A report on the proposed merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee found financial concerns and ‘a lack of clear vision’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The creation of a Munster Technological University has been postponed until 2020, amid concerns over the debts of IT Tralee and a ‘lack of clear vision’ for what the new university will look like. An international panel that examined the proposed merger of IT Tralee and Cork IT found a lack of ‘integrated, coherent and effective governance structures’, and said it found ‘questions unanswered’ about ‘how the two applicant institutions are to become one’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 22 July]

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Minister for Education and Skills proposes decision on establishment of Munster Technological University in early 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome Report of the Independent Review Panel on Munster Technological University (MTU) Application. Ministers note significant progress made by consortium in meeting eligibility criteria. Establishment of MTU key Government priority to deliver on regional development objectives for South-West region under Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 July]

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Royal College of Surgeons in right of way dispute with apartment owners

Posted in Legal issues on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over an alleged right of way between the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) and apartment owners adjoining the college’s property at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin has been admitted to the fast track Commercial Court list. The action arises out of the RCSI’s plans to demolish an existing building and build a new €88m education and research facility …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 July]

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Sausage Machines in the Academic Lab

Posted in Life on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

“There was a bit of a spat over Twitter last week regarding how many hours students (and postdocs) should be expected to do at the bench. This originated in a tweet from a professor of chemistry but I don’t think it is necessary to go through the exchanges in any detail. Suffice it to say that the originator believed that it was impossible to ‘do world class science in 38 hrs per week’. Others challenged him that work-life balance was important, amongst other complaints …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 22 July]

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The Irish Times view on third-level reform: university autonomy should be protected

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to introduce greater accountability for the third-level sector, which receives about €1.5 billion in public funding, make sense on the face of it. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has raked over dozens of high-profile examples of inappropriate spending by third-level institutions in recent years …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 July]

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Trinity Pursued Property Tax Exemption for Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity asked the government for an exemption to the local property tax, claiming the charge – which would cost the College over €100,000 – would force it to raise the price of its accommodation …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 21 July]

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It’s Been a Busy Week for Third-Level. But Momentum Is at a Premium

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been an unusually busy news week for the higher education sector. On Wednesday morning, higher education’s biggest names assembled in the basement of the Alex Hotel to listen to Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin discuss the future of higher education. The speech was well received by university heads, with Brian MacCraith, the Chair of the Irish Universities Association, even describing his remarks as ‘brave’ …” (more)

[University Times, 21 July]

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Teachers ‘highly critical’ of English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers working in commercial English language schools are poorly paid, on precarious contracts and employed in a sector where low morale is commonplace, according to a Government report. The findings are contained in a report by an independent mediator who was tasked by Minister of State for higher education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, to engage with teachers and employers on employment standards in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 July]

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