Science Foundation Ireland publishes Annual Plan for 2020

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) today published its Annual Plan for 2020. Key priorities are: a continued focus on individual-led research programmes, challenge-based funding initiatives including programmes to address climate action, international engagement through partnerships with funding agencies, public engagement programmes to drive public interest and participation in STEM, partnerships with enterprise and supporting Ireland’s world class SFI Research Centres …” (more)

[DBEI, 9 January]

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UK ‘committed’ to maintaining Erasmus+ exchange scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“The government has said it is committed to maintaining the UK’s membership of the Erasmus+ programme, which funds opportunities for young people to train and study across Europe, despite shooting down an attempt to make its membership a priority in EU withdrawal negotiations …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 9 January]

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UK MPs vote down pledge to seek Erasmus participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“British MPs yesterday voted against making securing full ongoing participation in the EU’s Erasmus+ educational and work placement exchange programmes a negotiating objective in the next phase of Brexit talks. The vote has been met with anger and disappointment from pro-EU commentators and social media groups – however it does not mean participation has been completely ruled out …” (more)

[Oliver Rowland, The Connexion, 9 January]

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‘We can’t do this alone’ – NUIG reveals investment strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has set out a 5-year investment strategy that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and a new sports campus. The university, which is 175 years in existence, wants to be a driver of transformational change for Galway and the region …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 January]

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Sales vs Editorial: The Silo Culture in Academic Publishing

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“For most institutes of higher education, a visit from a publisher is a visit from the business manager. On my business trips, I was seen as representing all departments, not just the sales department. When I arrived back at my desk in the UK, this holistic attitude could not be sustained; our company culture did not permit it …” (more)

[Eric Broug, The Scholarly Kitchen, 9 January]

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Queen’s University seen as ‘cold house’ by some unionists, claims Allister

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

“TUV leader Jim Allister has warned there is a perception within the unionist community that Queen’s University Belfast is a ‘cold house’ for them.​ Mr Allister was speaking following a meeting with the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer to discuss the issue and how it can be addressed. The North Antrim MLA said he made it clear to Professor Greer that while he respects academic freedom, he believes it was unwise to not have stricter guidelines around the use of the Queen’s logo …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 9 January]

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University unveils plan to become carbon-neutral campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is planning to move towards a carbon- neutral campus over the next 10 years as part of a new strategy focusing on climate action. The plan was developed with students, academics, and alumni, and sees the 175-year-old institution set out several ambitious capital projects over the next five years …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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NUI Galway sets out strategy for substantial investment in infrastructure

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has set out a plan to spend hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years in a significant infrastructure investment programme that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and a new sports campus. The university, which currently has more than 19,000 students, set out its strategy for 2020 to 2025 in a document titled Shared Visions, Shaped by Value following extensive consultation with students, staff and the wider Galway community …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 9 January]

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NUIG body reforms expenses regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has updated its policies after an investigation found a charity set up to raise funds for the university shelled out money for luxury hotels and travel for directors’ spouses. Last month, an investigation by the Charities Regulator found that the Galway University Foundation spent close to €50,000 on business class flights …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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Abused online and ‘afraid’ but UCC lecturer won’t leave Ireland

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCC lecturer has said there are days when he is ‘afraid’ and he worries about Irish white terrorism after being targeted by disturbing online abuse. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, who is a senior lecturer in Contemporary Islam, says that he will not stop challenging the people who seek to spread hate …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 8 January]

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