Application for major student accommodation in Limerick city ‘incompleted’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Developers will still bid to build a six-storey student complex on the northside, despite its existing planning application rejected for being incomplete. As revealed by the Limerick Leader this week Shelbourne Medical Properties is seeking to invest millions of euro to knock the old Hassett’s Pub at Hassett’s Cross and replace it with a towering apartment complex …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 19 July]

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Russian site says it has brokered authorships for more than 10,000 researchers

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2019 by steve

International“Want to be a first author on a scholarly paper? A Russian company has you covered – starting at about $500. The company claims to have added the names of more than 10,000 researchers to more than 2,000 published articles in scholarly journals over the past three years. Think eBay – or perhaps StubHub – for unscrupulous scientists …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 18 July]

The plan to mine the world’s research papers

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2019 by steve

International“Carl Malamud is on a crusade to liberate information locked up behind paywalls – and his campaigns have scored many victories. He has spent decades publishing copyrighted legal documents, from building codes to court records, and then arguing that such texts represent public-domain law that ought to be available to any citizen online …” (more)

[Priyanka Pulla, Nature, 17 July]

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CSO figures show men earn €1,055 a year more than women who graduated at the same time

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Within a year, a pay gap emerged between male and female graduates, new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show. Men who graduated from higher education here in 2012 were earning an average weekly wage of €425 the year after they graduated – €1,055 a year more than women who graduated at the same time …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Student accommodation owners get temporary injunction banning pub operator from taking over part of yard

Posted in Legal issues on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The owners of a student accommodation complex on Dublin’s Upper Dorset Street have claimed before the High Court part of its yard has been unlawfully appropriated by the operator of an adjoining pub …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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University launches housing aimed only at LGBT students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading university has launched a housing scheme specifically for LGBT students to enable them to adapt to college life. Anyone applying to the University of Limerick (UL) for this September will be able to request accommodation available only to lesbian, gay and transgender students …” (more)

[Rory Tevlin, Independent, 19 July]

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The problem with problem-solving

Posted in Teaching on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s all very predictable, It’s the sort of stuff that’s regularly churned out by organisations like the OECD and countless education gurus, consultants and so-called futurists. Indeed, pick up any article about education these days and you’re likely to come across references to problem-solving, creativity and even empathy. Apparently these are the ‘skills’ that graduates will need to acquire if they are to be ‘fully engaged global citizens’ or whatever the cliché of the day is …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 18 July]

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Tech graduates earn most within five years of college exit

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology graduates are earning significantly more than other graduates within five years of leaving college, according to major study by the Central Statistics Office. The CSO survey tracked the earnings of hundreds of thousands of graduates who left college between 2012 and 2016 using income recorded through the PAYE system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In examining the new female-only professorships scheme, Muireann Lynch and Selina McCoy argue that we would be better off tackling gender inequality by changing the Stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) stereotypes that shape education and career choices from childhood (‘Will female-only professorships make the difference?’, Opinion and Analysis, July 15th) …” (more)

[Rachel Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Taoiseach confident about Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach says he’s confident the Technological University for the South East can be achieved within the next year. The application from WIT and IT Carlow still has not been submitted. It hit another delay last month when a memorandum of understanding agreed between management at both IT’s and the Teachers Union of Ireland was rejected by union members in Carlow …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 July]

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Martin calls for department of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has called for the creation of a department of higher education and research that would be separate from the Department of Education. Mr Martin said his party in government would seek a ‘broader reconfiguration’ of the departments as there was not ‘enough thought’ put into the structures of some of those established in recent times …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 17 July]

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