Backlash about ‘female-only’ posts is rubbish – we need to right the balance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Summer solstice 2019: the day higher education in Ireland changed forever. I officially opened the call to higher education institutions to apply for new professorial and senior lecturer posts – gender-specific posts. The third-level sector in Ireland is underpinned by gender inequality, gender discrimination and instructional bias …” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Independent, 27 June]

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UCC President Meets with Students’ Union Following Protests over Capitation Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday evening, members of the UCC Student’s Union met with the President of UCC, Prof Patrick O’Shea, following protests earlier in the day over the decision to increase the student capitation fee by 120% …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 26 June]

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Skills Development

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the availability on an ongoing basis of sufficiently qualified young persons with the skill sets sufficient to meet the demands of the modern workplace, academically and technically; the degree to which corrective steps are needed to address deficiencies in this vital area in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Third Level Staff – staff/student ratio

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full-year cost for each one point reduction in the academic staff-to-student ratio in universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if confirmation has been received from Dundalk Institute of Technology of plans to pursue technological university status; if the process has been formally commenced; his views on whether an application for technological university status would be of benefit the institute and the north east region; if his attention has been drawn to the high levels of staff support at the institute for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned unwinding of FEMPI measures in line with the Public Service Stability Agreement for each of the years 2019 to 2023 disaggregated by wage bracket …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Maynooth University rated in top 50 of 2019’s Young University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has today been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking has put the Irish university at number 50 in its latest Young University Rankings, climbing from number 80 last year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 June]

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UCC student fee increase without referendum ‘sets a dangerous precedent’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Increasing the student capitation fees at University College Cork without a student referendum sets a dangerous precedent for the future, according to the president of the university’s Student’s Union. Alan Hayes was speaking at a protest outside the president’s office at UCC on Wednesday …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 June]

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Minister welcomes Ireland’s success in selection for the European University initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin successful in the first round of European University funding. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement of the first round of successful applicants in the European University initiative …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 June]

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UCC Students Occupy President’s Building in Capitation Fee Protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A small group of students are camped outside the president’s office in University College Cork (UCC) in protest at an increase to the university’s capitation fee. Around 20 students attempted to gain access to the offices of UCC’s President, Patrick O’Shea, but were prevented from entering by college staff …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 26 June]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Gormley, Head of Campus Life at TU Dublin City Campus, speaks to Mary about how the housing crisis impacts student life” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 26 June]

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Don’t Do Striking Workers’ Jobs, Nurses Union Tells Placement Students

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student nurses have been told to stand in solidarity with the 10,000 hospital staff participating in tomorrow’s 24-hour strike by refusing to do the support jobs of the striking workers …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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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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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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