IUA Response to Hugh Brady’s Speech

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

Ireland“Jim Miley Director General of the Irish Universities Association today responded to comments made by Hugh Brady, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, at the British Irish Chamber event this morning, Jim Miley said …” (more)

[IUA, 4 October]

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Full text of Hugh Brady’s speech

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

Ireland“Thank you for the invitation to address you this morning: I had the honour of taking up the role as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol in 2015. For those of you not familiar with the UK system, most universities are run by a Vice-Chancellor who is both the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Executive …” (more)

[IUA, 4 October]

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Staff Call on DkIT’s Governing Body to Intervene to Avoid Graduation Ceremony Being Held Off Campus

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

Ireland“Calls by students and staff for the President of Dundalk IT to reverse his decision to move the annual graduation ceremony off campus appear to have fallen on deaf ears, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland. Staff and students at the Dublin Road institute were informed on Friday morning via email by DkIT President Michael Mulvey that he planned to proceed with moving the conferring ceremony at the end of the month to An Táin Theatre after plans to hold the graduation in St Patrick’s Cathedral fell through …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 4 October]

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‘Ireland no longer a magnet for top academic talent as Government sits on their hands over funding’ – former UCD president

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

Ireland“Former UCD President Professor Hugh Brady, now head of a leading UK university, has delivered a hard-hitting rebuke to the Irish Government over its failure to tackle the funding issue in higher education. Prof Brady said the ‘ducking and diving has got to stop’ and action was needed ‘fast’ to make up the ground lost to higher education since the economic crash and to prepare for the Brexit aftermath …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 October]

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Former UCD president calls Brexit a ‘national crisis’ regards higher education

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

Ireland“The former president of University College Dublin has called for immediate action to address a ‘national crisis’ ahead of Brexit. Now the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, Hugh Brady spoke at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce earlier today, insisting that the ‘state of Ireland’s higher education and research system should be viewed as a national crisis’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Stiffe, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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WIT ordered to review rules on sex harassment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been ordered to review the way it responds to staff who complain about sexual harassment. The Labour Court issued the instruction when it awarded €10,000 compensation to a lecturer who was subjected to sexual harassment by male agricultural science students …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Can the Lecture Be Saved?

Posted in Teaching on October 4th, 2019 by steve

“Do you feel guilty when you lecture? Perhaps you’re afraid that you’re shortchanging students. That, instead, you should be flipping your classroom and getting ‘active’ through group exercises. But really, aren’t there times when you just want to tell your students what they need to know? Fear no more …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 October]

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Hyping research runs risk of devaluing science

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chemical in cannabis could treat pancreatic cancer, it was reported in August. A Harvard study demonstrated that it could even kill cancer cells from elsewhere in the body. Unfortunately, there’s a catch, which the news report at Yahoo Lifestyle hinted at in the final paragraph: preclinical studies are up next …” (more)

[Anthony King, Irish Times, 3 October]

Budget 2020: ‘I’ve no choice … I need a job but I know it’ll impact my grades’ – student Amy (21)

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

Ireland“A DCU student hopes next week’s Budget will bring reduced travel costs to cut her weekly commute from Cavan …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 4 October]

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