Dublin City University announces new president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the appointment of Prof Dáire Keogh as its new president. Prof Keogh, who is currently deputy president of DCU and a professor of history, will succeed Prof Brian MacCraith whose term of office ends in July next year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Mary McAleese inaugurated as new chancellor of Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Former president of Ireland Prof Mary McAleese has been inaugurated as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds another former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, who was elected as first woman chancellor of TCD in 1998 and has held the post until now …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Lecturer on separate precarious contracts and low pay – until IFUT secured full-time lecturing status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I have been working for one of the large universities in Ireland for almost a decade, holding year-to-year hourly-teaching contracts, without summer pay, payment for meetings, and the extensive preparation required for delivering high-quality lectures …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 December]

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Emails outside working hours: are they against employment law?

Posted in Legal issues, Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? …” (more)

[Darius Whelan, The Conversation, 6 December]

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Ministers Humphreys and McHugh announce €4.6m in Government funding through the Regional Technology Clustering Fund

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Twelve successful applicants representing Academic Institutions from across all regions have secured funding for their projects
Speaking ahead of a special Cabinet meeting on jobs in Trim, Co Meath, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced the results of the Regional Technology Clustering Fund, the first annual competitive fund of its kind …” (more)

[DBEI, 6 December]

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President of University of Limerick confirms university’s restructuring plan is ‘paused’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of UL has confirmed that the current restructuring plan of the university is now ‘paused’ and acknowledged that ‘mistakes were made’ in the formulation of the plan. In an email addressed to colleagues in relation to the restructuring plan of the university’s schools and departments, Dr Des Fitzgerald said …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke and Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 6 December]

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‘Does Academia Still Call? Experiences of Academics in Germany and the United States’

Posted in Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

InternationalAbstract: Given the significant transformations underway in academia, it is pertinent to ask whether the traditional notion of entering the profession in response to a calling is still relevant. This article draws together hitherto unconnected strands of German and Anglo-Saxon literature on callings, then analyzes biographical narratives of 40 social scientists in Germany and the United States. The comparative analysis of the timing, sources, and nature of the respondents’ decision to become academics finds that almost all exhibit a calling orientation. However, their responses no longer correspond to the classical, passive notion; instead, callings in academia have become agentic. In the context of a wider societal trend to self-realization, academia has been transformed to an activity that people pursue because they want to rather than because destiny or an external force pushes them to make such a commitment. The recognition of the social nature of callings is underscored by the significance of professional mentors and family. The unexpected predominance of similarities in the cross-national comparison of calling orientation suggests that the internationalization of academic standards and procedures and the high level of competition for few positions in both contexts may outweigh the effects of culture and tradition.

Ariane Berthoin Antal and Jan-Christoph Rogge, Does Academia Still Call? Experiences of Academics in Germany and the United States. Minerva. First Online: 7 December 2019.

Third Level Institutions Governance

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandTommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the implementation of the Code of Governance for Irish Universities 2019; the date by which the universities must apply the code; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 December]

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