The case for incremental reform of education

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The traffic in Dublin is rarely light but in November it’s appalling. In November, the days are short and it rains a lot. Collisions on the ring road around Dublin (the M50) are a regular occurrence. On my way up to Drogheda last week to give a talk in a Further Education college, there was a major accident and the 40km trip took me two hours …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 22 November]

University of Limerick staff ‘groping in the dark for certainty’ amidst UL@50 changes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick staff member has described how employees were ‘ambushed’ with plans of structural change within the university. This week it was revealed that industrial action could be taken in response to the restructuring of the university’s four main faculties under UL’s new strategic plan, UL@50 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 22 November]

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Universities braced for compensation claims as reveal plans to limit the impact of lecturers’ strikes

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

“Universities are braced for compensation claims as reveal their plans to limit the impact of lecturers’ strikes. Over a million students face disruption as academics from 60 universities signed up to strike over their pay and pension. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) voted to back strike action in two ballots over pensions and pay and working conditions …” (more)

[Camilla Turner, Telegraph, 21 November]

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Huge student numbers celebrate ‘Christmas Day’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Large crowds of students celebrated an unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event all day although Gardaí said law and order was maintained. From early in the day, College Road and Bandon Road were thronged with students merry with intoxication heading to the local bars …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 21 November]

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Mandatory remuneration for student occupation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Many college students are faced with compulsory placements and no guarantee of payment. A day’s work warrants compensation. In January 2019 pharmacy students took to the streets of Dublin to protest a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degree. The group were successful with the ban being lifted but payment still remains optional …” (more)

[Niall Hurson, University Observer, 21 November]

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