‘Generous gift’ to fund four new professorships at Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A ‘generous gift’ from a foundation closely linked to the royal family of Dubai and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates is to fund four new professorships at Trinity College Dublin. Following the forming of a ‘strategic alliance’ between the university and the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, TCD has announced it is to open a new centre of Middle Eastern studies to promote research of the subject in Ireland …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 1 July]

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A Female University President Should be a Government Priority, Not a ‘Possibly’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the almost two years since Mary Mitchell O’Connor became the country’s first Minister for Higher Education, it can hardly be disputed that gender equality has been the issue to dominate her time in office. From establishing a dedicated Gender Equality Taskforce to creating 45 new senior posts in higher education institutes that are gender-specific, Mitchell O’Connor has been insistent in her commitment to championing women in academia, and to ushering in a new era of gender equality in higher education …” (more)

[University Times, 30 June]

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Trinity establishes Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Posted in Research, Teaching on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity have announced this morning the establishment of a new Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and a strategic alliance between Trinity and the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education. Trinity is to appoint four new professors in Middle Eastern Studies to work in what will be known as the ‘Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Trinity College Dublin’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 1 July]

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UCD to Offer Free PrEP Medication to Students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) today announced that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication – which significantly reduces the risk of contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – will be available free of charge on UCD’s campus from September 2019 …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 1 July]

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UCD founder Cardinal John Henry Newman to be made a saint in October

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD founder Cardinal John Henry Newman will be made a saint later this year. The Vatican has announced that Cardinal Newman will be canonised on October 13. The move was formally approved by Pope Francis at a Consistory of cardinals on Monday, the Catholic Herald reports …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Dublin Live, 1 July]

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Half a billion euro surplus in State training fund ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been criticised for running a ‘scandalous’ unspent surplus of about half a billion euro in a State training fund. Latest figures show the projected underspend for the National Training Fund – an employers’ levy aimed at supporting the training of those in employment – this year will be almost €200 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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UCC Students Must Beat Fee Increases – Or Students Everywhere Could Suffer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If national media outlets this week dedicated unusually significant coverage to students in University College Cork (UCC) protesting a proposed 120% increase to their capitation fee, it was hardly any wonder. It’s not hard to see that the move, which would see students paying €370 each per year in capitated fees by 2023, has huge implications for students all over the country …” (more)

[University Times, 30 June]

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