Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes Report Stage in Seanad Éireann

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RCSI recognition as a university, English Language College regulation, Learner and teacher protection amendments all welcomed by Minister. Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (22 May 2019) welcomed the completion of Report Stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 May]

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Should students be (financially) compensated for strike action by lecturers?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Regular readers of this blog will know that last year I was still employed part of the time at Cardiff University and during that period I was participating in strike action called by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) over pensions. As a result of that action students on my module on Physics of the Early Universe missed quite a lot of lectures (and I was docked a large fraction of my pay) …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 May]

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IT Tralee staff holding protest in Cork over Munster university merger

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee and their counterparts at Cork Institute of Technology are holding a protest in Cork this morning. Their protest coincides with the arrival of an international panel which will assess a proposed merger of the two third-level institutes. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is organising the picket …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 22 May]

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HEA criticism of teacher training programmes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A review of teacher training programmes in Ireland has criticised the level of fees charged to students studying to become teachers, and says course changes introduced seven years ago have contributed to the current shortage of post-primary teachers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 May]

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University campuses should be welcoming to all – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Speaking following a meeting between Sinn Féin representatives and Queen’s University on equality issues, Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said: ‘We had a positive discussion on the university’s new draft Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy; and on issues such as visibility of the Irish Language …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 May]

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Munster Technological University bid suffers blow as staff reject latest plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the creation of a new technological university in the Munster area have been dealt a blow after staff at Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee voted to reject the latest stage of merger plans. The development comes as members of an international panel are due to visit on Wednesday to determine if both institutions meet the threshold to become a technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Adversity Scores

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Who deserves to go to university? Particularly the prestigious ones with selective admissions? It’s easy enough to say ‘everyone’, or ‘anyone with the ability to benefit from it’, but when it comes to any specific institution, usually the demand for spaces exceeds the supply. When that happens, some type of rationing procedure comes into play …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 22 May]

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HEA welcomes the publication of ‘The Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland: Review of Progress in Implementing Reform’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority today publishes The Structure of Teacher Education in Ireland: Review of Progress in Implementing Reform. The Review was conducted by Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and advised by Professor Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education at University College Cork …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 22 May]

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Funding awarded for online Irish adult teaching course

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Centre for Irish Language Research, Teaching and Testing (Lárionad na Gaeilge) at Maynooth University has been awarded funding to develop an online course which will qualify graduates to teach Irish to adults. Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne announced a grant of €270,000 which will fund the delivery of the course during a visit to the campus on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 21 May]

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