Staff at Limerick colleges get notice about new moves on co-operation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“All staff at University of Limerick, LIT and Mary Immaculate college have received communication this Friday from the three presidents informing them that an Oxford professor is to help the three colleges facilitate ‘maximum co-operation’ …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 5 April]

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Defunding Trinity paper a disproportionate response – Provost

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Voting to defund the University Times (UT) newspaper in a referendum among Trinity College Dublin students was not a ‘proportionate or reasonable response’ to controversy over its reporting, provost Patrick Prendergast has said. Last month the student newspaper reported on an initiation ceremony involving the all-male society, the Knights of the Campanile, in the apartment of the society’s president Ben Arrowsmith …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 April]

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UL to purchase vacant Dunnes Stores site in Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A vacant Limerick city centre site is to be bought by the University of Limerick and developed into a city campus. The university will purchase the site, formerly occupied by Dunnes Stores, on Sarsfield Bridge for €8 milllion. Dr Des Fitzgerald, UL President, said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 April]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (5 April 2019) launched the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: ‘Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions’. The Framework aims to ensure the creation of an institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful and supportive …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 April]

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Consent classes ‘to help create safe college campuses’

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are under orders to work at making their campuses free from sexual violence and harassment through the implementation of a range of measures, including offering students classes in consent and calling out unacceptable behaviour. A drive to create campuses where everyone feels safe and supported is not a ‘box-ticking’ exercise they have been told …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 April]

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University challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I read with interest the story on page one of your excellent newspaper that outlined the fears that universities have now apparently expressed that, due to State underfunding, there may have to be a cap imposed on the number of Irish students …” (more)

[E Dillon, Irish Times, 5 April]

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St Angela’s College, Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

IrelandFrank Feighan (Fine Gael): I am delighted to see the Minister of State and that she is taking this Commencement matter. St Angela’s College in Sligo is the only home economics college in the country and the need for capital funding for larger capacity classrooms-laboratories to accommodate students has never been greater. A national shortage of home economics teachers and a much more health conscious population is making this discipline more attractive than ever …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 4 April]

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IUA fear fee-paying international students may replace Irish students at third level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have suggested the possibility of having to limit University places for Irish students in future years due to funding shortages within the sector. The IUA have attributed this possible move to the growing number of students in the sector, and lowered investment by the government …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 April]

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