Trinity Advises Campus Residents to Stay Indoors in Case of High Winds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has warned students to stay indoors in case of high winds over the next few days, with College Park also closed until further notice due to adverse weather conditions forecast as a result of Storm Lorenzo …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University News, 3 October]

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Women in the majority among student union presidents in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More women than men have been elected to the position of president in students’ unions in the Republic of Ireland, while a slight majority of women have been elected across all sabbatical officer roles within the unions …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 3 October]

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Greens propose free public transport scheme for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students would be given free access to all public transport, similar to the existing scheme for pensioners, under proposals from the Green Party. The policy, at an estimated cost of €60 million, is an element of the party’s pre-budget submission outlined on Thursday by leader Eamon Ryan, deputy leader Catherine Martin and Dublin city councillor Neasa Hourigan, who is the party’s finance spokeswoman …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Students contact TDs on barriers to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student unions across Ireland having been contacting government ministers and TDs today to urge them to take action to alleviate the financial burdens that students face by attending college and to call for greater funding for the higher education sector …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 3 October]

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€30m 326-bed student complex in Limerick city rejected by An Bord Pleanala

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A €30m proposal to develop a 326-bed student complex in Limerick city has been rejected by An Bord Pleanala for environmental and conservation reasons. Planning permission was sought for the towering development at the site of the former Dan Ryan’s garage at Punches Cross …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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Proposal to cut college places for Irish based students concerning – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the proposal being considered by Trinity College to reduce the places available for Irish based students by a quarter over the next 5 years is a cause for concern, and reflects the underfunding of the third level sector. Speaking this morning, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 October]

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University of Ulster pays 65 staff at least £100k a year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has criticised the institution’s ‘galling’ spending after it emerged 65 staff were paid at least £100,000 each year. Right-wing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) announced the finding after submitting Freedom of Information requests to 120 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 October]

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Abolishing College Fees Will Do Nothing for Educational Inequality

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“According to media reports, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) is soon to publish the results of a study on levels of inequality in access to third-level. That students from poorer households are less likely to attend college is not surprising to anyone who has been paying attention in recent decades …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, University Times, 2 October]

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Academic awarded €7,000 over unfair dismissal

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A college academic who was made redundant from his post months after 23 colleagues signed a petition alleging repeated errors in tests he prepared has been awarded €7,748 for his unfair dismissal. Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudication officer Davnet O’Driscoll has ruled that the college compensation payment to the course director is in addition to the redundancy sum the man has already received …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 3 October]

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History and the curriculum

Posted in Teaching on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – By giving history ‘special core status’, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has essentially made the Framework for Junior Cycle document null and void as it has removed a key principle that it stands on choice and flexibility for schools and students …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Bill threatens autonomy of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposed changes to university governance by the Higher Education Authority Bill will severely damage the academic authority of the Irish universities. The proposed modifications to the Universities Act of 1997 are particularly to be deplored …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Trinity College seeks female nominees to join collection of 40 male busts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room is famous around the world for its stunning collection of rare library books. The fact that all of the 40 marble sculptures which line the main chamber of the Old Library are men is a less celebrated fact. Finally, after almost 300 years, this is about to change …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Higher Education Authority Funding: University College Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received a request for funding for the renovation of the Kane Science Building in UCC; and the consideration given to it …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether education is key to maintaining competitiveness here; and his further views on the continuing falling in the rankings by universities here in the university league …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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