Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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College will cost an average of €12,171 for students living away from home as experts share tips for big savings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college will cost an average of €12,171 in the upcoming academic year, for students living away from home, but there are big savings to be made by going for the ‘digs’ accommodation option. Students can save up to €378 a month by living with a host family rather than in rented accommodation, according to the Technological University (TU) Dublin annual Cost of Living guide …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convenes a consultative meeting on substance abuse in Third Level Education at The Writers Museum, Parnell Sq

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is today (24 June) bringing together higher education representatives, students’ unions, leaders in the area of drug rehabilitation and Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, for a consultative meeting to discuss substance abuse in higher education institutes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 June]

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350 new research positions to be created as part of €40m investment

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“AMBER, Ireland’s materials science research centre, announced the creation of 350 jobs today as part of their second phase of research. The new research positions will be created between 2019 and 2025. This research will focus on the creation of new materials and technologies that minimize environmental impact, improve health, and build a sustainable future …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, Independent, 24 June]

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President Higgins calls for higher education to equip students to deal with ‘crisis’ of climate change

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has called for students to be ‘equipped for the crisis we are in’ during the ‘struggle to mitigate climate change’ in a speech addressed to student organisations. The President made the statement at a garden party held in Áras an Uactaráin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the 75th anniversary of Macra na Feirme, a youth organisation for people from rural Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 24 June]

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Concern as students at University of Limerick get ‘wrong’ results

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick student who has fallen victim to a results mix-up is at fears that he may not graduate if the issue is not rectified. University of Limerick has informed the Limerick Leader that since 75,000 grades were released on Monday, June 17, 13 grade change requests from academic departments have been made – totalling 0.02% of grades given …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 23 June]

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Mature students and third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Trinity College Dublin deserves credit for its long-running access programme’s foundation course for higher education (‘Trinity access graduates celebrate second chance at education’, News, June 15th). Courses like these provide a lifeline to adults who, for whatever reasons, failed to complete their secondary education …” (more)

[Peter Pyne, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Major setback for plan to create Munster technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans to create a new technological university for the Munster area have suffered a major setback after an international panel raised concerns over the financial viability of the application. The planned merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee into a new Munster technological university would have created one of the country’s largest third-level institutions with more than 18,000 learners …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Student Accommodation Zoning Changes Aren’t an Affront to University Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This Editorial Board sides with universities more often than they probably realise. On the issue of funding, we have long railed against the successive government decisions that have only served to prolong the now almost decade-long funding crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 23 June]

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Court drama continues in discrimination case against NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was more drama this week at Galway Circuit Court in the ongoing case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG. The Burkes received a lifetime ban from all student societies at NUIG in 2014, in what they say was an act of discrimination based on their religion …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 22 June]

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