Minister Mitchell O’Connor publishes and invites views on detailed legislative proposals and consultation report on reform of regulation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Comprehensive reform of Higher Education Act, 1971 agreed by Government. Priority objectives under the proposed new legislation include: promote and safeguard the interests of students; maintain and enhance the reputation of the higher education sector; re-constitute Higher Education Authority (HEA) as Higher Education Commission with new statutory responsibilities, including regulation and oversight of private higher education bodies …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 July]

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University of Limerick commences assessment of city centre campus site

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has commenced its ‘discovery phase’ of their ambitious plans to bring the institution into the city centre. The new site, which they officially took over from Dunnes Stores in May, could be completed in as early as 2022, at an estimated cost of €46m …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 24 July]


Munster technological university bid fails to get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Government plans to award university status to institutes of technology may prove ‘problematic’ due to a lack of clarity over what constitutes research activity, according to an international panel of academics. The comment is contained in a report which found the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee only partially met the criteria required to secure university status. It is likely the bid will be reconsidered in six months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In their analysis of the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI), Muireann Lynch and Selina McCoy urge consideration of its ‘unintended consequences’ (‘Will female-only professorships make the difference?’, Opinion and Analysis, July 15th). One such consequence, they argue, is that ‘professors generally do less teaching than lecturers, so the visibility of women to students may best be improved by gender balance at all levels’ …” (more)

[Niall Madden, Irish Times, 24 July]

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NUIG campus bedrooms get Failte Ireland seal of approval as tourist accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUIG campus bedrooms, which are let out to tourists during the summer, have been accredited as ‘Approved Tourist Accommodation’ under Fáilte Ireland’s Welcome Standard Programme. Over 22,000 visitors make use of campus bedrooms at NUIG for tourist accommodation each year through the company Campus Living …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 23 July]

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