Just 61 Travellers in Third-Level in 2017, Finds Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just 61 students in higher education in 2017 were members of the Travelling community, a new report from the Department of Education has found. The report examines a wide range of areas across primary, post-primary and third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 31 October]

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40 students left waiting for return of €20,000 worth of deposits from accommodation complex

Posted in Legal issues on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Forty students have been left waiting since September for their deposits – worth a total of €20,000 – to be returned to them from a private student accommodation complex in North Dublin. Students have been waiting for the return of their €500 deposits since they moved out of Block A apartments in Hazelwood at the beginning of September …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite and Ian Begley, Independent, 31 October]

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Minister launches third quarterly progress report on the Action Plan for Education 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Thursday 31 October) welcomed the publication of the Action Plan for Education 2019 Quarter 3 Progress Report. The Action Plan – Cumasú is emphasising empowering through learning and highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in the education and training sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 October]

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Minister McHugh welcomes publication of special report – ‘Education Indicators for Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Department publishes facts and figures on all aspects of the education system. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Thursday 31 October) announced a special new report has been published providing a snapshot of our education system. The Education Indicators for Ireland report for the first time gives a comprehensive overview of the scale of school and third level education and training …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 October]

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Magee medical school ‘could be approved in Westminster’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

“The former speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Lord Alderdice, has said Westminster could approve a medical school in Londonderry in the absence of a devolved government. The school at Ulster University’s Magee campus was meant to open this year …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 October]

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DCU student issued with deportation order

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mehwish Saquib, a student at Dublin City University (DCU) has stated on Twitter that she has this morning received a deportation order from the Department of Justice. Saquib described the news as ‘devastating – for me and my family’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 30 October]

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SIPTU and USI launch charter for better rights and conditions for postgraduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have launched a Charter of Rights and Conditions for Postgraduates which calls for a living wage, better access to supports and training as well as other improvements for those who carry out teaching and other work in third level institutions across the country …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 October]

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Wealthy students and educational attainment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent correspondence from Dr Michael O’Connell (Letters, October 24th) claiming ‘genes’ are what matter most in determining educational attainment is not supported by empirical research internationally. First, there is a vast body of well-documented peer-reviewed scientific evidence that educational attainment in schools and colleges is strongly influenced by wealth, both directly through investment in quality school and college resources, including good teaching, and indirectly, through private family investment in extracurricular activities and ancillary educational goods and services …” (more)

[Kathleen Lynch, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Trinity to shelve Book of Kells for four months

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is to be removed from public display in Trinity College Dublin for four months from next Monday, due to conservation works required on the famous manuscript’s display area. Last year more than one million people visited the attraction, often a must-see on tourist itineraries for visits to Dublin …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Higher Education System Performance, Institutional and Sectoral Profiles 2016/17 published

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

IrelandHigher Education System Performance, Institutional and Sectoral Profiles 2016/17 is the seventh in a series of reports from the Higher Education Authority. These profiles, developed in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the higher education institutions, have proved invaluable in supporting strategic planning at institutional and system levels. The profiles play an important role in demonstrating the performance of the higher education system to the public and government …” (download)

[David Sheils, HEA, 30 October]

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TCDSU Votes Not to Support Rent Strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has voted against adopting a stance supporting rent strikes organised by student activist group Cut the Rent. The union voted against a motion that would have mandated it promote and participate in the group’s efforts to canvass students for withholding rent payments in January, as well as protecting students in the case of disciplinary action …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 October]

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Postgraduate students campaign for better terms and conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the trade union Siptu have joined forces to campaign for improved terms and conditions for postgraduate students who carry out teaching and other work in third level colleges. Many postgraduates experience precarious working conditions and low pay within their higher education institutions, according to Siptu organiser Dave Curran …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 October]

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Magee medical school: Lack of business case ‘holding up progress’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

“No progress can be made on a medical training school in Londonderry until Ulster University submits a final business case, peers have been told. The House of Lords heard ‘nothing can happen’ with the proposed school at Magee without the finalised plan. The university previously blamed delays on the lack of a Stormont Executive …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 October]

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Trinity warns of spike in number of mumps cases in College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College Health Service has warned that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Mumps in Trinity. In an email sent to all staff and students, the health service director, Dr David McGrath said that there has been a ‘spike in cases’ across the college and advised that students take the necessary preventative measures. The College Health Service also expects to see more cases over the next few weeks due to the long incubation period of the virus …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 29 October]

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Higher Education’s Stakeholders are Now Disagreeing – Publicly – on Basic Policy Issues

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fall of Ireland’s top universities in international rankings has for a number of years teetered on the verge of becoming a national embarrassment. But perhaps even more embarrassing is that this week, two of the most powerful figures in Irish higher education took entirely antithetical stances on how to tackle the problem …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Trinity’s PhD Students Face a Litany of Issues. They Must Pick Their Battles

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If anyone was in any doubt about just how bad conditions are for PhD students working and studying in Trinity, they’d have had them dispelled – firmly – last week. At the first meeting of Trinity’s new PhD campaign group – set up to fight for the rights of PhD students – those in attendance spilled a litany of beans …” (more)

[University Times, 28 October]

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Why we need to reconsider the value of the virtual classroom

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Online programmes are on the rise in the Irish university sector, with everything from certificates and diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees now being offered in a fully online or ‘blended’ mode. Their champions argue that online offerings attract students wishing to combine study with paid employment or those tailoring continuous professional development around young family or caring needs …” (more)

[Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin, Irish Times, 29 October]

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The two-tier nature of education system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recently published Higher Education Authority (HEA) report on socioeconomic and spatial differences in third-level education (as reported in Carl O’Brien’s article ‘Wealthy students more likely to study high-points courses’, News, October 21st) draws attention to the role that parental income and where you live may play in higher education choices in Ireland. However, a deeper understanding of these relationships is needed …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Pressure on students

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I must disagree with the head of examinations and assessment in the State Examination Committee, Tim Desmond, in recommending that ‘the CAO system changes significantly, to move the pressure point from the end of senior cycle to the end of first year in third-level institutions’ …” (more)

[Marion Dunne, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Union warns English Language Teaching sector facing disruption unless grievances addressed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A trade union has warned that the English Language Teaching sector could well be facing into a period of serious industrial relations disruption. Trade union Unite was reacting to news that teachers at Delfin English Language school in Dublin are preparing for a further two-day strike this week …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 October]