First women-only professorships due to be appointed before end of this year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The first of up to 45 women-only professorships aimed at tacking gender inequality in higher education are due to be made before the end of this year. Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor on Friday officially opened applications to the what is called the ‘senior academic leadership initiative’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Student Midwives Denied Placement Expenses Amid Confusion Over HSE Rules

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student midwives are being forced to work 13-hour shifts with no financial compensation during their placements, amid ongoing confusion and disagreement between the College and its affiliated hospitals over the HSE’s rules on travel costs for midwifery students …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 21 June]

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Universities Legislation – Borrowing Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of borrowing, underwriting and guaranteeing activities notified to him under the borrowing framework provided for in section 38 of the Universities Act 1997 for each university since the institution of the framework in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the results of the economic analysis of the Cassells report on third-level funding referred to the European Commission will be made available; the provisions for institutions which reach a funding crisis point in the interim; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications for funding under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2019, in line with the requirements set out in the Call for Applications. This Call is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) …” (more, download)

[HEA, 21 June]

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Creation of ‘women-only’ university posts not about keeping men out of power, says Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The opening up of women-only posts in Irish higher education – which takes place from today – is not about keeping men out of high-powered positions, said Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor. ‘But there is no reason why women should continue to play second fiddle when it comes to seniority’, she added …” more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 June]

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WIT staff move us closer to a Technological University – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has commended staff at WIT for their overwhelming support to move the Technological University of the South East a step closer. He said the extensive engagement between staff and management at the institute was constructive and has delivered a very strong outcome …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 June]

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Do the best academics fly more?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

“Academic flying is often justified on the basis that international conferences and travel are important to the production of new knowledge. As such, travel brings researchers into contact with new ideas, allows them to share and refine their own ideas and therefore improves the quality of their research. However, in this post Seth Wynes argues that beyond a certain level there is no clear relationship between the amount of travel undertaken by academics and the quality of their research in terms of productivity and the production of high quality papers …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 21 June]

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IUA Statement in response to the Call for Proposals for the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI)

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the announcement of the Call for Proposals for the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI). Our member universities are enthusiastic about engaging in this positive initiative to address the gender imbalance at senior academic level …” (more)

[IUA, 21 June]

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Gender-specific academic posts launched to achieve balance in Irish third level

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With women making up just 24% of professors in Irish universities, new gender-specific academic posts are to be launched to achieve diversity at a senior level in the third level sector. A call for applications to a new ‘Senior Academic Leadership’ initiative has been announced this Friday, which aims to accelerate gender balance among senior positions within Irish higher level institutions …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 20 June]

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The NCAD and the future of art

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – If the news report on the National College of Art and Design’s new five-year strategy is accurate, it seems that the college will no longer prioritise the formation of painters, printmakers, sculptors and designers but instead educate people to address ‘climate change, digital transformation and automation’ …” (more)

[David McKenna, Irish Times, 21 June]

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The Irish Universities Association called the government’s decision to reject its request for an exemption to rent caps ‘disappointing’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s universities have insisted that the huge rent increases faced by students in recent years ‘have been in privately owned accommodation’ rather than college-owned rooms, defending their decision to lobby for an exemption to new legislation that will impose rent caps on purpose-built student accommodation. In an email statement to The University Times …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 June]

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Plan for more student accommodation in city’s West End

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Stagrock Limited is seeking planning permission for the demolition of houses at Munster Avenue to be replaced with a student accommodation building. It would be 3 to 4 storeys high with a caretaker apartment, 73 single bedrooms …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 June]

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UCC students demand a referendum on fee increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Students’ Union at University College Cork has called for a referendum on plans to more than double the student capitation fee. UCC is planning to increase its fee from €170 per student per year to €250 for incoming first years this autumn …” (more)

[Darragh Bermimgham, EchoLive, 20 June]

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