‘We must reduce barriers and encourage women to participate in STEM’ – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Dr Caoimhe Archibald has said we must break down barriers and challenge misconceptions which limit women’s participation in STEM subjects and careers. Speaking on International Day of Women and Girls in Science the East Derry MLA said: ‘The theme for this year is “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” focusing on the empowerment of women and girls, promoting the achievement of full and equal access to careers in science …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 February]

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Facing a Complacent College, Students Must Fight Rent Hikes Tooth and Nail

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“If it’s probably fair to say that Trinity’s top officials haven’t exactly placed students front and centre over the years, then there is an extent to which College has recognised the power of students in recent times, and dialled back – slightly – its antagonism …” (more)

[University Times, 10 February]

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The Hub to become the ‘new beating heart’ on UCC campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of the oldest buildings at University College Cork (UCC) has opened for the first time as a state of the art, one-stop-shop for students following a multi-million euro transformation. The Hub reopens today at UCC following a major conservation and renovation project at the historic 170-year-old Windle building, previously used for training generations of doctors …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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Anderson presses minister on medical school

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister is looking at the Magee medical school as a way of tackling the GP shortage. The newly co-opted Foyle MLA said: ‘Today, I raised with the Health Minister the urgent need to progress the delivery of a post-graduate medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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Gardaí Say They Will Be Taking A Zero Tolerance Approach Towards Anyone Causing Trouble During Raise And Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Annual events like Freshers and Raise and Give Week have been heavily criticised by some locals. Some community groups in Cork say some people are afraid to leave their homes at night due to increased levels of anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Red FM, 10 February]

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The Secret Teacher: ‘Our State exams are far too open to tweaking and manipulation’

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Shane burst into class late and with no sign of an apology. He was too full of the joys of having passed his driving test. ‘Next stop, the Leaving Cert’, he declared, rubbing his hands together. I smiled inwardly at his naivety …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 February]

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RAG Week kicks off at 7am as students queue outside Cork City early-house

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar might have applauded the people who were getting up early in Cork this morning – until he saw them queuing up outside an early house. But it all seemed to be good natured for the students who were waiting patiently in the dark outside a packed Charlie’s Pub on the quays by City Hall as RAG Week got off to a bleary-eyed, 7am start …” (more)

[Joe O’Shea, CorkBeo, 10 February]

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