Smoke-Free Trinity Stubs Out Cigarette Bins

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the latest step on Trinity’s journey to becoming a smoke-free campus, ashtrays have been removed from bins around campus. In recent weeks, the ashtrays, which were located on top of bins around the College, have begun to disappear, as College battles to enforce a smoking ban implemented in March this year …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 26 November]

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Do business degrees have a place in universities?

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities serve many different purposes depending on who one asks. Some of these are obvious; they analyse societal problems and offer solutions to them, they train people to be better, more critical citizens. Some are more disputable such as whether they should explicitly prepare people for careers …” (more)

[Garrett Kennedy, University Observer, 26 November]

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Denied Career Progress, Professional Staff Describe Climate of ‘Stagnation’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of Trinity’s technical and support staff have been denied the opportunity for promotions and progressions this year amid a restructuring of College’s career advancement structures, leaving many feeling ‘helpless’ and others with a feeling that they’ve been denied the progressions they were promised when they took their jobs …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Emer Moreau, University Times, 26 November]

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UCD spend over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD has spent over €150,000 since 2017 on events held in University Lodge, the official residence of UCD President Andrew Deeks. The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information Request, break down the spending for each year, as detailed in the table below …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 26 November]

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Allocation of €5m Performance Funding for 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA wish to announce the allocation of €5m in Performance Funding for 2019 following the submission of Impact Assessment Case Studies from Higher Education Institutions in September …” (more)

[Laura Austin, HEA, 26 November]

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Work ready to commence on new UCD athletics track

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Over 40 years since originally laid down, exactly eight years since it was ripped up, and almost two years since an anonymous €3 million donation took it off life support, work is ready to commence on the new athletics track at University College Dublin (UCD) …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 25 November]

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UCD Academics Generously Paid As Push For Research Ensues

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“UCD academics are paid some of the highest salaries in the country as well as having greater pay packages than their international counterparts. This may be due to UCD being recently ranked low in international research tables and if the university provides higher salaries to researchers and academics this positioning can be improved …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 24 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches new Action Plan to promote Traveller participation in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland"“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, launched the Action Plan to Promote Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The Minister was joined at the launch, held in TU Dublin, by several third level students and recent graduates from the Traveller community, who told their own stories of studying in universities and colleges around Ireland, and gave insights into the supports that are most useful to students …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 November]

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Why make the rich richer?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College announced at the end of October that the Book of Kells is to be taken away from public view for four months, due to conservation works required on the famous manuscript’s display area, meaning that the 9th century manuscript is going to be away from public display from November 4th of this year until the start of March 2020 …” (more)

[Michael Tuohy, University Observer, 26 November]

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UCD to sell Richview

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In an emergency meeting held on August 29th 2019, UCD’s Governing Authority (GA) voted to sell Richview and the surrounding lands to partly fund the upcoming Gateway project. Sources from UCD staff told The University Observer that the board were given approximately one hour to debate and vote on selling the land …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey and Aoife Mawn, University Observer, 26 November]

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On Capitation, UCCSU Has Set a New Precedent – We Must Treat it With Caution

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, University College Cork (UCC) capitulated dramatically and reversed the massive €200 capitation fee increase that it had tried to push through over the summer. In response to the fee increase, members of the University College Cork Students’ Union (UCCSU) initially camped outside the UCC President Patrick O’Shea’s office …” (more)

[University Times, 24 November]

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Solidarity with the UCU Strikers!

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The anticipated strikes of staff from UK universities have begun: they will last from today (November 25th 2019) until December 4th. The cause of the dispute is twofold: (1) the long-running saga of the Universities pension scheme (about which there were strikes in 2018); and (2) over pay, equality, workloads and the ever-increasing casualisation of lecturing and other work …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 November]

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University strike: Queen’s and Ulster University staff walk out over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

“Many lecturers and support staff at Queen’s University (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) are beginning eight days of strike action on Monday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The strike is expected to continue up to and including Wednesday, 4 December …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 November]

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Private school accused of heating up points race in fourth year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A private school has sparked controversy by introducing a new programme that it says allows students to cover large sections of the Leaving Cert curriculum over three years. The policy of the Department of Education is that the Leaving Certificate programme should be taught over a maximum of two years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Magee Medical School: The institution waiting to train doctors

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

“It’s a long-running medical drama that – should it have a happy ending – could help address a shortfall in doctors and kick-start a region’s economy. Plans for a medical school in Londonderry were first mooted in the mid-2000s, and submitted to the General Medical Council in 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 November]

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Cork college considering student fines to tackle issue of anti-social behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Authorities at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are considering the introduction of student fines as part of a new regime to tackle drink or drug-fuelled anti-social behaviour involving its students. The news emerged after residents living near UCC spoke out about scenes of drunken chaos as hundreds of third level students converged on suburban pubs in the area for the unofficial student-organised ‘Christmas Day’ celebrations …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – Changing Workforce Trends

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department takes to ensure that courses undertaken at universities and institutes of technology remain relevant to the changing workforce trends here; if there is data available which identifies the number of students that gained full-time employment directly as a result of their institute qualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Higher Education Institution – Students With Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the timeframe in which students with disabilities that are wheelchair users, visually impaired and hearing impaired could complete their degree course will be extended by at least one extra year without incurring extra costs or fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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University Status Applications – IT Sligo

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Sligo Institute of Technology for university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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House parties with up to 300 people celebrating ‘Christmas Day’ were cleared by gardaí in Cork last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties with 200 to 300 people were broken up by the Gardaí last night, but only a handful of arrests were made during the unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event that took place yesterday. Speaking to The Echo, Community Policing Sergeant Stewart Philpott said …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 22 November]

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