billion last year from Ireland’s seven universities newly published research has confirmed. The first ever socio-economic impact research undertaken on the role universities play in the economy and society has been carried out by Indecon on behalf of the Irish Universities Association …” (more, download)

[IUA, 4 April]

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Church ‘disappointed’ at leak urging QUB to sever college link

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

“The Presbyterian Church has expressed dismay that a recommendation by Queen’s University to end its link with Union Theological College was seen by the media before its own staff. An internal university review – seen by the BBC – has advised cutting the links to the Presbyterian-run institution that dates back to 1927 …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 4 April]

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Renovations for UCD president’s new offices to cost €7.5m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The renovation of a period house on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus, to be used as new offices for the university president, is set to cost more than €7 million, confidential internal documents show. Renovation of Ardmore House, a historic 19th century villa-style property near the centre of the south Dublin campus, has been in train for the last two years …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Graduates pocket up to €220,000 extra as universities return €9bn a year to economy

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A degree is worth an average €106,000 in a university graduate’s pocket, rising to more than double, €220,000, if they go all the way to a PhD. The figures represent the average value of a third-level qualification over a lifetime, when compared with a school-leaver and take account of the cost of college and deductions such as tax …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 April]

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Irish university graduates earn more from degrees than in UK

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates from Irish universities stand to earn a slightly higher wage premium compared with graduates from some of the UK’s most prestigious universities over the course of their lifetime, according to new research. The average lifetime net premium for an undergraduate degree holder from an Irish university has been estimated at €106,000 by research firm Indecon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Time to talk about student mental health

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

“Many of the student mental health strategies being adopted by universities argue that it’s ‘time to talk’. But who are students talking to, and on what basis are people listening? …” (more)

[Phil Pilkington, Wonkhe, 3 April]

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Irish universities among ‘best in the world’ when it comes to gender equality and climate action

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities rank among the best in the world in meeting global goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity for all. Five of Ireland’s seven universities are in the top 100 of the first ever international league table measuring their commitment to areas such as gender equality, climate action and sustainable cities and communities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]
[Rankings data are here]

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UCC wins appeal over disclosure of loan details to RTÉ

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 4th, 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 €100 million loan agreement between the college and the European Investment Bank (EIB) …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Student Arrested in Trinity Library for Abusive Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A male student was removed from Trinity’s library by the Gardaí for being abusive to other students this afternoon. At around 4pm, Gardaí escorted an unnamed student from the first floor of the Berkeley library …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 3 April]

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