How Silly Are You (or Pompous or Forthright)?

Posted in Research on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“What’s wrong with being called gutsy? The new book by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton use it as a term of approbation, but it didn’t find favour with Emma Brockes in the Guardian. Why? ‘It’s partly that descriptors like “gutsy” seem to protest too much, partly that they feel slightly infantilising, and mainly, I think, that they have become disembodied marketing terms used to launder self-promotion as somehow socially useful’ …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 27 November]

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Unions warned of post-PSSA pay limbo

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

Ireland“The possibility that no public service pay agreement will be in place to follow the current deal when it expires at the end of next year has been raised by Fórsa at a meeting of ICTU’s Public Service Committee, which represents most unions with members in the public sector. The union’s general secretary Kevin Callinan today (Thursday) said Fórsa and other unions needed to prepare for the possibility, while urging the Government to inject more urgency into addressing problems with the current Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) …” (more)

[Fórsa, 28 November]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘at wits end’ as universities probe scores of anti-social behaviour cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University is investigating 100 cases of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast since the beginning of term. Figures obtained by the BBC show that the cases had come before the university’s disciplinary officers up to October 11. They are currently ongoing. Ulster University (UU) has issued 47 written warnings to students living in the area from the start of the academic year in September until November 7 …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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Cut the Rent Opts Against Launching January Rent Strike on Campus

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

Ireland“Activist group Cut the Rent, set up to build support for the idea of rent strikes on campus, will not launch a rent strike in January, the group announced at a meeting tonight …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 27 November]

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2019 Strike Picket Pics

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

“Brilliant to see students and staff united. Our working conditions are their learning conditions …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 27 November]

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University of Limerick facing academic revolt over restructuring

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

Ireland“Management at University of Limerick (UL) is facing an academic revolt after 50 professors signed a letter calling for the suspension of restructuring at the college, which they said risks making it academically ‘not fit for purpose’. The university, which is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, has published a plan to develop a new campus in the heart of Limerick city. It is aiming to cater for an additional 4,000 mostly postgraduate or international students …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 27 November]

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In Old Library, a Cultural Campaign for Women Figureheads Comes to a Head

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

Ireland“Standing almost 65m in length and built in 1732, the Long Room of Trinity’s Old Library is one of the most famous and impressive libraries in the world, visited by millions of tourists each year. With its great barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper gallery bookcases stacked with 200,000 of the library’s oldest books (including a free copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland), the Long Room is a feast for the senses …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 27 November]

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Student Support Schemes – Students With Disabilities

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

Ireland“John Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policies being developed to ensure that students with disabilities can complete their university education without incurring fees for deferring some of their coursework; and if a plan that would allocate funds to allow additional time for students with visual and hearing impairments and who use wheelchairs to complete their university degree will be supported …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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