IT Tralee’s planned purchase of technology park stopped on account of financial situation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee’s planned purchase of a technology park was stopped on account of its financial situation. The information was revealed in documentation sent between the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Higher Education Authority in relation to finances in the third level institute …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 3 January]

Tags: , ,

‘Constructing a ranking of higher education institutions based on equity: is it possible or desirable?’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Abstract: This paper presents findings from a research project which aimed to rank Australian higher education institutions on their ‘equity performance’; that is, the extent to which they were accessible for, supportive of and benefiting students traditionally under-represented in higher education. The study comprised a conceptual consideration of how higher education equity might be defined and empirically measured, drawing on extant scholarly research as well as observations from key stakeholders, including equity practitioners, researchers, policymakers and higher education executives and institutional planners. Based on these findings, a theoretical framework for higher education equity performance was constructed, and performance indicators identified and subjected to systematic assessment for real-world application. The ensuing ranking system was populated with institutional data from the 37 public universities in Australia. The findings from this analysis indicate that a ranking system may not be the optimal method for assessing higher education equity performance and highlights the subjective nature of both higher education equity and higher education ranking systems.

Tim Pitman, Daniel Edwards, Liang-Cheng Zhang, Paul Koshy and Julie McMillan, Constructing a ranking of higher education institutions based on equity: is it possible or desirable?, Higher Education (2020). Published: 3 January 2020.

Tags:

The Strategic Academic Leadership Initiative Begins

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I was caught on the hop this morning by the formal announcement that twenty new professorships for women have been created in Ireland. I hadn’t expected this announcement to come so quickly. There is a piece in the Irish Times about it here. I blogged about this scheme here when it was announced, a little over a year ago …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 January]

Tags:

Government set to grant €150m towards new Trinity College ‘innovation district’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government looks set to grant €150m towards a new €1.1bn ‘innovation district’ attached to Trinity College Dublin’s city campus. The new district, which will be located close to Facebook, Google and other high-growth tech multinational firms, aims to replicate the business-friendly campuses of California, London and Paris by co-locating research facilities, startups and international companies in close proximity …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 3 January]

Tags:

QUB’s Hillary Clinton appointment met with praise and criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Hillary Clinton has been described as an ‘inspirational role model’ for students after being appointed as the new chancellor of Queen’s University. The former US Secretary of State and First Lady will take up the largely ceremonial role immediately and serve for five years …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

Tags: ,

Twenty women-only professorships to be established this year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges have received approval for 20 women-only professorships aimed at tackling gender inequality in higher education. The appointments are in areas where there is ‘clear evidence’ of significant under-representation of women, such as physics, computer science and engineering …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 February]

Tags: ,

Third level can be a real option for people with intellectual disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We must do much better for our young people with intellectual disabilities in terms of access to third level education if we genuinely want an inclusive society. A recent report by the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum (INHEF) concluded …” (more)

[Hugo MacNeil, Irish Times, 3 February]

Tags: ,

GMIT secures planning approval for new STEM building

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“GMIT has secured planning approval to proceed with a new STEM building at its Dublin Road campus. The building will incorporate the schools of science and computing and the school of engineering and will be over 5000 square metres in size …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 January]

Tags: ,

Government backs new €1bn Silicon Docks campus for Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government has backed plans to part-fund a new €1 billion technology campus for Trinity College Dublin in the so-called Silicon Docks area of Dublin. It will announce on Friday that it is prepared to commit up to €150 million to develop the campus over the next decade as part of a wider plan to create a new innovation district …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

Tags: ,

Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces approval for 20 professorial-level posts in Higher Education under the Senior Academic leadership Initiative

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (3rd January 2020) announced the approval of 20 posts at professorial-level in higher education. This announcement is being made under the Minister’s Senior Academic Leadership Initiative the goal of which is to accelerate progress in achieving gender balance at the senior academic level in Higher Education Institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 January]

Tags: ,