Penthouse unit in Cork student accommodation with ‘Instagramable views’ on offer for 10k a year

Posted in Life on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all the rooms in Cork city’s largest student apartment complex, where €10,000-a-year penthouse units boast ‘seriously Instagramable views’ of the city, have been snapped up ahead of the new academic term …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Austerity fallout leaves Irish universities lost in the crowd

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“International university rankings are deeply flawed measures of third-level colleges. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 June]

Why university world rankings are meaningless

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The most recent in the apparently never-ending stream of university rankings, out today, shows no sign of reversing the 10-year decline in the performance of Irish universities – as a whole they are nowhere near where they were a decade ago, and at best it shows that the decline may have paused. Should this be a cause for alarm? …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, Irish Times, 19 June]

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Universities struggle in rankings of world’s best

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities continue to struggle in world rankings as governments elsewhere pump more money into higher education. Trinity College Dublin is the best performer for Ireland in the latest global table, but it has continued its descent, falling to 108th, down four places on last year, in the annual QS World University Rankings. It is 37th in Europe …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 June]

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The proceedings in Burkes v NUI Galway put on hold indefinitely

Posted in Legal issues on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The hearing of Burkes v NUI Galway began at 10:30am Tuesday with Judge Petria McDonnell presiding. Clíona Kimber SC, Counsel for NUI Galway, spoke near the outset, noting that NUI Galway had lifted the lifetime ban on the Plaintiffs (the Burkes). At this point, Judge McDonnell questioned or commented on whether the lifting of the lifetime ban ‘would render the whole thing moot’ (ie render the proceedings unnecessary) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 19 June]

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Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities show little sign of reversing their decade-long decline in new global rankings. The latest QS World University Rankings show Trinity College Dublin has slipped further out of the top 100, down from 104th to 108th place, while UCD climbed eight places to 185th. Of the eight ranked Irish universities, three improved, three declined, while two remained stable …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 June]

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‘Education is a right, not a privilege’ – UCC students hit out as college capitation fees double

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) students have hit out as their college capitation fees will more than double in the next four years. Each year, students must pay a capitation fee to cover the cost of things like membership of the Union of Students Ireland (USI) and recreational facilities and to cover the cost of counselling services …” (more)

[Callum Lavery, Independent, 18 June]

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