Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number across all University College Dublin (UCD) programmes. The figure, which represents 55.8% of all course leavers in the university, includes students in dual honours Arts degree programmes across a wide variety of subjects …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 17 April]

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Failing A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 17th, 2019 by steve

“As it is tangentially related to yesterday’s post I thought I’d comment on an article in The Times with the headline …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 April]

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Self-organising peer review for preprints – A future paradigm for scholarly publishing

Posted in Research on April 17th, 2019 by steve

International“Preprints – rapidly published non peer reviewed research articles – are becoming an increasingly common fixture in scholarly communication. However, without being peer reviewed they serve a limited function, as they are often not recognised as high quality research publications. In this post Wang LingFeng discusses how the development of preprint servers as self-organising peer review platforms could be the future of scholarly publication …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 17 April]

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UK universities pay out £90m on staff ‘gagging orders’ in past two years

Posted in Legal issues on April 17th, 2019 by steve

“UK universities have spent nearly £90m on payoffs to staff that come with ‘gagging orders’ in two years, raising fears that victims of misconduct at higher education institutions are being silenced. As many as 4,000 settlements, some of which are thought to relate to allegations of bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct, have been made with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) attached since 2017 …” (more)

[Simon Murphy, Guardian, 17 April]


‘No rankings game’ in UCD global search for 500 staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A novel international recruitment drive by UCD to employ 500 more academic staff is well under way as part of an ambitious five-year development plan at Ireland’s largest university. There has been huge interest for the first 65 positions, which the university hopes to fill by September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 April]

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DIT’s Kevin Street campus on 3.57 acres sells for €140m

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former DIT Kevin Street campus has been acquired by global institutional investor York Capital and Dublin-based developer Westridge Real Estate for €140 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 April]

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