New £45m Armagh college campus ‘threat to otters’

Posted in Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

“Otter activity at a Co Armagh lake could be harmed by building a new £45 million college campus on its shoreline, the High Court was told. Lawyers for a grandmother who lives close to the parkland site claimed it is currently used by the aquatic mammals with European protected species …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 27 January]

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Firm sues Trinity over contract for managing visitors to college and Book of Kells

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over a contract for management of visitors to Dublin’s Trinity College, including to the Book of Kells, has come before the Commercial Court. Future Ticketing Ltd (FTL), with offices at Axis Business Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly, disputes how a €620,000 contract for supply of a Visitor Attracting Management System (VAMS) was awarded, following a public procurement process, to Ticketsolve Ltd, with offices at the Digital Hub, Dublin …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Public servants warned of pay stagnation under main parties’ plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Public servants face the threat of stagnant wages under Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil plans for a new pay deal, the Fórsa union has warned. The largest public sector union said the main political parties will face a ‘very difficult negotiation’ on a wage agreement in power based on their spending plans …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 January]

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Building Up

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On my way back from lunch today I saw the chance to get into shot both of the big cranes operating on the site of the new building going up on the North Campus at Maynooth University …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 January]

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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Chinese student who traveled to Ireland from Wuhan in recent days has been isolated as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid coronavirus fears. The patient, who is a student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan before the city was locked down and is showing no symptoms of the virus …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Decision on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT due in second quarter of 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A decision on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT is due in the second quarter of this year. The Munster Technological University is the planned result of the merger between the two institutes, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 26 January]

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Why I can no longer be an external examiner in the UK

Posted in Teaching on January 27th, 2020 by steve

“After agreeing to an invitation to examine a PhD thesis recently, I had second thoughts. In half a dozen or so PhD examinations I performed in the UK before, I had always agreed on matters informally with the PhD supervisor, albeit under standard university instructions …” (more)

[Gustaaf Houtman, Times Higher Education, 26 January]

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A requiem for impact?

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2020 by steve

“With the government launching a major review of research bureaucracy and methods, James Wilsdon asks: is the end of the road for impact measures in grant applications? …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 27 January]

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For Third-Level, a Sliver of Election Air-Time But Big Questions Unanswered

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Is the general election campaign rolled on this week, the question of higher education finally received a few slivers of air-time. So far, it’s been abundantly clear that third-level education isn’t top of any party’s agenda, with concrete proposals for the future of the sector still nowhere in sight …” (more)

[University Times, 27 January]

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Aramark’s Exit is a Win, But College Has Form With Dubious Partnerships

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In 2016, Aramark signed a contract with Trinity, taking over a number of restaurants in the Hamilton. The College’s decision to do business with a company that runs direct provision centres was met with outrage from students: in 2017, Aramark Off Our Campus, a group of student campaigners, launched a boycott of the restaurants …” (more)

[University Times, 26 January]

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