Minister Mitchell O’Connor holds consultation to address student substance abuse

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, held a consultation to address the issue of substance abuse in higher education. Representatives of colleges, leaders from students’ unions, Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, and individuals working on the issue of drug rehabilitation were all invited to the discussion …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 25 June]

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The Robots are Writing: Will Machine-Generated Books Accelerate our Consumption of Scholarly Literature?

Posted in Research on June 25th, 2019 by steve

“Last month, Springer Nature announced the publication of their first machine-generated book – an experimental proof of the efficacy and impacts of algorithmically curated scholarly resources. In the age of ‘robot reporters’ and auto-generated novels, Springer intends to lead the way in seriously examining the value of machine learning to aid readers at all levels …” (more)

[Lettie Y Conrad, The Scholarly Kitchen, 25 June]

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UCC Students Demand Referendum on Capitation Fee Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) has launched a petition calling for a student-wide vote on huge increases to the university’s capitation fees ahead of the coming year. The petition, launched yesterday, states that the fee increases – which will see UCC students charged an extra €80 this September and will rise to €370 by 2023 – ‘should only be brought in with consent from students’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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Munster Technological University Faces Delays Amid Major Financial Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The proposed merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee into a new technological university has suffered a huge blow, after an international assessment panel sounded the alarm over its financial sustainability …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 24 June]

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Trinity College Dublin installs first disabled bicycle parking facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has installed disabled bicycle parking facilities, the first college in Ireland to do so. The spaces, which allow for wider, hand-operated tricycles, as well as regular bikes, are clearly signposted, step-free and located next to a ramp. Trinity College’s director of disability services, Declan Treanor, welcomed anyone with a disability to park their bike in the spot, even if the university is not their destination …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 24 June]

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