University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, and John Walshe, Former Special Advisor to Education Minister, discuss why Irish universities have not made the top 100 in world rankings in 2019 …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 20 June]

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IUA and the Irish Refugee Council welcome changes to a Support Scheme to allow more young people in direct provision enter Irish higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To mark World Refugee Day, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) are delighted to jointly welcome a rule change in the Department of Education and Skills Student Support Scheme for students living in direct provision, which will allow a greater number of young people in or having come through direct provision to gain a financially supported place in an Irish university …” (more)

[IUA, 20 June]

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Making universities safe for trans people doesn’t threaten academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

“Last Sunday a letter appeared in the Sunday Times attacking the LGBT charity Stonewall for its work with British universities as a threat to academic freedom. For context, a non-paywalled version of the text is available here. The letter was signed by some reasonably prominent figures …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 20 June]

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Rankings and Quality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Like the Leaving Cert, the announcement of university rankings leads to the same conversations year after year. The typical conversation goes like this: the rankings are meaningless because they use flawed methodologies but we still need to be worried about the signal a decline in rankings sends to the international community …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 20 June]

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Universities lobbied for exemption to student housing rent caps

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s seven universities strongly lobbied to have college-owned student accommodation exempt from legislation to introduce rent caps and extra tenants’ rights for purpose-built student housing. The Irish Universities Association (IUA) claimed new legislation giving more tenancy rights to students would hamper colleges’ ability to deal with cases of alleged sexual assaults in campus accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 June]

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USI reiterates demands for increased higher education funding in pre-Budget submission

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have released their pre-Budget 2020 submission, outlining their demands for increased higher education funding. The costed recommendations cover the major subcategories of higher education funding, such as grants, fees and housing. The general proposals have largely been made by USI before in previous pre-Budget submissions and the media …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, University Times, 19 June]

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UCC and DCU defend late filing of annual accounts

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has told the Dail’s spending watchdog that it is ‘fully financially sustainable’ despite failing to file its 2018 financial accounts on time, it can be revealed. A number of the country’s leading universities, including UCC and Dublin City University, have had to defend the late filing of their annual accounts in correspondence sent to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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The Irish Times view on university rankings: the cost of failing to invest

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The popularity of university rankings owes much to their simplicity. They claim to identify the best institutions around the world by comparing indicators – such as student-staff ratios, research citations and reputation – and combining them into an aggregated score …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read the report by Carl O’Brien on the 2020 QS World University Rankings with interest. I note particularly that institutes of technology are performing very well (‘Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings’, News, June 19th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 June]

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IT Carlow says claims made by TD about rise in STIs on campus are completely false

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The head of student services at IT Carlow says a claim that STIs are on the rise in the college doesn’t correlate with the information they have whatsoever. Rosemary Flynn responded this morning to Stephen Donnelly’s claims that there had been an increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections on the campus …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR96FM, 19 June]

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DCU’s ‘major, once off’ accounting issue caused delay in filing financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University suffered a ‘major, once off’ accounting issue last year which prevented it from filing its financial statements to the State’s spending watchdog on time. The issue arose from the consolidation of different parts of the college, DCU has told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 June]

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