‘We’re Failing Our Students’ When It Comes to Consent, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today came out fervently in favour of consent education in universities speaking at the launch of the Systematic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE) Charter launch today …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 15 May]

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What is this ‘anti-PhD’ attitude about?

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2019 by steve

“Lately, more and more students want a non-academic job when they finish their PhD. Anecdotally, some graduates seem to be experiencing the PhD as a barrier to employment, not an enabler. In fact, I’ve heard so much negative talk about how employers react to PhD holders over the years that it seemed important to start looking at this phenomenon more closely …” (more)

[The Thesis Whisperer, 13 May]

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Technological Universities Status: TUSE

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of a technological university for the south east; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 May]

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Third Level Fees: Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether it is acceptable that a family that was forced to emigrate to Australia in 2012 due to the recession and has now returned home is liable for international fees in third level institutions here (details supplied); and his plans to ensure that this charge is changed and that persons who have had to emigrate are not affected in such a manner …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 May]

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IT Carlow students resit exam after marking scheme mistakenly attached to original exam paper

Posted in Teaching on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Second-year students in IT Carlow had to resit an exam on Tuesday after it emerged that the marking scheme for the original exam paper had been mistakenly attached to papers distributed to exam students …” (more)

[Conor Heneghan, Joe.ie, 15 May]

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The pros and cons of academic life

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the last week or so I’ve been laid low with a ‘bug’ and I’ve been thinking about the pros and cons of academic life. One of the main ‘pros’ of this career is flexibility, something that is invaluable if you have young children or if you have health issues or if you have any kind of commitment that requires you to be able to work flexibly …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 15 May]

Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches a European Charter to promote gender equality in the university sector

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education today (15th May 2019) formally launched a Charter to promote gender equality in the University sector. SAGE – Systemic Action for Gender Equality – is an EU-Horizon 2020 funded project designed to seek stronger action on gender equality in higher education and research …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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Government launches Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today launched a new suite of courses under Springboard+ 2019. This brings the number of courses to 285 and the number of places available from this academic year to over 9,000 …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 15 May]

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Female authors listed on just 30% of recent UK academic research

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2019 by steve

“Women are listed as authors of just 30% of academic research from British universities, according to a major new ranking of higher education institutions. Although the number of women named as authors is gradually increasing, the slow pace was described by one expert as ‘disheartening’ …” (more)

[Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Guardian, 15 May]

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