Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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Former UCD halls of residence at Hatch Hall to be transformed into boutique hotel

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A landmark south Dublin Victorian building once used to house asylum seekers is to be converted into a boutique hotel. Hatch Hall on Hatch Street in Dublin 2, will be transformed into a five-star resort after Red Carnation Hotels bought the building for over €20 million …” (more)

[Rory Lynskey, DublinLive, 11 September]

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UCC Says No to Students Hoping to Hand Out Drug Testing Kits

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A group in University College Cork (UCC) planning to give out drug-testing kits to students have been refused permission to do so by the college’s authorities …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 10 September]

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Ireland bottom of class when it comes to class sizes and funding: OECD report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“While young people in Ireland are among the most educated globally, low national investment in education is leading to overstretched schools, teaching unions have warned. Ireland has a secondary school enrolment rate of 93%, but national investment in the sector is the lowest of 35 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Third level mental health support needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Enniscorthy TD, James Browne, has said the Government is failing third level students when it comes to mental health support. He made his comment in the wake of a study that revealed a significant number of third level students were reporting mental health issues …” (more)

[Brendan Keane, Wexford People, 7 September]

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