No Higher Education Funding Plans to be Ready for Next Election

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government is unlikely propose any firm policies for higher education funding in an upcoming general election, after instead appointing a group of financial management consultants on a 12-month contract to examine the best way forward for the sector …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 18 November]

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In Third-Level, Number of Students With Disabilities Rises by 17%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a 17% increase in the number of students with disabilities attending higher education from 2017 to 2018, new research has found. Some 14,720 students with disabilities enrolled in third-level courses for the 2017/2018 academic year, representing 6.2% of the total student population, according to research conducted by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 18 November]

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Higher education sector has ‘failed to make case for funding’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The higher education and research sector has failed to convince successive governments of the business case for investment at an adequate level, a conference organised by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has heard. At its second annual conference on higher education and research, the chamber called on policymakers to pursue closer ties with UK universities in order to realise Ireland’s potential to become a global research centre post-Brexit …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 18 November]

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Teachers who are members of TUI to stage one-day strike in February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are to stage a one-day strike in February in a significant escalation of the long-running campaign to end the two-tier pay system in schools. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said its executive had decided to hold the stoppage as its efforts to bring the issue of pay discrimination to a conclusion had been ‘frustrated by Government inaction’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 November]

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UCC business students to benefit from $1,000,000 philanthropic donation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork University Business School (CUBS) have received a $1,000,000 philanthropic gift from an anonymous donor. The donation will support scholarships, learning through practical experience initiatives and entrepreneurship programmes for students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 18 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlights importance of College Awareness Week

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today highlighted the importance of College Awareness Week, a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness relating to the benefits of going to college. The Minister also took the opportunity to emphasise to prospective students the many other pathways available to them through apprenticeships, traineeships and Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 November]

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Ministers announce awarding of EU contract for review regarding increasing the sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD have today (Monday 18 November 2019) announced that a contract has been awarded by the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission for an economic review to be conducted on increasing future sustainability of higher and further education provision in Ireland and the associated assessment of future funding options for the tertiary education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 November]

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Exam Mills

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on November 18th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDrivetime‘s John Cooke talks to students in UL about exam mills, and Deirdre Stritch, programme manager with QQI, talks to Mary about the new rules that have been introduced to clamp down on academic cheating …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 18 November]

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Education is not the same as training

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – A regular feature of opinion pieces in Irish newspapers is the promotion of what might be termed ‘progressive education’. Progressive educators tend to view learning as ‘natural’ and presume that if students are not engaged by their studies, then it must be due to the methods being used to teach them …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 18 November]