Westridge Real Estate completes €140m purchase of DIT Kevin Street campus

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Developer Shane Whelan’s Westridge Real Estate has completed its purchase of DIT’s former Kevin Street campus for €140 million. It is understood that Westridge will now press ahead with plans to seek planning permission for a major mixed-use scheme on the 3.57 acre site, comprising mainly Grade A office space alongside a large element of private rented sector (PRS) apartments, and food and beverage offerings …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 4 September]

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TCDSU Must Organise a Campus Rent Strike Within the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A month ago, I went to a viewing of a two-bedroom apartment on Adelaide Rd. Sound nice? Calling it a hovel would be generous. It was a basement apartment: two cramped bedrooms and one small window, which faced out onto a debris-filled garden …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 3 September]

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‘Gender segregation in higher education: an empirical test of seven explanations’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2019 by steve

InternationalAbstract: Gender segregation in higher education (GSHE) is recognized as a key factor to explain the persistence of gender inequalities in the labor market despite the reversal of gender gap in educational attainment. Women are systematically overrepresented in fields of study, such as social sciences and the humanities, which offer relatively poor labor market prospects; at the same time, they are underrepresented in fields that perform above the average, as engineering and ICT. Several explanations for GSHE have been proposed in the literature, but their explanatory power has to be assessed yet. Using a rich longitudinal dataset on a recent cohort of Italian upper secondary school leavers, in this paper we jointly test seven potential mechanisms for GSHE. Our results show that rational choice explanations—such as skill-based explanations and gender differences in career preferences—fail to account for GSHE. On the contrary, expressive motivations related to preferences for school subjects and for specific occupations are found to mediate to a significant extent GSHE. However, our most important result concerns the key role of curricular track choice at upper secondary level which, alone, mediates two third of the gender difference in access to the humanities and social sciences and one third of the gender difference in access to engineering and ICT.

Carlo Barone and Giulia Assirelli, Gender segregation in higher education: an empirical test of seven explanations. Higher Education, first online: 3 September 2019.

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WIT left out of €100m College Funding pot

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been another difficult week for Waterford. The Government announced over €100m worth of funding for five colleges, IT Sligo, Maynooth University, University College Cork, NUI Galway and University College Dublin, as part of its 2040 strategy, but once again, WIT is left out in the cold …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 3 September]

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Trinity’s 300-Year-Old Library Set for Major Overhaul

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Old Library is set for a major reconfiguration, which will see many of its oldest manuscripts moved to a new research space on the ground floor and involve the embedding of the library’s shop into the podium outside the Berkeley …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 September]

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Universities need to rein in academic air travel and greenhouse gases

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2019 by steve

International“A recent article on air travel in the journal Science has caused some turbulence in the academic community. In it, Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, calculated that she had travelled nearly 200,000 kilometres in 2017, mostly to attend conferences …” (more)

[Julie Talbot and Julien Arsenault, The Conversation, 3 September]

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‘I’ve had enough’ – Trinity PhD student writes to minister demanding rent subsidy

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity College Dublin (TCD) student has penned a letter to the minister of third level education claiming that PhD students are forgotten in Ireland. The letter asks for an accommodation subsidy to be provided to students as the maximum stipend of €18,000 per year makes living in Dublin difficult to afford …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 3 September]

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