Trinity To Be Sued Over New Book of Kells Ticketing System Contract

Posted in Legal issues on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The company in charge of ticket sales for the Book of Kells is suing Trinity in an attempt to stop the College from awarding the ticket system contract to another company. The company, Future Ticketing, has had the contract to run the ticketing system for the Book of Kells for several years, and now says that the tendering process Trinity is using to award the new contract is illegal, the Times.co.uk has reported …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 January]

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Women-only Professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Yvonne Galligan, TU Dublin Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, speaks to Philip about the introduction of women-only professorships …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 6 January]

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University of Limerick Foundation appoints new chief executive

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick’s (UL) fundraising arm has appointed a new chief executive. The UL Foundation, which has raised approximately €200 million for the university since its inception in 1989, said Harvey Duthie would take up the role of chief executive as well as UL vice president development later this month …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 January]

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Number of Students Participating in J1 Visa Programme Declining – Haughey

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign and European Affairs Seán Haughey TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined steadily since 2013. The information was released to Deputy Haughey by way of parliamentary questions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 6 January]

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‘Women-only professors a start, but management culture change needed’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Radical changes in management culture at Irish universities are required to secure equal access by women to senior academic posts, according to a leading Irish expert in gender equality. Professor Pat O’Connor has welcomed the establishment of women-only professorships as a ‘necessary start’, but says that fundamental action is required for a ‘culture change’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Independent, 6 January]

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Surplus in State training fund set to climb to €1bn in 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is facing calls for an ‘urgent review’ of a State training fund after it emerged that the surplus is set to climb to almost €1 billion this year. The scale of the surplus has emerged at a time when the higher education sector claims it is facing a financial ‘crisis’ linked to reduced State investment …” (more)

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

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Student living in Direct Provision says jail would be ‘better than being here’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An asylum seeker in Direct Provision has highlighted how difficult it can be to undertake third-level education while living in unsuitable accommodation. Lesley Mkoko (51) is a mature student in his second year studying sociology at University College Dublin (UCD) through the University of Sanctuary scheme …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 January]

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Women-Only Posts Could Right an Old Wrong – But They Need Long-Term State Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week saw a promising development in an eternal battle, with government approval for the creation of 20 women-only professorships in colleges across the country. In Trinity, the move, part of the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative, will fund two new chair professorships for women – as part of a project attractive enough to prod Trinity into belatedly appointing an associate vice-provost for equality, diversity and inclusion in order to meet the funding criteria …” (more)

[University Times, 5 January]

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‘Creating gendered change in Irish higher education: is managerial leadership up to the task?’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAbstract: Using a Feminist Institutional perspective, this paper suggests that the explanation for the slow pace of change in the gender profile of the professoriate lies in the gender awareness of managerial leadership. In Irish universities, women now constitute 51 per cent of the lecturers, but only 24 per cent of those at full professorial level and have, on average, a three times lesser ‘chance’ than men of accessing a professorship. The context is one where power is concentrated at (male) presidential level and where managerial leadership is seen as driving change. Using an ex-post facto research design, involving a re-analysis of qualitative interview data collected from those at presidential, vice-presidential and dean level 10 years ago, it differentiates between four categories of gender awareness: denial of the existence or relevance of gender (mainly men); stereotypical awareness of gender (mainly men); awareness of gender inequality (both men and women) and gender competence (both men and women). Only a minority were in the latter category, which is seen as most likely to be associated with change in the professorial gender profile. Finally, the question of whether the under-representation of women in the professoriate across the EU could be similarly explained is raised.

Pat O’Connor, Creating gendered change in Irish higher education: is managerial leadership up to the task?, Irish Educational Studies. Received 18 Feb 2019, Accepted 29 Aug 2019, Published online: 8 Dec 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2019.1697951.

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