Will British universities end up as Johnson’s bargaining chips?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

“With the legal formalities for Britain’s exit from the EU now complete, the university world of the UK and the EU is looking to Phase 2. After three and a half years of regret and frustration, they have a plan in hand. However, this could well be derailed, since at the same time the Johnson Government will be negotiating the future trading relationship with the EU, where the outcome is unpredictable, write Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 31 January]

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Magee ‘needs freedom from Belfast-centric University of Ulster’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University’s business plan for the expansion of its Magee campus is out of date and needs to be resubmitted, a senior civil servant has told Stormont’s Economy Committee. Heather Cousins, deputy secretary of the Skills and Education Group at the department, said the costs of delivering 9,400 students for Magee had risen by £100m from the £300m estimate in the UU’s original plan …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 31 January]

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It’s time to stop the commercialisation of our universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher education institutions and students fuel industries, contribute to our economy, develop and enrich public spaces and help us to realise ideas and solutions to issues in our society and make it better. As student activists, over the last number of years we have taken to the streets and lobbied against the chronic underfunding of our higher education sector, to little response from the government …” (more)

[Joanna Siewierska, Irish Times, 30 January]

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Trinity coronavirus working group recommends students return from China

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College’s working group charged with monitoring the coronavirus has advised that students and staff in China return to Trinity in light of the ongoing spread of the virus. In an email to staff and students on Thursday afternoon, College advised …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 30 January]

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An Ghaeilge le feiceáil i UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Tá stádas oifigiúil ag an nGaeilge san Aontas Eorpach agus is í céad teanga oifigiúil na hÉireann. Tá sé riachtanach ó thaobh an dlí de go mbíonn comharthaí as Gaeilge nó dátheangach (le Gaeilge agus Béarla) ann ar bhóithre na hÉireann agus leagadh amach na riachtanais maidir leis an nGaeilge a bheith feiceálach sa tsochaí ag Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 …” (more)

[Cecily Nic Cionnaith, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Left Wing Alliance Issue Demands to UCD to ‘Fix Our Education’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An alliance of political groups based in UCD have begun a poster campaign which is calling upon the college’s management to address issues such as disability services, affordable accommodation and improved mental health services. The group, which calls itself ‘Fix our Education UCD’, is a collaboration of UCD’s Labour, Social Democrat, Óige Ghlas and Socialist Worker Student Societies …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 30 January]

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Months After Launch, Many Students Don’t Feel ‘At Home’ in Business School

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many students in business courses have said they don’t feel ‘at home’ or ‘welcomed’ in Trinity’s new €80 million Business School, with a poorly designed 600-seat lecture theatre and a lack of study space causing issues for many less than a year after its opening …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 January]

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UCC warns against travel to China as coronavirus death toll rises

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has emailed staff and students to request they refrain from travelling to China, as the World Health Organisation (Who) says the ‘whole world needs to be on alert’ over the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 29 January]

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Ulster University seeks £126m loan for Belfast campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has requested a loan of £126m from the Department for the Economy (DfE) to complete its Belfast campus. That is according to evidence given by a senior departmental official to Stormont’s Economy Committee …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 30 January]

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The Top Six Takeaways from Trinity’s New Strategic Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The launch date of Trinity’s new strategic plan – entitled ‘Community and Connection’, and approved by the College Board in November 2019 – isn’t clear yet. But the document, obtained by The University Times, came into effect on January 1st, so it’s well worth delving into to find out what Trinity is prioritising for the next five years …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 January]

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Universities issue advice for students on coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are advising students to take a number of precautions to help limit the potential spread of the new strain of coronavirus until more is known about the infection. Amidst an outbreak of a new strain of the virus that has so far been linked to 132 deaths, students who have come to Ireland from Wuhan, China in the last 14 days, should notify the Department of Public Health …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 January]

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Trinity Plans €29m Recruitment Drive to Reduce Student-Staff Ratio

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity could spend €29 million to recruit 263 new academic staff members over the next five years, The University Times has learned, as part of an ambitious plan to bring its staff–student ratio in line with other major European universities and arrest a series of rankings slides …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 29 January]

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University of Limerick suspends travel to and from China amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has suspended all ‘university-related’ travel by all staff and students to and from China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Any student that has travelled from China to UL in the last 14 days is being asked by the University to notify the Student Medical Centre …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 29 January]

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Country ‘sitting on a timebomb’ over crisis in third-level funding, says Trinity Provost

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The third-level sector is currently underfunded, and a system of student loans should not be introduced, each of the major parties’ spokespeople on education agree. However, the parties remain divided on how best to address such a funding deficit, identified in the landmark Cassells report, first published in 2016 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 January]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Belfield Papers: Case Closed?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In November 2019, the College Tribune discovered highly sensitive UCD documents open to student access. Included in these files were payroll reports, employee bank account details, PPS numbers and details of TD donations to student political societies. After the UCD Data Protection Office (DPO) investigated into the matter, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) was informed by the university with a late breach notification …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 28 January]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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UCD Take Easy Route in Empty 5-year Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD recently released their strategy document for the period 2020-2024. Named ‘Rising to the Future’ this document’s overall aim is to continue to flourish in an ‘age of unprecedented opportunity and challenge’. The strategy is based around four central themes that are said to shape every activity the university engages in. The strategy is based around a forward-pointing arrow where strategic themes, key enablers and core objectives all facilitate the attainment of strategic goals …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 28 January]

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Call for large class sizes in schools to be addressed by next government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Social Justice Ireland says students from disadvantaged areas need greater access to third level. High pupil to teacher ratios and large class sizes in schools must be addressed by the next government, Social Justice Ireland (SJI) has said …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 29 January]

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